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Excursions

TRIP TO ST. MICHEL DAKAR- SENEGAL

As the news of St. Augustine’s arrival was heralded to the students of St. Michel, the entire atmosphere within and outside the school became alive. It was a much expected visit. The entire students of St. Michel thronged out to catch a glimpse at their visitors from Banjul. No sooner we came into the school premises than the school authorities announced to the student through public address system to gather in front of their various classes to welcome us.
The entire contingent St. Augustine’s and the host school converged on the centre of the school to render the national and school anthems of both schools. It was the turn of the host school first. What a beautiful rendition it was.

The Director of St. Michel, Mr. Jean desired the arrival of the visiting delegation in his welcome address. Mr. Jean could not hide his joy by thanking the principle of St. Augustine for the important visit. He reiterated the importance of such a visit to both schools. Mr. Jean promised that city link between Banjul and Dakar will be sustained for the sake of posterity. In his epoch making speech, the principle of St. Augustine’s, Mr. Martin Gomez, expressed his gratitude to the management of St. Michel for the manner in which the reception was conducted. ‘The warm welcome we see here today is a clear demonstration of your fraternal hospitability and love.’ He concluded his remark by thanking the authorities for honouring our visit to Dakar.
The students of the host school entertained the guests. The choreography department of the school gave us a gorgeous dancing display to the admiration of all visitors. Shortly after this entertainment we were treated to a sumptuous lunch. During the lunch break, the principal of St. Michel, Mr. Jean informed all of us that the visit has been anticipated.  Mr. Jean applauded the efforts of his counterpart, Mr. Martin Gomez for renewing the city link in 2005. The Director of St Michel informed the contingent of a new innovation acquired by the school. This is the new technology technique used for teaching distance students. It is unique and the latest kind of distance learning teaching because it is an e­-line teaching because it is an e-line teaching method. As the lecture is teaching at St. Michel, distance learning students all over the world, receive the lecture simultaneously.  The students from St. Augustine’s were led by the St. Michel school prefects for school orientation which lasted till 4.00pm. Next was a string of sporting activities. We started with the volley ball. The result was 16-13 in favour of the visiting school. The basket ball took the centre stage. It was the clash of the titans. The basket ball court was filled to capacity because it was in the record of St. Michel, that no other school has ever defeated them in Dakar since the school was established
Never the less, the story of never been beaten did not intimidate the contingent from St. Augustine’s. Actually, St. Michel put up a fantastic fight to maintain the record but it did not go in the line of history again. St Michel finally threw in the towel when St. Augustine’s won by 32 to 23 points.
Saturday was full of exciting programmes for St. Augustine’s in Dakar .After the breakfast; we left for sight seeing .Among places visited were: State House/President’s lodge, National Assembly Complex, the newly constructed Monument of African Renaissance, Sea Side View etc.
            After this, we went for lunch at St. Michel. When it was 4.00pm, the football teams of both schools got ready for a football match at French military Army Base Football pitch .The pitch is known as one of the best football pitches Dakar.
The match was very competitive but St Augustine’s won it all. During the closing ceremonies, both heads of the respective institutions pledged to ensure that the relationship continues to grow.