Weymouth students sidestep wrath of US superstorm

Pauline McNulty with a photo of her son Brendan, who is on a school trip to the United States and had his travel plans disrupted by Superstorm Sandy

Pauline McNulty with a photo of her son Brendan, who is on a school trip to the United States and had his travel plans disrupted by Superstorm Sandy

First published in News

ANXIOUS Weymouth parents are keeping in daily contact with their children on a school trip to the United States that has been hit by Superstorm Sandy.

A group of 59 children and 20 adults from All Saints School in Wyke Regis are said to be in ‘great spirits’ despite the hurricane-turned-storm battering America’s east coast.

Pauline McNulty’s 16-year-old son Brendan is on the trip of a lifetime, which initially included stays in New York and Washington before extreme weather forced an extended stay in Boston.

The superstorm, which had hurricane status before reaching land, has left at least 38 people dead and six million homes without power.

Mrs McNulty, of Chapelhay, is constantly watching the news and putting £20 aside a day to cover the expected phone bill from speaking to Brendan daily.

She said: “I know he’s safe but that doesn’t stop you from worrying. Brendan says he’s never seen anything like it before in his life.

“The weather is absolutely horrendous.

“They went for a meal on Monday night and within 10 seconds they were saturated.

“Yesterday it was glorious sunshine so they were going on a shopping trip.

“He’s devastated that they won’t be able to go to New York and see what they wanted to see.”

She added: “The whole trip has costs us £2,500 as we saved up £1,000 spending money.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

“At least he can say he was there when Sandy hit.”

The school party, which left Weymouth in the early hours of Saturday morning, is due to return this Sunday, November 4.

Nikki Billington, of Preston, said her 14-year-old son Ben was disappointed not to be visiting the Empire State Building and other New York attractions.

She said: “He’s stuck over there but I actually feel quite calm as America is so prepared for this extreme weather and the reporting really instils confidence that they will keep everyone safe.

“Ben’s phoned and tweeted saying it’s windy and wet.

“The biggest shame is they won’t get to do everything they wanted to.

“It’s ironic because he was so excited about seeing the Empire State Building he bought a 3D puzzle a few days before they set off and spent ages making it.”

She said the teachers made the ‘right’ decision to stay in Boston.

She added: “I’m sure they will be able to readjust the itinerary to fit in as much as they can.”

All Saints headteacher Paul Gray said all the pupils were safe and well and in ‘great spirits’.

He praised the well-organised trip leaders for quickly responding to the situation.

Mr Gray said: “Depending on how the weather works out, they might be able to reschedule some of the planned excursions.

“They’re making the best out of what is a lively city anyway.

“I’m glad the travel company they’re with and the people we’ve got there are so well organised and have been able to be so flexible.”

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11:26am Wed 31 Oct 12

stench says...

is this really a story worth publishing...?

Bored of it all now!
is this really a story worth publishing...? Bored of it all now! stench
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11:39am Wed 31 Oct 12

maximan says...

stench wrote:
is this really a story worth publishing...?

Bored of it all now!
Wow what an insular attitude....does somebody need a hug?
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: is this really a story worth publishing...? Bored of it all now![/p][/quote]Wow what an insular attitude....does somebody need a hug? maximan
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12:08pm Wed 31 Oct 12

stench says...

maximan wrote:
stench wrote: is this really a story worth publishing...? Bored of it all now!
Wow what an insular attitude....does somebody need a hug?
haha! :)

Just bored of all the overhype, from the jokers at the world of media.

To this story, you child is fine. he now has an extended holiday and a bigger story to tell upon his return.

Now can we actually get back to the serious 'local' issues, like littlemoor pikies destroying Weymouth?
[quote][p][bold]maximan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: is this really a story worth publishing...? Bored of it all now![/p][/quote]Wow what an insular attitude....does somebody need a hug?[/p][/quote]haha! :) Just bored of all the overhype, from the jokers at the world of media. To this story, you child is fine. he now has an extended holiday and a bigger story to tell upon his return. Now can we actually get back to the serious 'local' issues, like littlemoor pikies destroying Weymouth? stench
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12:23pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Rusty01 says...

My son is also on this trip They have been well looked after and kept safe. We saved hard to allow him this chance to experience another country and being in a storm like this is another life experience for them. The school has been brilliant and I have 100% trust in the staff running the trip My concerns are for the people in the middle of all this who have lost loved ones and homes. By the way the trip cost £1500 plus spending money that was expensive enough.
I havent heard directly from my son probably because he is having too good a time!!
My son is also on this trip They have been well looked after and kept safe. We saved hard to allow him this chance to experience another country and being in a storm like this is another life experience for them. The school has been brilliant and I have 100% trust in the staff running the trip My concerns are for the people in the middle of all this who have lost loved ones and homes. By the way the trip cost £1500 plus spending money that was expensive enough. I havent heard directly from my son probably because he is having too good a time!! Rusty01
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3:01pm Wed 31 Oct 12

stench says...

Rusty01 wrote:
My son is also on this trip They have been well looked after and kept safe. We saved hard to allow him this chance to experience another country and being in a storm like this is another life experience for them. The school has been brilliant and I have 100% trust in the staff running the trip My concerns are for the people in the middle of all this who have lost loved ones and homes. By the way the trip cost £1500 plus spending money that was expensive enough. I havent heard directly from my son probably because he is having too good a time!!
love this attitude!

In all seriousness, i'm just jealous of such a school trip...
[quote][p][bold]Rusty01[/bold] wrote: My son is also on this trip They have been well looked after and kept safe. We saved hard to allow him this chance to experience another country and being in a storm like this is another life experience for them. The school has been brilliant and I have 100% trust in the staff running the trip My concerns are for the people in the middle of all this who have lost loved ones and homes. By the way the trip cost £1500 plus spending money that was expensive enough. I havent heard directly from my son probably because he is having too good a time!![/p][/quote]love this attitude! In all seriousness, i'm just jealous of such a school trip... stench
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7:45pm Wed 31 Oct 12

bmcnulty33 says...

stench wrote:
is this really a story worth publishing...?

Bored of it all now!
Dear Stench,
I don't understand your attitude or your point. Have you not seen the news. The devastation is incredible. Many lifes have been lost. Of course as parents we're going to be worried to the point of being physically sick. I don't know if you are a parent but i would be horrified to find out you were. Obviously you don't have any relatives stuck out there otherwise you might of had the decency to show a bit of compassion. Maybe you should find something else to do to waste your day away rather than make ridiculous comments that show you to be a person without feelings.
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: is this really a story worth publishing...? Bored of it all now![/p][/quote]Dear Stench, I don't understand your attitude or your point. Have you not seen the news. The devastation is incredible. Many lifes have been lost. Of course as parents we're going to be worried to the point of being physically sick. I don't know if you are a parent but i would be horrified to find out you were. Obviously you don't have any relatives stuck out there otherwise you might of had the decency to show a bit of compassion. Maybe you should find something else to do to waste your day away rather than make ridiculous comments that show you to be a person without feelings. bmcnulty33
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