Thank you very much for your quick reply. To say that I am not heartbroken would be a lie. I guess I should have been a little less naive and self-centred. For a while I assumed that the entire world and much of the solar system revolved around me and my class. Well, I know that it doesn't. All I can say is, "Oh well, better luck next time!" I guess if I was there I wouldn't want to talk to anyone either.
In response to your message, I have actually checked out as much of the coolantarctica website as my fossilised computer will allow, and I know I have only scraped the surface. This is the second year that I teach about Antarctica and I wish I had found this website before.
I am currently putting together a resource kit for our school about Antarctica including a teaching program for a year 5 class. Please note that I will be naming this website as a must-see link to all things Antarctica!! If you have a problem with that let me know. I will not be using anything from the website because I did read the copyright notice
I don't think I have anything worth sharing with you as a teacher because you have lived the experience, but if there's anything you need from Australia, please let me know
I will tell you one thing though. I have never seen my students so excited about learning. They will be putting together a powerpoint presentation as part of the program (assessment), and they can't wait to begin.
Once again, thank you.