Classics trip review by DG/Year 12 pupil Robert:
During October half term, 28 senior pupils and the four classics teachers travelled to Italy for a week of enriching historical learning.
It was an early start on Saturday 15 October, as the group left school at 2.30 am! After arriving at Naples Capodichino airport from Gatwick, the group’s first stop was at the stunning Naples Archaeological Museum. The pupils attempted to recreate many of the beautifully sculptured statues while discovering the many other attractions the museum had to offer. As became a staple of the trip, the group enjoyed a deliciously authentic Italian pizza for lunch. In the evening, the staff and pupils had a leisurely time at the hostel where they stayed.
Sunday brought a trip to the historically renowned archaeological site of Pompeii, where the pupils fitted in as much as possible, from recreating gladiator fights in a small amphitheatre, to exploring the secret villa. Following this, the group visited the Villa Oplontis and had some free time in the town of Sorrento in the evening.
The next few days included visits to famous sites like Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, and the beautiful island of Capri, where the staff and pupils had a guided boat tour of the island (as well as some very much appreciated free time). They saw landmarks like ‘the Kissing Arch’, some charming caverns and Emperor Tiberius’ version of people walking the plank.
On the last day, after a quick tour of the catacombs of San Gennaro, the group had one last pizza lunch, before heading back to the UK. Everyone had an amazing time, thanks to the classics teachers and especially Ms Patel who organised the whole trip!