Trip to Rome and Pompeii – February 2015
44 students from Years 9 to 12 spent half term in Rome and Pompeii. Highlights included marvelling at the sheer size of the Colosseum, seeing Rome from the top of the Palatine Hill in the Forum, a fantastic guide in the Sistine Chapel, the Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square, exploring Pompeii and climbing Mount Vesuvius. Year 12 student Lizzy Nightingale writes:
“I could not imagine a better way to spend February half term than in Rome and Pompeii. It was wonderful to step back into the world of Ancient Rome, imagining ourselves as gladiators and spectators in the Colosseum and walking the streets of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. Looking over the Colosseum and walking into the Pantheon caused a sharp intake of breath at the sheer size and ingenuity of Roman architecture. The Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica were absolutely stunning. One of the highlights of the trip was standing in St Peter’s Square in the sunshine with Pope Francis right ahead of us speaking a beautiful message. It was fantastic to see Rome with our own eyes, and a great deal of fun was had by all, from spotting Latin subjunctives to cheering loudly to voting for the best nodding pope to waving our All Saints’ letters frantically at the Papal Audience”.