Twenty-seven students from years 9-12 spent February half term visiting Rome and the Bay of Naples. Aliyyah Mohammed 12TE writes:
“Going to Italy was a life changing experience! A group of us, comprised of years nine to twelve, embarked on the trip this February. Although I have had the chance to visit other countries around the world, visiting Italy was at another level, because of its ancient history that can still be walked through and experienced. Our days were action packed as we walked through Rome, experiencing the busy life of this popular tourist city. We started at the Colosseum and the Forum, saw the Catacombs, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and enjoyed visiting the Vatican (including the Sistine Chapel, of course) and being part of the audience with the Pope. My personal favourite was the Pantheon, which has the biggest unreinforced concrete dome ever built, even though it was built in 118-128 AD. The Romans invented concrete: who would have thought it could look so beautiful! We finished the trip in Sorrento, from where we travelled to Pompeii and Herculaneum, walking through the ancient ruins left after Mount Vesuvius erupted, in 79AD, burying the towns in ash and lava. We even climbed the volcano… As a Latin student, the trip was fascinating. Because Latin is a ‘dead’ language (sorry, Mrs Nightingale – I mean ‘immortal’, of course!), it is normally up to our imagination how the Romans would have used it. However, in Italy, the use of Latin was plentiful and brought it to life in a way no other place could. It was written both on the ancient Roman buildings, as big bold signs, or even as graffiti in Pompeii, and used throughout Vatican City and the magnificent Latin lettering in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
I would like to thank the teachers, Mrs Nightingale, Mrs Gavin and Mr Wheatley, for organising an amazing trip and going above and beyond!”