Posted on March 5th 2019
Italy - Sixth Form International Trip - Report and Pictures
In February, a group of our sixth formers embarked on a three-day trip to Rome for the annual Harris Garrard Academy sixth form international trip.
The entire city of Rome is an UNESCO site with one of the highest concentrations of art and historic monuments anywhere in the world. It made for an awe-inspiring trip.
We spent the day touring Vatican City. The students developed a greater understanding of the religious centre of the Roman Catholic faith and admired the stunning architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica.
They ended the day tasting authentic Italian cuisine!
On the second day of the trip, we took in the famous sites of Rome. From the Colosseum, they the headed to ‘gelataria’ to try some Italian ice cream (gelato), which received unanimous group approval.
On the final day, we explored the Jewish District with a history dating as far back as 1555. They learnt how far-reaching the Nazi regime's beliefs had been. We explored the lives of Jewish families that had been taken to Auschwitz from their homes in the roman Jewish ghetto. To commemorate the Roman Jewish victims, many cities in Europe have placed gold plaques to ensure they are never forgotten.
Before heading to the airport for their flight home, the students took in some art by touring an exhibit entitled ‘Inclusion’ which they found fascinating.
What students said...
Our annual international trip is an integral part of our Sixth Form offer. We teach our students about the importance of developing a global perspective and widening their horizons. Our trip is designed to develop independence, confidence and greater understanding of the wider international community.
When asked to reflect on the trip, the students said:
- “The trip gave me the opportunity to travel for the first time and I can’t wait to travel again!” Lily, Year 13
- “My confidence has grown so much, and I feel more independent.” John, Year 12
- “I now want to undertake a year abroad as part of my degree so I can travel more.” Thehela, Year 13
- “I developed new friendships and learnt more about the world outside of London.” Abisola, Year 12