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Wishing all our families a lovely summer holiday

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Rome Trip 2011

During the very early hours on Wednesday 6 July, 40 students and 4 members of staff arrived back at school after a busy six days in Rome.

We departed for Rome Fiumicino Airport during the day of strike action and there were a few concerns over whether we would arrive in Italy that day. After sailing through Gatwick Airport and enjoying some duty-free shopping before boarding our plane, we arrived in Rome in high spirits ready for an action-packed trip.

Over the course of the holiday, the group enjoyed plenty of traditional Italian cuisine, including pizza, pasta and ice-cream (and sometimes the not-so-traditional McDonalds) whilst visiting some of the most popular sights that the Eternal City has to offer, such as the Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Catacombs, Tivoli, the Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo and the Vatican, to name a few.

On the Sunday, we were fortunate to listen to the Papal Blessing in St Peter's Square amid glorious sunshine and we also spent two afternoons on the beach, allowing Mr Miastowski to soak up some rays after all the walking! To ensure that students weren't missing out on their history lessons, we visited the Time Traveller Experience, which portrayed the history of Ancient Rome in the style of a simulator.

The action didn't stop at the end of the day and we continued to explore the delights that Rome has to offer at night - visiting market stalls on the River Tiber, relaxing to acoustic music at the Piazza Navona and enjoying watching street painters in Trestevere.

After an exciting six days in Rome, the group departed from the hotel at 6pm on Tuesday 5 July, arriving back at school at 3.30am on Wednesday with many tired eyes, a few blisters but plenty of happy memories of the historical, religious and cultural experiences that Rome has to offer.

Mr Toal
Teacher of Religious Education

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