30th April 2012
During the Easter holidays 23 year 11 pupils, along with Mrs Biddulph, Mr O’Connor and Mr Leighton, visited Sorrento in Italy on a Geography study tour. This was a fantastic experience for the pupils as they got to see the volcanic area and experience how the locals benefit from the volcano.
On day 1 we visited Solfatara. This was a giant volcanic crater that literally translates to “Land of sulphur”. Here the pupils could see the sulphur jets steaming out of the ground. On day 2 we visited the beautiful Isle of Capri. This involved a boat trip around the island to explore the coastal features. We also looked how tourism has affected the island and the different facilities on offer. At night we visited the Centre of Sorrento where Pupils had a traditional Pizza.
The next day we visited a Southern Italian Farm, The Fondo Galatea. Here the pupils had a guided tour of the farm, visited the livestock and had a demonstration on how to make cheese. We managed to eat lots of Italian food here, such as cheese and meat. We then took a very scary coach journey along the Amalfi Coast.
On the final day of the trip we were meant to visit Mt Vesuvius but unfortunately this had to be changed due to the weather. We decided to visit Pompei instead. This was extremely interesting as the pupils could visualise the impact the volcano had on the region. Here the pupils explored Roman Villas, Cinemas, Town Centres and even a Roman Amphitheatre. A very rewarding and interesting time was had by all pupils and the Geography department look forward to running more study tours in the future.