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October 31, 2018

Thames Naples Visit

This month, 16 pupils from years 7-10 enjoyed a trip to the Bay of Naples to enrich their study of Geography. In glorious sunshine they explored the remains of Herculaneum and developed their fieldsketching skills and understanding of tectonic processes from Mount Vesuvius. They gasped at the underwater town and mosaics of Baia and conquered the cliffs of Capri to visit the Villa San Michele, before recovering with a swim in the sea.  The final day was spent exploring Pompeii where pupils remained engaged and enthusiastic despite the torrential rain and thunder that coincided with their visit. They learnt about the hundreds of innovations created by the Romans, including speed bumps and fast food takeaways, as well as systems to run a polyglot city efficiently.

All four days were fuelled by copious amounts of local food and everyone was delighted to discover the wonder of pasta as the first of three courses! Margherita pizza also featured highly in its home region, with one boy declaring his very first meal in Italy, “The best pizza I have ever had.”