Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Trip to Italy 3rd - 7th November 2014

Day 1
On the first day, we arrived at school with our suitcases and went to the first two lessons; we then met up with everyone else and got ourselves into the coach. The journey to the airport was a good laugh with all our friends and was excitable for all of us. When we got to the airport, again we had a good laugh looking around the shops and it was nice to have some freedom to do what we wanted to do. The plane journey was good and when we landed in Turin airport we all were a bit nervous as our families were picking us up from the other side. We got there and we met our families. It was a little awkward to start with but we got in the cars and went back to their houses and settled in - the families were all welcoming. By Megan, Tayah and Jess

Day 2
On the second day we met at the school at 8:00 after waking up at 6:30 and recycled waste for an hour. After that, we made the 10 min walk from the school to the castle nearby. Unfortunately, it was raining on the second day but we still managed to have fun. After a short speech in the theatre of the castle, we head off to look around the contemporary art museum inside the castle. Our group was split into 2 groups so whilst one looked around, the other group made prints of leaves and nature using a screen print as a memory of our trip. In the evening, we went back to our families and ate dinner before heading out on a trip with our families. By Annie and Helena

Day 3
On Wednesday we took the 40min journey into Turin (the nearest town) by coach. We split into two groups and visited two local landmarks. First we visited ‘Palazzo Barolo’ a 16th century building with brilliant architecture and spectacular ceiling paintings. Then we explored Turin: a large town that at one point was considered to be the capital of Italy. After finishing a truly Italian pizza we went onto the next activity the ‘Museo del Risorgimente’. We had an interesting presentation about the formation of Italy. In a building originally built to be the parliamentary house for what was thought was going to be the capital of Italy. In the evening I met my partner’s family and a very friendly dog. There was always a friendly and family based atmosphere. By David

Day 4
On the fourth day we caught the bus to school or got driven in. We spent the morning in the computer suite and created posters about the code of conduct in our schools. Then we designed a Comenius project code of conduct. Other groups did different things for example environmental research or finding out about the Italian constitution. We spent the afternoon with our partners. Some groups went to town, some people stayed at home. We all met in the evening to show our parents the things we had been working on. After that most people met together with people from other countries and went out. Ben, Jonah and Adam

Day 5
This was the last day of our Comenius trip to Italy. In the morning we went to Turin and did a bit of sightseeing and shopping. We had a delicious lunch in the town centre and then said ‘goodbyes’ to our host families.  It was a very busy and enjoyable week. We were able to work with students from four different countries and exchange ideas on the human rights issue. We also learnt about the Italian history and culture and started new friendships. Hopefully, we will be able to meet again during the next Comenius meeting in the UK.

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