Saturday, 23 September 2017

180 students win day ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Verona

ABOUT 180 students from Icknield Community College went on a day trip to Verona last week after winning a competition.

ABOUT 180 students from Icknield Community College went on a day trip to Verona last week after winning a competition.

The Watlington school was one of three selected for a “trip of a lifetime” with Monarch airlines.

English teacher Clare Keen submitted 200 words about why the college deserved to win.

The 11- to-14-year-old pupils were given an acting lesson during their flight and when they landed went on a sight-seeing tour of the city.

They visited the Nicolis Museum and Arena Piazza Bra, the gardens of the Arsenale and Juliet’s balcony— some of the year nine students have been reading Romeo and Juliet as part of their studies.

Luisa Howden, Icknield’s business manager, said: “They loved seeing Juliet’s balcony as it really brought Shakespeare to life. They also loved visiting the museum and seeing all the old artefacts. Some of the students who had not been abroad before couldn’t believe the climate and the cultural differences.”

The school found out its competition entry had been successful during the Easter holidays and only had a couple of days to sort out passports for all the children and the transport to and from Manchester airport.

Headteacher Mat Hunter said: “I’m so pleased that our students were able to benefit from this fantastic experience. We are always looking for innovative ways to support learning outside the classroom so winning this competition was a real coup.

“Thank you so much to our many supportive parents and staff who enabled this trip to happen.”

Kevin George, Monarch’s managing director, said: “Icknield Community College is such a deserving winner of our competition and the spirit of the children was fantastic.”

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