Sicily Trip

Published on 25 March 2015

Sicily Trip

At the start of the February half term Team Geography took 35 GCSE students to the Italian island of Sicily. To everyone’s delight they arrived to blue skies and glorious sunshine with temperatures much warmer than those back in cloudy Bedfordshire.

The trip started off with a visit to Alcantara Gorges where students got to see what happens when the erosive power of water combines with volcanic rock to form some very impressive geological features (rock on!). This proved a great opportunity for some students to show off their stone ‘skimming’ skills and Mr Hazlewood was extremely pleased to beat all the students up the steps to the top of the incredibly long ascent back to the coach.

On day 2 the sunshine sadly vanished and clouds loomed over the mighty Mt. Etna. Due to a large amount of heavy snowfall prior to our arrival students were unable to reach the final summit of Europe’s tallest active volcano. However, after a very windy bus journey and cable car ride students were able to test their stamina in attempting to reach the summit. Poor visibility put a stop to students’ ambitions but this didn’t dampen their spirits. It was extremely amusing trying to keep upright on the icy slopes of the volcano and the laughs of some students (Beth Hill) were undoubtedly heard down at sea level in Giardini.

Day 3 again saw the weather change our plans and the visit to the volcanic island of Vulcano was cancelled as the ferry was unable to cross the choppy Mediterranean.  Instead, students had the opportunity to explore the historical town of Messina which was blessed by the Greek god Helios and the subsequent return of blue skies and sunshine. Staff and students were stereotypically  British and had to expose their pale arms to the sun in the hope of returning to the UK with a tan.

The trip came to an end with a visit to the Ancient amphitheatre of Taormina which gave students an incredible view over the surrounding coastal areas. A large group of students also used the visit as an opportunity to exercise their vocal cords and more importantly gave Mr Cain the chance to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a composer. The Ancient Greeks would have been impressed…perhaps!

Team Geography returned to Bedfordshire exhausted but incredibly proud of how the group conducted themselves during the course of the trip. They were a credit to the school and themselves.

Mr Hazlewood