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English Trip To Venice

During half term, President Kennedy School’s English Department took a group of Year 11, 12 and 13 English Language and English Literature students to Venice, Italy. Our inspirational tour-guide, Rafaella, showed us the main sights of the city. The trip was  a cuisine of culture, with students spending time in the legendary Museum Correr and Doge’s Palace. There was also time to explore the labyrinth of streets and sample the delicacies of colossal pizza slices and interestingly shaped pasta. Some students hired a gondola; others sat in St Mark’s Square and watched the world go by. A visit to the top of the stunning Campanile  was a major highlight.

 

Our hotel, located outside Venice itself, was actually on a beach resort, although the snow prevented any sunbathing. The incomprehensible eating arrangements were a challenge overcome by the organisational maestro Miss Darke. A well-earned rest brought an marathon 36-hour day to an end.

The next day was a cuisine of culture, with students spending time in the legendary Museum Correr and Doge’s Palace. There was also time to explore the labyrinth of streets and sample the delicacies of colossal pizza slices and interestingly shaped pasta. The evening saw a titanic struggle between teams of students in the inaugural Venice 2013 Quiz. Question master Mr Wood, with a little help from his new French friends, tested the general knowledge of the group. The group even invented an innovative method of quiet applause as we were not the only people in the hotel.

Our final day in Venice allowed the students more time to immerse themselves in the culture of the historic city. Some students hired a gondola; others sat in St Mark’s Square and watched the world go by. A visit to the top of the stunning Campanile rounded off three wonderful days in the centre of Venice, and as the snow closed in we departed for one final time. A slightly tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony provided the entertainment for the evening, hosted by the sensational Miss Alexander. Perhaps the highlight of the ceremony, besides the crowning of the Venetian King and Queen, was the “Haggler Award” presented to Seima Rahman (Year 12) as she negotiated deals in every street in Venice.

During the journey home, the group was exhausted but in good spirits, passing the time with a hearty sing-song led by the dulcet tones of Miss Price and Miss Howe. Even a four-hour wait for a ferry in Calais did not dull the students’ insatiable enthusiasm.

Mr Wood, Miss Alexander, Miss Darke, Miss Price and Miss Howe would like to thank all the support staff who helped organise the trip, and especially the students themselves who were a credit to the school.