Study trip to Italy

Issue 59: 28/3/2024 Strategic Objective: , , Blue Pool Road, Tseung Kwan O News (Reflections and Achievements) 5ème, 4ème, 3ème, 2nde, 1ère, Terminale

Secondary school Latin students from the French Stream at Blue Pool Road and Tseung Kwan O Campuses have returned enriched from an unforgettable study trip to ancient Italy.

This exciting journey transported them through the remains of the Roman Empire, providing them with a total immersion in ancient history. From Rome to Pompeii, through Herculaneum, Villa Poppaea, the temples of Paestum, Ostia, and Villa Adriana, each step was an opportunity to discover archaeological treasures and delve into the beauty of ancient Rome.

The trip began in the Italian capital, Rome, where the students were welcomed by the imposing silhouette of the Colosseum. They wandered through the bustling streets of the eternal city, marveled at the ruins of the Roman Forum, and contemplated the art and architecture of the Vatican.

Pompeii and Herculaneum, the cities buried by the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, offered the students a striking immersion into the daily life of the Romans. They explored the paved streets, admired the mosaics and frescoes preserved by volcanic ash, and felt the echoes of the inhabitants of that time.

The Villa Poppaea, once the luxurious residence of Empress Poppaea, unveiled its splendid gardens and lavishly decorated rooms. The students could imagine the lavish life of the Roman elite and marveled at the frescoes adorning the walls.

The temples of Paestum, magnificent examples of Greek architecture in Italy, transported the students to another era. In front of these imposing columns, they could immerse themselves in mythology and the influence of ancient Greece on Roman culture.

The visit to Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, allowed the Latin students to discover a magnificent theater with Roman architecture.

Finally, the Villa Adriana, the residence of Emperor Hadrian, left the students speechless. The vast gardens, baths, theaters, and reception halls testified to the grandeur and refinement of the imperial era. The Latin students could imagine the life of the emperor and his court in this splendid environment.

The chaperones emphasize the commitment and curiosity of the students throughout the trip. For them, this hands-on experience was an opportunity to solidify the knowledge acquired in the classroom and bring the studied texts and narratives to life.

The high school Latin students return from this trip with a deeper understanding of history and a renewed passion for the study of ancient languages. Moreover, they hope to share their enthusiasm with their classmates and inspire them to delve into the captivating world of antiquity. Whether through research projects, oral presentations, or lively discussions, the Latin students will continue to keep the legacy of ancient Rome alive and inspire their peers to explore the treasures of history.

Ms Chartrain, Ms Taton, Mr Descambs, Mr Thuriès



Émilien Thuriès
Latin Teacher