When you think about Italy, France and Belgium, usually the first things that come to mind are: Colosseum, Eiffel Tower and chocolate (and great food, of course). Well twenty of our senior students ticked all of these boxes and more on the 2018 Europe Art and History tour.
The bi-annual tour aims to immerse students in the history and culture of Europe, from Ancient Roman ruins, to the masters of the Baroque and Rennaisance.
Significant highlights included the Vatican, the Pitti Palaca, and seeing masterpieces such as Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ and Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’.
Memorable moments included seeing a gladiator propose to his special lady at the Colosseum, listening to a band playing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ whilst eating Belgian Waffles in Ypres, taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower and marvelling at the Catacombs in Paris.
Even more impactful than the destinations are the emotions that are experienced when confronted with the reality of what is in front of you.
The Memorials at Tyne Cot and the Menin Gate elicited such emotions when students investigated the contribution of Australians on the Western Front. They also walked in the footsteps of the Australian 40th Battalion in Passchendale and learned about their courageous fighting during World War One.
The students now understand the reality of international travel and also have the experience of immersion in ancient civilizations, art that has developed over centuries and history that is relevant to them every day.