A group of 32 students from San Andrea Senior School, aged between 12 and 14, recently spent a week in Toscana. This educational trip was organized by the Italian Department. The students were accompanied by Ms. Audrey Galea Spiteri (Italian teacher), Mr Stephen Briffa (Assistant Head of Senior School), Mr Mauro Camilleri (Maltese teacher), Mr Daniel Cordina (Religion teacher) and Ms Ivonetta Gemignani (Italian teacher who is from Pisa herself). The group departed on the 3rd of December and remained in Italy till the 10th of December.
During this experience, the theory which is learnt during the Italian culture lessons, became alive. The group visited some of the most beautiful cities and monuments for which Tuscany is renowned: Firenze, the birthplace of the Renaissance era where the students visited Palazzo Pitti, one of Florence’s largest art galleries, Piazza della Signoria and Il Ponte Vecchio, Pisa (were the group was staying) and the world famous leaning tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, the Battistero and the monumental Camposanto, Siena and Piazza del Campo, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietra Santa, Cutigliano and the Unesco world heritage medieval village of San Gimignano. Through visiting such place with the accompanying teachers, the students succeeded to integrate their Italian knowledge with their historical and religious knowledge, as well as comparing the Italian culture with their own Maltese cultural heritage.
Other highlights of this trip were, watching a football game from the Italian league between Fiorentina and Roma in the Stadium of Firenze and having spent a day on the beautiful Appennini mountains where students went up on a cable car to get to a place called La Doganaccia, where they could practice bob-sleighing and also visited an adventure park.
We all think that this was an unforgettable experience and the positive effects of this special trip abroad is being reflected through the excellent feedback being given by the students themselves. Such opportunities give our students the space to become more responsible and independent.