Curriculum Experiences Overseas

Girls in all year groups have a huge amount of choice when it comes to overseas trips and these enrich the curriculum at St Mary’s enormously.  Every year there are many educational trips, below are just some of the highlights:

LIV and MIV Form Trip to the German Christmas Markets (pictured left)
The Fourth Form thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Cologne, where they visited the famous Cologne Cathedral, several Christmas markets and, a favourite with the girls, the Lindt Chocolate Factory. 

UIV Form Battlefields Trip (annual)
As part of Enrichment Week the girls enjoyed an educational trip to the World War I Battlefields of Belgium and France. Amongst other historical sites, they visited the cemetery at Lijssenthoek, Ypres, the Menin Gate memorial and Bayernwald, where they explored the German trench system. 

UIV Form Study Visit to Rouen, France
In June, 33 girls and four teachers set off for a trip to Rouen, France. Amongst other activities, they enjoyed lessons in French, a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts, a French cookery lesson and a trip to Arromanches and Sword Beach.

LV and LVI Form Geography Fieldtrip to Krakow, Poland (also to Iceland, biennial cycle)
The girls had an amazing and informative time in Poland. During their trip they visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine World Heritage Site, the incredible St Kinga's Chapel, carved out of the salt, as well as experiencing a very moving visit to Auschwitz Birkenau.  

UVI Form History of Art Trip to Paris (also to Florence, biennial cycle)
The Art Historians enjoyed their History of Art study trip to Paris, learning about the art and architecture of the city and visiting the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and Montmartre, among other attractions. 

Fifth and Sixth Form Classics Trip to Sicily

The trips in Sixth Form are amazing.  We went on a Classics trip to Sicily and it was good to be able to put the places to the names we had been studying in class.” (Rebecca)

The girls soaked up the history and culture during their Classics Trip to Sicily where they visited Agrigento, the historic Valley of the Temples, a real testament to Greek domination in Sicily and also famous for its early Christian catacombs, Siracuse, and much more besides.  “It is impossible to do justice to the richness of this experience.  All civilisations are represented here from Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman, and Arab.  To pass effortlessly from one to the other or to have them all mixed together is part of the charm of Sicily”.  (Mrs Rothwell, Head of Classics) 

In March, the Fifth and Sixth Form Classics students will also be participating in a Classics Trip to Turkey.

Other forthcoming trips also include a Biology Fieldtrip to Montserrat in the Caribbean for the UV  and Sixth Form Biology students in the Summer Term of 2015, organised in conjunction with the RSPB and the Government of Montserrat, to survey flora, fauna and coral in order to analyse the effect of volcanic erruptions on the ecosystem.