“GCSE Geography students in Years 10 and 11 spent the first week of the Easter holidays on the Geography tour to Sicily. Study sites included Mount Etna, the Alcantara river gorge, the tourist honeypot of Taormina and the Aeolian island of Vulcano. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the southern flank of Etna where, at an altitude of 2,500m, we were able to marvel at the sight of a stream of molten lava flowing down the slope while snow was falling all around. Mr Latchford commented that this was Etna at its most awesome and the students should feel very privileged to have witnessed such an event.”
The Geography department have returned from a brilliant trip to Sicily with a group of 31 GCSE geography students (and a couple of history infiltrators)
On the first day we set out from our base in Giardini Naxos to make the journey up Mt Etna in 4 wheel drive vehicles. Unfortunately the summit area was inaccessible due to heavy snow but we continued on foot to a point where we could see a small eruption in progress. A bitter wind encouraged us to turn back to the Rifugio Sapienza for a hot chocolate. Once fortified, the party split into two groups to investigate the Silvestri craters.