In 2009 The King’s College took six students, three staff and two parents on an Arts History tour of Europe. The following highlights are written by Ms Hazel Pannell, TKC’s Curriculum Coordinator who attended the tour. Ps Mihael McCoy, our current Chairman of the Board, took the lead in organising this trip.
We started in London, England for 5 days. Highlights included the Winston Churchill War Room, the War memorial, Windsor Castle and the theatre production of the Lion King at the West End. There was also a fun time of shopping and enjoying experiencing the world’s largest city. Fun activities included the wax museum of Madame Tussauds, and watching jousting at the Tower of London.
We then went via train to Paris, France where we spent 4 days. Highlights included the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, a river cruise, the Palace of Versailles and a full day at Euro Disney. It was here that people fell in love with French food, especially the bakeries. As part of our French experience we went on a 10 day tour of the World War 1 battlefields. We were able to see all the major battlefields in the Somme, look at the memorials, visit the underground camps, and see actual trench warfare sights. The highlight of this part of the tour was the dawn service on ANZAC day at Villers Bretonneux. Although it was extremely cold at 3 am (around -5 degrees), when students headed to the service it was an incredibly moving experience for all involved, with students laying a wreath on behalf of The King’s College at the end of the service. This tour ended with a visit to Compiegne to see the site where the signing of the treaty ending World War 2 took place.
Lastly we headed to Rome, Italy. This was an amazing time for pizza, pasta and culture. We took students to the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the colosseum. Students were treated to a private tour of the Vatican by a Cardinal who gave the most amazing details about life inside the Vatican. He was an art historian for the church and gave so much insight into the different sections of the Vatican and the meaning behind it all in relation to the Bible. A highlight of this section of the tour was visiting the 24 hour prayer room that has been going continuously for the past 400 years. The last day was spent on a day tour to Pompeii – the sight of the Ancient city covered by a volcanic explosion that is still being excavated. Here we learnt about early Roman life and gained greater perspective into the Romans during Biblical times. We also found a place just outside of Pompeii’s city wall that had the world best pizza!