The town of the infamous Medici family, world renowned Uffizi Art Gallery and Nazi-defying Ponte Vecchio. Although the beginning of our trip was not perfect, thanks to the well-timed Italian air-strike – our baggage was hostage in Pisa for about 7 hours. Our first day ended with the ultimate reunion of our bags along with the sainthood of Miss Cresswell; who had fought long and hard for our precious belongings! Our next three days was packed full with excursions including church crawls, intense Italian lessons, museum visits and many, many gelato breaks. An all-round favourite was the Gucci Museum which contained fabulous shoes, dresses and of course, refreshments in our main rendez-vous on the Piazza della Signoria. The Basilica di Santa-Croce amazed each and every one of us as we went from tomb to tomb gazing upon the final resting places of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini and many more impressive names.
Eleven lower sixth students climbed Snowdon this weekend to raise money for Amantani, a charity which helps children in Peru by providing them with boarding houses near to their schools. Before these boarding houses were set up, many of the children had to walk up to 8 hours every day just to get to and from school. Our walk up Snowdon was a representation of this walk undertaken by the children before Amantani began work in the area.
After 6 long hours of Ispy, sporadic outbursts of anything from Busted to The Proclaimers, and some snoozing in various unflattering positions; we arrived at Llandudno in North Wales. We went out for a carb-loading dinner at a very nice local fish and chip restaurant to prepare ourselves for the challenge of the following day. We had an early start on Saturday morning, we oo-ed and ah-ed at the beautiful landscapes and were amazed at the size of the hills (as anyone from Cambridge would be!). Snowdon’s peak was lost in the clouds when we began our ascent which made the beginning stages of the walk fairly daunting. The walk was challenging at times, but we all pulled through together as a group. The last 200m was a terrifying scramble up to the summit, we crawled up at times, and tried not to look down, but eventually we made it to the top.
The Mock Trial trip to a Costa Coffee branch not only provided students with delicious frappe lattes, but also gave us the opportunity to investigate how the law applies in a real life situation, in a stimulating and interactive way. Before our trip, we had considered the famous Liebeck vs. McDonald’s Restaurants product liability law case (also known as the ‘hot coffee lawsuit’), in which an elderly woman was awarded $2.86 million after suffering third-degree burns as a result of accidentally spilling a cup of McDonald’s coffee in her lap. This thought-provoking case about the issues of negligence under tort law gave inspiration to our challenge to identify any examples of Costa’s compliance with its legal obligations that were evident within its premises.
Lower 6 IB students visited the Arch and Anth Museum in Cambridge on Tuesday this week in order to find a Theory of Knowledge related question to follow up back at school. There were some fascinating artefacts in the archaeology and anthropology sections of the museum, the most eye catching was the gigantic totem pole that towered over the whole exhibition. The collection included items collected from people all over the world, from many different periods of history. We saw a lot of intricate jewellery, coins, clothes, tools, religious items, toys and practical items. This was my second visit to the museum, I enjoyed it just as much as last time, but by thinking critically about objects and trying to think of Knowledge questions related to objects, exhibitions or the museum as a whole, I got so much more out of it. We came up with some really interesting questions which we discussed back at school the following morning.