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A Level Classical Civilisation and Ancient History students ‘greek’ out in Athens

Current Classical Civilisation and Ancient History students have just returned from an action-packed trip to Athens in Greece, where they got the opportunity to see ancient Greek monuments, sample Greek cuisine, see beautiful theatres and visit museums.

Students took park in visits to the Delphi site, Thorikos Rectangular Theatre, Theatre of Dionysus, the Acropolis, Epidaurus Theatre, Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and many more.

Eloise Smith, who is currently studying A Level Classical Civilisation, English Language and History, said: “There were picturesque views almost everywhere we went and getting to see the ancient sites we’ve learnt about in class was incredible, especially Epidaurus and Delphi!”

Izzie Turner, former pupil at Stockport School, added: “The views from all of the sites were beautiful! We got to explore lots of different cities, but my favourite part of the trip was visiting the Parthenon.”

Louis Kidger, who was recently highly commended in the prestigious Fitzwilliam College Ancient World and Classics Essay Competition, said: “The trip lived up to every expectation and it was an invaluable experience getting to visit so many of the places we often talk about in the classroom. It was also a very socially fulfilling trip, as we got to meet students from other subjects!”

Classical Civilisation and Ancient History Teacher, Will Dearnaley, who accompanied the students on the trip, said: “We’ve had an exciting and fulfilling year in the department. The trip to Athens was the icing on the cake! It was great to see the students enthralled by the beauty of ancient Greece and to see these sights visually bring to life what the students learn in the classroom.

“It was also great to catch up with Xaverian Alumni, Lily Isaac, who was in Athens attending a course on ancient Greek inscriptions. Lily is one of many high-flying students who went on to study a sought-after Degree in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.”

Earlier in the year, students also visited the British Museum and the University of Warwick to attend the University’s biggest outreach event, Warwick Ancient Drama Festival and Stockport Grammar School to watch Aristophanes’ ‘Birds’, a show first produced in 414 BC.

As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers an extensive range of A Levels in addition to several BTEC courses. Visit xaverian.ac.uk to find out more.

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