Lake Garda 2016
The Lower First Form embarked on Whitgift’s annual week in Northern Italy. “The aim of the trip is three-fold,” explains Mr Jonathan Thomas, Acting Head of First Form, “Firstly, it catalyses the process of rooting down into a new school. Strong friendships are forged, and boys get an understanding of the ‘Whitgift way’ of tackling life. Secondly, it presents boys with the challenge of growing up, as they find themselves representing their school and country. For some, it is their first extended period of time away from home; for others it is their first time abroad. Thirdly, boys are encouraged to branch out, as they experience a new culture, new food and a new language.”
Highlights of the trip included re-living the clash of gladiators in Verona’s amphitheatre; exploring the maze of streets and squares in Venice; sailing on Lake Garda; hill-walking amongst vineyards; and traversing the peak of Monte Baldo. Perhaps the most spectacular moment of the trip was watching the Whitgift musicians performing at the world-renowned Teatro Olimpico, in Vicenza.