The Comenius project, ‘Learning European History through Staging National Events,’ took off on their fifth meeting to Italy on the 8th December 2013. Eight sixth form students and two teachers from Astor College were given the unique opportunity to meet up with students and teachers from all over the continent.
They were welcomed by the students at the host school, Istituto Tecnico Commerciale, who showed them the sights of the city and the surrounding area. Together with the students and staff from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Spain, students explored the cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. They journeyed through history, visiting a number of well-known sites such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Piazza del Duomo. During free time, they explored the city, trying their favourite Italian food, ice skating, and shopping.
Astor students created a skit based on the Portuguese national historical figure Egas Moniz, a famous scientist who paved the way for future brain surgeons and won the 1949 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery of the therapeutic value of leucotomy in certain psychoses.
The meeting was a great success. Students and staff had an amazing time exploring the city and experiencing the real Italy.