A group of A Level Religious Studies pupils from Loreto College Coleraine spent an educational and enjoyable five days in Rome at the end of October to complement their studies.
The students, all in Years 13 and 14, enjoyed a very full programme of activities and visits. Highlights of the trip included visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trajan’s Market and Trajan’s Column, the Piazza de San Silvestro, the Piazza del Populo, the Borghese Park, the Pincio Terrance, the Piazza di Spagna, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Campo di Fiori, the Trastavere area, and the Bocca de la Verita.
The group also spent a day exploring the Vatican Museums and the Sistene Chapel, as well as attending an English Mass at the Church of San Silvestro and visiting the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, and the famous St Peter’s Basilica and Chapel.
The students, and the staff who accompanied them (Mrs Siobhan McCarry, Head of Religious Education, along with RE Department members Mr Kevin Conroy, Mrs Brenda Sweeney and Miss Julie Galbraith) found the trip to be thought-provoking, reflective and enjoyable, as well as culturally enriching, placing the study of the history and context of religion in an immediate context.
Principal Michael James paid tribute to Mrs McCarry, who organised and led the trip, for the imaginative and meticulous planning of such a wonderful educational experience for the students.