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A-Level Geography Trip to Sicily

Year 12 students travel to the 'mythical birthplace of volcanoes'


Geography teachers, Mrs Howard and Ms Proctor accompanied 16 Year 12 A-Level students to the Italian island of Sicily in June.

They were investigating what it is like to live near an active volcano and studying volcanoes on an active plate boundary in preparation for their A-Level course on plate tectonics.

The group were amazed at how Mount Etna changes every time the volcano erupts, and enjoyed walking up the Vulcano mountain (the mythical birthplace of all volcanoes).  The natural volcanic mud-baths provided a fun (if smelly!) bathing experience, and the students luxuriated in the molten mud before rinsing off in the hot and bubbling sea. 

The trip was fuelled by delicious Sicilian pizza and ice cream, and Mrs Howard added “It was inspiring to see geography in action – it really is like it says in the textbook.”