A group of A Level Religious Studies students from Loreto College Coleraine spent an educational and enjoyable five days in Rome just before Easter to complement their studies.
The students, all in Years 13 and 14 at the College, enjoyed a very full programme of activities and visits.
Highlights of the trip included visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, 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, and the Bocca de la Verita.
They also visited the Irish College, the Palatine Hill, the Catacombs of St Sebastian and the Church of St Paul’s Outside the Walls.
The group spent a day exploring the Vatican Museums and the Sistene Chapel, as well d visiting the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, the famous St Peter’s Basilica and Chapel, the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars and the Villa Borghese Park.
The group also enjoyed some free time for shopping as well as a taste of typical Italian cookery in a range of
The students, and the staff who accompanied them (Mr Kevin Conroy, RE Department, along with Mrs Schira McGoldrick Head of Year 13, Mr Bob Murph, Head of History and Mrs Maxine West, Sixth Form Study Supervisor) 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.
Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Mrs Siobhan McCarry, Head of Religious Education, who organised the trip along with Mr Kevin Conroy, who led it, for the imaginative and meticulous planning of such a wonderful educational experience for the A level Religious Studies students.