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Years 9 to 13 Trip to Russia

Thursday, 22 October 2015

"The opportunity to travel to Russia was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience. For many of us we were taken far beyond our comfort zone, in to the much maligned, little understood enigma that is Russia.

As anyone who has been will tell you, six days is simply not enough time to fully appreciate Russia in all its glory. We were whisked around landmarks, churches, palaces and even an underground train network decorated as if it were home to a King or Queen. Moscow to Saint Petersburg via a night train in such a short period of time is not only a cultural whirlwind, but also a test of our fitness! A comprehensive programme designed by the indefatigable Mrs Willett, aided eloquently by Mrs Yates and Ms Murphy, saw us regularly quizzed, dazzled and engrossed in a range of the most fantastic activities. We were whisked to a circus, ballet and a Russian folk show, also stopping off at the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum and the Hermitage. There was no choice but to fully immerse yourself in the beautiful Russian culture.

The efforts of the staff were hugely appreciated by everyone who went, with shared experiences and memories that will undoubtedly last a life time. Visiting Russia is like the lighting of a spark deep inside you; the excitement and fondness from which you look back on your time there will never leave you. It is not every day one steps out of ones own culture into something completely different, completely new. The whole purpose of studying a language is to use it, converse with people, become part of the culture. The chance to do this in Russia was one we all cherished, something that really opens your eyes to the world in a new light. We were all lucky to have gained a little glimpse in to the enigma that is Russia."

Charlie Walton, Year 13