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Italy Trip

In half term a group of Geography and Geology students went on a fantastic fieldtrip to Southern Italy to go and explore and learn more about three volcanoes. We started out by flying early on Wednesday morning to Sicily and went to the spectacular Alcantara Gorge (in the valley below where ‘The Godfather’ was filmed) where we trekked through the lemon and orange groves down to the waters edge. We then travelled to the pretty seaside resort of Giardini Naxos which was to be our base for the next few days and had a chance to eat our first gelato of the trip.

Thursday was Etna day and we went with our guide to the west foot of Etna and ascended to the cable car station at 2000m. We then took a cable car up to 2500m to see lava flows and got into jeeps to take us up to just below the crater at 2900m. There we were met by a special Etna Alpine guide who walked us around the crater. The weather was perfect and you could see most of Southern Sicily and our hotel resort from the summit, but it was a little bracing with the strong wind and snow underfoot. We then descended and walked around some ancient lava flows before returning to Giardini Naxos for another gelato and some down time on the beach.

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'Get The Gig'

Six students in Years 9, 11 and 12 went to Lincoln Drill Hall on November 13th for a Get the Gig music industry day. Organised by Lincolnshire One Venues, the day included 3 workshops, live performances and DJ sessions. Students learnt about the music industry and how to get involved from starting out to uploading music to understanding the roles of promoters etc. BBC Introducing explained how their song uploader worked and what opportunities were available in our county regarding performances and getting your music heard.  It was a useful day for students interested in pursuing a career in music performance and we hope some of them will take advantage of the inside information received.