The first part of this year’s Sicily Exchange showed yet again how wonderful Barr Beacon pupils are.
With the travel being on time and hassle free, we landed in Catania, being greeted by host families and teachers of our partner school IPSAAT Rocco Chinnici. Pupils were thrown straight in by travelling back to host families’ houses to unwind after a long day and to immerse themselves in the Sicilian culture. In the evening, all pupils met up to celebrate the start of the exchange with a party at one of the families’ houses.
On the Sunday, all pupils took the adventurous trek up Mount Etna, one of Europe’s most active volcanos. Pupils drove up to the point where they took a snowy path towards the summit. The 90 minute trek took them past some fantastic views and eventually led to the bowl where Etna erupted many years ago, bringing down the highest peak to what remains today.
Monday – Wednesday
Pupils started the process of cooking, but not before the exchange was formally introduced by the Headteacher and all teachers involved. As cooking commenced, pupils prepared the ingredients ready to be used in the lunch that would follow. Pupils learnt different skills with regards to cutting and seasoning vegetables. Through the next 2 days, pupils watched the 3 professional cooks teaching the Sicilian classes and were also involved in preparing meat, making pasta from fresh and chopping their way through a mountain of vegetables.
Pupils and teachers agree that the project has again met all expectations. The partnership between the two schools is very much alive and our pupils really took to the task of being hosted with maturity.
We are now looking forward to the Sicilian pupils arriving to Barr Beacon in March 2018.