Cooma students get set for European adventure

ITALY will soon be the classroom for a number of lucky high school students.

Monaro High and Bombala High students will be combining travel and fun with school work on a history study tour of Italy and the Western Front in April.

Monaro High vice-captain Hayley McKinnon said she was excited to be able to explore another culture and gain knowledge for her Modern History course for the Higher School Certificate at the same time.

"I'm looking forward to Paris the most and am excited to see the Western Front," Hayley said.

Twenty-nine students from Monaro and Bombala High Schools will participate in a 16-day study tour of Italy that includes Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, Rome and the Western Front.

Year 12 Monaro High student Lindsey Browne said he was very excited about the trip.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Vatican and eating Belgian chocolate," Lindsey said.

Monaro High student Hayden Smith described the overseas excursion as a 'once in a lifetime trip'.

"I'm looking forward to everything, but mainly the Vatican and Colosseum," he said

The year 12 students and their parents met with teachers and the travel agent on Monday to go over the details of the trip.

Monaro High teacher Jan Sandercoe said the group will be accompanied by five staff members from Monaro and Bombala High schools and number of parents will also be going.

"The tour, organised by travel specialist Academy Travel, provides expert guides at all locations," Mrs Sandercoe said.

Estelle Lazer, an Australian archaeologist and world expert in human remains, will share her extensive knowledge and expertise with the group at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

On the Western Front, the executive manager from the ANZAC Memorial, Brad Manera, will talk to students about the stories of courage and heroism of Australian soldiers on the Western Front.

Mrs Sandercoe said a highlight of their visit will be visits to the memorials to the fallen soldiers at locations such as the Somme, Ypres (Menin Gate), Polygon Wood and Villers-Brettoneux.

Mrs Sandercoe along with Monaro High teachers Trish Thompson and Krys Schouten and Bombala High teachers Glen Warren and Rebecca Robson will be supervising the students.

They leave on April 10.

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