Italian Exchange Visit

15 JOA students visited Regina Mundi school in Milan last week on our first MFL exchange in many years. Students were able to interact in Italian with the families they stayed with and while they were at school, they were involved in various activities from Science experiments to games and a pizza workshop. Students also had the opportunity to visit famous landmarks in Milan, Florence and Venice, were they also experienced the Carnival. An unforgettable time was had by all and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Italian students during the last week of the Spring term!

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Rome Trip 2015

Eighteen pupils from Year 9 and 10 joined Mr Doyle, Miss Dell’Orto and Miss Edge for the Italian department’s annual trip to Rome. During our trip we walked lots and visited many of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions including St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, la Bocca della Verita’, the Roman Forum, Piazza Spagna and il Vittoriano. We enjoyed the opportunity to try out our Italian for real and also managed to eat lots of pizza, pasta and ice cream. Even the constant rain on the first day didn’t dampen our spirits too much!

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Visit To Lille Christmas Market

We had a very successful trip to Lille Christmas Market on December 11th. The students were able to use their language skills to communicate with the vendors and bought all sorts of lovely gifts for their families and friends. Most of them sampled the gauffres and crêpes on offer and managed to steer clear of the gluhvein. They also braved the big wheel and took photos across the city and met the man in red himself. Their behaviour was exemplary and we were proud to be with them. All in all, we had a great day out.

A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale!


Today is Martedi’ Grasso (Shrove Tuesday), the day before the start of Quaresima (Lent). Miss Torrini’s Year 8 Italian class learnt about Carnevale celebrations in Venice and each pupil made their own mask. To discover more about Carnevale in Italy and to find out about Italy’s biggest food fight click on the links below: