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The Diocese of
Westminster Academy Trust

St Thomas More Pupils Pilgrimage to Rome

Pupils from St Thomas More Catholic School, along with pupils from St George’s Catholic School, Maida Vale and Bishop Douglass School, East Finchley, have successfully completed their second annual pilgrimage to Rome. St Thomas More is committed to developing pupils spiritually and the annual pilgrimage to Rome enables to grow as individuals. 

On the first day of the trip, pupils and supporting staff were privileged to be present at the Papal audience with other pilgrims at St Peter’s Square. The time spent at the Vatican was very memorable for pupils who fascinated by the exhibits and deepened their understanding of art, sculpture and mosaic.  

On the second day, pupils visited one of the world’s ancient monuments, the Colosseum. Tour guides explained the purpose of the antediluvian structure and its reputation as a sacred spot where Christian martyrs met their untimely fate. A walking tour of the Roman Forum followed during which pupils’ and teachers’ knowledge of the Roman Empire and various Emperors’ work was further developed.

During the trip, pupils visited Rome’s fascinating fountains and churches. Ms Henry and Mr Narisetti, teachers from St Thomas More and Bishop Douglass respectively, explained to pupils the importance of places such as the Church of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Pupils were also lucky enough to experience the ‘Time Elevator’, a 5D experience of a journey through time. Pupils saw two shows as part of the experience, ‘The History of Rome’ and ‘The Beginnings of the Universe’. Both these shows were highly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

This trip was a great learning experience for pupils and offered an insight into the rich history of Rome.