On the weekend of the 9th-11th of October, the Classics Department went on its annual trip to Hadrian’s Wall. 12 boys from Years 10 and 11 visited various sites along the wall to aid their GCSE study of Latin. The first day featured a visit to the home of the greatest historical artefacts found in Britain (according to a poll cast by the British Museum): the Vindolanda writing tablets which are the earliest surviving written documents found in Britain.
The trip also visited Roman forts at Chesters, Housesteads and Wallsend. A major highlight of the trip was the visit of the Roman soldier, Maximus, who gave a talk on military life and allowed the boys to try on various Roman weaponry. The trip was blessed with excellent weather and the enthusiastic attitude of the boys made for a very successful and enjoyable excursion.