Posted: 2 November, 2023

Autumn Half Term Trips 2023

News, Senior School, Sixth Form, Trips


Year 9 and Year 13 students really enjoyed their cultural immersion in the city of Granada. They attended Spanish lessons, a flamenco show and an Arab calligraphy workshop. They also enjoyed eating paella at a restaurant, visited a number of museums and the stunning palace of La Alambra, and strolled around Granada and El Albaicín. We are sure they will remember this experience!


The Classics department led a trip to Greece during half term for students in Years 10 to 13. Here they tell us more…

After an early start, students arrived in Athens and headed out to sample the local food in and around Monasteraki. They then attended a local theatre to see a tragedy performed and get their hands dirty in a mask-making workshop. On Saturday, they battled crowds to reach the top of the Acropolis where they saw the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysus. That evening, they attended a cultural evening at a local restaurant where certain staff members revealed a unique talent for traditional Greek dancing. Sunday took us on a day trip through blazing sunshine and spectacular scenery to Delphi, the sacred precinct believed to have been the centre of the ancient Greek world.

On Monday, we toured the tombs and walls of Mycenae, the heavily fortified city that has inspired works of Greek myth from the time of Homer onwards. We also relocated to Tolo and managed to squeeze in a little time at the beach before sunset. Tuesday took us to the theatre of Epidaurus, a 4th century BCE theatre, so perfectly preserved that you can still hear a coin dropped in its centre from the back row (a trick we tested). We also squeezed in visits to the sites of Tyrins and Corinth before returning to the hotel to pack. After a spectacular overnight thunderstorm, Wednesday gave us scope for some souvenir shopping in Nafplio before heading to the airport and home.

Greek Culture Evening
Greek Culture Evening


Putney’s rowers took part in an Autumn training camp abroad for the first time during the half-term holiday, with 35 Y11-13 students making the trip to Mimizan, in south-west France.

Despite mixed weather, the squad took to the water as many as 15 times over the seven days at the Cercle Nautique de Mimizan, and also enjoyed a windy afternoon off at nearby Mimizan Plage.

The group made huge progress in their rowing skills formed crews for the upcoming events: Fours Head this Sunday and Teddington Head on 18th November.


Year 9 Italian students went on a cultural and language trip to Sorrento, Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast during the October half-term.

There were guided tours around Capri, Pompeii and Naples. Students took part in a pizza making workshop in Naples as well as in a gelato making class in Sorrento, allowing them to make and eat their own pizza and gelato!

The pupils had a lot of fun and practised their Italian! “I had the best gelato ever” was a daily phrase heard throughout the trip.

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