Our Literature 12 class has recently returned from a whirlwind experience in England. With sixteen students and three chaperones, we made our way through Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Canterbury and London. Our deep hope for this ten-day excursion was to have literature and history come alive for our students. Through tours, performances, readings and other experiences, the students were in awe of their surroundings as they gained a deeper understanding of literature, architecture, nature, relationships and spirituality.
Some of the highlights of the trip included: attending the morning service at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford; taking a walking tour in the footsteps of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien; experiencing the sights and sounds of Shakespeare’s birthplace; exploring the majesty of Canterbury Cathedral (despite it’s scaffolding); taking in Shakespeare performances of Merry Wives of Windsor and As You Like It (which included pulling Isaac Singh on stage during the second act); seeing the city from atop the London Eye, walking the crosswalk of Abbey Road; climbing to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral; reading poetry on Westminster Bridge, in John Milton’s church and in William Blake’s cemetery; seeing amazing West End productions of Wicked, All My Sons (featuring Sally Field) and The Play That Goes Wrong (the funniest play we’ve ever seen). Photos were taken, laughs were shared and moments were cherished.