Nick Roberts and Mat Doran accompanied 18 B/C Blockers to Imperia on the annual Italian Study Trip – a trip meticulously organised once again on the Italian side by Michel Marty.

As usual, boys were extremely well looked after by their host families, all of whom had teenage children themselves, and although there was a range of activities laid on, it was the experience of interacting with their Italian counterparts that the boys found most enjoyable and rewarding.

The boys (and Mat) had four hours of lessons on four mornings, and spent the fifth in groups of 6 in one of the local schools (liceo scientifico, tecnico and linguistico). They visited Albenga, Dolceacqua and the historic centre of Imperia as a group, and social activities included a football match, a Champions League TV evening and an end-of-stay pizza evening.