Curriculum Experiences Overseas Girls in all year groups have a huge amount of choice when it comes to overseas trips and these enrich the curriculum at St Mary’s enormously. Every year there are many educational trips, below are a few highlights: Science Expedition to Costa Rica On 2nd July 2017, a group of girls from UV and LVI left for an exciting 12-day adventure to Costa Rica. The itinerary chosen endeavoured to capture many of the various experiences that this Central American country had to offer: from fascinating biodiversity, beautiful scenery and adrenaline-fuelled activities. Read more Unforgettable History Trip to Russia (pictured left)On 11th February 2017, 37 History students across different year groups, along with 7 members of staff, set off on their highly anticipated six-day trip to Russia. The girls were lucky enough to visit the two biggest cities, Moscow and St Petersburg, and were able to explore many historical and cultural landmarks including Red Square, the Hermitage, the Gulag museum and the Catherine Palace. Read more Cultural trip to China In March 2016, nine pupils experienced an adventure of a lifetime. They visited The Great Wall of China and Beijing's Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, as well as exploring the beautiful city of Xi’an, visiting the famed Terracotta Army and shopping in the local markets of Shanghai. They had an amazing time learning about the culture of this fascinating country. Read more UIV Form Battlefields Trip (annual)As part of Enrichment Week the girls enjoyed an educational trip to the World War I Battlefields of Belgium and France. Amongst other historical sites, they visited the cemetery at Lijssenthoek, Ypres, the Menin Gate memorial and Bayernwald, where they explored the German trench system. UIV Form Study Visit to Rouen, FranceIn June, 43 girls and five staff set off for a trip to Rouen, France. Amongst other activities, they enjoyed lessons in French, a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts, a French cookery lesson and a trip to Arromanches and Sword Beach.UVI Form History of Art Trip to Paris (also to Florence, biennial cycle)The Art Historians enjoyed their History of Art study trip to Paris, learning about the art and architecture of the city and visiting the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and Montmartre, among other attractions. Fifth and Sixth Form Classics Trip to GreeceThe girls soaked up the history and culture during their Classics Trip to Greece. The first visit was to the beautiful temple of Poseidon at Sounion, set in the most attractive cliff top position. Other past trips have included a Biology Fieldtrip to Montserrat in the Caribbean for the UV and Sixth Form Biology students, organised in conjunction with the RSPB and the Government of Montserrat, to survey flora, fauna and coral in order to analyse the effect of volcanic erruptions on the ecosystem.