Whether pupils are studying photosynthesis, or understanding the difference between net weight and gross weight, our teachers are expert at bringing learning to life. With experiential learning playing a key role in our programme and our campus’s idyllic setting, it means that twice a year the whole school can get involved in the annual grape and olive harvests. Both events provide a fun and highly memorable spring-board to learning.
Castelli hills’ volcanic soils are rich in minerals that the olives trees and grape vines thrive on. Our hot dry climate is perfect for these fruit. Our local economy is dependent on wine and olive oil and harvest time is a traditional community activity.
Vineyards and olive groves making up over a third of our campus and over the eight years students spend with us they experience and reflect on how team work and coordination are key to organised agriculture, a fundamental prerequisite of all civilisations. How the chloroplasts that use the sun’s energy create complex sugars. How the olive trees use oil to prevent water loss. How the yeasts used sugars and water to convert these in to the alcohol content of wine. The ancient, traditional and modern approaches to wine making and olive pressing – there are just so many parts of the syllabus that can be introduced and explored.