St Ursula's Senior History students have the opportunity every two years to visit Europe including Italy, France and Belgium.
The purpose of the tour is to allow students to experience and to study first-hand some of the sites relevant to the core study of the Ancient and Modern History syllabuses.
The main focus for the Ancient History students is a visit to the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Expert local guides, as well as Australian academics, lead the students through an extensive tour of these two cities, with particular emphasis on what can be learnt about life at the time from the remains of the private and public buildings.The students also visit the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and the Ancient Greek settlement at Paestum.
The tour group also visits some of the most important World War One battlefields in France and Belgium. This allows the Modern History students to visualise the areas in which the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Passchendaele took place. The students also commemorate the Australian involvement and sacrifice in World War One at significant sites such as Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres.
With time in Rome and Paris included, the students who participate in this tour are able to gain a wide range of cultural and historical experiences.