Homeward bound

St Peter's Square
St Peter’s Square
St Peter's Basilica - absolutely amazing
St Peter’s Basilica – absolutely amazing
The altar in St Peter's, only to be used by the Pope
The altar in St Peter’s, only to be used by the Pope
Lunch on the terrace of the roof of the Salvatorian's headquarters - nice view!
Lunch on the terrace of the roof of the Salvatorian’s headquarters – nice view!
Our final group photo in St Peter's Square
Our final group photo in St Peter’s Square

On our final day in Roma we explored the Vatican. Our guides showed us the way through the many museums of the Vatican that house some of the most impressive sculptures, tapestries and paintings ever created. The Sistine Chapel did not disappoint, the expansive art recently cleaned and restored. St Peter’s Basilica was every bit as impressive as expected, with huge expanses of marble surrounded by chapels, sculptures and mosaics that inspired awe and faith, despite the crowds. We were then lucky enough to celebrate mass with the Vicar General of the Salvatorians Β just metres down the road from St Peter’s Square. A perfect end to our stay in the Catholic Capital.

And now weΒ have made it home safe and sound.

We have all had an amazing time away. Some have travelled to Europe for the first time and I am sure will have images and stories to sustain a lifetime of happy memories. It has been a privilege to observe the way in which the students have looked after each other, appreciated the history and beauty of the English countryside, Italian craft and structures that have stood the test of time. Their friendships have strengthened, their eyes opened to the greater world in which we live, as well as a deeper gratitude for the life we lead here in Australia…

Signing off one last time…

Thoughts on Rome

Thoughts on Rome

Rome was very interesting but it didn’t live up to its pickpocket reputation as my fake wallet didn’t get stolen out of my back pocket. Chad
rome was nice, very busy but not what I expected loved this whole trip though 😊😊😊😊😊 kristyyyy hello chicken nugget :)))))

Rome was how I expected Italy to be, just slightly different. Have to come back because the Trevi fountain was closed, miss England and home see you soon ❀️❀️

Rome was incredible a perfect end to a fantastic trip, I’ve always wanted to see the Colosseum so yesterday’s excursion was great and today’s trip to the Vatican has been peaceful spiritual and a great final stop, tomorrow we will be taking a ten hour flight to Bangkok followed by an hour and a half rest before our eight hour flight back home, can’t wait to see everyone back in Australia love you and looking forward to seeing you soon. -Zachary Salatnay

Wow what an amazing trip filled with good times, memories and new friendships… At times it was hard and I wanted to be home but I knew that this was a once in a lifetime experience that you can only have an open mind to, I have really enjoyed myself and enjoyed the people around me and I’m looking back at this as a great 3 weeks away going on an adventure which I couldn’t of changed!!! I really have changed my mind about things that I take for granted but I have also taken a great perspective on things and I’m thankful of my friends that I have grown closer with β€οΈπŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ nickalette

Rome has been pretty great, although I’m sad to be leaving I can’t wait to be back home with family -Kate

Yeah was pre good and was what I expected πŸ‘πŸΏ it’s heaps busy tho and got annoying but in the end seeing the popular sites was really good and the experience in general was awesome πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ and yeah like chad said was ready to fight a pickpocketer but nothing came up – nina

I have always wanted to see the Sistine chapel and as I expected, it absolutely tingled my senses. I was not expecting the Vatican to be filled with such awesomeness. The art was so on point there were tears. Loved it so and was much glad I got to see it on my birthday. The colosseum was completely amazeballz. If I stared close enough I could just vision the gladiators fighting for my marriage. Mmm. So ye had a wonderful last day :D arrivedecci (<I tried)- PS: hi mum. loz/ kiliiiiiii

I looked to the Vatican and realised that my religion game was weak. However, the mass rekindled my Holy Spirit. A mind boggling experience appeared before me in the form of fan-tablous artwork created by Michelangelo; as a result, a single tear escaped my eye, rolling down my cheek. Overall, my time at the Sistine Chapel was “on fleek” and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The Colosseum was one of interest. As soon as I stepped into the famous landmark… I knew… I knew I was an empress. I knew. Sup mother of mine :3 πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ‘πŸΏ – Erin (Fillllliiiiii)
Rome has been absolutely fantastic, the landmarks are just all so old, it’s hard to believe how long everything has been here! When we walked out the “Colosseo” train station and the colosseum was right there, I knew that this was going to be something special.
~ Z.Shill

Rome was nice and The Vatican was really big. The church was amazing and we had a great mass. – Tom

I have really loved Rome – we came into weather that wasn’t too great but Italy proved so so lovely. All the buildings are so so so pretty and I don’t want to go back to grey Sydney :-( The Vatican was a unforgettable experience – the Sistine Chapel was absolutely amazing, as well as the colosseum, and the art and history of all of Rome is so interesting and breathtaking. The cities and statues and everything is beautiful, and I’ve done so so much gift shopping (you’re welcome). ~ Rachel Trim
Hallo mama, Italy has been great, can’t wait to come home though. I miss you, Nelson, Mac,blue, oil and Brooke so much. Ily a trily xoxo gossip girl (laura )

Rome has been wonderful, had loads of fun eating great food and seeing beautiful places. Highlight was seeing the Sistine chapel and eating pizza on the church rooftop after an amazing mass, so lovely. Very excited to come home and see my fam and puppy -tash xxxxxx
Rome was absolutely AMAZINGGGG, way beyond my expectations so much to do and see.
All the buildings are very unique and very different to the ones we have in Sydney putting our architecture to shame. My favourite place was the Colosseum it was amazing so much to learn and gain.
The shopping is really good in Rome, lots of money well spent.
( missing you Family can’t wait to see you all soon, love you all πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•)
~ Chanelle xxx

Rome was just as exciting and intriguing the second time round for me. I was able to learn particular information as provided by the tour guides, which I did not have the opportunity to do before. This assisted me in having the ability to achieve a better understanding of artworks and the history behind the many well-known sites in Rome. E.g the works in the Sistine chapel.
Can’t wait to get home! – brianna xoxo

Rome was amazing! The different sites and amazing architecture were a once in a lifetime experience that I wouldn’t swap for anything
Can’t wait to be home – Rylie x

I can’t believe how much I enjoyed Italy!! It was way different to what I was expecting. The culture is so rich and celebrated so publicly that learning about the history is hard to avoid. All of Rome was so beautiful! Viewing all the ancient ruins around the city was definitely a highlight of the trip! Such a wonderful way to end the tour.πŸ˜†πŸ˜† – Melissa xx

Italy was amazing! My favourite by far. Florence was awesome got some shopping done and spent all my money!!! Rome was great I finally got to see the colosseum and I got a look into the ancient history of Rome which is one of my favourite types of history!! The Vatican was lovely and overall this trip has been amazing and I’m definitely coming back!!!
~ Jazz Malone xx

Italy was awesome, my favourite city was Florence!!!! I did not know it was possible to have so much gelato in such little time! The gorgeous sites and history was breathtaking. My favourite site would definitely be The Vatican. A once in a life time trip but definitely time to come home. Much Love Mia xxxxxxxxx

Revisiting Italy was really nice, unfortunately I missed out on seeing family but nevertheless I had an amazing time, great shopping and great food, having many good memories with mates. Will miss u Italy- dj Khalid (kamran)

Rome was a new experience. Although we were all so tired (and a little homesick), a pizza on the roof overlooking Vatican City was something I will never forget! A once in a lifetime experience I will never forget although I think it’s time to come back to Aus! Will definitely be back sometime :) – Annie


Sculptures at Uffuzi
Sculptures at Uffuzi


It's busy in Florence...
It’s busy in Florence…
The River Arno from the Ponte Vecchio
The River Arno from the Ponte Vecchio
Team Saunders selfie...
Team Saunders selfie…



Sculptures at Uffuzi
Sculptures at Uffuzi

Well we have made it to Italy the land of good coffee, pasta, pizza and gelato! And we have all been sampling the local goods.. Shopping has been a huge focus too. Venice was as always an amazing place to visit and discover. We stopped at Pisa on our way to Tuscany. Today we made our way into Florence. In both places we have had a walking tour so that we are able to appreciate some of the history and stories behind to centuries old buildings and bridges we are looking at. Everyone has been impressed with theΒ mosaic decorations of the churches and we have seen some incredible sculptures too.

Please read on to hear from the students…image

Italy adventures.. Venice

Too many pigeons

Venice was very very pretty, loved all the little laneways and shops, ate some delicious pizza and had way too much gelato. It’s a bit chilly at the moment but fingers crossed it’ll warm up soon enough! ~ Bayley and Jess

Yesterday I realised my haggling game is weak- Luke

Venice was an amazing city that lived up to all of my expectations. – Jarod

Venice is such a beautiful city, it lived way beyond my expectations. I loved all the shops and laneways going all around Venice. I had lots of pizza and way too much gelato but was worth it. I really would like to come back to Venice after finishing school, just AMAZING!!! ~ Chanelle xxx

Yeah Venice was pre schmick, took some mad photos and bought some fresh products from da stores, had a really nice sandwich and some delish spaget, hella sick love it – Nina and lochie xxxxx

First thoughts: ghost town. There was no one around when we arrived and it scared me just a little bit… But when we went into the main part of Venice it was beautiful. The food was amazing and the little gondola ride around the city was awesome sauce. I was almost eaten by a pigeons – Erin x

My first day in Italy and I’ve managed to eat pizza, pasta, and gelato, and all three were amazing :) Venice was definitely the most picturesque place we’ve visited, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the country – Maddie Powell

Venice was beautiful, a little colder than expected but was definitely made up for by the gondola ride, pasta, gelato and aesthetic scenery. Excited to see more – tash cullis xxx

Venice was awesome and so was the pizza and gelato, loved seeing the canals and their methods of travel. Keen to see more. Chad

Venice was absolutely amazing I loved the food the gondola and how pretty everything was, very colder than I thought but was very nice place miss u mummaaa xxxx kristy❀️

Hallo mama, Venice was not what I expected! The churches were amazing but I imagined something very different, still a beautiful city though. I’m very excited for Florence, the leaning tower of Pisa and the colosseum :) miss u heaps have fun in Bondi πŸ˜‰β€οΈπŸŒž-laura

Like England so much more, didn’t really like Venice except the gondola and the gelato, more excited for colosseum and Roma, can’t wait to get home miss you all love you , Rach xxxxxxx

Italy is absolutely beautiful and Venice was incredible. Our hotel was one of the best we have stayed at so far, and it was an fantastic experience to walk along the water eating delicious gelato. We are now traveling to Florence and I can’t wait to see the leaning tower of Pisa as well as the colosseum. Miss you all back home, love you see you soon -Zachary Salatnay

Venice was lovely, had the first of many Italian foods which were really good! The gondola ride was very relaxing and fun xxx excited for the next couple of days. Lots of love xxx – Mia

Venice was amazing!!! Definitely my favourite place so far! The city was gorgeous with many bridges and famous waters, the gondola ride is a must do! So much fun! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much Gelato in one day but it was so good! I’m really looking forward to the coming days and what they will bring!!!!!!! Miss you guys and love you lots! ~Jazz xxxxx

Venice was so absolutely beautiful – I took so many photos and I’m just so in love with the colours of the city and of Italy. The gondola with Tom was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. So much to walk around and see, my feet hurt but worth the gift shopping, sight seeing, and gelato eating. Unforgettable!!!!! – Rachel T

I’ve always wanted to go to Venice and it is now my favourite place so far! Absolutely beautiful and so amazing. The place is soo pretty, the people and language is awesome and the culture is gorgeous. The gondola ride was so beautiful and the pizza was yum. Love the colour of the water and the buildings. The masks were so awesome. Good on ya Venice, I’ll definitely be back xx loz

Italy is on my bucket list and yesterday I got to tick it offπŸ˜€! Venice was absolutely beautiful, it now the place that we have been on the trip. The people and language is just gorgeous the fact that I’m in this amazing country is just breath taking, the Hotel were we stayed was Great! The best thing was the food! Best food I’ve had on the trip! Venice was just an amazing adventureπŸ˜†

A beautiful place with beautiful food – Amy

Venice was absolutely beautiful. We went to this little Italian restaurant where we had homemade pizza. It was divine!!! Puts Dominos to shame!! We went on a gondola through the canals. It was so relaxing. The highlight of my trip!! – Alicia Waller

Venice is gorgeous, the streets are stunning and the gondola ride was just beautiful- Jamie xls. M


We have managed to see most of the main sights.. We’ve been busy!! Shopping, the Tower of London, some went to the London Eye, some returned to Oxford Street, all in all a great experience of England’s capital.

Some words from the kids…

Thoughts of London…

London was great! It is a busy city, similar to Sydney but with more history and sites to see – Mia

London was great! Lots of fun sites to see and very easy to get lost in! Heaps of cool history to see and the buildings are really nice! -Jazz

The big city had both its ups and downs. I loved the London eye, it’s been one of the highlights of the trip. Billy Elliot was amazing, so talented! But the city smells so bad and there’s rubbish everywhere!! – Alicia Waller

London is extremely crowded and hard to move around in without bumping into people. It was lots of fun and the shopping was pretty good as well. Billy Elliot was amazing and I really enjoyed it!!

London was absolutely brilliant- the sights we’re simply incredible and nothing like I’d ever seen before.
~z shill

London is a massive and busy city, but it was so much fun seeing lots of historical buildings and shopping down Oxford Street~ Alicia

Billy Elliot was so fun to watch, not bad for a first musical. The famous sights were cool too, it’s hard to comprehend we are in London. The history of all these places we are visiting is just incredible, and goes so far back. – Jamie xxx

London was absolutely amazing – I adored all the buildings and just the whole city. I’d love to come back here, I just love the feel and look of the city. Everywhere we went was so lovely, from Billy Elliot to the London Eye to merely shopping on Oxford Street. Loved it. – Rach Trim

London was nice and very busy. The London Eye and Billy Elliot were cool. – Tom

Schmick – Nina & lochie

London was pretty sick, the London eye was a great experience and billy Elliot was a great play 10/10 would do agen -kammy zutututu

Much British. Very cool. Wow. -Brendan ;)

London was a great place. So many things you can do and see, I enjoyed Billy Elliott, the London eye and all the shopping. I hope I can come back here one day for longer. – Ben

The London hostel was good because with all four bags on the floor we were able to see some carpet occasionally which was awesome with 4 boys :) other than that London was great! Can’t wait for Italy. The British museum was my favourite part of London and spent most time in the Americas section – Lachie h

London was super cool, I loved billy Elliot and the shopping can’t wait for Italy(((: Kristy

Helllooo mummy! Billy Elliot was so funny and well performed! London is alright really busy though. miss you heaps – laura xoxoxo

Don’t really like London it’s too busy, loved seeing the family and can’t wait to see them again , so excited for Italy , will send lots of photos! Love you guys lots and miss you . Rach Vescio xxxxxxxxx

London was awesome and I enjoyed Billy Elliot. Can’t wait for Italy should be dank. Chad

London was huge, crowded and really busy – really fun, but exhausting too! Seeing Billy Elliot was the highlight for sure. So excited for Italy and warm weather. – Maddie Powell

Loved London, such a beautiful city apart from the crowded underground and expensive stores! Billy Elliot and Oxford street were definitely highlights. Italy will be amazing – tash cullis

Fell in love with London. Even though the underground was violent, there are no ATM’s or bins, and expensive, it was an amazing part of the trip. So excited for Italy!!!! – M Papageorge

Billy Elliot exceeded my expectations, love the story. London was so great, love all the pretty architecture, the amazing sites and all the shops! The museum was so sick, the celts and the mummies were a fav. Cute town. Bye London! Loz x

London has been great! Billy Elliot and the British Museum definitely favourites although hotel was a let down, being woken up by a clock every hour was not fun. I’m sure I will come back soon. Looking forward to Italy!! – Annie

Not entirely sure what I expected when I came to London, but it turned out to be pretty awesome. Bins and bathrooms, however, decided to non-existent when I needed them the most… Billy Elliot was amazing! I loved it so much!!! Bring it on Italy :3 – Erin xx

It’s been such an amazing trip so far, can’t wait for Italy!! -Kate

London has been awesome, billy Elliot turned out better than what I thought It would be like. Jarod

London was great, albeit busy and heavily congested- pretty much the Sydney before Sydney. The sites were amazing and I enjoyed our trip here- Luke😝

London was great, have been so so lucky with the weather and had such a great time shopping on Oxford St. Watching Billy Elliot was a highlight and made the second night a fun night out. Although accommodation was a shocker, but the city lived up to its expectations and we would definitely come back in the near future! – Bayley and Jess

I’ve waited for years to see London and it definitely did not disappoint riding the London Eye was especially amazing not to mention seeing Billy Elliot in the country where it all started. Traveling around the UK was the best experience, and now we are traveling to Italy, seeing Rome will especially be incredible. Looking forward to seeing everyone back home when I get back, see you soon. – Zachary Salatnayimage image image


We have arrived in Britain’s capital! It’s busy, and the sun continues to shine on us. We enjoyed ice cream and a few rides on Brighton a Pier before venturing to the big city.We had a tour guide show us the key sites once image image image image image image image image image imagehere, a few photo opportunities, and spent some time at the British Museum.. We could have spent longer there. The Rosetta Stone was a key attraction, but we also had time to see some ancient Egyptian, Greek and other priceless antiquities. Last night we headed to Covent Garden Market (with the rest of London apparently) and had some time to wander the shops and stalls and have dinner. Right now we are at Buckingham Pakace watching the Changing of the Guards before we head to Oxford St. Tonight we are going to the theatre to see Billy Elliot.. We are busy, but loving it!

Thoughts on Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury

Bath was just as beautiful as the rest of the other cities we’ve seen. It’s art, architecture and history was amazing and it was awesome staying in such a famous city. Stonehenge was pretty cool as well. How they got those big stones on top of massive rocks will still confuse me but the information behind them was interesting. Salisbury was a cute little town :3 – Erin x

Bath was wonderful and enjoyed watching all the buskers on the streets. Stonehenge wasn’t just “a bunch of rocks on a mound of grass” like my father told me… but rather mysterious and Salisbury was a thriving town with more beautiful scenery. – Annie xx

Bath is so far our favourite destination on the tour, fell in love with the old fashioned buildings, and loved all the delicious cafΓ©s, especially the best white chocolate mocha with whipped cream and chocolate chips… Will hopefully be coming back here after school finishes. Accommodation was pretty average but to even it out the shopping was amazing, spent way over budget but was worth it! – Bayley and Jess :)

Bath is amazing and I plan on coming back sometime in the near future. – Jarod

Bath was my favourite place so far along with York, the scenery was absolutely amazing.
My favourite part was visiting Stonehenge as I have wanted to go there for so long and it was AMAZING and exceeded my expectations by far.
The shopping Was amazing in Bath, Lots of shops to go to :) – Chanelle xx

Bath was really nice and the stone henge was pretty cool. The cathedral in Salisbury was amazing

Bath and York were both really nice and I especially enjoyed all the old buildings and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Stonehenge was also great and I enjoyed learning about it. Definitely plan on doing this again. -Ben

The art and architecture, along with the history is absolutely amazing. I will miss the beautiful cobbled streets, the markets and the castles. -Maddi papageorge xx

Bath was a really cool place and by the end of our stay there I knew my way around more than I do in Sydney. Stonehenge was awesome to finally see and I got a ballin’ jumper. Lachie H

Bath was awesome but I couldn’t find my way around because every street looked the same. Stonehenge was really interesting and it was good to hear all the different theories about it. Chad

Bath was very very pretty, I loved it :)))) stone hedge was very cool as well loved it xxxx Kristy

Mama I miss you so much but I’m loving all the culture and history! Bath was absolutely amazing and it fascinates me how the Romans built it. Stonehenge was also amazing and it was nice to see it in real life after learning about it!! Love you lots 😍 lauraΒ b

Having the best time , love and miss you all heaps and can’t wait to see you eggs, lots of love rach xxxxxxπŸ˜πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Bath is incredible, I could really picture myself living there one day – so much art, literature, good food, history and especially Jane Austen 😍 Stonehenge was a definite highlight, it was awesome getting a sense of scale and learning about the history. – Maddie Powell

Bath was absolutely beautiful, one of my favourites by far with its amazing history and architecture. Salisbury was so cute and would love to further explore! Tash c

Bath was awesome. Great insight to history. Romans are sick. The water tasted like blood. Good stuff. Loz

Bath was incredible, absolutely incredible. The Roman Baths were fantastic and Stone henge was really cool too. ~ Z.Shill

Bath was a very relaxing city, with interesting history and gorgeous architecture – Mia

I loved bath! I absolutely adored seeing the years of history that was there in the Roman baths, gorgeous sites and amazing places!!! ~ Jazz