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Posted on July 10th 2017

Y12 Geneva Trip - July 2017

On Thursday 6th July, twenty year 12 students jetted off to Geneva along with Miss Devers, Mr West and Mr Semple. On the first day, we visited the botanical gardens where we saw many plants as well as flamingos, chickens, goats and even deer! In the evening, we walked around the lake, adventured on the ferris wheel to see the sights from up high and walked to the Jet d’Eau, the world’s highest water fountain (140m). On the Friday, it was time to visit CERN. We visited the exhibitions that covered particle physics, how the large hadron collider works and the four experiments currently happening at CERN. Afterwards we were lucky enough to have a tour of the ATLAS and CMS experiment with two particle physicists. Unfortunately, the LHC was not running at the time we visited so we were unable to see live data analysis however the students still learnt how the data is collected and analysed. The fantastic day ended with a traditional Swiss cheese fondue at Restaurant Edelweiss to the tune of a live folkloric band. Bobby, Tyrell, David, Matthew and Gene kept us entertained with their attempts on the horn and cowbells. We finished our trip with a lake cruise on Lake Geneva followed by a steep climb to the top of St. Peter’s cathedral and some shopping around the old town. The students had a fantastic time, with lots of them experiencing so many new things for the first time!