Viva la dolce vita

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Sweet as. That could be a Kiwi trans­la­tion of Ital­ian phrase, La Dolce Vita (‘the sweet life’), and next year a posse of 24 Boys’ High stu­dents will get to ex­pe­ri­ence ‘the sweet life’ first hand.

Fundrais­ing is un­der­way now for the years-11 – 13 Re­nais­sance Tour of Italy.

It’s a tri­en­nial trip Boys’ High teacher and tour guide Ken Benn says en­com­passes his­tory, maths, sci­ence, art, mu­sic, lit­er­a­ture, ar­chi­tec­ture, nav­i­ga­tion, pol­i­tics (think Machiavelli), lan­guage and cul­ture.

‘‘So much of what the stu­dents learn at school in math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence, lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic, and art comes out of the Re­nais­sance pe­riod. The trip ex­poses the boys to the multi-dis­ci­plinary thinkers of the past, gets them to think out­side their com­fort si­los, and de­vel­ops self-re­liance and in­de­pen­dence.’’

The three-and-a-half week trip in Septem­ber 2017 of­fers the young par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence an­other cul­ture first-hand.

‘‘Italy has given the rest of the world so much over the cen­turies – from art to his­tory to mu­sic. On a slightly more friv­o­lous note, some might say ‘la dolce vita’ is Italy’s great­est gift of all,’’ Ken quips.

‘‘We travel ex­ten­sively through Italy us­ing pub­lic trans- port and, while en­joy­ing many of the big tourist high­lights like the coli­seum, we also ex­plore the lesser known ru­ral ar­eas and spec­tac­u­lar beauty of places like the Cinque Ter­res.

‘‘The trip will ex­pand their world view in a way that can never be ac­com­plished in the class­room.’’

Help­ing to make that a re­al­ity is high pro­file foodie, Ruth Pretty. Ruth has signed on for the fundrais­ing ef­fort, host­ing an evening of La Dolce Vita on Fri­day April 8 in the Spiers Cen­tre. The money raised keeps the travel ex­penses down, which as­sists those from less af­flu­ent house­holds. With the trip cost­ing $7500 each (not in­clud­ing spend­ing money) ev­ery lit­tle helps.

‘‘Ruth has been ex­tremely gen­er­ous in mak­ing her­self avail­able for this evening, and will be pre­par­ing eight de­li­cious, per­fectly achiev­able long Ital­ian-style lunches you will be able to make at home.’’

Caterer, cook­ing au­thor and bon vi­vant, Ruth will share con­coct culi­nary se­crets, tell sto­ries and en­gage with the au­di­ence ‘‘as the whim takes her’’.

Tick­ets for the evening with Ruth are $50 and avail­able from the Boys’ High Fi­nance Of­fice, on 354 5176. Molto bene.

‘‘Italy has given the rest of the world so much over the cen­turies – from art to his­tory to mu­sic.’’

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Food guru Ruth Pretty is help­ing Boys’ High raise funds to­wards a Re­nais­sance Tour of Italy in 2017.

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