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