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Aidan off to Athens after scooping Albert Johnston Travel Award


Upper Sixth student Aidan Hall is looking forward to visiting Athens and the Saronic Islands this summer to explore a modern European city and the birth place of Western analytical philosophical and political ideas after winning this year’s Albert Johnston Travel Award.

Aidan, who has an academic interest in Philosophy and Politics and a curiosity for Greek and Southern European culture, will examine the significance of the capital city’s place as a model for modern democracies around the world.

Whilst in Athens he will visit the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Aristotle’s Lyceum, the National Garden, various agoras and the suburb of Plaka, the oldest district in Athens.

He will also visit Epidavros to see the Ancient Epidaurus Little Theatre and the Epidavros Acropolis before heading to Poros to look at the churches, beaches and the clock tower.

During his trip Aidan will keep a day-by-day photographic diary, chronicling his experiences.

Speaking about winning the Award, Aidan said: “I felt both a sense of excitement and relief when I was told I had won because, at that point, I knew all my planning and hard work had paid off.

“The process was challenging and rewarding. I lost out last year, but I took on the advice given to me and improved my plans with further research.

“The most intellectually enriching part of my trip will be my visit to the ancient part of Athens. Not only will my visit to the Hill of Pnyx and Areopagus allow me to learn more about Ancient Greek courts and political systems, but my visit to the numerous ancient temples (including the Parthenon) gives me the opportunity to explore the significance of polytheistic religion on Ancient Greek politics and philosophy.”

Head of Psychology Miss Hannah Barton is in charge of running the Award and she added: “The variety of topics was very interesting this year. It was great to see that Aidan had taken on board the feedback given last year – it shows that hard work and perseverance pays off in the end.”

Thanks to Old Stopfordian David Coleman, Bursar Chris Watson, Governor Chris Muscutt, Archivist Stuart Helm and Deputy Head (Staffing and Co-Curriculum) Ben Bowles for joining Miss Barton on the judging panel.