First Christian school Europe trip in 15 years

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Over Easter, a Slave Lake school organized an international field trip for the first time in 15 or 20 years.
Kirsty Ferguson-Boissonneault is the school manager and main organizer of the trip.

“My brother Brice, the councillor, was in high school,” she says, the last time the Slave Lake Christian Academy (formerly Slave Lake Koinonia) organized an international field trip.

The school has however taken part in trips organized by other schools. For example, in 2019 nine people from the school took part in a trip organized by another Koinonia school.

From March 28 to April 7, 2024, 31 students and adults from SLCA travelled through London, Paris, and Italy. In Italy, they visited Florence, Rome, Pompeii, and the island of Capri. The students were mostly in high school with one Grade 7 student.

Before the trip, the students had jobs to pay their own way, and the group did a little bit of fundraising.

Asked about some highlights, Ferguson-Boissonneault says, “definitely Pompeii, to see the preservation of society … The gardens of Versailles were very nice.”

Other highlights were the Colosseum, the island of Capri, Florence, Trafalgar Square (London), the London Eye, and the Louvre in Paris.

The focus of the trip was history, with guides at each location.

Ferguson-Boissonneault has travelled quite a bit and to some of those locations before, but even she learned some new things.

For many of the students, it was a new experience.

“For some of them, it was their first time in the airport,” says Ferguson-Boissonneault.

Some had been outside the airport to pick people up but had never been past security.

Next year, the plan is to go to Costa Rica, says Ferguson-Boissonneault. The trip will focused on adventure, such as ziplining over a tropical forest.

Slave Lake Christian Academy students outside Big Ben and UK Parliament in London. From March 28 to April 7, the group travelled through Europe.
Photos courtesy of the school.
SLCA students at the Colosseum in Rome.

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