On the 31st March 2023, 45 students and 5 members of staff made their journey by coach and ferry to Paris. Since this was our school’s first trip to Paris since pre-Covid times, we invited language students from years 9-13. The purpose of our trip was to allow pupils to immerse themselves in the language and culture France has to offer, and of course to have fun!
The trip included nearly 2 days of travel, during which we were extremely lucky to avoid long delays at Dover, which unfortunately many schools experienced during the Easter break. We also spent a day in Paris city centre and a day at Eurodisney. Our excursions in the city included a walk up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower and for our braver pupils a lift ride to the summit. We then enjoyed eating lunch on the banks of the beautiful river Seine, followed by a guided Bateau Parisien tour, and finally a shopping trip to the Champs Elysées, where Mr Jacobsen couldn’t resist breaking into song with his favourite record Les Champs-Elysées by Joe Dassin. Eurodisney was a big hit with everybody thanks to the hair-raising rides, the colourful Disney characters, the wonderful array of Disney souvenirs and the range of food on offer.
The accommodation during our stay was located at the spectacular resort of Château de Grande Romaine on the outskirts of Paris. This is a beautiful setting which has previously been a training ground for the French national football team. As well as a variety of hot and cold meals, including Les escargots, pupils enjoyed activities every evening, including the photo challenge, a French quiz and a crêpe soirée. It was a delight to see students engaging in these activities and the teamwork they showed was fantastic.
A memorable time was had by all during our Parisian trip and the students were an absolute credit to the school. We all could have done with a little more sleep on the whole, but the fun we had far outweighed the lack of sleep! A huge well done to all of the students who went and a massive thank you to the staff as well.
À la prochaine!