Visit to FrancePosted on: 01/04/2019
On the 11th of March to the 15th, a group of 50 students, taking French GCSE, and 7 members of staff embarked on a wonderful trip to Paris. It was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to immerse themselves into the French culture from ‘escargot to fromage.’
Personally, this being my first residential trip, I would like to thank the students for their brilliant behaviour and for making the trip worthwhile. Secondly, a thank you to staff whose hard work and dedication made the trip run so smoothly.
On the first day, the students took in the sights and sounds of a small French city called Brie-Comte-Robert. It was stunning. The city is centred around the ruins of a medieval castle with a beautiful church and picturesque houses. With thanks to the PGL organisation, the pupils were given a town hunt in which to navigate their way through the city answering questions. This encouraged the students to not only read directions in French but some pupils even asked locals for help. Once they had solved the town hunt, the pupils were given money in order to buy their group ingredients to make their own lunch. One group, in particular, managed to get the Lord Mayor of the city to give them a pineapple.
The second day was spent climbing to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. A magnificent piece of structural engineering. The pupils were captivated by the sights of Paris from the sky. This was followed by a lovely boat trip on the river Seine and a walk around the famous Notre Dame. The perfect Parisian experience!
Other activities, included a trip to a snail farm where we learnt the life cycle of snails and how one makes your average garden snail and turns it into perfect haute cuisine. A trip around a chocolate factory where we were lucky enough to be given samples of their mouthwatering scrumptious delights and a trip to Chateau Fontainebleau. This was the former residence of the French royal family before the revolution and it was dazzling.
The voyage was a great experience and I hope the pupils and others members of staff enjoyed it just as much as I did.