Shortly before the half term break ninety-nine of our pupils travelled by coach and ferry to Lésigny near Paris. Everyone was very excited to arrive in France. We arrived at our accommodation ‘Chateau de Grande Romaine’ where we enjoyed settling in, having an evening meal and participating in the evening activities.
The next day some pupils spent the morning at the chateau taking part in a variety of outdoor activities. Pupils had the opportunity to try a range of activities including abseiling, climbing and archery. Other pupils visited the Louvre where they took a great interest in the art and particularly enjoyed the Mona Lisa while some pupils visited the ‘Stade de France’ where pupils had a guided tour of the entire stadium including the players and referees changing rooms, the presidents’ suite and even the prison! In the afternoon some pupils visited a chocolate factory where they enjoyed a presentation from the chocolatier and samples from the factory, some did the outdoor activities and others visited the Arc de Triomphe and climbed the 284 step spiral staircase to the top!
Thursday was also extremely busy, all pupils visited the Eiffel Tower where they walked up to the first and second floors and enjoyed the amazing view! That afternoon some pupils visited the Arc de Triomphe and some visited the ‘Stade de France’ while other pupils chose to spend the afternoon touring the magnificent Notre Dame cathedral.
On Saturday we spent the entire day at Disneyland in Paris visiting both the main Disneyland Park and also Walt Disney Studios.
Evenings were spent learning how to make crêpes, playing football and basketball on the outdoor courts and enjoying a fantastic last night disco.
The trip was a great success - all students were immersed in French culture and took every opportunity to practise their language skills.