A Parisian Experience
50 students head across the channel to experience French lifestyle during half term
On Saturday 11th February 2017, 50 students and 8 members of staff set off from Saint Aidan’s and travelled through the night to Folkstone where we boarded le Shuttle for France, arriving in Calais at 8:30am. A few hours later, the group arrived in Paris and headed straight for the Eiffel Tower, via the Arc de Triomphe, ready to take in the sights of Paris.
After spending over 12 hours on a bus they students and staff decided to stretch our legs and take the stairs to the second level of the tower, before getting in the lift to the very top. From there, they looked out over the city of Paris and took in the view of some of the most famous Paris monuments.
Following this they took a short bus tour of the city (taking in Place de la Concorde, the Notre Dame Cathedrale, Opera Garnier and the Louvre museum) before heading back to the hotel for some dinner and a much needed sleep! and we saw.
Day 2 took 50 very excited students and their teachers(!) to DisneyLand
Miss Daisy Seville, the teacher responsible for the trip and Head of Year 7, said, “To say we were all excited would be an understatement! We spent the first part of the day in Disneyland where we saw the infamous pink castle, went on some rides and met some of our favourite Disney characters. Mid afternoon, we moved onto the Walt Disney Studios park and went on rides such as the Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. We ended the day by going back to the Disneyland Park and watching the fireworks and light show when the park closed at 9pm.”
On the final day it was back to the centre of Paris where the group went on a river cruise of the Seine, with an accompanying audio guide which explained the history surrounding some of the most famous Paris monuments such as the bridges, palaces, Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre.
Miss Seville said, “The weather was really sunny so we all sat on the open top deck and soaked in the final sights of Paris before boarding the coach for the journey home.”
She added, “The trip was a huge success. It was a great opportunity for the students to put the French they had been learning in school into practice whilst also learning more about French history and culture. The trip was a really memorable experience for all of the students involved.”