Year 7’s Parisian Experience

During the last week of June, 110 Year 7 students and 13 staff went on the Languages Department educational visit to France. It was a great opportunity to put into practice the French they have learned in the first year of study. The visit took them to the fabulous capital city of Paris, taking in some of the famous sights in blazing sunshine and record temperatures! Fortunately, there was an opportunity to cool off in the hotel swimming pool at the end of each day.

On the first day, they went up to the Montmartre area to see the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur and the Place du Tertre with the artists at work. Many of the pupils had a caricature portrait done. Then there was time to sit back and admire the sights from a cruise on the River Seine. Later in the afternoon they visited the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the famous Champs Elysées. Most pupils climbed to the top for the fabulous 360 degree view this beautiful city bathed in sunshine.

The following morning was spent exploring the market near the Montparnasse Tower in central Paris.  The tower is 689 feet high and is Paris’ only skyscraper. There are 59 floors and the fastest lift connects the ground floor to the 56th floor in just 38 seconds. Apart from the fantastic views, there was much excitement as a crew were setting up for a reception that evening for the new Spiderman film. They then went to the O’Parinor shopping centre for lunch and an opportunity to purchase some souvenirs.

The final day was spent in the Disney Resort, enjoying the rides, the parades, and the firework display at the end of the evening.