Modern Languages Trips
This year we ran a new trip in the Modern Languages Department. Instead of returning to Paris, where we have run a successful trip for a good number of years, in 2017 we visited the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. With a jam-packed itinerary, we took in the sights, as well as visiting the UN Headquarters (which was informative, and afforded excellent views of the Alps), CERN (where we visited the Microcosm and Universe of Particles exhibitions) and the Olympic museum in Lausanne. We also spent a morning in a Swiss school, meeting pupils that we had already contacted and gaining an insight into the education system in Switzerland. We sampled local delicacies, including fondue, and the trip would not have been complete without a visit to a chocolaterie! We enjoyed the good weather during a boat trip on Lake Geneva, had ice cream at the side of the lake, and indulged in a moment to relax and sunbathe.
S1 Paris Trip
39 children and 6 members of staff touched down in Paris for the annual visit. La Tour Eiffel shone its magnificence during our nocturnal ascent on the first evening and the children were most impressed. On several occasions we overheard pupils discussing the linguistics of the French language and the difference between avoir and être. Notre Dame and L'Arc de Triomphe struck a chord with a surprising number of pupils and some chose these cultural landmarks as their favourite places.
This year Parc Astérix replaced Eurodisney as the most popular excursion.
We identified with gladiators from antiquity in the Louvre, haggled with street artists in Montmartre and savoured the delights of French cuisine in a number of restaurants. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
S2 Interdisciplinary trip to Madrid
S2 pupils and teachers (from Modern Languages, English, Music, Drama, Geography and Biology) went on an Interdisciplinary trip to Madrid. Staying at the Tryp Atocha hotel, with comfortable beds and a huge buffet breakfast, we covered many memorable cultural and tourist attractions. Of all the activities we did, from Madrid Zoo, the Prado museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Rastro Market, Vaguada shopping centre, Mercado de San Miguel, Flamenco dance lesson, paella cookery lesson and seeing the Lion King musical in Spanish, the Zoo trip seemed to be the overall favourite. The wide variety of animals, ranging from racoons to elephants, and the freedom pupils were allowed to go off in groups and choose what they wanted to see and do, worked well. Despite the crowds, the Rastro market was also much enjoyed, with so much variety for lower than usual prices. The interactive museum at the Bernabeu football stadium was described as amazing by many, while the Prado museum was generally the least favourite activity. Although the weather was relatively warm, the unexpectedly colder than usual weather was a disappointment to some. The Interdisciplinary task of creating "A teenager's guide to Madrid" was eventually won by Mrs McCready's group: Molly, Matthew, Finlay, Katie and Sophie, but every guide submitted was of a very high standard. Overall, it was a great experience and pupils agreed they would definitely like to return in the future.