Sixteen of our GCSE French students spent the final six days of their half term soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris.

Accompanied by Mrs Bousquet and Mr Pinier, the Year 11 linguists travelled to the capital by Eurostar, and packed in so much while they were there, including visiting the Palace of Versailles, the Champs-Élysées, Parc Astérix, the Eiffel Tower, and Sacré-Coeur.

Mrs Bousquet and Mr Pinier described the students’ enthusiasm and behaviour during the trip as “exceptional”.

They said: “The programme included some amazing activities that encouraged the students to be curious and to deepen their understanding of the French culture which, it seems, they enjoyed immensely. We hope that this has inspired them to go back to France and discover all the wonders this country has to offer.

“Between the Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Quai Branly, the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on the Seine, the Montmartre district and its Sacré Coeur basilica, pupils had the opportunity to see a true and authentic Paris, full of joie de vivre and beauty. They also had the opportunity to discover the Château de Versailles, an historic site and the most visited palace in the world, as well as spending a day at Parc Astérix, a popular theme park based on a very famous French comic strip.

“Our hotel was ideally located close to the Canal Saint-Martin, and the students enjoyed a vibrant and pleasant arrondissement. Last but not least, students had the chance to sample Reunionese and French cuisine in two very welcoming and authentic restaurants.

“Mark your calendars for next year because the Paris trip will be back!”

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