Forty Risedale School pupils embarked on a week-long trip to Paris earlier this term.
Staff say the trip was a mix of cultural immersion and educational enrichment, as pupils explored the city’s world-famous landmarks, practised their French speaking skills, and learned about French culture and history.
One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Louvre Museum, home to some of the most iconic works of art in the world. Pupils marvelled at the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, among other masterpieces. They also learned about the museum’s rich history and the significance of its collection.
Another highlight was a tour of the Stade de France, the national sports stadium of France. Pupils visited the players’ changing rooms, the Presidential Suite, and even ran down the tunnel towards the pitch. They also learned about the stadium’s architecture and its role in hosting major sporting events, such as the Rugby World Cup.
In addition to visiting these iconic landmarks, pupils also had the opportunity to experience French culture first hand. They visited a local market in Brie-Comte-Robert, where they practised their French conversational skills by purchasing ingredients for lunch.
They also had a chance to make their own crêpes and sampled the delights of escargots, two classic French dishes.
Throughout the trip, pupils were encouraged to use their French skills whenever possible.
They spoke to their PGL rep, Alex, and to other pupils in French, and they even completed a competitive town treasure trail in French. This helped them to improve their speaking and listening skills, and it also gave them a better understanding of French culture.
Head of modern foreign languages at Risedale School, Richard Miller, said: “The highlight for most pupils was our final day of the trip when we visited Disneyland Paris. We had an amazing time on all the rides and were lucky enough to stay until the evening when we enjoyed the amazing fireworks and light show.”
He added: “Thank you to all who took part and to Mr Meacher, Mrs Meades, Mrs Wright and Mr Yates who helped to make it the fantastic success that it was.”