On a cold, wet Thursday towards the end of March a group of 43 intrepid Y8 students, accompanied by four members of staff and a brave sixth former, set off for a wild few days in the French capital.
The sun came out as we journeyed down to Dover and we were soon on board the ferry and heading for La Belle France. The hotel was comfortable and the food was well received by all.
On the Friday we visited the Eiffel Tower and all but 3 students made it to the top and were able to appreciate the stunning views. A quick journey across the city then took us to the area of Montmartre where students were able to shop and eat to their heart’s content.
They were also able to see the magnificent Sacré Coeur and enjoy some of the street performers in that area. Later in the afternoon we took a river cruise on a bateau-mouche and saw many of the main sights from a different perspective. A meal in a Parisian restaurant was followed by a late night tour of the city on the bus which allowed students to see monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre and, once again, the Eiffel Tower in all their illuminated glory.
Saturday was an exciting day in EuroDisney. Pupils were able to brave the crowds and queue up for rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Runaway Train and Buzz Lightyear. The parades were marvellous and every so often there were song and dance extravaganzas to keep us all entertained.On Sunday the weather was against us and so, instead of a walk around central Paris and a visit to the Tuileries gardens, we had to be content with another bus tour and a final look at the main monuments.
The journey back to Wickersley was rather wild, especially on the ferry , but happily we all arrived home in one piece. The students were a credit to the school, their families and themselves. We were highly impressed by their behaviour and proud of their willingness to speak French.