150 year 8 students and 14 staff travelled to Paris for Residential week. Though temperatures were high, all were able to enjoy the Euro Disney hotel and the daily tours of Paris. The group stayed at the Explorers Hotel which provided many amenities which were enjoyed by students and staff alike. Two of the most famous among the conveniences were the swimming pool, where some students spent their evenings and the outside play area that was certainly enjoyed by all, including staff.
On the first day, the group visited Château de Versailles; this was during the 'Grandes Eaux Musicales' where they were entertained by the displays of musical fountains and allowed to tour the extensive gardens. In the afternoon, the group climbed the very steep steps to the hills of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris where they were able to tour Sacré-Cœur at the top of the hill and explore the surrounding areas.
On the second day, the group visited Tour Montparnasse, a 689ft tower with an elevator that ascends to the 59th floor in a few seconds. From this skyscraper the group experienced a spectacular view of Paris. Later, the group enjoyed an excursion on Bateaux Parisians, a boat tour which begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the group was able to enjoy the unfolding of some of the most impressive attractions of Paris such as Notre Dame, and the history of this famous city. The day ended with a brief shopping stop at La Defense.
The final day was spent at Disneyland Resort Paris. This was a day of amusement for all; as both students and staff enjoyed the magical experience of Disney’s famous theme park.
Students and staff recounted their highlights of Paris residential:
Kirndeep Dhassi: 'I think Paris was really enjoyable. The sites we went to see were really nice.'
Daniel Carter: 'I liked the landmarks that we visited.'
Seb Hodgkinson and Kirsty Wright: 'We made some great friends from other schools. I found travelling around Paris was wonderful; some of the places we saw were beautiful and I liked being able to be trusted to go off alone in groups.'
Kyle Clarke: 'The trip was fun and I loved the amazing views and sights. Disneyland was okay and the shops weren't that bad. The bus trip was also fun and worth the wait.'
Mr Kernaghan: 'Despite the soaring temperatures and a coach with slightly temperamental air conditioning, the students behaved immaculately throughout the week. It gave the staff a real opportunity to get to know their tutees and also for those staff that were standing in to get to know the students.'
Article by Ms Lawson-Johnson.