Wednesday 15th July 2009 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston students toured the best Parisian attractions during the recent heatwave. A total of 160 students were accompanied by 14 staff for the residential, which, as well as taking in historic sights, also included a lightning-quick trip up France's tallest skyscraper and a visit to Disneyland Paris.
The adventure started early on Monday morning as the party boarded coaches to take them to France. They travelled to Campus St Thérèse to the south east of Paris where the students had great accommodation, sports facilities and all meals provided.
Tuesday started off with a tour of the gardens at Versailles and then there was a behind-the-scenes look at the Stade de France which was being prepared for a music event to celebrate Bastille Day on 14 July. Students then went to the historic Montmartre area which houses the Sacre Coeur church before enjoying a meal out in a typical Parisian restaurant.
The following day the students got to see a bird's eye view of Paris from the 210m Tour Montparnasse. It takes just 38 seconds for the lift to reach the viewing platform on the 56th floor. Afterwards they shopped at Les Halles, a pedestrianised area which was formerly the site of Paris's wholesale food market since medieval times. A stop-off at the Eiffel tower was next, followed by a boat trip along the Seine past Notre Dame cathedral perched on the Île de la Cité.
A highlight of the week was Thursday's excursion to Disneyland where the students had all day to enjoy the rides and parades before returning to the accommodation for an evening disco. The final day consisted of an early start to reach the shuttle in time to return to Brooke Weston in the afternoon.
Mr Willimott, who organised the trip, said: 'It was an action-packed week, there was no time for dawdling or being bored. They've been from the exciting Disney to the world famous Eiffel Tower, the cultural Versailles and boat trip. They experienced the modern Tour Montparnasse as well as the more historic part of the city. The accommodation was absolutely excellent and the food was great.'
The Paris trip is just one of a range of residentials offered to students. The Year 7s are currently signing up for next year's trip and more destinations will be publicised during the next academic year.