Discovering Paris

In April, 15 Sixth Form students studying A level French, History of Art and Art travelled to Paris to enjoy an eventful six day exchange visit in Vincennes. The French students spent their first day in complete immersion in a local primary school, teaching French children some popular playground games and songs, and taking part in the youngsters’ school routine. During that time, the rest of the group enjoyed an arty day in Paris, visiting the Musee d’Orsay and the Catacombes de Paris where millions of human skulls and bones are stored.

The next day was another cultural experience in the city centre of Paris led by both Mr Vine and myself. We started off with a wonderful two hour amble through the alleys of the famous Cemetery of Père Lachaise, visiting the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and the obscure Victor Noir. This was followed by a visit to the amazing Musée Rodin where we spent the best part of the morning sketching and admiring some of Rodin’s most famous works including “le penseur” and “le baiser”. Later that day, we had a breathtaking, bird’s eye view of Paris from the towers of Notre Dame. We ended the day with a visit to the Conciergerie, an ancient Royal castle which later became a prison for the enemies of the revolution in the late eighteenth century. This place is particularly notorious for being Marie-Antoinette’s last “home” before her execution in 1793.

Our students spent all their evenings and entire weekend with their exchange partners, all sixth form students at the Lycée Hector Berlioz in Vincennes, gaining insight into the everyday life of a French teenager, as well as experiencing the joy of Saturday morning classes!

The Vincennois will be returning the visit at the end of September, and we very much look forward to seeing them in Lyme Regis. Mme David, Modern Languages

Jack Videan, year 13 said “A brilliant experience which made me realise how much my French has improved, and gave me the confidence to speak French without hesitation."

Mrs D Wood, Director of Arts


Paris Trip

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