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Year 10 and Year 11 Students Visit Paris

The Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower were some of the highlights of the Parisian adventure.


The Year 10 and 11 French trip this year has been a truly fantastic experience.

 Paris was in fall swing as we were there during the celebrations of Bastille day.

France's national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution. Students at CBA joined the crowds and lined the Champs-Elysées for a military parade led by the President, Nicholas Sarkosy.

We enjoyed the days festivities and joined with the Parisians celebrating until dawn as fireworks exploded over the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower - an amazing spectacle!

We also visited other well known tourist attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe.

This famous Arc honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars.

 The students loved the view at the top and were looking forward to some free time shopping on the Champs d'Elysees.

A particular highlight of the trip was a visit to Stade de France, the national stadium of France situated in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.  The French football team  use the stadium for almost every home game, and it was there where they defeated Brazil3-0 in the 1998 FIFA world cup final.

The students enjoyed a guided tour of the stadium and particularly enjoyed visiting the Changing rooms where famous footballers such as Ronaldo and Vierra prepared for the match. We even visited the jacuzzi which was famously filled with Champagne when France won the cup! Unfortunately it was empty when we were there!!

A trip to Paris would never be complete without a boat trip on the Seine, students enjoyed taking lots of pictures of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and other breathtaking scenery of this truly remarkable city.

The French trip was brilliant and we are looking forward to organising another Paris trip next year.

May l extend my personal thanks to Miss Becret who organised the trip and made it such a success.

 The MFL department has taken over 160 students to France this year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for supporting these trips.

There can be little doubt that school trips abroad reap many benefits, both broadening the mind and opening cultural horizons as well as providing students with memories that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

 Article written by Hayley Bennett - Director of Modern Foreign Languages