Departing from London St Pancras and arriving in Gare du Nord, Year 7 pupils and teachers from Prior Park Prep traveled via Eurostar to the French capital, to enjoy the culture, sights, sounds and tastes of Paris.
Commencing with a visit to Le Stade de France, the sixth largest stadia in Europe and home to France's national team, pupils were able to see where famous players such as Pogba and Griezmann trained, played and kept their kit. Taking in the Eiffel Tower, built by Gustave for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, the students enjoyed the spectacular views from the Troisième Etage, enjoying the 57m climb a little less. Walking beside the Seine, the children explored the city on foot, before enjoying a tour by boat to view the iconic bridges and buildings from the river. Located at one end of the Champs Elysee a visit to the Arc de Triumph, built in the early 19th century to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories, gave our pupils a chance to visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and consider the tributes left.
Contemporary art at Le Centre Pompidou opened the children’s eyes to a range of styles and medium acting as a great contrast to the classic works in the Louvre where the children enjoyed seeing Leonardo da Vincis’ Mona Lisa, amongst the throngs of tourists. Visiting the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame we spent time looking to look at the spectacular interior of the church and its most splendid carved arch ways, stain glass windows and gargoyles. Finally a long walk to the stunning Montmartre with its white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur meant we all completed another 24,000 steps before enjoying crepes, patisserie and ice cream shaped like flowers.
It was a wonderful opportunity to show the children the landmarks, art, culture and food of Paris. It opened the students’ eyes to the world beyond the French classroom, giving them the chance to use the language they had learnt and to immerse themselves in the French culture.Claire Deshayes, MLF Teacher