Higher and Intermediate 2 Trip to Paris (Photos further down this page)
November 23 and 24 2008
21 pupils studying Higher, Advanced Higher and Intermediate 2 French went to Paris for two days accompanied by three teachers and our French Assistant, Geneviève. Mrs Stables organised the trip with the help of Mrs Nicolson and Mr Kirkland from the technical department also came along to help out.
We packed plenty of sightseeing into our two days and visited L’arc de triomphe, walked down the Champs Élysées (in the snow and sleet!), saw the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and also marvelled at the inverted pyramid. We heard mass sung in Notre Dame and enjoyed a fantastic meal in a typical French bistro. The second day, the weather was much better and we had a perfect day! In the morning we visited Sacré Coeur and the artists’ square, we had a typical lunch of “frites” followed by “crêpes” and then headed off to the top of the Eiffel Tower. There were no queues and the views from the top were fabulous. After all that excitement, we spent a quiet hour on a “Bateau Mouche” admiring all the monuments that can be seen from the river. Another pit-stop was made at a “crêperie” stall before taking one last look at the Eiffel Tower which was not only lit up in blue in honour of the French Presidency of the European Union but conveniently sparkled for us just before we had to head back to the airport.
The pupils really enjoyed seeing Paris and they were all a credit to themselves and to Kilmarnock Academy. Mrs Stables and Mrs Nicolson were particularly touched by just how much the pupils appreciated having the chance to experience some of the wonderful sights and sounds of Paris. All in all, it was a very worthwhile trip and if some pupils are inspired to continue with their study of French, then it was certainly worth the early departure, the late return home and the subsequent exhaustion!
Report by Mrs Stables