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Posted on: 17/10/2019

French Exchange Trip

After a very early start from St Clere’s school (3.30 am), we made our way to London Stansted. Thankfully there were no delays and we arrived in Nice Airport at 10.30 local time. The coach company took us to the Hotel Esterel in Cannes where the pupils were able to change into more suitable clothes (it was 23C). Then we made our way by train to Nice where some pupils took the opportunity to explore the souvenir shops in the main high street. After we continued walking until we reached the beach. We all met up again at 5.30pm at the train station and took the train back to the hotel.

On our second day we took the first ferry (15 minutes crossing) to Marguerite Island. The pupils were able to experience the stunning view of Cannes across the sea and discovered the beautiful combinations of flora and fauna on the island.

On our way back from the Island we walked passed the ‘Museum of the Festival of Films’ in Cannes and admired the rows of luxurious Yachts. We also walked along the glamorous boulevard de la Croisette. This street is packed with posh hotels, designer boutiques and waterfront restaurants.

Day 3 was a very important day for our pupils and our trip, as we were visiting Stanislas School. Here the pupils were able to meet up again with their pen pals and were then invited to join them in lessons. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to really experience a fully immersed French environment. Although some may have felt a little intimated. Overall it was a very successful day and we were very well received.

Day 4 was our last day so we took our pupils to Monaco in the morning. The driver even took us to the Formula 1 grand prix starting grid so the students could see what it looks like. We also drive through the famous Monaco Grand Prix tunnel. We then went to the Palace square and saw the Changing of the Guard. We finished our day with a visit to the Fragonard Perfume Factory in Grasse. The pupils showed a great interest in the tour and learned about the fabrication of soap, eau de toilet and perfume. 

Overall, it was a fantastic trip and Mr Rodway, Mrs Thompson and I were very pleased with our pupils’ conduct during this trip at all times. I would also like to add that the 23 pupils represented our school impeccably.

We are looking forward to our next trip, although the pupils on this trip have set a very high standard.

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