On Friday 12 December, 28 students and 4 members of staff set off from College for a long weekend in Paris.
After an overnight coach journey, we arrived at our hotel to find we were the only ones there - which meant we could take over the whole lobby area to play board games and card games each evening.
Early on Saturday morning, after a traditional continental breakfast, we set off for a full day of visits. We began with an exclusive tour of the Sorbonne - something Mrs Lucas had always wanted to do - and were told all about the culture, art and rich history of the university by the dean himself. We then walked to Notre Dame (in the rain) to visit this beautiful and impressive place of worship. We then moved on to the Musee d'Orsay where we got to visit our favourite sections (Mrs Corich-Hewison tried to see it all) before going to the Seine for our 'Bateaux Parisiens' boat trip. As it got dark, it was fantastic to stay on the top deck and see the famous monuments of Paris lit up. The Eiffel Tower was our next stop - where we went up to the second level. The weather was kind to us - the rain stopped and the sky cleared - giving us all the chance to view Paris by night from above.
On Sunday morning we began with a visit to the Montparnasse Tower. Sadly the weather was not so kind - and the only view visible from the 56th & 59th floors was a sea of fog! We quickly made our way to The Louvre - where Mrs Corich-Hewison had prepared a delightful treasure-hunt for us to complete. We got to see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and many, many other treasures. Mrs Corich-Hewsion even managed to get Mr Wilkinson to be enthusiastic about the paintings - truly a great achievement. We then made our way to the Champs Élysées and the Christmas markets for some shopping - before travelling to the Palace of Versailles. Here the Hall of Mirrors was particularly impressive, but sadly it was too cold to really enjoy the gardens. We then took a scenic coach tour of Paris - visiting the key sights again - before returning to the hotel for the final evening of entertainment. Mr Wilkinson had prepared some quiz sheets, including Dingbats and picture quizzes, and the teachers put together a quiz covering all of the weekends events. This was a very close run affair, and in the end resulted in a tie-breaker between team Wilkinson and team Corich for 3rd place, and teams Lucas and Tipton for first. The tie breaker took the form of a group performance - with the final winners being team Tipton (of course) made up of Matthew Harris, Maddie Emmerson, Alex Ingham, Alex Swaffield, Tilly Teece, Ava Fryer and Issy Mudd.
A great time was had by all - and we can't wait to do it again!