Every year our students are offered a broad range of exciting visits overseas. In Year 7, we have a memorable day visit to Bologne, which takes in an authentic French breakfast; a visit to Nausicaa, the biggest aquarium in Europe; an opportunity to spend pocket-money in a huge Auchan supermarket; a walk through the fish market and a picnic and shopping in Le Touquet.
In Year 8 we go to Chateau Beaumont. This is a five-day French cultural and linguistic field trip to the Mayenne region. Students are immersed in French culture at the residential setting where they also participate in team building activities including initiative activities, a climbing wall and a zip wire. We visit a local market, sample local produce and tour a Chateau at Fougères. There are also trips further afield including to Mont St Michel and St Malo.
Year 9 love their five-day residential in Paris. We visit all the favourite sites – Montmartre, Le Tour Eiffel; Versailles and Le Louvre, to name just a few, as well as enjoying practising our language skills in the shops and cafes and relishing some proper French cuisine. Then we finish off with a fun visit to Disneyland Paris, before returning home.
December is time for the Cologne Christmas Markets. We climb the Cathedral Tower to wake ourselves up after the long coach journey and visit the Lindt chocolate factory before heading to the beautiful markets as evening falls.
Not to miss out, our Spanish teachers are planning new residential visits to Barcelona and Madrid. Watch this space!
Not all our international visits are language focused. Year 10 Geography students visited Sicily to combine their geographical studies with cultural and social activities. We visited Mount Etna, Alcantara Gorge and the legendary resort town of Taormina. We took a trip to the beautiful Aeolian islands of Panarea and Stromboli, as well as trying our hand at authentic pizza-making!
Historians are offered a visit to the World War 1 trenches on a bi-annual basis. This is a guided visit which takes in a number of war memorial and cemetery sites including at Somme and Ypres. Students visit the trenches to experience the life of the combatants. The three-day visit culminates movingly with the Last Post at the Menin Gate.
The spirit of adventure has seen students from Years 8 – 11 visiting Iceland where we visited incredible waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, mud puddles and a lava-tube cave. We swam in hot springs as well as experiencing a simulation of a magnitude 6 earthquake. This year a similarly exciting visit is planned for Morocco.
A bi-annual ski trip is also a highlight for many students.