Forty two pupils and five staff had an excellent, action packed adventure to Paris in May. Although we only spent three and a half days in the capital, we saw and did more than most people would do in a week! Well, there had to be a good reason to sleep on the coach on the way home! Everyone would agree that much was scrutinized, analysed and digested, with lessons for life being learned from the need for map-reading skills, to behaving correctly in restaurants, to the need for foreign language skills in being able to ask questions of folk to find things, buy things, arrive at the correct entrance for things, getting discounts, getting help with metro machines, parking coaches, hotel arrangements and getting out of difficulty, to mention just a few!!
It must be said that our pupils made a wonderful group and behaved impeccably, impressing particularly the manager of the P&O ferry. They engaged dynamically in all the visits, tasks, quizzes and projects, producing impressive diaries, scrapbooks and photographs for our competitions. It is wonderful that they will now have these reflections to look back upon for years to come. They went on display at a follow up parents’ evening held on Wednesday 18th June. Everyone enjoyed the reminiscences when a collation of photographs with atmospheric Parisian music was shown as a film and Helen Gordon and Adam Borland gave illustrated presentations in French. The prize for the best diary/scrapbook went to Michaela Macdonald with Finn Robinson as runner up. The diaries of Duncan Macleod, Hannah Allan and Amelia Wronka were highly commended but really, the judges had been given a very hard task, and everyone was congratulated for their submissions. The winner of the best black and white photograph was Finn As-Chainey. Best misuse of perspective was Ben Gagan and best photo of ‘what I liked best about Paris’ went to Megan Jackson.
Hopefully the trip next year will have equally eager participants ready to embark on the steep learning curve!