A party of 108 pupils and staff returned from a one-week visit to Paris on Saturday 27 June. The group travelled to Hull by coach and took the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge allowing visits to First World War sites in Belgium en route to Paris. This included the Tyne Cott cemetery, the Menin Gate and the ‘In Flanders Field’ museum in Ieper (Ypres). The oldest student in the group, Rebecca Boyle, laid a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the school.
After a wet start to the trip, the weather improved and in bright sunshine the group spent the next three days on a number of visits including: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a stroll along the Champs Elysees, an evening cruise on the Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, the Montparnasse Tower and – of course – Disneyland Paris.
The return journey allowed time for sightseeing, chocolate shopping and lunch in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges before boarding the ferry for the long trip home.
The trip was a great success; the young people had an opportunity to extend their boundaries, experience a different culture, make new friends and build confidence. Memories were made that will last a lifetime.