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St Mark’s students take in culture, politics and the odd selfie in Paris

Education: Secondary / Thu 27th Mar 2014 pm31 12:14pm

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RECENTLY, twenty four St Mark’s students from Years 10 – 13 and three staff took part in a Business and French language trip to Paris.

The best way to see any city is on foot and over the three days, in addition to Notre Dame, the students saw the Panthéon, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysses as well as Sacre Coeur Cathedral and Montmartre.

In addition, students visited the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay; they went on a river boat along the Seine; ascended to the top of the Tour Montparnasse for spectacular views over Paris and visited the botanical gardens and the zoo.

For most of the students, their highlight was going up the Eiffel Tower at night – the views over Paris were wonderful. Mr Manzaroli (Head of Languages) said: “An evening visit to the Louvre, also proved very popular, where pupils engaged in a frenzy of selfie-taking with the Mona Lisa!”

On the Saturday, the Sixth Form students attended a conference which encouraged them to consider their future as citizens of the European Union. A talk by BBC’s Evan Davies helped them to understand the causes of the current Eurozone financial crisis. A presentation by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, enabled them to evaluate the importance of the European Convention on Human Rights. The day ended with a question time panel, which included Kenneth Clarke MP and Simon Hughes MP.

The Year 10s and 11s had opportunities to appreciate French culture and develop their spoken language skills.

Head of Business Mrs Harding,said: “It would not have been possible to do so much without a generous donation from the Friends of St Mark’s, which meant we were able to travel via the metro to the botanical gardens and visit the zoo on the Sunday morning before we left! Overall, we had a very successful trip.

The students were a credit to the school and their families and were a delight for us to spend time with.”

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