Our Year 9 students have had a lovely time in the sun and the heat, visiting the beautiful French Riviera. They explored the lovely streets of Cannes, Antibes, and the old town of Nice, the main sightseeing attractions and enjoyed many views overlooking the turquoise sea. They tried local food and had opportunities to practise their French at the local markets and shops, using their language skills to read and order.
We were fortunate to see work of the local artist Peynet in Antibes, and students were also given a wider view of the world of art at the MAMAC, museum of contemporary art in Nice. In addition, we had time to sketch and compose poetry in French on the Sainte Marguerite island where the scenery was stunning. This provided us with lots of creative inspiration.
Students met their pen pals who gave them a tour of the Institut Stanislas. It was very heart-warming to see fostering links between Stanislas and d’Overbroeck’s; Stanislas students prepared a dance routine for our students and in return we performed ‘Stand by me’ with our a cappella group. Later in the week our students attended lessons in French, and despite being challenging, it was certainly a unique experience. We look forward to some long-lasting friendships and links with the school.
There were many highlights of the trip and spending time with the French pen pals was definitely one of them. I am sure that the students would all agree that amongst many fun moments, running through water fountains in the coulée verte in Nice and eating delicious Italian ice-cream were memorable events.
Claire Coltellini – Head of MFL, Years 7-11
Students highlights include…
Je pense que le meilleur souvenir de ce voyage est quand nous sommes allés dans la fontaine. J’ai adoré aussi être avec les étudiants français.
Quand nous avons rencontré les correspondants français, c’était fantastique, et nous sommes amis pour la vie!
Mon souvenir préféré est de jouer à la mer avec mes amis puis se détendre et écouter de la musique tout en faisant de l’art.
What did they learn about French culture?
Il y a beaucoup de viande dans la nourriture française.
La culture française est similaire à la culture anglaise.
They drive fast and on the right (wrong) side of the road. The food is inspired by Italy.