17 July 2023

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Last Friday, a group of 45 pupils, along with five staff, set off for Paris.

The three-day coach trip began shortly after school with a giddy group of Year 7 and 8 pupils. Organised by Geography teacher, Mr Watters, it was to be his final trip with Priory after nearly 30 years of national and international adventures.

Day 1

On arrival into France, the group headed straight to Disneyland for a day full of fun and thrills as the theme park celebrated its 30 year anniversary.  

Mrs Cowell said, "We’ve got a storm trooper, but we’ve avoided the storms in Disneyland Paris."

It was fair to say that after the long journey and a heavy day hitting the park, the pupils were keen to head to the hotel after the last parade and firework display.  

Day 2

There was no rest for the wicked on Sunday, as it was up at dawn to see the sights of Paris.  From the Sacre Coeur and Latin Quarter to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ile de la Cite and the Eiffel Tower - the group finally got some respite when they boarded a bateaux mouche for a leisurely river cruise along the Seine.  

The Montparnasse Tower provided spectacular views of the top of the city before returning to the hotel for some much needed rest.

Day 3

The group's final destination saw everyone going underground at the Vimy Ridge memorial.  The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought during the First World War in 1917 and is Canada’s most celebrated military victory.  It is now the site of a major national limestone memorial built atop Hill 145 and inscribed with the names of the 11,285 Canadians who died in France during the war with no known grave. Pupils learned the history of this little slice of Canada in France; why, where and what happened. 

Tags: Geography Year 7 Trips Year 8 Personal Development