The Perse School

Perse students soak up Parisian culture

5 Nov 2014

Twenty five Perse students from Year 9 and the Sixth Form spent October half term in Paris. Year 9 pupils stayed with their exchange partners from Ecole Sainte-Croix in Neuilly and took advantage of French school holidays to improve their language skills, discover Paris and enjoy French family life. A bateau mouche tour and a visit to the Centre Pompidou provided further awareness of key architectural features of the city and of some masterpieces of comtemporary art.

Sixth Form students followed tailored language sessions each morning, while afternoons and evenings were dedicated to a programme of cultural visits in French with professional guides. Here they explored some of Paris’ finest architecture, notably the dramatic changes instigated by Napoléon III and Baron Haussman during the second half of the 19th century. They also had the opportunity to explore artistic movements from classical painting to Impressionism and post Impressionism.

Students enjoyed visits to the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, l’Orangerie and Centre Pompidou, as well as a concert at Opéra Garnier. Finally, Sixth Form students were invited to the Sénat (the equivalent of the House of Lords) for a guided tour after which they had the privilege to sit on the goverment bench in the Sénat and interview, in French, a Sénateur about Europe and current affairs in France.

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