At the end of 2013, the sixth-year French class at St. Anne’s secondary school hopped on an Aer Lingus flight to the city of lights accompanied by their teachers Ms Jane O’Dwyer and Ms Marie Walsh.
“Every student of French aspires to visit France and in particular Paris during their secondary studies and every French teacher hopes fervently and promises to do their best to realise this dream,” explained Ms O’Dwyer.
“Unfortunately, with the recession, this experience has often been put on the back-burner but after twelve months of dreaming and debating about the cost, a little seed was set and thanks to the incessant sighs of Eadaoin Ryan asking, “Will we ever get to Paris?” the wheels were set in motion, deposits were collected, passports renewed, piggy-banks were raided and our trip to Paris was on the horizon.
The students spent a chaotic four days in Paris, cramming in as much culture and history as physically possible.
“ We saw everything, from the Arc de Triumph to the Eiffel Tower, Monet and Manet paintings and of course, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.” said Becca Walsh.
“Paris was an exciting and cultural trip. My most memorable moment was climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower and eating snails. It was an unforgettable experience,” said student Sophie Nelson.
The students interacted in French whilst they visited museums shops, the beautiful Palace of Versailles, ordering coffee in Starbucks and getting information on tours of the museums and Stade de France making the trip a highly worthwhile educational experience.
Both teachers Ms Jane O’Dwyer and Ms Marie Walsh commended the girls for their enthusiasm .
“The girls were a brilliant group and we had such super fun showing them the sights,” said Ms Walsh.
“With two wonderful teachers, Ms. O’ Dwyer and Ms. Walsh, we were exposed to a beautiful city and had an all round fabulous trip,” said Becca Walsh