Debden Park High School took 60 students on a residential visit to Paris over the first weekend of the Easter Break. It started with an early morning on the Friday and we set off in our truly stunning luxury coach at 6:30am. We arrived at our lodgings ahead of schedule and had plenty of time to unpack at The Explorers Hotel within the Disney complex.
After a restful evening at the hotel and visiting the local shops the students were up ready for their day in Paris. We had a tight itinerary and it started at 8:30 on the coach ready to get to our first destination; Sacre Coeur. On arrival it was a quick exit from the coach and entrance to the grounds. 300 steps higher and a while later (with the students noticing the lift we never mentioned) a very sweaty group is ready to explore the exquisite Cathedral and its Bell Tower.
Next we were off to Notre Dame and the surrounding square, the students visited the inside and the beautiful grounds. Our next stop was the impressive Montparnasse Tower in the centre of the capital. Once we had travelled the 56 stories in the lift to their 360° floor with spectacular views of the city with all the sights to be seen, we then took the brave few (all of the them!) up three more floors where we were on the roof terrace 210m in the air. The students loved it and didn’t really want to come down!
It was late afternoon and the jetty below the Eiffel Tower was waiting for our evening boat trip along the Seine. It was a lovely evening with lots of local Parisians on the river bank enjoying the evening and we were too!
After getting dinner in the city centre we headed back to the hotel to get ourselves rested ready for our next day in Disneyland.
Sunday morning arrived very quickly it seemed and we were travelling into Disneyland Paris where the students had the day to explore the parks and enjoy what they had to offer.
After the disappointment of finding out that Space Mountain was closed for repair that day, the students and staff had a wonderful day getting pictures taken with Disney characters, watching the parade and my favourite bit, getting on the rides.
We had some amazing pictures from all the big ones, from 'Tower of Terror' to the 'Rock N Roll rollercoaster' and some more tranquil pictures from the 'Backlot tour' and 'it’s a small world'.
When back at the hotel the last day was nearly upon us, and we had to get ready to depart the hotel the next morning.
Our final day, we found ourselves taking lunch in a small café in Boulogne after visiting the Naussica Sea life centre. It never fails to impress the students from the Sea Lions and Penguins to Sharks and Turtles. The centre is a great day out and its own gift shop that every student on a school trip wants to visit at the end.
It was a great visit to Paris again with a great set of students who did themselves and the school proud. Not to mention the staff who gave up their time to allow the trip to happen. We would like to send a big Thank you to Madam Townson, Madam Cowell, Madam Thorpe, Mr Hendricks and last but not least Mr Hussain.
Here’s to the next visit!