Over the half-term break a group of 32 Key Stage 4 pupils and staff from The Romsey School travelled to the South of France.
This was the sixth trip to Nice led by the Languages Faculty with the intention being to provide not only spoken language opportunities but also a memorable cultural experience.
Saturday was spent in the town of Grasse and a visit to the world renowned Fragonard perfumery where pupils learnt all about the production process and then got to sample and discuss a number of fragrances. This was followed by a drive to St. Paul de Vence a beautiful ‘perched village’ high above Nice.
On Sunday the group took a short train journey along the coast to the town of Menton, famous for its micro climate and unique citrus festival. There was a visit to the Jean Cocteau Museum which houses a collection of still and moving art. Pupils then ordered their own lunch in local restaurants, before completing a team task.
The highlight of the trip was a day visit to Monaco. This started with a climb up ‘Le Rocher’ to the Grimaldi Palace and the gardens overlooking the magnificent Port de Fontvielle. Everyone enjoyed the Oceanographic Museum, especially the Aquarium, followed by a ride on The Petit Train which wound its way around Monte Carlo and part of the F1 Grand Prix track. For those that still had the energy there was an opportunity to ice skate, on the specially frozen outdoor swimming pool with an array of multi-million Euro yachts as a back drop.
The final day was spent in Nice with visits to the famous Cours Saleya flower market, the old chateau high above Nice with panoramic views. The rest of the day was spent at leisure, having lunch and shopping.
Head of Faculty, Nick Chafer commented that, ‘This has proven to be a very popular trip over the years, yet again feedback has been extremely positive. Our pupils gain a huge amount from the whole experience which goes way beyond the educational objectives.’
It is hoped that the trip will next run in February 2020.