First and second year students from Ardee Community School got their first taste of an overseas school trip last month – with Paris the destination for the annual jaunt for the junior cycle pupils.
Led by French department teachers Ms. Fionnuala Morgan and Ms. Mary Duffy, alongside Mr. Brian McGuinness, the trip was as ever a wonderful opportunity for the junior students to experience French culture and to practice their language
skills. And of course, they got to visit Disneyland!
Having managed to drag themselves from their slumber to go to Dublin Airport for an early morning flight to Paris, the group wasted little time getting out to see the sights – having a coach tour to see all the famous Parisienne sights before ending the day with a visit to Sacre Couer – known otherwise as the Sacred Heart of Paris.
Among the stops on day two of the trip was a stop off at the famour Louvre. The highlight – obviously – was seeing the ‘Mona Lisa’, an incredible experience for all of the students, who were later treated to a boat trip on the River Seine.
What probably got the young visitors most exited over the course of the four-day jaunt was their visit Disneyland Paris on the Saturday (pictured above). This involved going on rides such as ‘Indiana Jones’ and the Temple of Peril’ and ‘Thunder Mountain’. On the Sunday, that was followed by a stop off at the Arc de Triomphe at the Champs-Élysées – followed by a spot of shopping.
A superb chance for all the young students to see the wonderful city of
Paris – the annual school trips have remained ever-so popular over the years for offering the teenagers the opportunity to spend time with their friends and create
long-lasting memories in a stunning environment. Exhaused, exhilarated and educated too – it was quite the trip.
Also last month, fifth year and TY students headed for Rome for their annual trip overseas. Accompanied by a team of teachers including vice-principal Mr Corcroan, Ms Scott, Mr Gilsenan, Mr Durnin, Ms McGinley and Ms Corrigan, the group enjoyed the cities sights and the weather over the course of their visit.