A group of year eight students from Camborne Science and International Academy had a half term to remember, spending four days in France on a jam-packed school trip.

“It was such a great visit with so many incredible learning opportunities for our language students,” said Clare Regan, head of modern foreign languages at CSIA. “From the minute we arrived, we were totally immersed in French culture, conversing with the locals and enjoying a whole host of memorable experiences to further their grasp of the language and country.”

The 73 students stayed at the Château de Grande Romaine on the outskirts of Paris, which offered a range of activities for the students to take part in, from crepe making to mini Olympics and a bin bag fashion show.

Their first full day in France gave students a chance to practice their French skills at a hypermarket and shops. “We were delighted to see our students engaging in French conversation and practicing their speaking skills,” added Miss Regan. “In the historic market town of Brie Comte Robert, students politely bartered with the stall holders to buy souvenirs for friends and family and of course, ordered plenty of the local cuisine.”

Students then headed into Paris and enjoyed a picnic lunch on a boat ride along the River Seine. Activities at the château included scaling a 40 foot climbing wall and trying the ‘leap of faith’, abseiling, archery and orienteering around the site. Their final day in Paris saw the much anticipated trip to Disneyland Paris.

“At CSIA, we strive to enhance student learning with as many enriching and unique experiences as possible to further their academic and personal development,” said Ian Kenworthy, principal at CSIA. “Practical and immersive learning experiences like this one ultimately lead to better achievement, confidence and motivation whilst broadening their view of the world and inspiring them to think big. We commend our year eights for representing our school so brilliantly.”