From 23rd- 26th May, Mrs Cowan, along with 16 children and four members of staff, had the opportunity to visit Lille in France, a city brimming with culture, style and romance. The trip was designed to provide maximum educational benefits as well as an occasion to learn about another culture, language and lifestyle.
The educational visit to Lille was a remarkable and enjoyable experience. It gave a number of students the chance to visit a foreign country for the first time in their lives.
The moment the pupils set foot in Lille, they could see the benefit of learning another language. The students demonstrated an excellent use of their French, which could not have happened if they had not visited Lille.
We started our visit with a tour of the town. One of our favourite parts of Lille is the area known as “Vieille Lille” or “Old Lille” and is particularly attractive. Its 17th century houses have a distinctly Flemish style and the buildings often have colourful facades.
Children enjoyed visiting and sketching in the open square called La Grand Place. The square is surrounded by numerous interesting buildings and gives a fascinating introduction to the architecture of the town.
There are numerous carvings and statues on the buildings.
We also visited the extensive Citadel Park and Palais des Beaux Arts.
We had the opportunity to visit the battlefield of Fromelles, where the first attack took place by the Australian forces in France during the Great War of 1914-1918.
The students enjoyed trialling the French cuisine and, last but not least, they had an opportunity to shop using Euros.
The knowledge acquired from traveling to Lille is irreplaceable. This is an experience we will cherish for the rest of our lives!