Nice Homestay Trip – Easter 2016

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Twenty-three excited and slightly apprehensive students, from Years 10 to 13, accompanied by four members of staff, met at school on Easter Sunday to board a coach to Luton airport. The travel plans all went smoothly and by 9.30pm, everyone had been transported to their host families in different parts of the French Riveria seaside town of Nice. Six Year 13 students stayed by themselves with their host family and so were immediately immersed in French conversation. The younger students shared, yet still faced the challenges of successfully communicating with their hosts and finding their way independently around the town.

The week sped by with language lessons in the mornings followed by a host of activities during the afternoons, including a guided tour of Nice, a French film at the cinema, a visit to Cannes by train, a tour of the Fragonard Perfume factory, some competitive bowling and a delicious group lunch on our last day, followed by some well-earned free time and shopping. The teachers at France Langue, the language school, commented on the excellent work ethic of our students towards their lessons, especially the Year 13 students, who were in a class of international linguists, including students from Columbia, Brazil and Austria. Many of the host families shared with me that the Ratcliffe students were polite and persistent with their efforts to communicate as much as possible in French during meal times.

Overall, it was an extremely positive week, spent in a beautiful town, immersed in French culture, which will indeed help all the students with their forthcoming school and public examinations. I would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour. In addition, the trip was assisted by Mrs Crebbin, Mrs Singapuri and Mr Suplice; without their presence, the week would not have been such a success, so my deepest thanks go to them. Please enjoy the photos below.

Mrs Reddin


Year 13 students enjoying the afternoon in Cannes

Everyone in Cannes

Harry, Tiree, Ceri and Georgie taking a rest from sight-seeing in Cannes

Place Garibaldi in Nice

Rebecca, Katie and Christian during our group lunch