The London Trip
There has been a tradition at English 31 to run a trip for our Terminale classes each year to London. The students all work so hard on their OIB courses that our trip together is a lovely celebratory rite of passage. We plan an itinerary that enriches our students’ study of English literature, and aligns with their history programme. Over the last few years this has involved a guided visit to Shakespeare’s Globe, including a workshop with a Globe actor which is based on deepening our understanding of the OIB Shakespeare text. Our guided Blitz walk is always fascinating and helps to bring history to life and make tangible the experience of war for many Londoners.
Recently, we have also included visits to The Imperial War Museum, The Churchill War Rooms, The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Museum of London and The National Portrait Gallery. London has so many excellent museums and art galleries that we try to take full advantage while we are there. On two of the evenings we arrange theatre trips, trying to balance our choices so that we see one more traditional performance and something more modern or experimental. Our Head of Section, Mr. Vuiller, ended up on stage at the Barbican during a performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and teachers and students took part in a fully immersive version of The Great Gatsby which I don’t think any of us will ever forget.
It is always an exhausting, but stimulating few days and we have a lot of fun!
video courtesy of Nikita Houssin
The Stratford Upon Avon trip
Every year we take our 3ème class to Stratford upon Avon for an experience packed stay focusing on English literature and History and geography. The usual highlights are the visits to the Birmingham Back to Back museum, Dudley’s Black Country museum as well as our drama workshops with Royal Shakespeare Company actors as well as attending a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.