On Wednesday and Thursday, TY classes and those who attend dancing classes outside school, participated in a dance workshop with two dancers from Dance Company Wales who would be performing in the Mermaid Theatre on the 24 and 25 of March with the rest of their company. Barefoot, they coached the participants through warm-ups and stretches and then taught a routine from their show, which had a theme of judgement. The dancing was a contemporary style and was nothing like anything the majority of us had danced before.
The girls were also lucky enough to get the chance to attend the Welsh dance performance in the Mermaid and see the whole dynamic company together. On Thursday and Friday, two classes attended a Personal Development course.
It has been a huge success among previous Fourth Year groups and so was put on again this year. The course covers topics such as how to built self-esteem and confidence, how to approach and act in a job interview and even touches on cosmetics and what make-up to wear. A hugely useful life skill!
SEJOUR À PARIS
The Fifth Year trip to Paris was an outstanding success last week. The group met early on Wednesday morning to catch a flight to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. The seventy students and nine accompanying teachers took in all the main sites. The first stop was the long wide avenue of the Champs Élysés, which contains many of the world’s most well known shops in the centre of Paris.
Next on the itinerary was the Arc de Triomphe, the triumphal arch dedicated to the battles won by Napoléon Bonaparte under which lies the tomb of the ‘unknown’ soldier who represents all the French people who have died in time of war. The students went up the hugely iconic Tour Eiffel from whose summit a great view of the city can be seen on a clear day.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame brought back memories of Victor Hugo’s epic story of Quasimodo and his muse Esmeralda creeping around the dark elevated corridors watched by grotesque gargoyles. As a contrast to the dark interiors, the girls, were impressed by the beautifully sunlit stained glass windows and the vast columns supporting the enormous vaulted ceiling.
The first day finished with a meal in the Restaurants du Monde in the Carrousel Centre below the Louvre Museum where later they went in search of the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa, the one armed Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory standing at the helm of its ship. The following day was a visit to the immense palace of Versailles built by the ‘Sun’ King Louis XIV to house his own family and all his courtiers. An evening cruise along the Seine was a good chance to ‘put up ones feet’ whilst viewing the beautiful buildings lining the river and whilst listening to the singing of Yves Montand and Edith Piaff. In Paris the girls learnt how to use the metro system and that it is much more practical than trying to negotiate the terrible traffic. Montmatre with the amazing Basilica of the Sacré Coeur and its neighbour, the Place du Tertre were the next day’s activities. Several of the students had their portrait drawn after bargaining down the price. The final day the group set off for Disneyland to the east of Paris.You have to love ‘Mickey’! Of course, everyone, teachers included had great fun there, even though the queues were as long as ever.
Suddenly the short Parisian adventure was over. Huge thanks to the tour organisers and all the teachers who gave up their St. Patrick's Day break to take the students.