LORETO BRAY

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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.

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