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News > Bonjour Paris!

“I and five other students had the opportunity to go to INJA, a blind school in Paris last month. INJA is the school that Louis Braille used to go to.

We were able to look around the school and see all the history within the building, as well as participate in some lessons.

We visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, and experienced it in more detail than a usual visitor would as we were able to touch items and had a tactile diagram of the cathedral plan.

On one of the evenings we went on a cruise on the River Seine in which we experienced Paris at night; a whole new city we hadn’t seen before. We also had the chance to meet up with French students and play table football – they were very good!

In the Marais and Montmarte districts, we enjoyed a day of shopping and had the opportunity to practice our French out in the busy city. I also got to do quite a bit of Christmas shopping!

We have been able to learn new words and phrases. For example, I can now ask for a hot chocolate - this phrase was used a lot!

I have really enjoyed learning about French culture. Thank you to all staff who enabled us to do this”

Chelsea, Year 9 student.

Speaking to other students of their experience, Ryley recalled: “I didn’t realise how beautiful Paris was. I could barely sleep getting excited for the next day! Thank you to all the teachers and students who made it the most enjoyable time of the year for me.”

Ilya particularly enjoyed “exploring the older part of France, meeting other students and talking to them about their life at a Visually Impaired school in a big city.”

For Sophia, it was her first Modern Foreign Languages trip at NCW. “There were lots of opportunities for learning new words and speaking in the language. I enjoyed the touristic sights the most as they covered lots of history – it was a fantastic experience!”

Mrs Molina, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, congratulated: “Ryley was amazing at taking photographs! We have also brought back 3D models of the Cathedral and Eiffel tower which will feature in a new tactile display soon!”