Oundle School’s French immersion in Nice

Over the October half-term, a group of 15 Oundle School fifth formers travelled to Nice for an IGCSE study trip

The programme for Oundle School’s recent visit to France included half-days spent in lessons delivered by local French teachers, and afternoon and evening activities based in and around Nice. Pupils stayed with host families and were immersed in the language and culture in unusually balmy and sunny weather.

The week started with a trip to the cinema on the Sunday, followed by a guided tour of the Old Town and a traditional sweet factory on Tuesday. Outings included a day trip to Eze where pupils created their own cologne in the Parfumerie Gallimard, followed by an afternoon spent in Monaco and its Oceanographic Museum on Friday. They then travelled by train to nearby Antibes to see dolphins and orcas performing at the Marineland.

The group took a boat trip along the coast to Villefranche-sur-Mer, rode Segways on the Promenade des Anglais, and went bowling. The highlight of the week was travelling to the Allianz Stadium on Thursday to see the local football team play Lazio, with two goals scored within the first five minutes of the game and great seats to soak in the atmosphere.

French teacher, Leti Brighton, said: “After a last lunch in a local crêperie in the market place the week came to an end with pupils having gained confidence in their speaking skills and having enjoyed exploring the beautiful town of Nice and surrounding region.”