13/04/2010 by mcmakarolyn
The ICT department’s recent trip to Paris captured the imagination of Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Girls) students and staff alike.
A group of 40 year 10 students travelled with five staff members to the French capital for a three-day trip. They took in animation and media workshops, the city’s sites – via a river boat cruise – shops and the Disneyland Resort Paris theme park.
Both adults and pupils agreed that the visit, arranged by Miss Patel, Corporate Director of E-Learning, was one they’ll never forget.
Mrs Flanagan, from the Special Education Needs (SEN) department, said: “The girls enjoyed it, and the staff enjoyed it. At the end of the day, the girls had a fantastic rapport with the staff. It was a brilliant weekend, it really was.”
Tayla Houston from 10 EPK said: “It was good. We went to Disney, to Walt Disney Studios and then we drove past the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe.”
As well as having fun, the girls took away memories of exciting learning experiences. At Walt Disney Studios the students saw a stunt show which detailed behind-the-scenes secrets of film and television, and watched a specially produced animation. The students also got to brush up and improve their French skills too.
Mrs Flanagan said the stunt show was beneficial: “It was great because normally they wouldn’t get to see what’s behind the scenes.
“There was a gentleman there telling them exactly what was going on with the car stunt – it wasgood because you don’t realise what goes on behind the scenes. That gave the girls a lot of insight.”
Tayla added the trip it was a great way for her to practise her French skills: “I studied it in year 7,8 and 9, but I had forgot a lot of it [since then]. [On the trip] I picked it up again, and I remembered it all.
Mrs Flanagan added that new friendships made on the trip made it even better:
“The trip gave us that opportunity to get to know the students you don’t normally work with. We got to meet them and have a good talk with them.
“Even now they go ‘hey y’alright Miss, we wish we were back in Paris’.”