Linguists visit Lyon

During the first week of the Easter holidays, French students from Year 11 to Upper Sixth set off for a week of lessons and discovering to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, France.

It’s safe to say that as we loitered outside the BA check-in desks that it was already apparent that this trip would be a rollercoaster of emotions for Mr Boudon. Once the final student arrived and we rushed through airport security, we soon met a calm and collected Mr Sanderson, brushing up on his GCSE vocab.

Initial impressions and expectations of Lyon amongst the group were mixed, being greeted by cloudy skies and a forecast of a week of rain and cold weather but we soon settled into life with our host families and, indeed, a week of beautiful weather.

Over the week, each morning began with intensive lessons at a language school, while the afternoons were characterised by more relaxed visits to some of Lyon’s most beautiful cultural sites. These ranged from a trip to the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, a tour of the Musée des Confluences, one of the regions most renowned museums, to fun on the lake in the beautiful Parc de la Tête d’Or. It wasn’t long before some aspects of French life began to rub off on the group, with the clean and calm tram network appealing to many while others took a shine to the speedy electric lime scooters found across the town. These proved a great way to navigate central Lyon.

Unfortunately, it was also very soon that we found ourselves nearing the end of our stay, reflecting on the experiences we had had. The trip had been great for our language skills, something members of the Upper Sixth were able to put to the test even outside of the classroom after stumbling into some local students. Also, I think it seems to say that the trip had the effect of really letting our group get to know each other in a pretty beautiful setting. Overall, a good time was had by all, and it would undoubtedly be an experience to remember, hopefully in both our upcoming oral exams and nostalgic moments in years to come.

Written by: Sixth Form student, Miles Dobinson