This year, all the teachers of the Anglophone Section, the 6ème AS and the Prep students went to the historical site of Bayeux, in Normandy. On the 1st of October 2016, the group woke up early in the morning to meet up at Trocadéro ready for a three hour long trip to meet up with history.
The group arrived in Bayeux late in the morning just in time for lunch. Before they did any kind of visit, the teachers decided to reenact some important historical events in front of the students. For Mrs. Chollet, this new activity was a great way for students to get to know each other. The activity did not only amuse the students but some other teachers as well. Mrs. Chollet said that the way Dr. Newman and Mr. Slade reenacted the battle of Sterling Bridge was “hysterical” and also said that it was probably her favorite part of the trip. Some students helped the teachers during the performance and it was a great way for them to start the day.
After this successful activity, the visits finally begun. The group first visited the Norman Romanesque Bayeux Cathedral, which was the original “home” of the Bayeux Tapestry. While the group was visiting the Cathedral, another activity was organized for the students where they had several questions they had to answer about the Bayeux Cathedral. Once the visit of the Cathedral and the activity were finished, the AS group went to the Bayeux Museum to see what they all came for: the Bayeux Tapestry.
The 6AS students and Prep students were impressed by the size of this piece of art. When they saw it they thought it was colossal and quite impressive. They were very happy to finally see it. The students and the teachers visited the Museum and listened to the famous story of the Bayeux Tapestry.
More activities were organized by the teachers after the final visit. For one of them, the sixième students had to put themselves in small groups and mime some scenes of the Bayeux Tapestry. Another activity the students really enjoyed was when they had to create their very own coat of arms on a shield they were given. These were activities that the students particularly enjoyed.
Like each year, all the teachers of the Anglophone Section went to the trip. Mrs. Chollet organized this year’s trip and told us it was another successful one. For her, going to Bayeux is more practical than going to Hastings. It is less tiring for the students, and the teachers can spend a lot more time with them and can therefore get to know them easier. Like Mrs. Chollet said, the trip to Bayeux is a great opportunity for the students as it coincides with the 6AS history program. It is a sort of integration day that helps the students to get to know each other more as it is their first year at the Institut de la Tour. It is also some sort of integration day for new teachers such as Ms. Spivey who has joined the Anglophone Section in the beginning of September 2016. Ms. Spivey told us that she was very excited to go to Bayeux with the Anglophone Section and was interested to see Bayeux and its Tapestry which she had never seen before. It was for her a very agreeable and nice trip and as she teaches the Anglais Avancé students, she said that it was a nice way to meet other students and to get to know the AS community.
The trip to Bayeux was a real success this year. The students had a lot of fun and learnt more about the battle between Harold Godwinson and William the Conqueror. It was a great way for the students and for the teachers to get to know each other while visiting historical monuments and pieces of art.
-By Constance L. and Theodore L.
Editor’s Note: The order of events is incorrect in the article, in fact the students visited the Cathedral before they participated in the reenactment by Mr. Slade and Dr. Newman.