ST. CRETIEN’S COLLEGE
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Spreading our pupils across the surface of the globe
At St. Cretien’s College, we organise a great deal of extra-
Here is a selection of some of the very best amongst our flagship trips
Please be aware they may not happen next year, due to Health and Safety issues, instead of which we will all go to the cinema at Christmas
French Exchange, Thillery-
St. Cretien’s French Department has run over seventeen years of successful exchange
visits to the Lycée Galtière secondary school in the north of France. Along with
our opposite teachers over the Channel, led by the able Mme. Lamartine, our pupils
are always matched with wonderful families, and paired with partners sharing identical
interests and passions. The French pupils host our pupils first, and we are always
treated to visits to the local theme park, Cheeselande, as well as a number of WWII
sites, and V2 launchpads, along with an excursion to Lille, including a trip down
the sewers, and, to top it all, a snail-
We find that this is a most enriching and rewarding experience for our pupils, especially those who are more resistant to learning the beauties of the French language! In seventeen years of running the French Exchange, I have not once heard a single complaint, except that it goes too quickly.
German Exchange, Salbestadt -
There’s no point denying that this trip is not for the faint-
When it comes to trips out, it generally involves visits to some über-
As for the staff, we traipse around the whole lot trying to remember what we told last year’s group, and waiting for the chance to disappear and find a beer. All in all, a very fine trip, if you like that sort of thing.
Forthcoming trips: April 2013 -
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Duke of Edinburgh, Dead Marshes, Mordor, Middle Earth -
This trip represents the DofE Bronze Award, and regrettably, we have very little
Expedition to Afghanistan -
As an ongoing part of our school’s CCF expeditionary programme, this has proven, over the past five years, to be a popular trip for our young cadets. We normally take two minibuses over on the ferry to Ostend, and reach Kandahar after a good few days’ push. We spend a number of days on the UK’s main military base here, popping out in the evenings to sample some of the typical delights in the Old Town.
From here, we travel via Herat to the capital, Kabul, which the children usually
enjoy for being just a bit calmer than the west of the country. Followed by a couple
Getting back has generally been easier, as we have each time ended up being airlifted out of the region and taken directly back to Cyprus, then on to an airbase in the West Country. Next trip planned for May!
Libya, Spring 2011 -
As the teacher running a lunchtime club to learn a little bit of basic Arabic, it is always inspiring for me to see the lengths this group of young enthusiasts goes to, in order to get a taste of the real culture. Last year it was Egypt, this year Libya. This photo shows the camp in the western hills, where we spent a hairy few weeks, amongst a group of lovely Saharan tribesmen, who were planning some sort of nomadic move to Tripoli.
These types of trip always push our pupils so much, opening their eyes to all sorts of new experiences, and making them aware of how life is, out here in desert lands, where nothing ever happens. The children benefit hugely from sharing the locals’ tea, sampling their food, trying on their robes and helmets, holding their rifles and feeling how heavy the rounds of ammunition are, over their shoulders. In so many ways, these trips totally shake them out of their sheltered, protected worlds.