Senior Campus French/History trip September 2017
On Thursday, 28 September, 34 students and 7 staff left Auckland Airport on the first leg of our voyage to France. The trip was the result of nearly two years of planning and fundraising by the staff, boys and their parents.
Our first few days were spent in Paris doing the usual sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees and a night boat ride on the Seine. The boys also had a great time shopping and discovering how to use the Metro. We then headed for Caen in Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches, Mont St Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry and more. The group then split into two, with the French students travelling to La Rochelle to stay with a French family for five days to develop their French and learn more of the French culture. The History students headed to the World War I battlefields in the Somme and Passchendaele to better understand New Zealand’s role in the war and find the burial sites of the two Dilworth Old Boys and their teacher who lost their lives there. The two groups rejoined in Paris with a final outing to the Versailles Palace.
In all, it was a great experience that the boys got a lot out of and thoroughly enjoyed. We thank Mr MacLean and the Trust Board for their cooperation and assistance with the trip.