Manor House School girls cruise the Seine on a bateau mouche
Manor House School girls on the Seine

Manor House School girls don’t just learn French – they get the chance to explore Gallic culture for themselves.

Four days in Île de France and Normandie gave 33 girls at the Surrey school a valuable insight into French language, history and culture.

On day one the year 8 and 9 girls visited Monet’s garden at Giverny, around 50 miles from Paris.

They competed to take the best photos of the stunning settings that inspired the impressionist’s water lilies period.

Day two saw them soaking up the sights on a River Seine bateau mouche: Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

Later that afternoon came the Arc de Triomphe and a tour of the Palais de Versailles.

Day three took them to the world of France’s great comicbook hero Astérix the Gaul.

Parc Astérix to the north east of Paris is one of France’s most popular theme parks with around 1.6 million visitors per year. The girls rode the new whirling Discobélix ride.

Day four: a taste of ecclesiastical history with a trip to Rouen to see France’s tallest cathedral with its 151 metre (495ft) spire.

Manor House School’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Catherine Peel, said: “There is nothing better for studying a foreign language than spending time in that country and speaking constantly with the people there.”

Manor House School in Bookham near Leatherhead offers highly individualised learning and outstanding pastoral care for 2-16-year-old girls in a smaller school setting.

The school’s next open morning will be on Saturday October 1 2016 under the leadership of newly appointed Head Teacher Tracey Fantham. Families are welcome.

For more information, contact Mary Fowell, 01372 457077.