Spring Break Global Travel
Over spring break, three student groups traveled abroad to Spain, England, and France. Exposure to diversity at home and abroad builds empathy and understanding. Global travel allows students to immerse themselves in different cultures, practice language skills, visit sites of historical importance, and strengthen connections with people other parts of the world.
Be sure to check our Facebook page for lots more photos from our world travelers! Meanwhile, here are recaps form these global adventures!
Thirteen Upper School Spanish students and their teachers, Sra. Telenson and Sr. Conner, visited the southern region of Spain. In the mornings the students attended intensive language classes and in the afternoons the group explored Seville, as well as took day trips to Granada and Cadiz. Seeing a Flamenco show, touring the famous Alhambra Palace, and joining together for an impromptu ‘foto’ during a Spanish couple's wedding were just a few highlights of the trip.
From Londinium to Stonehenge to Bath to the edge of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall, the travelers to England had an amazing time exploring the major sites of Roman Britain with Ms. Silverman and Mrs. Fuller. Along the way, they had opportunities to hold artifacts that ranged from 1,000 to 500,000 years old, go on a Roman soldier patrol, walk on Hadrian's Wall, and have an up close and personal interaction with one of Queen Elizabeth's Royal Horses. They have returned with many stories to tell and memories that will last a lifetime.
This March, a small group of Bancroft students traveled to France with French teachers Monsieur Collet and Monsieur Gal, staying in Paris and in Rennes, Brittany, in the west of France. In the Paris area, they saw the city from two great heights – Montmartre in the north and Le Tour de Montparnasse in the south – and spent time at a number of different artistic and architectural sites, including the Musée D'Orsay, Notre Dame, and the Luxembourg Gardens. Also in Paris, they connected with students from our sister school in Meaux: Caroline Ghanassia, a former Bancroft-Meaux exchange student, and Bancroft alumna Cécilia Vuillermoz. In Rennes, they explored France's 10th largest city, with its wonderful examples of medieval and 18th-century architecture; visited St. Malo, a historic fortified city; and toured Mont Saint Michel, medieval island abbey and UNESCO world heritage site. Students' ability to interact in French improved immensely, and they gained an appreciation of French art and culture.
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