Christmas, twenty three Upper Sixth Form Oundle School pupils participated in
the annual History study visit to Paris.
In addition to
the castles of Fontainebleau and Versailles, the group visited the Louvre, the
Musee d'Orsay, Musee de l'Armee at the Invalides, as well as the Conciergerie
and Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité. Pupils were guided by teachers around
the numerous quartiers in Paris, and introduced to the city's gastronomic
Rosie Vince (17) commented, “One of the
best things about the History trip to Paris was just how busy it was and how
much we fitted in. From Notre-Dame to Versailles we covered centuries of the
city’s history with lectures from our teachers, Mr Mather and Dr von-Habsburg. Always
enthusiastic they knew everything about the places we were visiting, and we would
all sit engaged by their great enthusiasm, whether we were perched on the steps
of Napoleon’s Mausoleum or outside the gate of Versailles.
their own favourite moment, and mine was wondering around Le Louvre. The
gallery has a wealth of art and history, from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance.
You could sit in front of famous Greek sculptures and within minutes be gazing
at the Mona Lisa; it was amazing to see so much in just one afternoon.
What made the
trip though were the people on it, both teachers and pupils. Everyone was so
interested and cheerful the entire week. The atmosphere was always hugely
positive and energetic.”
teacher and trip organiser, Dr von Habsburg commented, “The Upper Sixth History trip to Paris provides an opportunity for
pupils to immerse themselves in the culture, history, art and gastronomy of
this famous city. We are hugely grateful to former History
teacher, Mr Mather, whose wealth of knowledge of the area and enthusiasm
for its history made for an extremely interesting and entertaining
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.