Our Day in Amiens

Today we spent the day at Lycee Sacre Coeur, the first Sacred Heart school of the network. When we got there, we learned about the history of the campus, and we’re taken on a tour by a student. We also ate lunch with the French students and participated in their classes. Although it was hard to communicate with everyone at the school, it was an amazing experience. We were also able to play ping pong on campus with the students. Having the opportunity to see another Sacred Heart School was a great opportunity and I cannot wait to visit the school in Seville.

-Caroline Coulter ’14

Tonight I had dinner with some of the students from Lycee Sacre Coeur. Not only were the meals delicious but the students were so friendly and outgoing. We were both so eager to get to know each other. Emilie was the restaurant owner’s daughter and I had the wonderful chance to sit next to her and talk about the things she loved to do. I found out that she loves to take pictures and her mother actually has some of her photographs up in the restaurant. I wish we had more time to get to know one another and I will never forget the new friends I made.

-Janet Kim ’14

Our First Great Day by Thomas Egan ’14

Our first day in Paris began with a walk through a beautiful Sunday open air market, and then to the Le Marais neighborhood. This neighborhood was inhabited by the Jewish people, however and during the World War II many of these Jews were unfortunately sent to concentration camps. After reflecting on this tragedy and it’s heroes, we continued our walk through the cold wind to the River Siene for a boat tour. We were informed that the river is located next to many great monuments in the city, including a hospital from the 7th century. We then made our way to the Notre Dame cathedral and spent some quiet time exploring. Lunch and a little bit of free time took place in The Latin Quarter before we made our way to the Eiffel Tower. We rode up the elevators to a breathtaking view of Paris. After marveling at the view and taking in the glory of the moment, we quickly made our way to the hotel via the Metro to get out of the freezing wind.

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We are in Paris!

We arrived in Paris late tonight. The flight over was long but we had fun.

Think of us while you get this birds-eye view of Paris:

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Photos and updates will be posted soon.

Countdown! by Raymond Jiang ’12

As the Spain & France trip departure is closing in, students who are attending are getting excited. This travel opportunity only happens every other year with this being the second time. While we are in Spain & France, there will be tons of activities. The activities include visiting our international Sacred Heart schools, exploring cities, watching a professional soccer game, and much more. As well as exploring the cities, the faculty are encouraging students to exercise their foreign language skills. The students are eager for the adventure and have high expectations for this trip.

Juniors Alex Fong, Devin Harvey and Robeil Andebrhan are joining 36 other Convent and SHHS students and five faculty on the trip to France and Spain

Personally for myself, Raymond Jiang ’12, I am most excited for the soccer match. I have never been to a professional soccer game, so I am pretty ecstatic about it, especially getting to watch one of the best teams in the world. Also, I want to practice speaking Spanish and see how much I have improved my skills. The reason why I want to go on this trip is because I want to have a new experience and go to a country where I have a general knowledge of it’s culture.

Salina Karmara ’14 from Convent is excited to eat the exquisite and gourmet food that we’ll be enjoying. She has never had authentic French and Spanish food so it will be a first time experience for her. Most importantly, she wants to shop and buy unique clothes and items that will remind her of her trip to these marvelous countries. The reason why she is going on this trip is because it is a great opportunity to visit foreign countries with her friends and make some new friends.

This hasn’t been the first time that Devin Harvey ’13 has attended a school trip overseas. Last year, he went with the school to Greece and had a marvelous time there. Devin has high expectations for this trip. Hr is most excited to see Barcelona, the most “devastating” soccer teams in the world play against Madrid Athletico. While having big expectations, he also has to conquer one of his biggest fears, flying. He is terrified of flying and has only gone outside the country twice, making him inexperienced with long-term flights.

Robeil Andebrhan ’13 wants to go on this trip because he also wants to watch his favorite soccer team, Barcelona, play. He also is excited to see the international schools because he wants to see if they have the same goals and criteria that our school upholds. He has learned much about the culture of Spain and France but never had the opportunity to actualy go, so when he heard about the opportunity to travel, he had to take it up. His biggest expectation of this trip is having fun. He wants a break from the rigorous school hours and just have fun with his friends. He hopes that throughout the trip, he will mostly be speaking Spanish to challenge his skill level.

Kimmy Pace ’13 is exhilarated about visiting the sister schools abroad. She is especially excited because we are visiting the first Sacred Heart School located in Amiens, France. While she is away on this trip, she is going to miss her home, her parents, and her pets. When she was younger, she traveled to Spain and France with her family but it was a long time ago.

The Sacred Heart schools that we are visiting are Lycée du Sacre Coeur in Amiens, France & Colegio Santa Maria del Valle in Sevilla, Spain. At each school, we will be attending classes with our Sacred Heart counterparts. In Sevilla, we are also going to have dinner with families from that school. Stay tuned for our first update which will be from Paris.

Getting the group together

On Sunday, December 4th the group gathered at the home of Elio Casenelli.  Elio’s dad, decked us out with a some delicious food and faculty chaperone, Rachael Denny put together some fun ice-breaker type games.  A good time was had by all!

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A new adventure — France and Spain in February 2012

On February 17th, 39 Convent and Stuart Hall High School students with 5 faculty will travel to France and Spain.  This trip is special in that we will visit our sister-school in Amiens, France, for the first time.  The Lycee du Sacre Coure, as it is known in French, was the first ever Sacred Heart school established by Madeleine Sophie Barat herself in 1801.  But there is more.  We will also revisit our sister-school in Sevilla, Spain, with whom we established contact three years ago on a SHHS trip in 2009.  We were so well received and our students so genuinely enjoyed the time spent with their Spanish colleagues, that we look forward to reconnecting with students and teachers in Sevilla and continuing our relationship with them. Visits to Paris and Madrid are included on this trip.

Greece – Update #3

We’re two days into our cruise now and currently making a call at the island of Santorini. We walked up from the sea to the top of a pretty imposing cliff, where the principal town of Fira is located. We took a variety of modes of transport — a few walked on their own two feet, a few rode donkeys (no joke), and a few (probably the brightest ones in the group) took the modern gondola, which shoots passengers from bottom to top in something like two air-conditioned minutes. (Personally, I walked and should’ve brought an extra shirt with me.) However you get up here, the view is probably one of the very best anywhere in the world. When we have regular internet access, we’ll upload pictures! Tomorrow, we return to Athens for our final day in Greece.