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A Level Art Trip to Paris
At the end of November Ms Hart and her students travelled to Paris for a long weekend to visit Exhibitions and Museums. In the two and half days they managed to fit in 5! The highlight was the Edward Hopper special exhibition at the Grand Palais where they had the opportunity to see paintings by this American artist that have never been exhibited in France before.

Other museums visited were the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and the Orangerie, where the students were amazed by the enormous paintings of waterlilies by Claude Monet. It was a most rewarding experience for the students who obtained valuable information for the extended project that they have to complete for their A level examination.

The students (and Ms Hart) arrived back in Nice late on Sunday evening, tired and footsore but happy they had managed to see so many famous artworks ‘in the flesh’!

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Year 12 Geography Coasts Fieldtrip

The AS geographers went to the Camargue at the end of November to carry out the fieldwork for their Geographical Investigations exam. Despite some blustery weather they managed to complete plenty of data collection and learn about the risks to the wetland area and seaside resorts from coastal erosion and flooding. Much of the Camargue is either at or even below sea level so it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect this stretch of coast from winter storms and rising seas.

The students bravely waded into the sea to gather information on wave characteristics and interviewed local business owners to find out their opinions on the efficacy of coastal defences and the role of tourism on the economies of La Grande Motte and Saintes Maries de la Mer. They also learned about how the different ecosystems of the Camargue are under threat from human activity, such as pollution from intensive agriculture and the heavy industry at nearby Port St Louis.

Highlights of the trip included following wild boar tracks through a nature reserve, seeing pink flamingos in the wild, driving past the white ‘mountains’ of salt at the salins near Aigues Mortes and eating takeaway pizzas in the mobile homes we stayed in!

The students worked hard throughout the two days and had lots of fun too.

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Trip to Barcelona with Form 13 Spanish Students

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During the past two inset days and the following weekend, Wednesday 28th of November till Saturday 1st of December, the Spanish class of Form 13 visited Barcelona, Spain. The educational trip, organised by the Spanish teacher Carmen, was integrated as part of the A2 course learning about Barcelona’s culture, economy and its environmental and social problems.

Trips included; a conference about Barcelona’s tourism and its industry, a visit to the famous ‘Sagrada Familia’ and ‘Palau Guell’ by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, a trip to a water purification plant to learn how the city uses its river to purify as there is a shortage of water and lastly a cultural trip to ‘ El Gran Teatre del Liceu’ - an important theater and opera house. A walk down ‘Las Ramblas’ and ‘Passeig de Gracia’ was not to be missed either. The successful trip ended with a typical Spanish 2 hour lunch with tapas. ¡Muchas gracias Carmen!

Physics Trip to CERN

A group of Year 13 were privileged to visit CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva. Fofi Ypsilanti, PTA treasurer and a mother of a Form 11 student, organised this trip to her place of past employment with Mr Johnny Jones, the Science coordinator. The students were most impressed by the LHC’s (Large Hadron Collider’s) magnets, the huge detector in the CMS experiment, the LHC’s control room, the huge computer control centre, not to forget having the opportunity to briefly meet a Nobel-laureate, Jack Steinberger (muon neutrinos) among physics experiment scientists, magnet engineers, science journalists and computer engineers.

Some brief words on CERN:
CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, was founded in 1954. It has become a prime example of international collaboration, with currently 20 member states. It is the biggest particle physics laboratory in the world, and sites astride the France- Swiss border near Geneva. Ut is home to the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator—the 27km LHC.

What we learn there, will take us to a deeper understanding of the Universe. The results are eagerly anticipated by particle physicists everywhere as well as the Mougins School students of today (physicists of tomorrow) and could open up new fields of scientific endeavour. LHC is a machine to accelerate two beams of particles in opposite directions to more than 99.9% speed of light. Smashing the beams together creates showers of new particles for physicists to study.

A-Level Geography Field Trip

The Form 13 geographers spent three days in the high mountains recently, investigating glacial landforms and learning about the local geology. Jonathon Lecoy, Alex Mulder and Mikael Traversini carried out extensive data collection in the Ecrins National Park in order to prepare for their Cold Environments exam.
The Pré de Madame Carle is a spectacular site where the students and Mrs Warren saw a huge range of glacial landforms, including pyramidal peaks, glacial troughs, hanging valleys truncated spurs, erractics braided streams and various different types of moraine. These had all been created by the advance and retreat of the aptly named Glacier Blanc and Glacier Noir. The students were also impressed with the strange rock-capped earth pillars at a site known as the “ballroom of the maidens with hairdos”.
The group learned about the challenges and opportunities for humans in cold environments.

They visited the ‘Muséoscope du Lac’, where they discovered how the generation of hydroelectric power at Europe’s largest artificial lake has affected the lives of local people. They also visited the ski resort of Les Orres to investigate the impact of skiing on the natural environment.
The trip was very enjoyable and the students appreciated the opportunity to work outdoors in such spectacular scenery. They also had fun practising their cooking skills in the chalet,