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Voyage en Chine!

 

Voyage en Chine pendant les vacances de la Toussaint, 15 élèves de la 3ème à la Terminale ont eu la chance de partir en Chine. Nous sommes partis le lundi 24 octobre en début d’après-midi. A Pékin, nous étions logés sur un campus universitaire : 北京华文学院. Le campus était très grand, avec un gymnase, un stade, une piscine… Le séjour a débuté par une cérémonie d’accueil, à la suite de laquelle nous avons eu un test pour déterminer notre niveau de chinois.

Certains jours, nous restions sur le campus. Nous avions cours de chinois le matin. Les cours étaient géniaux et très intéressants. Nous avons beaucoup appris, et nous sommes tous améliorés en chinois. Certains ont même pu débuter la langue, et en apprendre les bases. L’après-midi, nous avions des activités culturelles : calligraphie, peinture chinoise, atelier raviolis. Certains soirs étaient consacrés aux devoirs, alors que d’autres étaient réservés aux cours de kung-fu ! C’était pour tous une expérience unique, avec un professeur très impressionnant !

Les autres journées étaient consacrées à la visite de Pékin. Nous avons visité la cité interdite, le temple du ciel, les jardins impériaux, Wang Fu Jin, le parc olympique… Mais la visite que nous avons tous préférés était celle de la Grande Muraille de Chine. C’était un moment très fort, où l’effort physique nous a unis. 1517 marches !

Nous avons pour la plupart été conquis par la nourriture chinoise. Avec des saveurs nouvelles mais décideuses, nous sommes devenus des professionnels du riz et du thé ! Cela nous permettait de nous réchauffer, car nous avons eu très froid !

Après une dizaine de jours à Pékin, nous avons pris le train, un matin à l’aube pour Shanghai. Les journées y étaient très intenses, car le programme était très chargé ! Tour de la Perle d’Orient, balade en bateau, Petite Venise, Nan Jing Road, jardins, concession française… Nous avons vu le plus possible en 3 jours ! C’est avec grand regret que nous avons pris l’avion pour rentrer à Paris, mais avec l’esprit plein de nouvelles expériences et aventures.

Lorsqu’on me demande laquelle des deux villes j’ai le plus aimé, je suis incapable de répondre. Pékin est beaucoup plus traditionnelle, brute, mais aussi intéressante historiquement ; alors que Shanghai est très moderne, presque occidentale avec ses grands gratte-ciels et lumières. Mes meilleurs souvenirs sont liés au groupe soudés que nous formions, avec Anais J, Julia L, Océane L, Louis-Shzeng  et Hanaé Z en 3ème, Jade AM, Marthe CDL, Cléa D, Ray K, Andréa P et Elisa V en 2de, Théophile C, Rémi D et Rémi Ket 1ère et Alexia K en Tale.

Un grand merci à Madame Hsiao et Madame Caporal pour nous avoir accompagnés !

谢谢你 !

Cléa D, 2nde

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips, Cultural Trips on Sunday December 11, 2016
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ICU2 2016... Apply today!

Applications now available for ICU2 2016! Learn about past trips under the ICU2 tab of this blog... will you be part of the 2016 team? Applications due November 25th to roundsquare@ermitage.fr
Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes pour ICU2 2016! Plus d'informations pour tous nos voyages sous l'onglet "ICU2"... N'attends pas, rejoint l'équipe ICU2 2016? Date limite pour les inscriptions le 25 novembre à roundsquare@ermitage.fr
 
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Samworth Outward Bound Aventure

A group of 7 Ermitage students, Ayila H, Maria R, Misheel D, Tamzin A, Tabata DF, and Luca M spent 3 days at the Outward Bound Aberdovey center in Wales challenging themselves. They did high ropes courses, kayaking, canoeing, gorge walking, caving...all designed to help them learn to leave their comfort zone and push their limits. The motto of the weekend was "make your life a mission, not an intermission" and our kids impressed by their hardwork and participation.

 

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips on Monday June 15, 2015
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FND Students Trek in the Alps!

For their annual school trip, the Foundation 123s had tremendous weather and a lot of fun during their 5-day trip to Serre Chevalier. It was exhausting, but also exhilarating according to the stories they have told. Activities included rafting, airboating, hiking, Via Ferrata, a night in a mountain hut, swimming and rock climbing. A lot of students challenged themselves by facing their fears head-on and learned a lot about themselves and their abilities. 

 

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips on Monday May 25, 2015
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FND Mediterranean Sailing Trip

For their annual school trip, the Foundation 4-5s had incredible weather for their sailing trip in the Mediterranean. A blue sky, warming sun but still enough wind, made for the perfect setting to explore the coast. Students had a positive experience where they learned to even cook and clean for them selves, help with the sailing and work as a team both on the boat and inland. Congratulations to all who took up the challenge (and perservered despite feeling green in the gills in the water)!

 

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips on Monday May 25, 2015
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Round Square International Basketball Tournament

The Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams competed in the Round Square Basketball Tournament 2015 hosted by Herlufsholm School in Denmark. The Mustangs proudly represented Ermitage, taking home the following trophies:

2nd Place Overall: Ermitage Boys Varsity!

Tournament Most Valuable Player: Malo C, FND5

Best Sportsmanship: Ayila H, FND3,

Most intense player: Anna S, IB1,

We are all very proud of our 2 Mustangs teams, not just because they worked hard and did well on the court, but also because every coach and all the Herlufsholm staff members congratulated us on their team spirit and how well-behaved and kind our students were.  This is exactly what Ermitage is about!

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips on Thursday March 19, 2015
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India from Nina's iphone!

Nina, Ermitage IB1 student from Brazil, made it a point to document her adventures throughout India from her iPhone. Check out this fun montage from week one of the ICU2 India 2015 trip!

 

Photos of ICU2 India 2015 In Action!

Each year, a group of Ermitage Upper School students venture to rural India to contribute to the community in a positive way and be transformed in the process. This trip is part of a 2-week service learning and exchange program in partnership with fellow Round Square schools the Daly College of Indore and the Dhirubhai Ambani International School of Mumbai.

Hosted by the Daly College during the first week, 23 Ermitage students focused their efforts on women's empowerment and access to education. The 2015 projects included the construction of waterclosets at small village schools. Given the conservative nature of the Indian culture, many young girls actually drop out of school without proper access to toilet facilities. This basic necessity has an important impact on girls' access to education.

Ermitage students enthusiastically constructed waterclosets at two different community schools, collaborating to efficiently prepare the grounds and produce the final structures. While on the project sites, Ermitage students also had the opportunity to interact with children from the local village in their classrooms, transcending cultural boundaries and sharing heartfelt experiences from dancing to language lessons. A particularly touching moment was when Ermitage students were invited to participate in a local wedding ceremony, where a very antimated and international dance party ensued. 

Students also explored a women's opportunity center which is dedicated to providing women unique education opportunities as well as sustainable farming practices to bring back to their communities. Similarly, students interacted with women from another empowerment program, where women are able to earn a fulfilling and dignified income through handloom weaving. Both organizations aim to aliviate poverty in unique, sustainable ways.

During the second week, Ermitage students experienced family life in Mumbai, where they were hosted by families of the Ambani School. Their enriching program included a variety of tourism and humanitarian activities, ranging from teaching French to conducting eye exams. Ermitage later welcomed their host students for a visit to France, where they explored Paris and its surrounding communities.

Upon returning from their experience, students have helped the project live on throughout a variety of presentations and events, including the Benefit Presentations in May 2015 to raise funds for relief efforts in Nepal.

Video released from 2014 Jordan conference!

A delegation of students participated in the King's Academy Round Square International Conference 2014 in Jordan. Learn about their experience here!




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