London Trip – October 2023

London Trip – October 2023

24 intrepid students from Mr. Lee & Ms. Rousset’s Terminale group embarked on a 5 day trip to London. Here’s how it went, from the students’ perspective.

Students in front of the British Museum

Class Photo


 We started the day by visiting the British Museum. After a long walk guided by Manoah, we finally arrived at the museum. We visited the museum for two hours and we discovered multiple objects full of history from multiple regions in the world. We could see the differences between each era and region, it was really interesting. The sculptures from the Chinese regions were so detailed while the jewels from Europe were so minimalist.

Around 1 PM, we had free time to eat and discover the neighborhood. It was a sunny day so it was really pleasant. 

We then went to the Tate museum where we discovered some more modern artworks. It was really different from the British museum which is more centered around ancient artworks while the Tate museum really focuses on the creativity and artists of nowadays. It was definitely different and interesting. It could go from immense artworks which went from the ceiling to the ground to really minimalistic ones. There was also a really good exhibition on black lives matter and afro-descendant populations especially in the Carribeans. Some were quite disturbing however, such as the panel with flashing lights or the short films displayed.

Afterwards, we grabbed something to eat and walked to Big Ben, where we took many pictures but we didn’t stay long because we needed to be at Shakespear’s globe at 7pm. It is an ancient open theater, fortunately we were seated and it didn’t rain, but it was still cold. We saw Shakespear’s comedy : As you like it. (Rosalind and her cousin escape into the forest and find Orlando, Rosalind’s love. Disguised as a boy shepherd, Rosalind has Orlando woo her under the guise of « curing » him of his love for Rosalind.) The director took a modern twist, with the choice of the actors and the funny costumes. They also sang contemporary songs such as Marry You by Bruno Mars, making the play feel like a musical, which many of us liked.

We headed back quite late to the youth hostel, everyone was tired but content!

Lisa, Nafissa, and Lili-Eve

Lovely London weather


It’s been two days since we arrived in the English capital and, as yesterday, the schedule was packed: we visited the National Gallery, Camden town, the Tower bridge and Greenwich. After two sunny days, London was showing us its true colors, and as we arrived at the National Gallery at 10 am, the grey sky was greeting us with the first drops of the day. We were supposed to visit the National Portrait Gallery but instead we visited the National Gallery but thanks to this lucky mistake, we had a great time. We were able to see many famous paintings such as Sunflowers by Van Gogh. The activity for this museum was to take pictures of paintings according to precise criteria, for example take a picture of a portrait that made us think of a character of our syllabus.

Next, we headed to Camden town, a colorful and cosmopolitan neighborhood with artistic buildings which had sculptures of many kinds on the walls. We spent three hours there during which we enjoyed the open market and many food choices that Camden had to offer. 

The weather became more and more cloudy and as we arrived at the Tower bridge, the rain and the wind were so hard that our umbrellas were susceptible to fall into the Thames as we crossed it. Once on the other side, we decided to stop at Hay’s Galleria, an open mall not far from the bridge and waited for the rain to pass. Unfortunately, after 30 minutes of waiting, the rain was showing no signs of stopping anytime soon and we had to abandon our visit of Greenwich. We went back to the hostel where we played board games and waited for dinner.


Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Gallery


On the 4th day, which was Thursday, we had quite a busy day. First, after everyone got ready and ate their breakfast, we left for the Imperial War Museum. The job of getting us there was given to Jade and Clémence (it seems Ms. Rousset was the source of this decision). After walking to the station, we took the District line to Embarkment where we changed for the Bakerloo line which took us to Lambeth North. Finally, after just a small walk, we finally reached the museum.

The Imperial War Museum was great. It had many displays about the two world wars which were really well portrayed. The exhibition about the holocaust was especially terrifying and showed well the horror Jewish people had to go through during this period. A few people cried, most people were silent, but no one laughed. Furthermore, the museum also had two temporary exhibitions about spies and the war between Ireland and Great Britain. The former gave us good knowledge about famous secret agencies and spies, and the techniques they used. We even got to see an enigma machine – the one decrypted by Alan Turing. The latter gave us insight on the struggle of the Irish people to gain their independence, thus explaining Cillian Murphy’s death stare at Prince Harry.

The rest of the day was of less interest. After lunch, we were to meet in front of the National portrait gallery – to which some people arrived late. There were some pretty paintings and photographs. Harry was present for the opening of the Wind Rush exhibition. Then, we walked through Regent Street to get to Oxford Street. We all ran around for two hours to shop in places such as Hamleys or the Lego store. Then, we finally came back to the hostel to eat and, after playing wereworlf with M. Lee and rs. Rousset, we went to bed so we could be full of energy for the last day.

Dorian, Clémence, Jade, and Ilhan


On Friday, unfortunately our last day, we packed our suitcases and deposited them in the hostel whilst we went on for our final day. We then had the choice between 3 museums located in the same area: Victoria and Albert museum (fashion and sculptures), the National History Museum, and the Science museum. We were then given an hour to eat and to meet back before leaving back to the hostel to gather our luggage before heading to St Pancreas Station. We then went to grab a few snacks until it was time to finally say goodbye to London and take the Eurostar.

Joshua, Harry, and Clara

The Natural History Museum entrance hall

And that’s all folks …

American Section Summer Reading List (Première & Terminale)

American Section Summer Reading List (Première & Terminale)

For all Première students:

Here are the books that you are required to read over the Summer vacation to be ready to start the BFI syllabus in September, regardless of who your teacher will be. Please make sure that you get the editions specified, and that you take notes whilst reading. Enjoy!

Please note, you will also be studying a poetry unit, and an essay by James Baldwin, but there is no need to purchase these works ahead of studying them in class.

The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
ISBN : 978-1784874872

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
ISBN : 978-1472585202

Intimate Apparel
Lynn Nottage
ISBN : 978-1848424371

Furthermore, according to the teacher you will have next year, you will study the following works either in Première or Terminale. In September, when you meet your new literature teacher, they will inform you. Meanwhile, you can still purchase the books. Please get the specified editions.

The Painter of Signs
R. K. Narayan
ISBN: 978-0143039662

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
ISBN: 978-0435913502

For all Terminale students:

Here is the second half of your syllabus. Please get these specific editions.

Enjoy reading this summer!

The works below are two of our in-depth works. Please take notes whilst you read the works, write down any questions or queries you may have – these will fuel our class discussions. As for the poetry unit, you will discover these in class.

The Tempest
William Shakespeare
Oxford Student Edition
ISBN : 978-0198325000

The Things they Carried
Tim O’Brien
ISBN : 978-0544309760
Class of 2026 – American Section Summer Reading List (Seconde)

Class of 2026 – American Section Summer Reading List (Seconde)

Hello all future 2nde students, and welcome to the American section! We can’t wait to meet you all in just a few months now.

Congratulations on passing the entrance tests!

In order to make sure that you are ready to start this intensive course in September, we strongly recommend that you continue to work on honing your language skills throughout the summer break so that you can get the most out of the syllabus and the classes. Please use books such as ‘Make It Yours!’ (978-2017149484) to do so.

Below is the list of books that you will study in 2nde throughout the year. Please get the specified editions.

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
ISBN : 978-0241984758

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
ISBN ‏: ‎978-9176371213

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare
ISBN : 978-0198328667
London Trip – October 2022

London Trip – October 2022

School trip to London for students in Terminale in the American Section. Here is what we did throughout the trip, as told by students.


We left school at 5.50am and headed to Calais where we took the ferry. We ate a typical English breakfast, some of us played cards or even walked around as we saw the coastline draw closer. We arrived in our hostel in London (3.15pm local time), we were dispatched in our rooms and we walked around the City, and saw Big Ben, the Parliament and Trafalgar Square and we also walked past Scotland Yard, Tower Bridge and London bridge. Once we arrived at Covent Garden, the teachers let us have a free time where we had dinner. We finally came back to the hostel after this first day for the first night of our trip. 
(Eugenie, Anita, Audrey, & Leelou)

Students in front of Tower Bridge

Day 2

Tuesday 18th October : Today we woke up before 9:20 am to have our first breakfast. Afterwards we took the bus, heading towards our first museum; the British Museum.  We had a surprise activity – it consisted in taking “creative” pictures in front of designated artefacts. Of course, our group took the funniest pictures and we will win the prize. 

Next up, the Imperial War Museum, where we also had some work to do, in DNL (History and Geography) this time. Going through the museum, we had to take a picture of one of the objects presented and answer to some questions. After this, we all met up in front of the museum and were guided to Saint Paul’s Cathedral, where we could explore the surrounding area in little groups and have dinner. Then bed-time. 

(Mathis C., Kaïs)

St Paul’s Cathedral

Day 3

Wednesday, October 19th. In the morning, around 11 am, we went to the National History Museum. There were a lot of different sections in the museum: dinosaurs, mammals, marine invertebrates, birds, insects, reptiles, minerals and so much more. It was really mesmerizing how many species there are and how different/similar they can be. 

Right after, we went to Camden town at 2pm and we had two hours to eat and visit the district. There were tons of markets and the vibe was really fun. Then, we went to Oxford Street where we had some free time. Most of us bought things for our families or stuff for ourselves. Finally we got to take a group picture in front of Buckingham Palace and went back to the hostel and had dinner. 

(Sarah and Anaëlle)

Natural History Museum

Day 4

On Friday, we finished packing up then had breakfast a final time before getting on the bus and heading to Greenwich. There, we went to the National Maritime Museum : we got to discover several British ships as well as the history of maritime travel in Britain and all over the world. There were a lot of fun activities to do, such as morse code, a ship simulator and even coloring books! We then walked until we arrived in front of the Cutty Sark ship before going to eat. After that, we walked to Greenwich Park where we got a panoramic view of the city while getting soaked by the rain and taking group pictures! We got on the bus again around 3pm and rode all the way to Dover where we took the ferry and the bus again, to arrive at school a bit before 1am.


L’équipe de débat du LIEP se qualifie face au lycée Henri IV dans le tournoi de la French Debating Association

L’équipe de débat du LIEP se qualifie face au lycée Henri IV dans le tournoi de la French Debating Association

Mercredi 25 mai à 18h30 au lycée Henri IV l’équipe du LIEP a rencontré celle du lycée Henri IV.
La motion était This house believes that happiness is only real when shared
Henri IV: government / LIEP: opposition

Les cinq critères de la French Debating Association (FDA) ont donné un score de 2/3 (

1. Argument: Henri IV
2. Form: LIEP
3. Teamwork: LIEP
4. Engagement: Henri IV
5. Star quality: LIEP

Les deux équipes se sont brillamment affrontées. La victoire du LIEP tient en grande partie à son esprit d’équipe et à son humour.
Nous félicitons et partageons la joie de HARRY, OLIVIA, JADE, APOLLINE et ARNO, qui avec leur enthousiasme et capacité d’adaptation, se sont qualifiés pour la finale contre l’École Alsacienne prévue le 23 juin 2022.

La motion est This house believes that when in Rome, one should do as the Romans do
LIEP: government / École Alsacienne: opposition

Merci à tous les élèves du LIEP qui nous ont aidés dans cette aventure ! Il s’agit d’une victoire que nous partageons avec joie !
Merci à tous ceux qui se sont déplacés en nombre, y compris les familles, pour venir exprimer leur soutien !
Merci à Henri IV, champions du premier tournoi en 2016 et du dernier tournoi pré-Covid en 2019, de nous avoir fait l’honneur de nous recevoir et d’avoir été des adversaires redoutables et impressionnants !
Merci à la FDA de préparer si bien les futurs orateurs du supérieur ! Merci à Helena Moulin-Smith, “high schools officer”, de nous avoir offert cette possibilité !

Quelques repères :

La FDA est une association de débat en anglais créée en 1994 par Declan Mc Cavana de l’École Polytechnique. Elle regroupe plusieurs grandes écoles et universités. La finale du tournoi du supérieur a lieu tous les ans a l’Assemblée Nationale (

En 2015, la FDA ouvre une branche pour les lycées (
Le LIEP s’inscrit en 2017 et participe par conséquent pour la première fois au tournoi 2018. Le premier débat les oppose à l’équipe d’Henri IV et la motion porte sur le bonheur. Le LIEP se qualifie pour la finale ( La version filmée de cette finale est disponible sur la chaine You Tube de la FDA.
Le LIEP perd la finale mais l’un des anciens membres de cette équipe, Alexandre Quéant, gagne la finale du supérieur avec son équipe de l’ENSAE le 12 Avril, 2022.
En 2019, le lycée Henri IV se qualifie contre le LIEP et remporte le tournoi en finale.
En 2020 et 2021 le tournoi n’a pas lieu.


Florence Martin, coach du LIEP, “high schools officer” au comité de direction de la FDA – 2018-2021

[USA Trip] New York City & Washington DC

[USA Trip] New York City & Washington DC

Good evening y’all. Voici un peu plus tardivement que nous l’aurions espéré quelques informations relatives à notre séjour aux USA.  Nos premiers jours ont été très chargés et déjà riches en émotions 🙂

Six professeurs intrépides accueillent une cohorte d’élèves dans l’aéroport. Leur but partagé : l’épanouissement de l’esprit et du cœur. Une aventure unique les attend, sur un continent nouveau pour presque tous : l’Amérique. Une batterie de procédures administratives et sécuritaires les assaillit. Rien n’y fait : ils arrivent dans l’avion, plus soudés que jamais, le savoir et la découverte à l’horizon. 

Juchés par-dessus les nuages atlantiques, les élèves et leurs accompagnateurs passent en revue leurs attentes par rapport aux villes à découvrir : des bagels ? Des taxis ? Des cowboys ? Bien sûr, la réalité les surprendra en bien, et cette quête démystificatrice, mettant l’accent sur les aspects culturels de New York City et de Washington DC, marquera un point fort dans le parcours éducatif de nos élèves de section américaine. 

Day 1
New York City
After we woke up at 7 a.m, we took the subway all the way to the Freedom tower where we could admire the New York skyline from its highest point. In the afternoon, we went to the U.N. headquarters, where we got to see first hand this seat of world power, how decisions are made, as well as a few interesting exhibitions. We also had a guided visit of it which was very interesting, lively, and has helped us to relate to the MUN that we partske in annually, who knows, maybe we’ll be in the reall conference hall? In the evening, we had the opportunity to discover Time Square. 🙂
Matéo, Léontine, Max, Okba

Times Square est l’un des lieux les plus touristiques et attractifs de la ville de New York. On peut y faire toutes sortes d’activités. Chacun y trouve son compte: les fans de Kpop ont droit à la boutique BT21, le magasin M&M’s pour les gourmands, les grandes enseignes de mode pour les fans de shopping ou encore le musée Ripley pour les curieux. Il s’agit également d’un lieu de spectacle pour les artistes professionnels (comédies musicales) et amateurs (dans les rues). Par exemple, nous avons pu assister à un spectacle d’acrobaties.

Andoniana, Naik, Océane, Aurora

Day 2
New York City

After waking up nice and early, we took the subway to Harlem to get a feeling of this embelmatic area in which James Baldwin, among other famous figures, grew up in. We had a long stroll and went to Columbia University. We then wandered around the snowy streets trying to find a place to stop our starvation, although we learned a thing or 2 about American pricing. Then we took a trip through a snowy Central Park. We started a snowball fight although there was a casualty, nothing serious though, and he’s all better now 🤕. Through our wanders, we caught sight of the ‘duck pond’ in Central Park, none other than Holden Caulfield’s duck pond! We took the subway to Soho and Chinatown and we had some free time.
Colin & Yannis

Day 3
New York City

For this third day, we first took the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty! It was really impressive to see this iconic monument. We went into the statue to see the view over New York and to take pictures of its skyline and many skyscrapers. Then we visited the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, we discovered the rooms where migrants coming to America were checked, controlled, questioned, and either accepted or denied entry to ths USA.
After the lunch, we had free time to discover Chinatown, Soho, the MoMA, and Greenwich Village. It was great! Lastly we walked on the Brooklyn Bridge by night, a very beautiful view over the skyscrapers of NY. For the most motivated of us, we took the subway and walked to see the Empire State Building or Times Square. Then we went back to the hotel for a good night sleep before our very last day in NYC.
Bettina & Garance

The September 11 attack was a worldwide event that left its mark and left many irreparable scars.
It is located on the site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center, in southern Manhattan, New York.
Visiting these places rich in emotion and synonymous with both progress and horror was therefore an essential part of our visit to New York.
The September 11 memorial looks like a pit framed by the names of the victims where water flowing through the centre symbolizes the tears shed by all the victims of this attack.
This visit was my favorite because it made me realize that any act could have severe consequences.

Day 4

For their last day in NYC, some went to the Statue of Liberty, in Liberty Island. This must-see monument was given by France in 1886, as a token of friendship between the two countries. Near this impressive steel woman, we felt really small. For some of us, it was a dream that became true. After this first visit, we went to Ellis Island. This small island opened in 1892 to welcome immigrants from different countries. We felt like walking in the footsteps of these people, such as Annie Moore, the first immigrant who entered the island, a fifteen-year-old Irish girl. To pay her a tribute, they built a statue at her effigy. She lived in Manhattan until she died at the age of fifty. We also would have loved to stay a little longer but we had to leave for Washington D.C in the afternoon, on the road towards new adventures.

Valentine, Yasmine.

« The high line » est une ancienne voix ferrée qui a été transformée en une allée piétonne. Elle s’étend sur plusieurs mètres au dessus des rues de Manhattan. De magnifiques bâtiments se trouvent tout le long, des locaux d’art, des appartements atypiques et des bureaux. C’est l’endroit parfait pour une balade, un rendez-vous, admirer le coucher de soleil, ou même pour faire un concert. On a traversé le parc linéaire lumineux, tout en s’arrêtant pour faire des photos du beau paysage new yorkais.


Part II: Washington DC

Après un peu plus de 4h de car nous sommes bien arrivés à Washington DC aux alentours de 20h. A suivre, très prochainement, le compte rendu de nos premières visites et premières émotions dans le district de Columbia.

Day 1

Hi de hi
We started the day the day at 9 am and we went to the White House. It was astonishingly small and we sent a peaceful message to the lovely president. We then walked to the National Museum of Natural History where we learned a lot about animals, fossils or even mummies. After lunch, we went to the National Gallery of Art where we had 2hours to learn about neo-classism, romanticism and impressionism. We then met up and started walking towards the Abraham lincoln memorial during sunset. We finished the day by going to the place where Martin Luther King Junior gave his iconic speech « I have a dream ».

Kim, Romain & Ryme