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

Tuesday

 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

Wednesday

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.

Kyria

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Gallery

Thursday

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

Friday

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
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 (http://www.frenchdebatingassociation.fr/adjudication-criteria

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 (http://www.frenchdebatingassociation.fr/members).

En 2015, la FDA ouvre une branche pour les lycées (http://www.frenchdebatingassociation.fr/high-schools-tournament).
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 (https://liep.fr/the-liep-debate-team-makes-it-to-the-fda-finals-with-flying-colors/). 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