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Trip to Hertford

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The 4°1 of the college de Sèvres took part in an exchange with some English pupils from Hertford (England).
They came to France in October 2005 and we went to Hertford from February 23rd to March 2nd.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The name of the school is SIMON BALLE SCHOOL .
It was built in 1957. It is located on Mangrove road in HERTFORD.
There are 1047 students in the school.

We can have a "merit" , when we make a good deed ( help the teachers, work well, ... ).
When we have 15 "merits", we win a gold medal.
With a medal the college gives you money or presents ...

All pupils of SIMON BALLE wear a uniform but the oldest don't wear a uniform. Once a year they have a non uniform day. They can wear their usual clothes and are very happy. Depending of a years they wear a green jumper or a purple jumper and everybody wear a black trouser with black shoes

The discipline is less strict than in French school. 

The majority of French pupils prefer the English school because the means are better than in France. And they have less school hours.

Lunch @ school

English students haven' t got the time to come back in their house to eat. So they eat at school in the dinning room, they have two choises :

-1) buy some food, and eat in the dinning room .

-2)have their packed lunch.

In Simon Balle school they have 55 minutes to eat.

Friday, March 31, 2006

English School...
Students have the same timetable everyday from Monday to Friday.
The school starts at 9.00 am, but the pupils go to school at 8.45 am because they do registration from 8.45 to 9.00.
They have two hours of school and after, they have twenty minutes of break. Then, they have still two hours of school.They eat from 1.20 pm to 2.15 pm. Then they have one hour school and they finish at 3.25 pm.
Subjects :
There are eleven subjects and two that we haven't got in our college:
Religious Education* (R.E.) and Citizenship*.
They Have :
  • R.E. ,
  • Citizenship, English,
  • Science,
  • Physical education (P.E.) ,
  • French,
  • I.T. ,
  • History ,
  • Maths,
  • Art
  • German

* R.E. = Religious education where they learn about all the different religious in the world.

* Citizenship=is simular to our "éducation civique"

a photo of ART...


This year the summer holidays start on the 21 of July and finish on the 1 of September.

Different Resources
In simon balle school they have better resources than in French school. All students have lockers.

They have a dark room to develop photos ... with an enlarger.

Teachers don't use the blackboards, they bring their laptop and their lesson appears on a screen! IT'S MAGICAL!

Activities in the school.

In English schools like Simon Balle school they have different activities after school, like dancing , theatre , football , netball , cooking ...

English students , do that when they finish school ...

  • Dancing is for girls
  • The theatre is for boys and girls
  • Football is only just for boys
  • Netball is just for girls, this sport is similar basket ball but they play with a soft ball.

Punishments and detentions...

If students do bad things... they have punishments or detention...If the thing is not serious , students can only have to be in detention for ten lunch time, so students are not too happy because they don't have really got the time to eat with their friends...

If the thing is more serious students are reported to the head of year. Then, if the thing is really serious, students can be expelled for one day or more...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

During our trip in England, we could notice that the English housing is very different from ours. They've got much more houses than flats. A lot of houses are stuck to the next one, they are called terraced houses and they're all similar. They are composed of several small rooms.
The windows are larger than ours and they open vertically. In their dining room, they've got also a big bow window. The fitted carpet is everywhere except in the kitchen. Some English people have true fireplaces but they don't use them. A lot have artificial ones, where the flames come from gas.

In France, we have a big room that we use as a dining room and the living room ; but in England they have two separate rooms.

We visited a lot of old Roman cities, Hertford, St Albans ...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Hertford is located 45 minutes from London. There are 21410 inhabitants in Hertford.

Hertford means the place where the stags (harts) crossed the river.

Hert= cerf Ford=gué

In Hertford there used to be a fortified castle. Now there is just one building. Before this building was the entrance for the castle ,now it's a town council where the Mayor works.

Hertford has got 3 medals. It's the only town to have 3 medals. The inhabitants are very proud of them. These medals are "honors" given by the sovereigns when the town was helpful to them.

Hertford is in Hertfordshire.
In Hertford the new Mayor is elected every year, he is not elected for his power but for his relationship with the inhabitants.

We visited the museum of Hertford,
it was about the history of this town. We learnt many things about Roman life and about World War 2.

After our visit ,the staff of this museum invited us to have a
traditional English cream tea called with scones whith butter and jam or cream and jam, and tea in very refined cups.

It was DELICIOUS !!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

St Alban's shrine

Introduction:the city of St Alban's was called so because of a roman soldier called Alban.

Alban's life

Alban, a roman citizen met a Christian priest. Alban welcomed the priest, he admired his courage to be Christian. To help him, Alban converted to Christianity and exchanged his clothes with the priest. Alban was chased instead of the priest and at the end, he had his head cut off by the Romans and became the first Christian English who had his head cut off, he became a martyr.
The church was built in 1097 by the Saxon king Ofa. He had a vision who said to him he had to build the church in the memory of Alban.  It's a gothic church in the shape of a cross. Pilgrims came to the church altar to pray for a member of their family because they were sick, for example.

When we visited the Abbey our class was divided in two groups with a different guide. The group who had Mr Christmas was lucky because he made the students play different parts in the story of Alban ,he gave students costumes, words and other objects....It was really interesting and funny and a good way to understand and remember history!

The pilgrims

The piligrims came from all Europe to see the grave of Alban. They brought gifts in a special intention. If a member of their family had a part of their body broken or if they were deaf and dumb, they had to make a model of the part of the body which had a problem in wax. They had to throw it in Alban's shrine.

St Alban's Abbey

Monday, March 27, 2006

St Albans was a roman city called Verulamium.
Verulamium was one of the largest cities in roman Britain and was built nearly 2000 year ago. It had several important buildings such as the town hall or basilica. This was first burnt down in AD 60 or 61 by Boudica.

The Romans spoke Latin. They spent their spare time at the theatre, they played indoor games and played music. Pateras were used by by the Romans in worships at their temples.

The Romans made jars. The special name of these jars is "amphoras". The jars contained pigment, olive oil, wine.
On their money coins there were pictures of temples, ships, goddess, empress...


Many materials was used for building: roof tiles, bricks, iron T clamp, iron cross and concrete.


Romans used animals for everything.
Horses were used for riding.
Dear were used for hides, bones objects.
Hens were used in meat
And with pigs they made skin clothes, bone objects, meat, candles and bristle.

The Romans might have eaten fruit, shellfish, cereals, vegetables, herbs and spices and bread.


The wealthy citizens sent their instructions by a messenger. In Roman homes the wall decorations was paintings of animals. To clean, they had ear scoops, tweezers and nail cleaners.

Before the Romans invaded, luxuries and necessities was traded from Britain.
45 silver dinarii went into a gold aureus.
The goods who came from France were: wine, fish sauce.
From Germany: wine, olive oil.
From north Africa: fish sauce, olive oil.