1 :Introduction to the « lycée Carnot » :

It belongs to the Academy of Dijon and has existed since 1892.

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Lycée Carnot’s history :

Originally, it was created after an accident that occured in 1885 in the former high school of Dijon that was located in the current middle  school Marcelle Pardé. Colonel Marchand decided to build a new high school which would host thousands of students. It was designed by the architect Chaudoué. It was inaugurated on the July, 31st 1893 by the Minister of  Justice : Eugène Guerrin.

In 1894, the high school took its name of « Lycée Carnot » after the murder of President Carnot to pay tribute to this family.

During the first world war, the high school was used as a military hospital but continued to function also as a high school. During the interwar period, the high school signed agreements with Czechoslovakia, since 1920, the Lycée Carnot hosts Czechs students recruited by means of an exam.

During World War II, only the “petit quartier” was used, the morning for the boys and the afternoon for the girls. After the liberation in 1945, significant works were undertaken : roof repairs, installation of heating…

The number of students increased during the following years, the primary school was suppressed. New buildings were built, such as the COSEC located in the park of the high school.

The Lycée Carnot today :

This high-school hosts about two thousand three hundred students from the secondary school to preparatory classes.

The secondary school has about five hundred students

The preparatory classes in the Lycée Carnot represent eight hundred students divided into twenty-four sections from literary classes to preparatory classes to business school.

The high-school proposes the general programs of baccalaureate: the scientific, the economic and social and the literary programs. Under this baccalaureate, the high school proposes different options, such as Chinese…

Since 1999, students can also choose to take the European option: they can follow a non linguistic subject in a foreign language : History and Geography in English or German or Science in English.

It also proposes a technological baccalaureate : the “TMD” (art of music and dance) baccalaureate.

 By Léa, Solène and Marie

II. Introduction to the trip :

First of all, since we had already been to Ireland in 2013, we didn’t expect to go on a trip this year. However, it’s with gladness that we accepted the proposition of our History teacher, Mr Baudot, to spend some days in Brussels  and get away to London for one day.

At the beginning of the school year, after asking us if we were willing to take part in the travel, Mr Baudot decided to propose his plans to the administration. After many months of expectation, we finally got the permission of the Head to organize our journey.

In order to pay a little less for the trip, our teachers proposed us to sell some things such as chocolates, cups and nougats. There was a sort of «competition» between the two European classes. The winning class would be the one that sold the most. So, it gave us some motivation. Finally, it was successful because we sold for 1350€, which left us 390€ to add an activity to the planned schedule. This money  will enable us to add the visit of a chocolate factory to our schedule.

Besides, we plan to visit the European Parliament and other monuments in Brussels and London. Moreover, during our trip, we will travel by bus and in order to reach the city of London, we will take the train that goes under the English Channel. As for the accomodation, we will eat and sleep in a youthhostel. Finally, we hope that this journey will improve our language skills and inform us better about Europe and its institutions.

Mr Baudot our history-Geography teacher, Mlle Pipon, English teacher and Mme Guillon our CPE are in charge of the trip.

III. Introduction to the class :

We are a European class of year twelve from the « lycée Carnot ». But we are in separated classes : thirteen of us are in an economic class, fourteen are in a science class and two in a literature class. But, we are a European class, so, we learn a part of our History and Geography curriculum in English. The English European Section is ideal for us to enrich our general, historical and geographical culture. It is also the opportunity to be more open-minded and to improve our oral expression and our knowledge of English speaking countries. The English European option gives rise to an oral exam at the end of year thirteen about the history curriculum of the year. If we pass, it will give us a European mention for the baccalaureate. But one of the most important benefits to be in a European class in « Lycée Carnot » is that during all our schooling, we will keep the same class at least one hour a week, actually this year with the English lessons of Mrs Jondot.