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"Psychology Live" Y12 trip to Disneyland Paris

News ‐ 8 Mar 2020

Y12 Psychology students visited Disneyland Paris this week for a Psychology Live conference and this is what they had to say about the trip:

"I had the most magical time in Disney! It was honestly the best school abroad trip I have ever been on in my life.  Despite being so tired as the journey was draining, Miss Christodoulou had managed to keep us happy and energetic. Considering the fact this was her first abroad trip with a group of cranky teenage kids she was amazing in making sure we were happy safe, and reassured and supported us all when we travelled during a period of medical crisis and fear and I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher to have gained a first Disney experience with.

The conference was amazing! It gave me an insight into criminal psychology, as well  as increased motivation and resilience when we had a speaker who had explained to the audience that despite failing his GCSE’s and not being able to read until 18 he still persevered and is now a psychologist who helps patients struggling with Parkinson’s disease as well as many other neuronal degenerative diseases. 

The final speaker had elaborated and broadened our knowledge on learning psychology which is a part of our A level course. He dived deep into the topic of phobias and treatment such as flooding and systematic desensitisation and not only explained them in depth, but also explained the pros and cons of these treatments which will help me a lot when I write my learning essay on phobias. 

Overall this was an experience which will last a lifetime. It was an amazing trip with a amazing staff team and group of people and I would like to thank the school and most importantly Miss Christodoulou for not only making this trip possible, but making it memorable I couldn’t be more happy and grateful. I wish I could have stayed forever!"

Maria Sekker Year 12

"The experience I had at Disneyland Paris was such amazing experience. Travelling to France was a once in a life time opportunity that I gained a lot from. We had the best time at Disney land and I could not have asked for a better group of people and teachers to enjoy the time with. At the psychology conference we had the chance bot hear from a hypnotist exploring phobias, a criminal scientist and Mr Peter Lovett who talked about psychology through dance. It was so great to hear about how these people used their interest in psychology to have such a successful career out of it.

I learnt that A level psychology allows us to branch out into loads of different aspects in further education and careers. Althougnot everyone wants to pursue something within psychology is an extremely vital topic of information in order to understand insights of people’s minds and explore fragments of psychology that we’d never usually think about.

Being able to travel to another country for an outstanding psychology conference and 3 days at Disneyland Paris was something I’m very grateful for. While walking through the park we discussed the psychology that has gone into Disneyland Paris, through the music, smells, queues etc which was extremely interesting and expanding Emmy thoughts when thinking about the psychology that goes on in day to day life.  Ms christodoulou organised a wonderful educational yet joyful trip that was the best experience I’ve had."

Meera – Year 12