Simply Noumea

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                      Simply Noumea
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                      Simply Noumea
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                      Simply Noumea

The Concept

G.E.T Educational Tours recognises that twenty-first century learners wish to engage actively with the world around them and use a wide range of technology as well as a variety of different approaches to their learning.

Teachers and parents want students to enjoy a trip which will widen their understanding of themselves, broaden their thinking skills and allow them to reflect about their own and other cultures while improving their language skills.

This itinerary has been designed to use in conjunction with our NEW language worksheets. They are designed in line with current curriculum guidelines, and teachers can select from a range of topics and materials suited to their own groups and language standards.

Below is our suggested itinerary, however please note that activities may change day by day according to flight schedules and availability of certain activities during peak periods. 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1

On arrival at Tontouta Airport you will transfer by coach to your hotel accommodation on the idyllic Anse Vata beachfront.

DAY 2 (B)

After a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will commence your first student worksheet activity, selected by your teacher- Le Marche
Morning - Catch the local bus to the Noumea market (Le Marche). Obtain audio and visual content for your digital diary.
Afternoon- Allocated leisure time to complete your morning worksheet, at your teacher’s discretion.

DAY 3 (B, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will participate in your next worksheet activity- Le Supermarket
Morning- Visit Noumea’s largest supermarket, Geant, by local bus. Your next worksheet here will require the use of thinking skills, rather than just recording words. It is also a great location for including some digital media content – film each other ordering your lunch in French, or comparing products to what you are used to seeing in the supermarkets at home!
Afternoon – self guided walking tour of Noumea, with maps in French provided.
Dinner tonight is hosted by your hotel.

DAY 4 (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will commence your next worksheet activity – Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Morning-. Catch the local bus to visit the Tjibaou Centre for a 2 hour guided tour (small additional cost approx. AUD 5) and either work in teams or individually to complete your worksheets.
Afternoon – allocated leisure time to complete your morning worksheets, at your teachers discretion.

DAY 5 (B)

After breakfast, today is a free day to explore Noumea and interact with the locals through placing students in authentic situations where they can practise their language skills.
Catch the bus out to Geant again, and stock up on baguettes and cheese for lunch.
*Alternatively, take the Mary D out to Amedee Island and spend the day completing your Amedee worksheet, and enjoying this beautiful island (additional costs).

DAY 6 (B, D)

A French style buffet breakfast is always a great way to start the day. Today’s activity is Environment and Conservation.
Morning – Le Parc Forestier is a short trip by local bus from your hotel. The park is the site of the local World Wildlife Fund sub-branch headquarters and is now involved heavily in research and in the reintroduction of native species to their original habitat. There are two worksheets to complete here – one on Le Parc Forrestier, the other on New Caledonia’s national icon, the Cagou.
Afternoon- allocated leisure time to complete your morning worksheets, at your teachers discretion.
Dinner tonight is hosted by your hotel.

DAY 7 (B)

After breakfast, catch the bus to visit Noumea’s WW2 Museum.
Morning – Take the local bus to the WW2 Museum in Centre Ville, and participate in your worksheet activity. Learn of the important role New Caledonia played in the Second World War.

Afternoon- spend the morning reviewing your workbooks, digital diaries and workbooks as a group and consolidate your learnings. Many schools use this opportunity to complete their digital workbook by taking pictures of signs (and interpreting), recording each other ordering meals or buying souvenirs, etc.

Any remaining time can be spent enjoying the national game of Petanque, on the designated gravel Petanque fields across the road from your hotel, on the Anse Vata beachfront.

DAY 8 (B)

It is time to say goodbye to New Caledonia and transfer by coach to Tontouta Airport for your flight home to Australia.

Optional Tours

at additional cost

TCHOU TCHOU TRAIN

Enjoy a guided orientation of Noumea and the surrounding areas on the little train. Tour has a guided commentary of Noumea ( approx. 1.5 hours)

TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (2 hours)

Explore Melanesian culture with a 2-hour guided tour of the Tjibaou cultural centre. This world-renowned museum is a stunning display of architecture, located in a picturesque spot on the Tina peninsula. It is named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of the Kanak independence movement, and it will give students a great insight into the local Kanak culture. Return transfers are included.

TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (full day)

In addition to the 2-hour excursion above, there is the option of spending a full day at the Tjiabou Cultural Centre. This includes the guided tour, a café lunch and your choice of either a dancing, weaving or sculpture workshop. There are also cooking classes available at an additional cost. Return transfers are included.

VISIT TO AQUARIUM DES LAGONS

Enjoy a visit to the aquarium where you will see over 300 varieties of fish and get up close with turtles and sharks. The aquarium in Noumea is conveniently located on the Anse Vata beachfront, a short walking distance from Nouvata hotel.

L’EAU VIVE RESTAURANT

If you’d like to have a unique and wonderful dinner experience, then a visit to L’eau Vive restaurant is for you! This restaurant is run by missionaries to raise money to help those in need in New Caledonia and they also use the restaurant as a training ground for youth hoping to work in the hospitality industry. You will have a delicious meal and the nuns will even sing to you. Return transfers are included

WALKING TOUR OF NOUMEA (2 hours)

This guided walking tour will take you through the main areas of interest in the city centre including the museum, cathedral, library and other historical buildings. Along the way, your guide will give you commentary about the history of New Caledonia.

LE PARC FORESTIER (half day)

A visit to this park gives students a chance to relax and explore the unique flora and fauna of the area including New Caledonia’s national bird, the cagou. Return transfers, entrance fees and a picnic lunch are included.

DUMBEA KAYAKING (half day)

This tour takes students to the north of Noumea where they will get to participate in a 1-hour kayaking lesson along the beautiful Dumbea River and explore the tropical countryside. Return coach transfers are included.

SUPERMARKET TOUR (half day)

Return coach transfers can be arranged to the giant Carrefours supermarket. This will give students the chance to do some shopping, familiarise themselves with a wide variety of French products and expand their vocabulary at the same time.

MASS AT ST JOSEPHS

For schools that are interested in participating in a local Christian service, return coach transfers can be provided to mass at St Joseph’s, the Roman Catholic cathedral in Noumea.

FILM NIGHT AT NOUVATA HOTEL

Film nights can be organised free of charge at Nouvata hotel. The hotel will provide a room with a data projector and a screen (weather permitting, this could be arranged outside on the deck). The hotel has some films available, however schools are also encouraged to bring their own films along.

PETANQUE GAMES ON THE BEACH

If you’d like to play a game of petanque with the locals, just ask the reception desk at Nouvata hotel who have put aside a few petanque sets for G.E.T school groups. The petanque grounds are right opposite the hotel on the beachfront.

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares ex Syd Bne Mel
  • Pre-paid taxes, levies & charges
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights at Le Pacifique hotel with buffet breakfast daily (twin/triple share)
  • Twin share accommodation for teachers
  • 2 x dinners at your hotel
  • 5% New Caledonia service tax
  • Room tax
  • The use of our exclusive G.E.T French Language worksheets