We arrived back late yesterday from the trip to Normandy. As always, the students were a credit to the school, and it was a great pleasure to be with them – their enthusiasm (even in some pretty awful weather) was wonderful to see, and their eagerness to speak French was most encouraging. We went on some very interesting visits and everyone threw themselves into activities at the chateau ranging from bread-making to circus skills and a treasure hunt.
Today we learnt how to make bread and croissants at Boulangerie Berquier “Le Fournil”, enjoyed lunch by the seafront (despite the chilly weather), met some very charming penguins at the Nausicaa Marine Centre and watched how chocolate was made at Les Chocolats de Beussent. As an evening activity we had a scavenger hunt with various challenges, to which there were some very “creative” and “inventive” responses! (Ask the students to show you the videos).
On day 3 we visited Artillery Wood Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62 Museum), and the Memorial Museum Passchendale. During the evening, we had a meal at a restaurant and then experienced the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin gate.
After a fun filled coach journey (the sleep opportunities being the highlight), we made a snowy arrival, visiting; Ypres, ‘In Flanders Fields’ exhibition, cells and shooting post at Poperinge and Lijssenthoek Military cemetery.
46 blurry eyed children and 5 staff left Manchester airport early on Sunday bound for Milan, then onto a coach up a very windy road to start a week of skiing in Madesimo. With a metre of snow having fallen just before we arrived and the sun now blazing we could not have been luckier with the weather or conditions.
The first lessons commenced; some skiing for the first time, others a little rusty since their last outing on the piste. In no time at all, all were speeding down the slopes with more confidence. By the end of the week all the students had improved and to see the beginner group getting down red runs was fantastic.
A superb trip and thanks to the students and staff alike for making it an unforgettable adventure.
A group of 39 girls from Years 8, 9, 12 and 13 spent five days in Normandy during February half-term. We stayed in a study-centre where the girls participated in activities such as bread-making, archery, circus-skills and photogramme (making photos without a camera). All the instructors spoke only in French, so the girls were pleased to be able to follow their instructions and to learn new vocabulary. There were also excursions to the local market (where the girls had to buy the most unusual thing they could find, won by a foot-long black radish), to a caramel-producing farm, to the famous Mont St Michel and to a World War 2 the way they really made an effort to use their French.
The 22 students on the NASA Houston trip arrived safely back in Manchester at 10am on Sunday morning. They had been travelling for about 20hrs with flights from Houston to Amsterdam and then on to Manchester. Exhausted but elated having had such a terrific experience.
The students were excellent in the way they conducted themselves and our hosts at NASA were most complimentary.
Perhaps the highlight of the week was meeting Don Thomas, an astronaut who has flown on 4 missions into space. His talk was most inspiring.
Have a look at the range of activities they did on the trip at their blog:
The History department has returned home from another successful and very enjoyable First World War battlefields trip. Everyone had a great time and valued the opportunity to visit sites such as the Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Langemark German cemetery and the Flanders Field museum in Ypres.