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.