Going Places – Vive la France!
Posted at 11:35 am on 14th July, 2015
This year, the Modern Languages department took 22 pupils to Normandy. We stayed in the beautiful fishing village; Port-en-Bessin.
We were fortunate enough to be in France on 14th July – Bastille day, and we were treated to a spectacular firework display, along with a street carnival, a fantastic experience for everyone!
Throughout our stay, we visited many places, including the pretty fishing village Honfleur and the exclusive Deauville-Trouville where some of our boys played international football on the beach; England versus France, I’m pleased to say our boys made sure England won! Well done lads!
We visited Arromanches and learned of the secretly built Mulberry harbour as well as visiting the 360 museum- Miss Bailey’s favourite part of the trip, where the boys saw first-hand, footage from the Second World War.
We also visited the Pegasus Bridge museum and Café Gondrée, followed by a trip to the American Cemetery in Colleville and the British Cemetery in Ranville. The trip to Ranville Cemetery proved particularly poignant for one of our year 10 pupils, who managed to find the grave of his Great- Great Grandad.
Every evening, we played rounders on the field and EVERYONE was involved, including Miss Cesbron who had never played the game before and had no idea what to do, and Miss Bailey whose rather feeble attempts at running meant that one of the year 10’s trying to get a rounder was actually caught out – sorry Josh!
Our visit to Bayeux on market day meant the boys could sample first-hand the market culture the French are so famous for. One year 7 pupil proudly showing me the bag of mussels he had bought. When I asked him what he planned to do with them, he told me he was going to eat them straight out of the bag, because he loved mussels!!!!! Fortunately, the lady who sold them to him was happy to take them back and refund his money – serious sickness bug averted!
The trip proved to be a great success and as ever, ‘our boys’ did us proud, their behaviour was impeccable throughout and I genuinely hope they came home with lovely memories for years to come.