During the last week of term before Easter, a group of Year 10 and 12 French students and three staff travelled to Normandy to embark on a four day immersion experience in the French language.
After an early start and a journey via the Eurotunnel, we arrived in time to have a welcoming evening meal at a wonderful ‘château’, our home for the week. From the outset, students were put through their linguistic paces in a variety of contexts such as cultural and historical visits, bread making, treasure hunts, archery and rock climbing as well as a visit to le Mont Saint Michèl. One of the most notable visits was the visit to the Normandy landing beaches in Arromanches and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. The poignancy of the location and history was not lost on the students or the staff.
Trip leader Miss Hardman would like to thank both staff and students for making the trip the success that it was. The behaviour of the students was impeccable and they were a credit to both the school and their families.
“Speaking French the whole time really helped me to understand it more.”
“[The French ‘Animateur’] really encouraged and improved our ability and confidence when speaking and understanding French.”