IMG 7053 front2The children arrived bright and breezy on Sunday morning for their departure to France, already excited about the trip ahead. Our arrival was in the pouring rain but spirits remained high. With no time to spare, the girls and boys piled into their dormitories to begin organising themselves for the evening meal and tour of the site.

The days began early with a unique wakeup call from various children, always comprising music including the playing of a ukulele. On the first day, the children took part in canoeing, aeroball, the mud assault course, French lessons and bread making. The day ended with a delicious meal and some problem-solving activities, which were somewhat challenging.

The infamous French Market in Villedieu was the activity for Tuesday morning where the girls and boys utilised their French to barter for the varying items at the market stalls. Pockets filled with Euros were replaced by pockets full of 'bon-bons'. The afternoon brought glorious sunshine and back at the Chateau, the children completed activities in rotation including climbing, the mud assault course, and aeroball. The evening activity was a treasure hunt within the grounds of the chateau – all in French.

On Wednesday, the children spent the day at the Chateau. The weather held out with the sun peeking through. From Circus skills and photography to Archery and bread making - all enjoyed another full day of activities. The stories shared over the fancy dress French evening were wonderful, and the delicious dinner including 'Les escargot's was certainly a hit with most!


Everyone headed to Arromanches on Thursday to experience the 360 cinema. The children listened intently to the story of the Normandy landings and felt moved by the images and sounds portrayed in the short film which depicted the sacrifices made by so many for our freedom today. With questions aplenty for our guide, the children began to grasp a deeper understanding of what happened on the Normandy beaches. After a picnic lunch, the children arrived at The American Cemetery in Coleville sur Mer. They respectfully listened to our guide and took in the enormity of the lives lost during the conflict in Normandy. After a busy and moving day we returned to the Chateau ready to participate in the much anticipated Talent Show. Year 6 performed a song and dance as a group and several children also participated on their own or in pairs – needless to say, they came away with a fistful of prizes and commendations for their abilities.

On our last day, climbing, bread making and archery were all on the agenda and the children continued to impress with their positive "can do" attitudes. The level of French speaking and understanding improved as the week passed and the team spirit and good humour remained high.

This was an excellent Year 6 group to take away – they completed all tasks with gusto and good humour and were kind and considerate toward each other and the staff. The Chateau staff commented on their impeccable manners and good behaviour. Thank you for a fantastic trip Year 6! Well done.

IMG 3601 frontA few comments from the children:

I loved the mud assault course and especially the canoeing as we played many fun games on the lake... Andrea IP

I enjoyed break making as you could be creative in how you styled your bread ... Adam B

I enjoyed shopping in the market buying my cap and other stuff. I also enjoyed canoeing and seeing Oscar fall in!! William W

The mud assault course was brilliant fun because it was an opportunity to get really muddy.. and you were with nature.. Siobhan T

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