Year 6 Residential
Letter with information - Final French Trip information, 7th – 10th November ‘17
Welcome to the French Residential Trip 2017.
We left promptly on the Eurotunnel and arrived to glorious sunshine in Calais. After that, we made our way into Boulogne to visit Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle Ecole (school). We then had a brief tour around the local area as well as a look around their school. Also, we practiced our French in conversations with the children there; whilst they practiced their English. Finally, they beautifully sang Alouette to the school before making our departure for Stella Maris in Cucq. The children were excellent representatives of Kingsnorth School.
Once we had arrived at the resort, we unpacked and quickly discovered where the heating was. The children then had the opportunity to begin the writing of their diaries to remember their first day here. All the children have settled into their rooms.
Soon, we will make our way down to dinner for one of many 3-course meals!
Our penultimate day, we went off early this morning to visit the local boulangerie (bakery) where the children had the opportunity to learn how to make both fresh bread and croissants. We were then treated to the bakeries own homemade pain du chocolate and croissants; they were delicious.
So we could practice our French, we headed to the local supermarket. Visiting the various counters to ask for different items to taste French specialities: both ham, pate, sausage and cheeses. Whilst at our next destination, the children then prepared their own sandwiches in fresh baguettes.
After a superb and filling lunch, we entered La Coupelle. The children very respectfully travelled around this memorial museum learning all about the development of the V1 and V2 rockets during WW2.
Heading back to base, we ate our final meal in France - we also enjoyed some éclairs and other cakes purchased earlier in the day. As we were all thoroughly tired, after another busy day, we then began to pack ready for our departure tomorrow and swiftly made our way to bed.
This morning, we began we an early start and the children very much rose to the occasion: bedrooms were tidy and beds were even made!
After a filling breakfast of croissants and toast which was coated in a variety of jams, honey or nutella, the children then tucked into cereal, fruits and yogurt. Swiftly, we made our way to Becasuc - the sweet factory - where children got the chance to see how a variety of 'bonbon' are made; they may even remember the recipe to make it when they return...
Returning to the coach, we galloped off to the farm. Children were thrilled to meet the different animals and 'cooed' at the 5-day-old duckling they were invited to stroke. The children had the opportunity to practice the different words for the animals in French as well as learn a few specifics to animals and associated language. Before leaving, we managed to have a wonderful baguette and some of the sweetest tangerines: some children were even inclined to ask for a second.
As the last part of our adventure for the day, we made our to the Ambleteuse Museum. Children were able to see many original items collected after the Second World War and learnt lots of interesting information about the occupation of France during the war.
The final day! To begin with, we made our way back into Boulogne to visit the cemetery where we found John Swaffer's grave and placed a cross by it as well as saying a prayer for the fallen soldiers. We also visited the grave of the unknown solider placing a wreath of poppies from Kingsnorth school. The children again did the school proud.
Our final destination before returning to England was Nausicaa. The children had a fantastic time seeing all the different creatures: especially the sealions, who were exceptionally entertaining!
Now, we our on the final stretch: home.