The Year Six three day residential trip to France started bright and early on the 26th April. We travelled by Eurotunnel and arrived at the model village of St Joseph just in time for a hot lunch before exploring, in miniature, a typical French village of a hundred years ago.
Our second visit of the day was to the Boulangerie ‘Le Fournil’ at Wierre Effroy where the baker and his wife showed us how they make their traditional ‘pain artisanal’ in a wood fired oven, and how to roll croissants. Everyone was impressed by the way the girls listened carefully and understood the presentations in French. They all learned the four ingredients needed to make bread – la farine, la levure, le sel et l’eau. To finish the visit we all sampled a croissant or pain au chocolat – délicieux!
On the second day we all enjoyed a breakfast of cereal, croissants, baguette and chocolat chaud before heading off to the extremely popular destination – les Chocolats de Beussent – where we watched how chocolate is made, moulded, filled and decorated – a mouth watering experience!
Our second visit was to la Ferme de Clenleu. The girls made their own bread and learned how to plait wheat to make a heart – un coeur. The crepes and pain perdu lunch was very popular with both the staff and the girls! Our final visit of the day was to le Museé des Abeilles where we all made a beeswax candle and learned some very interesting facts about bees. Well done Eliska, Jodie, Izzy and Lucy for being bold enough to dress up! Once back at the centre the girls had time to tidy their rooms for the all important room inspection – Mrs Gilbert and Mrs Cook had the difficult task of choosing the winners as so many of the rooms were beautifully presented with folded towels and even some origami on show. Congratulations to Isabel B, Cara G, Freya I and Lola A for having the neatest room!
On our final day we visited les Escargots du Bocage where we learned about the life of the snail and had the chance to hold a ‘gros gris’ in our hands before moving on to taste some paté, a croquille (snail in garlic butter in a pastry case) and some delicious home made jam. Lots of girls were brave enough to try something new and some even brought paté back for their families. The sun shone for our last activity – a picnic and play time on the beach at Le Touquet.
It was a great trip and the staff were very proud of the girls – they approached each visit with enthusiasm and interest and all worked hard to use the French they have been learning in school. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were a real credit to their teachers, school and parents. Bravo!