Another French trip complete and what a great trip it was…
On Tuesday 21 March, the Year 6 girls climbed onto the bus and we made our way to a quiet little town called Hardelot in France.
Our first stop before arriving at our PGL Centre was to visit the girl’s pen pals at the Louis Blériot School in Hardelot. We were split into two groups so the girls had the chance to exchange gifts and put their French to the test. The girls did very well and even with a language barrier it didn’t stop everyone from having a lovely afternoon.
We arrived at our accommodation which was also in the town, and the girls couldn’t get off the bus quick enough, they were desperate to know who they were sharing a room with.
That evening we took a walk down to the beach to play some games and it wasn’t long before we were all ready for our beds.
The next day Wednesday, was jam packed with excursions. Firstly we went to a sweet shop which was a massive success and we had a quick lesson on how to make boiled sweets, which some of the girls and Mr Hammond volunteered to help pour into the moulds. We then made our way to the sea life centre in Boulogne which the girls loved. The sharks, penguins and sting rays were definitely the favourites. The girls were even allowed to touch the sting rays as they swam past, waving to us as they went. By the end of the first full day the girls were very tired and so were the teachers! An early night was needed so we were ready to be up early for another busy day of shopping in the Market.
Thursday dawned to glorious weather. The girls enjoyed looking round the market and picking up some souvenirs before heading to the wonderful chocolate factory. When we got to the factory we had a step by step guide on how to make their delicious chocolate and of course we had to finish the tour with a trip to the chocolate shop. We ended the day with a trip to a goat farm. The couple who owned the farm were very kind and let us go round and see all the animals, they even allowed the girls to very carefully pick up the baby goats and cuddle them. This was a definite highlight for the girls.
Our last full day in France was finished with the PGL Staff instructing the girls in the art of crepe making, this was a huge success and great fun was had by all.
So the last morning in France came and it was time to get on the bus to get to our last excursion, which was to go visit a lovely family run bakery. The owner didn’t speak much English, so Madame Martin translated for us, the girls were shown how to make Pain au Chocolat, and although they didn’t get to keep the ones they had made the baker did give us some for the journey home.
Although everyone was exhausted when they returned to school I think both girls and staff alike would say what an enjoyable time they had. Many thanks must go to all the staff involved especially Madame Martin for organising the trip and the staff at the PGL for their hospitality.
Look at the Gallery for more photographs from the trip.