During the Easter holidays 23 students from St. Joseph’s School took part in an exciting trip to the ‘Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy. The students stayed for a week, following a full programme of activities such as fencing, archery, assault course, raft building climbing, bread making, orienteering, feeding the animals and aeroball. All the activities were led by French
instructors with instructions given in French.
Their learning was supported by workbook exercises and lessons. Although they were kept busy with morning, afternoon and evening activities, students did have some time to relax in the grounds or play football, volleyball and table tennis. Students sampled great French cooking at meal times and were able to taste the local cider and snails!
A one day excursion took them to visit Arromanches, one of the sites of the WW2 D-day landing beaches. Whilst there they visited the ‘Musée du Débarquement’ and watched a moving and thought-provoking film of the events of the D-day landings in the 360⁰ cinema. The excursion was rounded off with a visit to the American Cemetery, which stirred emotions of sadness and respect.
All students had a great time on the trip, participating enthusiastically in every activity. They enjoyed staying in the beautiful grounds of the château, they loved the friendliness and energy of their instructors and they especially enjoyed improving and using their French in everyday situations.
Bravo St. Joseph!