Year 6 French Trip
Despite a postponement to the start of year 7, our "year 6" French trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer was greatly anticipated. In KS2 Windsor Park Middle School provides a fun-filled flavour of French culture involving an overnight stay.
Forty-four students and five staff left Windsor Park at 6.30am and arrived back the following night at 9.30pm, but what happened in between?
Students experienced travel on Eurotunnel and a visit to Boulogne taking in the castle, cathedral, hôtel de ville, shops, market stalls and the bakery. In the evening, at the centre in a lovely town called Hardelot students had a typically French meal and the opportunity to taste snails. Afterwards, they made delicious crepes for themselves.
Next day, after a continental breakfast the group headed to Nausicaä, a marine centre situated right by the beach. All too soon time to come home! For some students, this was their first time abroad and one that all pupils found an enriching experience.
Year 8 Trip to Paris
It was bon voyage again as Windsor Park made its annual Year 8 trip to Paris this May with 45 Year 8s accompanied by 4 members of staff. The group stayed at le Chateau de Grande Romaine on the outskirts of Paris, giving them the perfect base for visiting the wonderful sights of Paris as well as experiencing a French theme park, Parc Astérix.
It was a jam-packed week which included climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower, climbing to the top of l'Arc de Triomphe for a 360̊ view of Paris, visiting the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, touring Notre Dame cathedral with a chance to buy souvenirs nearby and seeing Sacré Coeur deep in the heart of the artists' district where many students had their portraits and caricatures sketched. We were even lucky enough to witness some of the president's VE celebrations on the Champs Elysées. On one of the days the students visited Parc Astérix, a French theme park – deliberately chosen to maximise their exposure to French culture – which was enjoyed by all. Each day was rounded off with evening entertainments and access to the Chateau's swimming pool.
Students proudly used their French language skills and attempted communication at every opportunity – from buying a drink at a French service station to ordering a crêpe in Paris, asking for scissors (!) and expressing their opinions of the 'escargots' they had the chance to taste.
The whole trip was rewarding for staff and students alike but particularly pleasing were positive comments from parents, members of the public in Paris, staff at the Chateau and the coach driver about how well behaved and respectful the students of Windsor Park were.
Year 6 – A Taste of France
Our first KS2 trip to France, taking 44 very excited Year 6’s accompanied by 5 members of staff.
Thursday 24th October 2013 – The group travelled to Dover and boarded the ferry to Calais, then a short trip to Boulogne. On arrival everyone went on a guided tour of the old town of Boulogne; visiting the castle, Cathedral, Town Hall, plus there was an opportunity to buy souvenirs and see the shops ready for Halloween. In the evening, the group then travelled from Boulogne to the château where they were staying at. A lovely dinner was had followed by snails and crêpe making.
Friday 25th October 2013 – After breakfast, which consisted of croissants and baguettes, the group travelled from the château to Boulogne to visit Nausicaá – marine lifecentre – the photograph below is of all the pupils outside the centre. A great time was had by all, especially in the gift shop speaking French. During the evening, the group returned home - tired but happy.
It was a great opportunity for all 44 pupils – many on their first trip abroad.
Positive feedback from Parents:
“(He) had a wonderful time … we really appreciate you giving your time to take them.”
“… please pass our thanks on to all the staff.”
“(They) had a fantastic time.”
A pupil was asked:
“What was the best bit?” their response was “All of it.”
“What was the worst bit?” their response was “None of it.”