French Trip 2018 - Day 2
WELL! What a day we’ve had! It started, as all good things do, with a boogie. Mrs Read and Mrs Lock gently roused the sleeping pupils with the dulcet tones of Banamarama singing ‘You’ve Got It!’ So delighted by our singing and dancing were the pupils that some of them were also seen strutting their funky stuff at barely 7.00am in the morning. After a traditional French breakfast, including hot chocolate drunk from a bowl, the children made their own sandwiches for lunch choosing exactly what they wanted to eat.
After we finished eating, we drove for half an hour, to the charming town of Aire-sur-la-Lys. We arrived at a local market and the children practised their French speaking to a range of people from all over France and even some from Senegal, experiencing many different accents and learning different vocabulary. Many items were bought, most of which were eaten (including whole chickens!)
For lunch, we visited the beach at Boulogne-sur-Mer for a picnic in warm but cloudy conditions after which the pupils played on the sand building sand – er – octopuses and running around having fun with their friends. The photos show you how much fun they had – it was lovely to see.
After lunch, pupils spent an hour in the local hypermarket – where some of them learnt that it is advisable to keep their receipts unless they want to have an impromptu conversation with security guards! However, all was sorted satisfactorily and more food was consumed (teenagers eat, I get this now).
However, the highlight of the day for staff, if not for pupils, was the astounding Monsieur at the boulangerie who had the children entranced as he drilled them (literally) in the process of making croissants. It was an experience of live theatre that I am sure no one present will ever forget! We were shown the process of bread making and the children were astounded to learn how long it takes to produce a handmade loaf and the long hours that bakers in France have to work.
Dinner at the Chateau was another first for pupils as they tried the French delicacy of snails – to their surprise, most of them enjoyed the taste and some even came back for seconds and thirds. Parents, do not let them ever refuse food without trying again – they can do it AND we have photographic proof!
Photos from Day 2 of the French Trip.