Year 8 Visit Normandy
During their week in Normandy, Year 8 experience so many things and this year’s trip was no exception. It was another excellent trip and, as always, a cracking way to begin the new school year by bringing everyone together after the summer while spending time in a different environment. The Château du Baffy looked after us beautifully, and the food and surroundings were superb. Only the weather let us down!
We mixed D-Day experiences - the wonderful Pegasus Bridge Museum, the powerful Merville Gun Battery and Atlantic Wall, the British, American and German war cemeteries, and the emotional 360 Cinema at Arromanches, with a focus on William the Conqueror, through the castle of his birth, the place of his tomb and the incomparable Bayeux Tapestry, as well as opportunities to write and converse in either French or Spanish, poetry writing, and work for RS and PSHE.
Our last two days we visited firstly the wonderful Mont St Michel. Here, expert guides took us for a tour of the bay and the 'quicksand', and this provided excellent input to Geography. The Canadian Juno Beach Centre is always a memorable way to end the trip, and the final film there was powerful and brought all our experiences together beautifully.
Well done to all in Year 8 for all they learned and experienced and for how well they did during the week. My thanks too to my wonderful colleagues, Miss Stebbings, Mr Rennison, Miss Gray, Mrs Dunn and Mr Le Heup for all their support and hard work and for looking after the children so superbly.