Year 8 Visit Normandy
Year 8 spent a splendid week in Normandy. Staying in the very attractive Château du Baffy a few miles outside Bayeux, we were extremely well looked after, as usual, and enjoyed a wide range of outings and activities. This is a wonderful way to begin Year 8; excellent socially and pastorally, and most effective educationally. We began with two days looking at D-Day, 6th June 1944, with visits to the Pegasus Bridge Museum, Merville Gun Battery and the Atlantic Wall, three war cemeteries (where we carried out our own act of remembrance) and the unique 360° circular cinema at Arromanches. We then turned our attention to William the Conqueror, 1066 and the Bayeux Tapestry - always mind-blowing and extraordinary.
There were also trips to a castle, abbey and cathedral. A trip to Mont St Michel brought much fun with the expert guides in the bay, and the children used their linguistic skills visiting markets and completing a trail around Bayeux. We finished the trip at the beautiful Canadian Juno Beach Centre, a most fitting way to end the trip.
The children worked hard, enjoyed each other’s company, experienced a range of emotions and had lots of fun too. They all completed journals of the week, and I look forward to reading these in the coming days. Well done to everyone and many thanks to my five colleagues who worked so tirelessly and well to help make the trip such a success.