the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Year 6 escape to the Chateau
21 June 2019
On Monday 10 June, 42 excited Year 6 girls arrived at school ready to depart for France! The annual trip had come round once again.
After delivering cases to the driver and saying a final farewell to parents, we were off, motorway bound and heading for the South. We arrived at Dover in good time and enjoyed a calm ferry crossing whilst the girls made the most of another shopping opportunity! Finally, several DVDs later, we arrived at our destination, the Château du Broutel in Rue. The girls were shown to their dorms, given a quick tour of the Château grounds, taken to the dining room for dinner and then began settling into our home for the week.
Whilst we stayed in the Normandy complex, we still enjoyed the opportunity to appreciate the Château and its surroundings – a magnificent 18th Century building set in over 40 acres of well-kept grounds, and of course…the resident cat!
Over the next few days, we were all kept busy, with a timetable of both cultural and adventure activities. A market trip; a visit to a snail farm; a visit to the beach complete with ice cream and a thunder storm; the chance to make their own French mayonnaise and to meet the pen pals they had exchanged letters with, provided plenty of opportunities for the girls to practise their French speaking, listening and reading. The adventurous activities this year involved Orienteering, Blind Trail, Obstacle Course, Archery, Initiative Exercises and finally Crate Stacking – which proved to be a great success! Many were pushed a little out of their comfort zone, and greatly enjoyed it!
Food once again featured highly, with everyone making the most of the croissants, pains au chocolat, fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurts for breakfast and the variety of tasty
dishes for lunch and dinner - always accompanied by French bread and cheese. The girls, of course, also enjoyed their evening trips to the Château tuck shop!
We returned to school on Friday evening tired, but happy after a lovely week.
Many of the girls took full advantage of the chances to try something new and really enjoyed working with the Château staff and activity leaders. They were complimented by
many on their exemplary behaviour, teamwork and positive outlook and were a pleasure to take away. A huge thanks, or should I say ‘merci’ to all (and to the weather – mostly)
for a wonderful week!
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