At the beginning of June, 44 Year 8 students and 5 teachers spent four fantastic days in northern France. We stayed in a PGL centre five minutes from a long, sandy beach. Our PGL leader led everything in French and encouraged the pupils to try out their language skills too! We visited a boulangerie where the baker showed us how he bakes baguettes every night. The pupils then had a go at making their own pains au chocolat and croissants. We spent time at a market before enjoying our picnic lunch on the beach and playing a game of ‘crazy golf’. The worst/best moments of the weekend were experienced learning about the life cycle of snails and then sampling them at a snail farm. Some pupils purchased gifts for their families…. jars of pickled snails and snail soup! The following morning we walked up to the large forest behind the centre, where the pupils were given rope and tarpaulin and had to build a shelter, using logs and twigs. The winning entry was not only very stylish, but withstood Mr Eaton’s stringent tests for resilience to extreme weather conditions.
Our visit to the WW1 cemetery at Etaples was very moving and the students demonstrated respect and maturity. Two of the boys were able to look up the names of their great grandfather and great uncle in the directory, from which they could locate and visit their graves; it was a very special moment.
The students all had a great time and the teachers would like to congratulate them on their excellent behaviour throughout the visit.
A video clip of the images can also be found on the Helsby High School Youtube channel here