Year 8 French Trip 2017

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For the first 4 days of the Easter Break, seven colleagues and I accompanied 71 students in Year 8 on a residential trip to France. The aim was to immerse our students in the French culture and language and to offer them experiences where they would get to practise their listening, reading and speaking skills in a variety of contexts. The weather was amazing, as was the girls’ behaviour and conduct throughout. We had a great time, and after working hard, completing our trip booklets we also relaxed and enjoyed time together to just have fun. As a teacher I was impressed with how quickly the girls’ listening skills improved, and saw a renewed enthusiasm for interacting in the target language. I am very proud of what they all achieved.

A huge thank you on my behalf to my colleagues Mrs. Buckley, Miss Gil, Miss Soler, Miss Hussain, Mrs Hewit, Miss Glover and Mrs Gardner for their hard work and enthusiasm and to all the girls for representing the school in a very positive light. Here is a report from two of the students involved.

Miss Cusworth, MFL Teacher

What we did on the unforgettable Year 8 French Trip

If you thought Kingswood was good in Year 7, the Year 8 trip to France is just on a whole other level! On Saturday 8th April just as everybody else from STAGS was enjoying the first lie-in of the Easter holidays some of us in Year 8 had an early start! We caught the coach from school down to Dover and after admiring the white cliffs of Dover we boarded the ferry to cross the Channel to France. Following a short journey to Boulogne we were taken on an interesting tour around the old castle and ramparts of Boulogne. We were able to use our French translation skills here as our animateurs were telling us about the old town in French. After, we travelled back to our comfortable accommodation at Hotel Le Moulin aux Draps.

On Sunday we woke up to a brilliant breakfast including pain au chocolats! Then it was a short coach journey to Etaples Commonwealth war cemetery. There were so many memorial stones to remember all the people who died fighting in France in the First World War. The afternoon was taken up with a quiz trail around Desvres. It was really fun even though our group got a bit lost and ended up walking an extra mile!

Monday was a very busy day, starting with a visit to a popular shopping centre and supermarket called Auchan. We had an opportunity to practice our French speaking skills whilst buying some French chocolate and sweets for our families. Next we went to the boulangerie where we were shown how to make bread and exceptionally tasty croissants! We even got to have a go ourselves. A trip to the beach followed which included a sandcastle competition! Then on to a goat farm where we got to hold and stroke baby goats and taste cheese. The evening’s talent show was very entertaining with a variety of different acts! Even the teachers participated too! Lastly to end this jam packed day we had a disco. It was funny to see the teachers dancing and really letting go!

Another early start on Tuesday as it was our last day. We were all buzzing with excitement as we were heading to Desvres town to do the market challenge. This challenge included being given money and splitting up into groups to buy a picnic lunch! It definitely lived up to expectations. After lunch Peter and Rick (our bus drivers) drove us to Nausicaa sea-life centre. It was stunning with so many weird and wonderful creatures to see! After we had finished at the gift shop we got back on the coach for the journey via the Eurotunnel home. We were then soon reunited with our families and told them all about our fantastic unforgettable trip to France! Our thanks to the bus drivers, staff at the hotel, the animateurs François and Anne and most especially to Miss Cusworth who lead the trip and all the amazing staff who accompanied us.

Grace Ryder & Bethany Moss – 8B