Welcome to Year 6
Fantastic journey home we made great time. Our last morning was spent in the bakery where the children saw how croissants were made and had a go shaping them themselves under the close scrutiny of the baker - some did not quite meet his standards. We also learned how bread was made using two different styles.
The journey through Calais was very smooth - nothing like the queues we saw on the way out to France. Our sailing was good as was the drive back. I would say that the coach was remarkably quieter on the journey home.
Thank you for all the lovely comments about the daily updates - it was lovely to know that it was appreciated. I know we all enjoyed spending time with the children and I am sure they have shared tales of the week with you and you will hear more as they remember little bits of info as the weeks go on. I will put a few more photos up to let you see what we got up to on our last couple of days. Have a good weekend. Enjoy the washing!
And off we go........
Good morning from us here in France. Our last morning has arrived. Everyone slept so well last night, not a peep was heard from anyone. We had a great time at the quiz last night, a lorry load of sugar must have been consumed as our trip to the supermarket was quite a success! Great fun was had by all.
The children had a good time on their walking tour of Rue gaining compliments from cafe visitors, church goers and instructors alike - they behaved beautifully as we expected but it was lovely to hear others recognised this fact too. A number of the instructors have also told us they will be coming to see us off on our journey as they have enjoyed working with our children.
We will be off to breakfast soon, packing the coach and then visiting the bakery before heading to Calais. Calais was very busy on our way out with queues into passport control. We hope to get through swiftly but we shall see. We will keep school updated throughout our journey.
My morning report has started early today as we are due to have an 8 a.m. breakfast and therefore our little darlings will be getting up a little earlier than they have previously. As I type I can hear the dawn chorus of birds but not a cheep from our own little friends! I would say there should be some sleepy looking faces as we wake them this morning as tiredness is setting in.
We had a great day yesterday on site with all three groups each doing four activities - fencing, archery, orienteering, obstacle courses, climbing, volleyball, team building exercises. They all worked fantastically, many laughs were shared and some very, very silly moments........some led by members of our own staff. I will leave the children to tell you about those.
Our evening activity was the camp-fire.... great fun was had with silly stories, hilarious action songs and marshmallow munching. Great fun was had and I think we are all aching from laughing so much.
Everyone is eating well, some weird and wonderful food combinations have been chosen but no one is starving. I think tonight might just be the snails and frogs legs but we will see.
Everyone slept well, little and large snores could be heard coming from rooms soon after heads hit the pillows, it probably took about 30 mins for the children to settle down.
So I will leave you now knowing that all is well. Today we have activities on site for the morning and then this afternoon we are off on a tour of Rue with a stop for a hot chocolate or other drinks followed by a trip to the supermarket. Later this evening we have our quiz.
Activities, Visits and Scavenging
Bonjour from a sunny France - well it will be when the sun gets up!
An exciting day was had by all yesterday. Action packed activities in the morning. The children were delighted to know that the zip wire was “all better”, it had taken a turn for the worse in a January storm and they were not sure it would be operational. All was well though and it was in use, so we changed from the crate stacking challenge to the zip. Everyone had a go, even those who were afraid of heights! The encouragement from all those around them was amazing. Throughout the morning the children were able to do some initiative exercises (with fantastic team work), archery, obstacle course and the climbing wall.
Lunch was a rather speedy affair as we were off our in the afternoon to visit the sweet shop and the wheat farm with an added bonus, courtesy of our driver, through a fortified town of Montriel sur Mer. This little town provided the inspiration for Victor Hugo whilst writing “Les Miserables” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
Back to the Chateau for another meal before racing outside to carry out the Scavenger Hunt. Amazing what these children can find. We were even “borrowed” when trying to complete their A - Z of objects.
As we said goodnight we could see some glazed eyes as if sleep was beckoning and before we said goodnight some of those little cherubs were fast asleep.
This morning as we went in to get them up, it took a few attempts to wake some of the little cherubs.
We had a great journey, smooth motorways journeys on both sides of the Channel with a smooth sea crossing. No travel sickness at all to report. Children were behaved beautifully and were complimented on their excellent behaviour by another passenger. So an excellent start.
We arrived at the Chateau, we have all eaten, there were lots of clean plates. I don't think anyone will go hungry. We will soon be off to do our first activity of Chateau Olympics. I will keep you all posted.
Off to France tomorrow so don't forget that you need to check in with your group leader when you arrive. You will need to have your suitcase, your sleeping bag and your day bag with your packed lunch.
If you need any medication then these need to be clearly labelled with your name and instructions.
Looking forward to a great time away.
French Residential Trip
A busy term with lots of exciting times notably our residential trip to France. I know the children are all looking forward to it, there is an exciting hum in the classroom as we prepare for our week away. Thank you to all of those of you who attended the meeting on Monday 27th February. I hope you found it informative and that any queries were answered. Letters were sent home with notes from the meeting for those who were unable to attend as well as forms that need to be returned to the school as soon as possible. I should also remind you that the requested documentation and pocket money should be in school by Monday 20th March.
If you have any further questions about the trip please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.