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Friday 7th July

You will all be pleased to know that the trip to the chocolate factory was a great success! We are now heading to the tunnel ready for our crossing. Any changes to timings will be emailed to you later. Au revoir!

Thursday 6th July

The children were all woken up at 7.30am this morning before heading to breakfasts where croissants were waiting for us. As we headed to the nearby market, the thunderstorm hit us and lightning lit up the sky! We made a detour to the beach at Le Treport and when the storm subsided, we took the cliff side train down to the beach and had a relaxing few hours there before heading to the goat's cheese farm. All the children enjoyed tasting goat's milk and cheese and we are now heading back for dinner and snails and frog's legs!

We have an early start tomorrow as we head for the chocolate factory before the crossing home. We will keep you updated on arrival time by text. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday 5th July

As the temperature hit 30 degrees, we are now heading back to the chateau after a day learning about WW1. It has been a thought-provoking and emotional day for some children, as well as the staff, as we finished the day with a minute's silence at Thiepval Monument. The children will have time to relax (and tidy their rooms!) before dinner, before finishing the day with cooling water fights before bedtime! 

Tomorrow we are changing our plans slightly because the forecast is for possible thunderstorms so we are staying slightly closer to the chateau and going to a local market where the children can practice their French before heading to the beach for lunch. After lunch we are heading to the goat's cheese farm for some cheese tasting!

The children are all beautifully behaved and their behaviour had been noted by Dan our leader and by people when we are out and about. We are very proud of them all!

Tuesday 4th July

We have all had a fantastic day! The weather has been perfect for our day in Rouen. The children all learnt about the history of the cathedral and about Joan of Arc. They have been practicing their French by ordering ice creams and crepes. Archery before dinner was followed by a trip to the beach. They are now showering and getting ready for bed.  There are plenty of photos to show you when we get back!


Tomorrow is a long day - if this morning is anything to go by, we'll be waking them all up again at 7am!  Dan our leader is brilliant as is Malcolm our coach driver - we're looking forward to a day at the battlefields tomorrow.


Monday 3rd July

20.50 - we have arrived safe and sound! The children have settled into their rooms and had their first 4 course dinner. The sun is shining and they are playing games on the field. We are very lucky as we are the only group here so we have the attention of all the staff! Tomorrow we are heading to Rouen for the day. Internet connection permitting, we'll keep you posted! 

11.15am - earlier a crossing for the Tunnel booked for 12.05am. Children eating lunch and looking forward to an early arrival in France!


Sunday 2nd July

The trip is nearly here! Don't forget to pack your sun cream, sun hat and back pack. The weather forecast in Criel Sur Mer is perfect for next week. Remember to give me your money and any medication in the morning. Mrs Showell, Miss Lee and I look forward to seeing you all in the morning - have a good sleep tonight, it's a busy week ahead!


Packing List

Toiletries (no aerosols)

Shorts, T-shirts

Hoodie / warm top

Spare pair of shoes

Long sleeved top and long trousers for archery

Waterproof jacket

Plastic bag for dirty washing

Bath towel

Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream

Pyjamas and slippers

Named water bottle

Small backpack


Book or playing cards for quiet time

Money for souvenirs and ice cream - £10 in English max, 50 euros max

All belongings to be named. Please make sure bags have a luggage label on with school name and child’s name.  No mobile phones or electronic games.

Trip Activities

Monday - travel to France with a trip to Nausicaa Sea-life Centre, Bolougne-sur-Mer.

Tuesday - A guided tour of Rouen, the capital of Normandy, to discover France's tallest Cathedral, the story of the Black Death and Joan of Arc. A picnic in the Abbey gardens will be followed by free time for shopping in the historical highstreet.

Wednesday - A guided tour of the Somme WW1 battlefields with visits to Albert Underground Museum, Mansell Copse, Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont Hamel and Thiepval.

Thursday - A guided tour of the historic port town of Dieppe followed by a picnic on the beach.  An educational visit to an organic Goats Cheese farm in Pays de Bray.

Friday - A visit to La Chocolaterie de Beussent in Boulogne-sur-Mer.  Travel back to School.

Travel arrangements

Monday 3rd July 2017

07:30 ~ Coach to arrive at school

08:00 ~ Coach to depart school

13:05 ~ Latest time to check in at Folkestone for the Eurotunnel

13:50 ~ Depart Folkestone on the Eurotunnel

15:25 ~ Arrive in Calais

16:15 ~ Arrive at Nausicca

18:15 ~ Depart Nausicca

19:45 ~ Arrive at the Chateau

Friday 7th July 2017

08:00 ~ Depart the Chateau

09:45 ~ Arrive at the Chocolate Factory

11:45 ~ Depart the Chocolate Factory

12:35 ~ Arrive in Calais and check in for the Eurotunnel

13:20 ~ Depart Calais on the Eurotunnel

12:55 ~ Arrive in Folkestone

16:30 ~ Arrive at School

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