In June pupils studying French in Years 7 & 8 ventured to France on a cultural and linguistic trip. Visits took in Château Beaumont in Normandy in record temperatures; the medieval castle of Fougères, and, one of the highlights for many, Mont Saint-Michel, a magical island topped by a medieval monastery, which was the filming location in Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. There were chances to practice speaking French as pupils bought and tasted local foods – in a traditional French Marché; at a hypermarket; at the Lactopôle museum showcasing the dairy industry and cheese tastings; in restaurants where pupils were expanded their taste buds with crepes, frogs’ legs and snails. A cultural visit to the art museum in Laval included a Cluedo game to find out who had committed the murder in the museum.
Throughout the week many on-site activities expended energy and stretched boundaries. Archery, swimming, wall climbing. The most fun was had on the nightline activity – teams were blindfolded and had to work together to manoeuvre around an assault course while being sprayed with water – a job the teachers relished! Coming together every evening was truly special, with creative flair coming to the fore in dress worn on the French-themed evening. The pupil’s comments sum up the spirit of the week;
“I loved being able to buy cheese, sausage and baguette and eat it for my lunch.”
“…eating frogs’ legs and snails for dinner, which were delicious, and the beef bourguignonne”
“Mont Saint Michel was cool and sort of weird and fun, the layout was crazy as it just went up in mazes and paths and built on itself.”
“swimming because we had a woggle war!”
“I enjoyed going to the dairy factory – it was interesting to see how cheese and butter is made”.
“Climbing because the staff made it more interesting with games and challenges. I enjoyed the feeling of slowly jumping down from the top.”
“I liked the supermarket and market trip because it was the first time, I have had total control over my money.”
Lucy B, an A-Level drama pupil at King Edward`s Witley, directed her own interpretation of the renowned play `Woyzeck`. The two evenings of productions had everyone hooked by the intense storyline. All proceeds from the performance and the circus themed tuck-shop were generously donated to the charity Women`s Aid. An amazing achievement for Lucy and all others involved! #BridewellFamily ...
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