28th June 2019
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;
Despite the challenges and disruption that COVID-19 has caused for schools everywhere, the Upper Sixth pupils studying the International Baccalaureate now have reason to celebrate as they receive their IB Diploma results today. They have demonstrated tremendous resilience with over 43% achieving 6 and above (equivalent to A*and A at A-level) and 74% gaining 5...