Pupils and staff from Yarlet School had a French adventure last month.
8.30 am on Monday 26th June, 29 Yarlet pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 set off for the 11 hour journey to Normandy accompanied by 3 staff. Fond memories were made as they travelled across via the Eurotunnel, with the students working together & supporting each other on the tiring route.
Throughout the week long trip the older students proved to be excellent role models by helping the younger children get to bed, learning French and playing games together. A day was spent visiting the landing sites of Arromanches with its floating ‘Mulberry’ harbours and went to the 360° cinema museum, and the moving tale of the bravery of the men involved and the sacrifice of lives in the cause of freedom.
The beach (Sword Beach, part of the Operation Overlord organised by Winston Churchill and executed on 6th July 1944) harboured an ancient barge ship, which served as an effective memory of the past.
French language was practised at the Bayeux market while buying ‘spinners’ and other souvenirs. One highlight was the visit to the ‘co-pain’, where they made bread in a wood oven although different students may say that the visit to Mont St Michel or the Bayeux tapestry was the highlight for them.
Mont St Michael was once besieged by the English during the Hundred Years War, and this ancient city, complete with an old Abbey atop of the impressive structure, served to amaze and delight at every turn. The Bayeux Tapestry was a truly fascinating insight into the past, and all the children were enthralled and in silent awe as they circled the 70 metre long piece of art, which detailed the story of Harold’s betrayal, and William the Conqueror’s successful battle to claim England.
Evenings were spent on the beach behind the hotel playing team games and seaside activities, including “balance-the-shell” relays, football-dribble runs, intercepted by the teachers to make this a particularly challenging task, and various other competitive activities which were completed in teams, houses and even boys vs girls!
It sounds like an amazing trip, with many memories for all involved to treasure.