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24th to 26th April 2019
YEAR 5 TRIP TO CHATEAU DU BROUTEL
Monday 2nd July
Waiting for the Eurostar.
Ski trip 2018
Outbound - Saturday 20th January John Lennon Airport, flight EZY 7263
Please arrive by 11.30a.m.
Return - Saturday 27th January Grenoble Airport, flight EZY 7264
Arriving at John Lennon Airport at approximately, 7.40 p.m.
**Remember to pack ski socks and 2 packed lunches in your hand luggage.
( no drinks or yogurts)
Obstacle course & zip wire
Today the children had a fun packed morning in the grounds of the Chateau. They were split into two groups then enjoyed time on the zip wire and the obstacle course.
After a filling lunch, we put on our walking shoes and set off into Rue. Our Chateau guides told the children about the history of the town and we visited the Bell Tower, (Beffroi) the museum and local church. Afterwards, the children practised their French speaking skills in 'Cafe du Commerce'. They ordered drinks and had ice cream whilst sitting in the sun.
Chocolate Factory and Farm
Rafting and Kayaking
Today is our final day of adventure in France and we began by visiting the town of Albert. We visited the Battle of Somme museum. This was an underground tunnel in medieval times to avoid the plague and later, during the Second World War, an air raid shelter. The children were guided through the museum which depicts many scenes of life in the trenches for all those who fought. There were also many exhibits of various rifles, trench art and other weapons used in this conflict. The children were also shown the uniform of a 'Tommy' and given the opportunity to dress up as one and feel the weight of all the equipment. Well done Levi!
Afterwards, we visited the Lochnagar crater. British sappers spent weeks prior to the 1st July 1916, digging tunnels deep under German positions. They packed the tunnel with 28 tonnes of explosives and exploded it on July 1st at 07.28, just 2 minutes before troops left their trenches. The crater is 91 metres in diameter and 21 metres in depth . The explosion was heard in London!
After lunch we visited the largest British/ French war cemetery in the world 'Thiepval'. The children had opportunity to reflect on those soldiers who gave up their lives in the Great War. They spent time looking at individual graves and lay down a cross in respect for the soldiers courage and bravery.
Finally, at Beaumont-Hamel, we remembered the Newfoundland Regiment's valiant advance on the 1st July. The children walked in the same trenches that the young soldiers had built back in 1916. Of the 800 who advanced, only 68 answered the roll call at the end of the day.
Bonjour everyone!! We finally arrived safely at Chateau du Broutel this evening after a long but exciting coach journey. We were immediately met by the wonderful staff who then led us all to our lovely rooms (no doubt the children will sleep well tonight after their very early wake up call). A tasty evening meal was served and then the children explored the grounds before heading off to bed.
Today the children had a fun packed morning in the grounds of the Chateau. They were split into two groups then got wet and wild as they took part in kayaking and raft building activities at the Lakeside.
After a filling lunch, we put on our walking shoes and set off into Rue. Our Chateau guides told the children about the history of the town as we visited the Bell Tower,( Beffroi) the museum and the local church. We also saw a building that used to be a public house - now holiday home- which appeared in the Harry Potter film 'The Prisoners of Azkaban'.
Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to show off their French speaking skills and spend some of their Euros when they visited a local cafe ( Cafe du Commerce ) to buy a drink.
The children have had another brilliant day! The morning began with a trip to the 'Beussent' chocolate factory. During the workshop, we were shown how different types of chocolate is made and moulded into shapes ready for the shops. We even got to try a few samples and spend some more euros.
Our next stop was the goat farm. We received a warm welcome from Eliane, the owner. She spoke only in French to the children but they were excellent at interpreting what she said. We then had the opportunity to handle and feed some of the farm animals. The children saw baby goats - chevreau, cows - vaches, chicken - poules, rabbits - lapins. Eliane then gave us a fascinating demonstration of how to make cheese from goats milk.