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Residential France 2019

Day One:

We have enjoyed an action-packed first day at residential! After a safe arrival on the Eurotunnel, we enjoyed a lovely lunch of huge baguettes and then the children had the task of making their beds...the staff were greatly amused! Thankfully the weather cleared up, so we were able to visit the town of Hardelot, where everyone bought postcards and stamps before heading down the to the beach. The children then looked at some of the fantastic architecture in the town.The beach was beautiful, and a great place to play. The tide was in but they still enjoyed themselves with the sand, frisbee and searching for shells.We returned to the centre for a 3 course meal, followed by fun on the low ropes course. Then we took advantage of the games room and volley ball court. Then, it was off to bed, to get some rest before another busy day!

Day Two:

Another full day's activities on the Opal Coast started with a room inspection by Mrs Khatib and Mrs Scott with the best bedrooms of residential in France so far. Well done Elm Class!! After a hearty continental breakfast it was off to Montreuil to look around this lovely town and complete a quiz in both English and French. The children got a lot of learning and fun from this activity! Next it was lunch in a lovely bistro in the town square and then off to the snail farm (which had changed hands since our last visit to Mrs Scott's delight!) where the children showed their bravery and respect by all having a go at different snail delicacies and handling the snails. They learnt lots such as the fact that a snail has 14,000 teeth! We then went back to the beach for more fun activities. After another traditional 3 course French dinner and a quiz on French vocabulary, we settled around a camp fire and sang songs and took part in an hilarious shopping list memory game. Mr Prestage introduced the children to some new games.The children as ever were brilliant!!

Day Three:

Day 3 started with another room inspection with immaculate rooms once again! Impressive! Our first activity of the day was in the centre which was a bakery challenge that the children rose to eagerly. We then headed to Etaples Market and the children wandered around conversing in French and buying different items and produce. The cherries were to die for. After this we had lunch in a local park and  walked to the Marias museum which was all about fishing and was full of local fish and interactive exhibits. They were able to stroke the rays in a huge tank.  Next stop was the World War One cemetery at Etaples which was very moving. The children showed great respect and wrote some very poignant poems to describe the experience. Back at the centre after another excellent three course meal (including snails in shells and frogs legs!) the children were able to utilise the facilities at the centre once again. Before bed, Camille then organised a Scavenger Hunt around the centre with the children showing their competitive side once again More fun tomorrow!

Day Four:

Day Four started with the children stripping their beds and packing their bags. Interesting!! After another hearty breakfastincluding pain au chocolat we went to the beach and as we were early we had the run of the place. The children managed to use all the sports equipment to good effect and some of them showing some promising batting skills! Next it was back to the centre for pasta salad. Then on to the high ropes course at Opalaventure. All the children had a go on this tough course and all the adults were extremely proud of them. They all managed to complete the 3 courses with smiles on their faces. Mr Gaind brought them all an ice cream and then it was off to the Eurotunnel via the coast where the children stopped for a picnic supper provided by the centre. At 8.40pm we arrived back at school exhausted but with pleasant memories.

A big thank you to Mrs Khatib and Mrs Scott for all their hard work. Lastly a huge thank you to Matthew Prestage who really jumped in and encouraged and supported the children in every aspect of the trip and was adored by all the children. I am looking forward to future trips!

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