Perse Prep pupils have fun in France

Bonjours and bienvenues were back as Year 5 pupils relished taking part in the first Perse Prep trip to France since 2019.

More than 70 children travelled to the town of Rue and stayed in a chateau as their base for a fantastic four-day adventure.

They began with trip to Boulogne and the watery wonderland of Nausicaa, the largest aquarium in Europe, where they were enthralled by sharks, seals and rays, before heading off to the beach to make sandcastles.

Day two saw pupils attempt to make mayonnaise, with risky moments ensuing when they held the bowls over their heads and hoped they had created the mixture to the right consistency!

The group practised their French skills while shopping in the local market, with sweet stalls doing a roaring trade, before heading back to the glorious grounds of the chateau to test kites they had made during a special workshop.

A visit to a goat farm was next on the agenda, with the youngsters milking and feeding the animals as well as learning about making goats’ cheese and sampling the product.

Day three continued with a guided tour of key World War I sites, such as the Beaumont-Hamel trenches, the Lochnagar Crater and the Thiepval Memorial, and was rounded off with a traditional supper of snails and frogs’ legs.

Cookery skills were put to the test with a trip to the bakery, where pupils tried their hand at making croissants with Bruno le boulanger before tasting their wares.

It was just left for Year 5 to stop off at the hypermarket to spend their final Euros on souvenirs and a final chance to practise their French.

Prep Head of French Claire Soares Winter said: “This was the children’s first overseas school trip and they threw themselves into everything with such gusto, seizing every opportunity to speak French.

“We were so proud of their curiosity, cultural understanding and commitment to having fun. Bravo Year 5!”

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