France Day 4

Today has been glorious! The sun has been shining on our on site activities and the children have been constantly on the move. Each group have rotated to complete the activities they had yet to do. 

Encouraged by the sunshine and an element of ‘pester power’, Miss Brown and Madame Banfield both found themselves on the lake this afternoon, kayaking and paddle boarding. Mrs White preferred to keep her boat firmly on land whilst Mrs Rivero waited eagerly with the camera! 

The children have been rating the activities and it seems that firm favourites have been the obstacle course and the crate stacking. 

This evening we will be doing our final activity of orienteering before attempting to repack everything into our cases… This may turn out to be the trickiest part of the whole week!

We shall be leaving the chateau shortly after breakfast and heading straight to the sweet shop where we will be given a demonstration on how traditional sweets are made, with a French commentary! We will then visit the beach before heading back through the tunnel, so wish us more sunshine for that! 

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again tomorrow afternoon. Parents will receive a message from the school office when we have emerged from the tunnel to give our ETA at school. 

See you all tomorrow!

Swanage Day 4

It was still a little foggy today as we ventured out to Durlston Country Park followed by shopping in Swanage.

There seemed to be a great deal of mud around, so most of us were very grateful for our wellies or sensible walking boots. Once more, we had a great packed lunch provided by the Centre. There were also amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean- well, if the fog had lifted, that's what we would have seen! 

After wild donkeys and woods, the children selected their purchases in Swanage town centre. Excellent mathematical skills were shown as the children eked out the maximum number of purchases for their cash.

It's chips at the seaside for us tonight. Then, tomorrow, we return to St Olaves. We will see you all again very soon. Goodbye from Swanage!

France Day 3

The sunshine made a dramatic and very welcome return after a slightly chillier day yesterday. The children enjoyed a morning spent on site with fencing and climbing for one group, crate stacking and climbing for another group and the third group braved the morning on the lake, kayaking and paddleboarding. 

After lunch we were then treated to a guided tour of the chateau. As it is relatively quiet this week we were even taken for a behind the scenes look of some of the upstairs rooms. We were amazed to hear that sometimes teachers get to stay in these luxurious rooms! Alas, not this week. After this, we then headed into the town of Rue. The children were told stories of war heroes, escaping prisoners, circuses, elephants and jumping tree spiders - a curious mixture of fact and fiction. 

The children had a further opportunity to practise their French on the locals whilst completing a quiz about the town, set by Madame Banfield, as well as ordering their own drinks in the local café. We then headed to the local supermarché and marvelled at the selection of Haribo they had to offer! 

Currently, the children are having a ‘sharing party’ sampling the various different types of super sour sweets found in the supermarket… Tonight we have the chateau Olympics; a fantastic opportunity to burn off all this sugar! 

Wish us luck for a third peaceful night!