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Being woken by the pitter-patter of tiny feet is something you get used to when on school journey, particularly at 6.00 in the morning when the first flurry of movement starts. Today was no exception and by 7.45 the boys were all up after a good night’s sleep, dressed, washed (honestly), rooms tidy (really honestly), inspected and ready for breakfast. The girls matched the boys in timing and effort and we all met together outside the dining hall to go into breakfast as a school.
It was another bluebird sky, the perfect weather to go to Dieppe. The trip there was easy and we were soon by the harbour learning about the history and economics of Dieppe. More importantly the Cafe Tout va Bien was waiting to serve 63 crepes of different beautifulness – chocolat, citron ou sucre. All delightful and by the end the remnants covered the faces of every child (and staff members). A quick tour around the town which ended up at the memorial for an attack by Canadian forces in 1942 against the port, which was held by the Germans. Unbelievably the attack was plotted by no other than Ian Fleming (he of James Bond fame).
The visit to Dieppe ended up us all having a picnic lunch in the wonderful sunshine – the perfect spot.
Once watered, we got back onto the bus and made our way into the interior and visited a goat farm (welll there were cows as well but it was the making of chèvre (goat’s cheese) that we were there to enjoy). The farm had 73 goats, all of which were stroked and petted by the children. We then got chance to taste new cheese, less than a week old, and an older cheese, at the enormous age of one month old – both delicious and totally different tastes.
At last we made our way back to the chateau, not to rest but to play a 27-a-side football match. As Mrs Turner walked onto the pitch she was surprised to hear Mr Brampton and two boys talking about the relative merits of the Chinese system of government and whether it was diverse enough to promote change and development. Needless to say, the conversation stopped from time-to-time as one of the conversationalists got up to hoof a ball that had got within kicking range off in the direction of goal.
Dinner was accepted with open arms and mouths; an excellent tomato salad followed by fish and ratatouille and a chocolate desert – just what the doctor ordered.
Is it time for bed, I hear you cry? Oh no, not by any stretch. Off for mini Olympics and a lot of races and competition Everyone loving it.
You never know after today the pitter-patter of tiny feet may not start until 6.05 tomorrow! We can but hope!
Hi all, sorry for the late post, we have been busily helping our lovely year 6s get their bedding sorted. It’s fair to say some have had more success than others but with a little coaching from Mr Williamss, all was well.
Mrs Goalen has been briefing the girls on her dorm points system; her idea consists mainly of French pastisserie for dorm names and a complex points system for inspections. I look forward to seeing what the girls have in store for their inspections – dancing, bows on beds, singing are all not unheard of. It still feels a bit strange to be yelling across the field – ‘can everyone in millefeuille dorm come over to me please!’ But I’m sure we will get used to it.
As regards our journey, we had a slight delay getting over but the ferry was an exciting way to kick things off, the children got to see the white cliffs of Dover disappear into the distance as we sailed away, at this point a child pointed said cliffs and asked ‘is that France?’ – I politely informed them that we had only been travelling for 5 minutes and we still had to cross a small pool of water called the English Channel.
Nausicaa aquarium once again went down really well and the cries of ‘wow ‘ and ‘woah’ when the sea lions swam beneath us was a really nice moment.
Spirits were high on the coach thanks to our superb drivers Stuart and Ian, Stuart has come armed with a mountain of Haribo products which acted as suitable motivation for a good old fashioned game of bingo. We had two lucky children yelling BINGO to bag themselves a prize.
I will leave you all for now as I’m going to check in at the boys dorm – all of the children are happy and raring to go for the week.
Tomorrow it’s a tour of Rouen in the morning and we are going to visit a Nazi WW2 bomb factory on the way home, this is a first for a St Mary’s France trip and promises to be of great interest to us all.
I will try and blog tomorrow and hopefully I can make it a bit funnier!
Keep your eye on Twitter for pictures from tomorrow’s missions 🙂