Chateau du Molay
Friday 28th June – Monday 1st July 2019
This year we will be returning to Normandy in France. It is an excellent trip that allows the pupils to experience a significant cultural experience; apply their learning of French to a real life scenario and to have fun!
We stay in the beautiful Chateau pictured above where there are a whole range of activities on offer for the pupils to join in with from discos and karaoke to survival skills and swimming in the pool.
Over the 4 days and 3 nights we visit a whole range of incredible sites to help us broaden our cultural knowledge and make comparisons including:
New this year: Rouen
Rouen is considered the city of impressionism and its iconic Cathedral was used as a subject by both Turner and Monet. The river Seine and its bridges, the Great Clock and the medieval quarter have all inspired great works of art. Rouen is also the birthplace of the post-impressionist movement.
Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry
This long embroidered scroll is the most important relic to survive from the 11th century. Students can see - in comic-strip type scenes - the epic story of William of Normandy's conquest of England in 1066, and consider the French and British interpretation of events. Bayeux is a medieval town with shops, mills and historic architecture.
During our time in Bayeux, students visit a French market, bursting with delicious local produce. While they are there they have an assignment to complete. Each student is given three Euros and they have to make the decision whether to collate their money as a group or to spend their money individually. They then have to use their French-speaking skills to buy ingredients to make a cold pack lunch ensuring that everyone has enough to eat.
Arromanches 360 degree cinema
The Arromanches 360 film co-financed by the Region Basse-Normandie and the Memorial de Caen was produced by the authors of the hugely successful French television series, Apocalypse. This film is projected in High Definition on 9 screens and tells the story of the terrible Battle of Normandy thanks to archive images gathered from around the world. This film is a tribute to soldiers from all countries and to the 20,000 civilians who were killed during this battle for the liberation of Europe, a battle which gave rise to so much hope.
New this year to compare with the above: German Cemetery
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. The memorial, set around a bronze statue, shows maps and narratives of the military operations. Visitors’ centre staff are available to answer students’ questions as they take us on a tour and tell us the stories of some of the soldiers.
Honfleur is a beautiful town located on the estuary bank of the river Seine. It hosts the largest, timber structure cathedral in France with a separate bell tower. We will use this as a comparison to the Bayeux Cathedral. The wonderful setting and stunning cathedral offers the perfect back drop for our final packed lunch before heading back to the tunnel.
Check in to our Year group blog whilst we’re away to see what we get up to this year!