Here is the final blog for this year's French Exchange trip.
Let's start where we left, the home bound journey. Despite a delay in our departure and a more stormy crossing, we docked in Portsmouth on time (6.45am) and after going through customs smoothly, we finally boarded our coach Llanidloes bound where we arrived at 1.15pm as you all know.
Final ThoughtsI hope your child/children has/have enjoyed the experience. I certainly did as they have been all a credit to our school and to you parents. They have embraced the experience with maturity and taken everything offered to them in their stride.
For the politicians and other educational authority people who think that a school trip, let alone a French Exchange, is nothing but a holiday, or an excuse to take time off from the curriculum, here is what our pupils have covered this week in various subjects.
On top of French, I did try to have some other subjects included during our stay:
- PE – Canoe, bowling and laser games.
- Geography - with some directions and name of region. In St Nazaire we talked about countries, we looked at different routes the big liners took in the past.
- Maths - even if not apparent, we had to refer to a timetable to choose which show to watch and at what time, also we had to think how many show will we be able to watch during our limited time in the Park.
- History - Everything we saw today did relate to a certain era in history from the Roman era to the time in the Trenches.
- RE - The triumph sign in Le Puy du Fouwhere we saw Christians being persecuted by the Roman because they didn’t believe in the same God.
- Music - We listen to French radio, but more importantly, we all join in as last minute.com choir to sing the Welsh anthem, Claon Lan and Sosban bach.
- As for Welsh, I keep using my small incidental Cymraeg phrases, although the pupils kept telling me off by saying that we were in France after all!
- Not to despair as the rest of the curriculum has been covered during some of the lessons your children attended on the Monday like Science, D&T, English and even PSRE, as well as during visits to Nantes and the Aquarium of St Malo
To conclude, I would like to thank various people without whom this trip wouldn't have been possible:
- to John Adams and John Griffiths who have helped me in many ways during the trip,
- to the host families back in France for such a warm welcome,
- to the "directrice", Mme Persehais of Collège St Jopseph, for the warm welcome and the guided tour of the school,
- to LHS HeadTeacher, Mrs Harries and Deputy Mrs Taylor for allowing the trip to go and helping finalising it,
- to the staff of the French school for allowing our pupils to take part in their lessons,
- to the staff at Llanidloes High School, same as above as well as for some for hosting the French pupils back in October,
- to you, parents, for allowing your child/children to take part in this adventure and for some of you to have hosted back in October,
- to the pupils who have behaved sensibly and maturely during the trip, I will never stop saying it but they made Llanidloes High School and myself proud!
- to Owen's Travelmaster company who provided us with transport,
- to Jeremy our driver who had to cope with me more than the pupils!!!
- last but not least, to Anaïck Goujon who, after I gave her my wish list of visits, has concocted the best itinerary ever.
To all the people above, a massive THANK YOU from me.
That is all from me for this year. The next Exchange will occur in 18 months from now, in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed following us throughout our venture, please feel free to add some comments below.
P.S.:to follow, the pupils comments about their trip to Derval, France.