Visit to Château Beaumont

A group of 37 of our students from Years 9 and 10 kick started their Easter holidays early with a visit to Château Beaumont located just outside of Normandy in Northern France. The visit was a chance for them to practise their language skills and experience French culture, learn about French history and try some French cuisine. Students even had the opportunity to taste frogs’ legs and snails during the trip!

The students and staff visited the 360-degree cinema at Arromanches, which provided an insight to the 100 days of the Battle of Normandy and how important the D-Day landings really were. After the cinema, the group visited some of the landing beaches and the German battery where some of the original machinery is still located.

The students and staff were extremely busy during their stay and had opportunities to try out their language skills at the local Saturday market (with a special stop at Sephora) as well as an afternoon of shopping and exploring in Saint-Malo. They also completed onsite activities at the Chateau, which included archery, zip wires, and a “nightline” where students were blindfolded and had to trust their group leader to lead them around the course safely… some groups were more successful than others!  

A highlight of the trip was visiting the UNESCO world heritage site, Mont St Michel where students learnt about the history of Mont St Michel and that the winding streets were an inspiration for J K Rowling when writing about Diagon Alley. Another highlight was spending the last day at Disneyland Paris on the various rides and watching the parade and Illumination Show along Main Street.

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the visit and made some great memories by immersing themselves in a different culture and practicing their language skills!