Experiencing the French Way of Life

12th July 2019

On a beautifully sunny Monday morning at the beginning of July our Year 10 students set off on their journey to Boulogne-Sur-Mer in France. Everyone was very excited for the week ahead. As soon as they set foot in France the group headed off to see the sights of Boulogne, when they arrived at the beach everyone ran down to paddle their feet in the sea – it was so cooling on such a hot day that some students got slightly wetter than expected. The group had their first taste of French food at the hostel, most of the students thought the flavours were delicious.

Tuesday morning the group awoke to their first full day in France – the first visit was to E.Leclerc a big hypermarket with hundreds of different products each child spent some of their pocket money on items from the store. For lunch the group went to a little seaside village called Wimereux, followed by an afternoon at Nausicaa, one of the biggest aquarium’s in Europe. So many pictures were taken (please look on the website for more pictures), everyone’s favourite was the giant manta. Tuesday evening’s meal was at JFK Brasserie where the choice for most was from the magnificent selection of pizzas.

On Wednesday the group walked into the centre of town to experience a traditional street market, they were surrounded by the smells of fresh bread, cheeses and a wonderful array of fruit and vegetables. The students enjoyed buying bracelets, caps, sweets and cakes from the stalls. Wednesday afternoon was spent at the beach in Wissant, where everyone went into the sea to cool down and some of the boys spent ages building a dam to divert a stream.

On Thursday morning with the sun beaming down the group travelled to Le Touquet to experience the water park ‘Aqualud’. Everyone was really brave and exhausted after 4 hours of fun in the water. The mini buses were very quiet on the way back to Boulogne as everyone apart from Mr Ramphul and Mrs Napier (the drivers) fell asleep.

Everyone rallied for the final evening enjoying a meal in the walled city of Boulogne. The restaurant staff were wonderful and made everyone feel very welcome even when the students burst into a full rendition of ‘Old Town Road’, the other diners also applauded our children.

Friday morning came all too soon and the students packed their bags and tidied their rooms. The journey back to England was a little longer than anticipated but everyone kept up their high spirits right up until they arrived back at Stormont House.

Well done Year 10 you were amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!