I went on the French trip this year with around 40 other students at Chancellor’s and all I can say is that it was the best school trip I’ve been on in my life! The journey there was long, but enjoyable as we got to sit with all of our friends.
When we first got there we had a stretch, and then headed for the snail farm, which was so interesting and fun! I for one was super cosy and warm, (the weather wasn’t the best) as my friend Shaan and myself wore our onesies! We then headed to the Ambleteuse Centre, had a nice first dinner, then went to our rooms and unpacked!
The next day, we had an early start, had a nice breakfast, and then got our bags together to go to the College Caraquet to meet our pen pal friends and more! Everyone was so friendly, and they were amazing at English! I met so many nice people like MarieLou, Camille, Charlotte, Martin and even more!
After a great morning there, we went to a chocolate factory. It was so nice to learn so much in a short period of time about something I love! It smelt amazing, looked amazing, and we bought some items from the shop, and so it tasted amazing! We then went to the beach to chill for a bit after a busy day, but the weather wasn’t the best so we left earlier than planned. Then we went into town and went shopping in groups and we were able to spend some more of our money!
On Tuesday, we went into town and had a shopping lunch challenge where we were given 5 Euros per group and we had to buy things to make the best lunch! My friend Lucy and I bought a roll and some ham and cheese. Later on we made our lunches back at the centre, ate them, then the French students we met came to the centre for a sports afternoon. We played rounders, football, table tennis and more!
On Wednesday, we got the chance to go to Paris for the day! It may have been a 34 hour journey but it was worth it! There were so many big branded shops like MAC! Also it was very busy as Shakira was making an appearance at a shop to launch her new perfume. Later that evening we went to an amazing restaurant and then headed back, we got to the centre at around 10pm!
As the next day was our last, and most people hadn’t spent loads of their money yet, we had our last chance to shop. We went to a massive shopping centre! There were so many more shops that I hadn’t ever been to before which was great! Overall the trip was the best ever and I’m glad that I shared it with some of my closest friends!
Student Report by Mollie Swain
On Sunday 24th March, 42 Y9 pupils travelled to Ambleteuse, in Northern France. Our first stop was at a snail farm with a very enthusiastic snail owner where we learnt a lot about the life of snail (they were looking after them and not eating them!). After a few more trips we made our way to the centre to unpack and to be assigned our rooms for the rest of the stay.
On Monday, we visited our partner school, Le Collège Caraquet, where we met the students, and ate a fantastic French lunch. Afterwards we travelled on to a chocolate heaven, called les Chocolats de Beussent, where we had a talk about where the chocolate comes from and how it is made. We saw the Easter collection, which were made up of bunnies, chicks and cows. We had the opportunity to sample the chocolate, which had been specially made for us. The rest of the afternoon was spent in Le Touquet, a small coastal town, with a lovely beach and wonderful shops.
On Tuesday morning, we had to do some work, which was a fun task. We were given a market mission, we were given 5 euros between two people and we had to go round the market and buy the best lunch possible (we had to speak French), the winning team created a huge sandwich out of a whole loaf of bread and a whole chicken! This was a fun experience, enjoyed by everybody.
In the afternoon, we had a sports afternoon with the French students we met on Monday. We won the rounders competition and the French won the pingpong.
On Wednesday, the best day of the week for most people because we went to Paris, went to the Stade de France, saw all the sights, had a French lunch and even had time to go shopping on the Champs Elysees. We have already started saving for our next visit to Paris.
The journey home on Thursday was via Cite Europe, which is a massive shopping centre felt like a bigger, French version of Brent Cross. After the shops, we went through security and made our way back to England. We got back to school a bit earlier than expected and went home for a nice sleep.
Student Report by Maddie Runagall, Hannah Newell and Lucy-Louise Ford