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A group of 28 year 9, 10 and 11 French students embarked on a brand new trip to the Château de la Baudonnière, a French immersion activity centre in Normandy. The aim of the château is to get students having fun and socialising but in an entirely French environment, and they have a big team of enthusiastic and friendly animateurs who run activities in the morning, afternoon and evening as well as staying with the group at mealtimes, speaking French all the time. We took part in a huge range of activities from a muddy assault course to aeroballe, archery, bread making, visiting a market and Mont Saint Michel, eating garlicky snails and petting the cute baby rabbits. Every group had a French lesson, where they practised key skills for their GCSE speaking exams, and the year 11 group completed a mock oral. The château turned out to be a beautiful setting for all of this, out in the countryside, surrounded by nature, tame rabbits and peacocks (which were all called Kevin) and lovely old buildings, especially in the unexpectedly sunny warm weather. But the best part of the week was the improvements that were noticeable in the students’ French. Everyone, from the shyest to the most confident, was understanding and communicating far more by the end of the week, and the chateau offered a range of tasks at different levels so that everyone had a chance to explore their limits. The teachers on the trip were Miss Ashburner, Miss Turton and Mrs Gill they really enjoyed the trip and practised their French too. They were really impressed with how the group adapted to the French environment and took part with enthusiasm. They were genuinely outstanding ambassadors for the school and a number of the animateurs commented on what a lovely group they were.
Here are some of the comments we’ve had from pupils and parents:
“I 100% think that the trip should be run again and I would recommend it to the younger years just so that they can have the experience of living a French life for a week.”
“I loved the parcours de santé and the whole experience was extremely fun and helpful for my French.”
“The Examen Oral was really useful, even if it was terrifying.”
“I liked how big the chateau was and how friendly everyone was. This trip made a large improvement to my French, I now understand more and have picked up loads more French vocabulary and I think that it has improved my confidence. I strongly think this trip should be run again, and I would recommend it to others.”
“If I had the chance to go back there, I 100% would!” 
“I really liked the idea of only teaching in French which made it so that you had to pay full attention and try to understand as much as possible making your listening skills better”
“Dear Miss Ashburner
My son doesn’t tell me very much about anything generally, but he was very talkative about this trip! He said it was “such a good trip” and “really fun”!
He really enjoyed the variety of activities. I heard all about the bread making, the snails and the bunnies. Also the archery was a hit! (Haha, sorry)
He is looking forward to next year when you might possibly go again!”
"My favourite activity was le parcours de sante because to start off the week we had an amazing interactive, muddy and exciting activity. The best bit was spreading mud onto our faces and then swinging on a rope swing across the river- and hoping not to fall in! However, at the same time, on each activity we were learning awesome French, such as singing French campfire songs and at every meal time repeating this phrase which made us all laugh, 'Je voudrais, encore, du pain, s'il vous plait'- don't think I am ever going to forget that again! It was a fantastic week, with great activities, fun, learning and excursions such as the French market, that have all helped significantly with my French!"
“Dear Miss Ashburner
……. He had a great time and apparently he and his mates want to go next year too!
Thanks for organising and running the trip and thanks also for looking after both my boys so well on numerous trips over the years, I really appreciate all that you have done for them.
Many thanks”
“Dear Miss Ashburner,
I just wanted to reiterate my thanks to you, and the other staff, for your time and effort, on the French trip.
My daughter clearly had a great time and has been telling us lots of things and speaking French too. She enjoyed the food, even the two snails! It really does sound like a very successful trip.
She said the total immersion worked very well.
The lack of WiFi also seems like it had a very beneficial effect too which I think the children actually recognised.”
‘’L'excursion était trés amusante. Mon activité préféré était l'orientation car nous sommes allés en groupe et nous avons exploré pendant que nous avons trouvé beaucoup de balises.’’