The French connection

News & events

The French connection

Third Form French trip

Third Formers enjoyed a trip to Normandy putting their French language skills to the test before the summer term ended.

The 52 pupils and seven staff spent five days at the Château de la Baudonnière.

The activity-packed days of the Normandy trip this year were punctuated with a “mindful moment” each evening. Pupils were given time to be quiet together, to replay the film of that day’s action, and to choose a single highlight for themselves, to be placed in a mental treasure chest, ready to be retrieved on subsequent evenings.

While nobody was invited to divulge their high points, likely contenders were the sea swimming and massed football game on the beach at Saint Malo, the notorious muddy assault course, and the ubiquitous peacock feathers found around the château which this year graced many wardrobes.

Pupils developed resilience away from home, displaying an uncommon ability to work alongside each other in any random grouping, and altogether they managed to uphold the fine standing in which the Château holds Exeter School groups.