L4 at the Opal Coast

On Friday 31st June 31 L4 pupils boarded a coach and headed for the Opal Coast in northern France.

After an easy journey the group arrived at their first destination; a snail farm. They learned about the fascinating life cycle of a snail before having a go at handling them. Many of the pupils then tucked in to some snails prepared using traditional recipes.

In the evening the group checked into their accommodation and ate a hearty French meal before taking part in a music quiz with a French activity leader.

The next day started bright and early and after breakfast the trip headed to the nearby town of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Pupils were given time to explore the market and try out their French on the market stall holders. They then explored the Old Town before heading to the beach for a picnic lunch. After playing some beach games with the activity leader they travelled to a traditional French bakery. The pupils had a go at making loaves and croissants before trying some of the delicacies.

On the final day, the group spent the morning pedalling through the French countryside on a disused railway track. They shared four-person karts and had to pedal hard uphill for an hour in order to enjoy free-wheeling back down again! The pupils then headed back to the ferry and, despite arriving two hours early, managed to miss our boat due to the huge queues. The girls were compensated with a free meal and arrived back at school only two hours later than expected.

Trip leader and Languages teacher Mr Ed Smyth said: “Overall it was a fantastic trip and the group of L4 pupils were an absolute delight to be with.”