It is only now that we are all back home that there has been time to give the promised updates on our trip to France.

On Sunday evening, 38 pupils and five staff returned from our trip to Normandy, exhausted, but happy. We all had an amazing time staying in the very impressive Château du Baffy. The weather was fantastic, making all activities so much easier.

We travelled to Portsmouth, then took the ferry to Caen. With nearly six hours to occupy themselves, the children found plenty to do, or caught up on their sleep. The earlier photos of the last stage of our coach trip show how long our journey had been!

Revived and refreshed, on our first evening we made crêpes outside, under the direction of the chef.

On Friday, we spent a great day on le Mont Saint-Michel. Everybody enjoyed the views from the top after visiting the Abbey and the children had clearly had a fantastic day. Once back at the Château, we had a lovely meal then activities in the grounds.

Saturday was market day at Bayeux, so everyone spent an hour buying lunch ingredients in their teams.  Following this task, we returned to the Château to make lunch. This was a competition, judged for presentation, nutritional value and cost effectiveness. Some teams were very creative and the winning team was led by Charlotte.

After lunch, we watched a film about the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings at the 360º cinema in Arromanches, then we visited the town centre.

Having learnt about the Landing Beaches and seen the remains of the Mulberry Harbour, we visited the British and Commonwealth Cemetery. Mrs Austin and Mr Wilson led a short service at the grave of a soldier from Heswall.

Finally, we gave the pupils a French shopping experience at a hypermarket in Bayeux.

The highlight of our evening meal was tasting snails and frogs’ legs! I’m sure this will be a lasting memory!

On Sunday morning, we woke very early, packed the coach at 5.15 am and then set off for Caen. Many of the pupils slept, whilst others went to the cinema, entered a limbo competition and Abigail won a school’s challenge.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the pupils (and staff!) are already asking about the next one!

Mrs Gelder