May 6 2016
‘An opportunity to speak the language, enjoy the cuisine and live the history’
Bramley welcomed back 30 girls from their annual residential trip. This year the week-long trip for the girls centred around Château du Broutel in the Somme, France. And it provided an opportunity for the girls to experience French culture, put into practice the language they are learning and for some, who were away from home for the first time, begin to become independent and grow in self-confidence.
The girls visited Etaples market along with a variety of historical sites, including the Grottes de Naours (underground caves) and the cathedral in Amiens. Their tour of Rue not only included a church, a museum and a view of one of the façades used in the Harry Potter films, but also a stop at a café where they were able to put their French to good use!
The beautiful seaside town of Berck was perhaps the most popular event on the tour, with a local sweet shop giving them the chance to learn how to make sweets by hand. Indeed, many of the students declared that they had found, “a little piece of heaven” here! The girls also went to a wheat farm, a goat farm, (where they managed to follow and understand the whole tour in French) and a snail farm, where they both held and sampled the local delicacy.
Evening entertainment included the Château Olympics, a game of pétanque as well as songs around the camp fire, scavenger hunts and a special birthday party for two of the girls.
‘It is always a pleasure to accompany girls from Bramley on school trips because they are the recipients of so many wonderful comments about their behaviour, their care for others and their desire to learn” said Mrs Helen Abbott. “The girls have such a caring attitude to one another which is even more apparent away from home. We were also blessed this year with glorious weather which raised everybody’s spirits and added to the complete success of the visit. I can’t wait to lead the next one in three years’ time!”
Le Château du Broutel dates back to 1714 and is situated in 40 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of the small historical town of Rue. Originally established as a Roman outpost, it grew in prosperity in the 6th Century due to its port and later became the capital of the region.