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Boulogne Trip 2018

Last Friday we enjoyed out first joint ‘Park Academies Trust’ trip abroad to Boulogne, France!  40 bleary eyed Year 7s from LPA and APS boarded a coach at 3 in the morning and headed for Dover.  We caught an early ferry and then straight on to Boulogne.

We started off with a town trail around the stunning old town, where the Year 7s got stuck in to their French, buying souvenirs and treats and asking for the toilet.  It truly is a stunning area, with the trail starting off with a wander around the ramparts, affording us incredible views over Boulogne.  Next stop, the beach!  We had a little run around on the sand and enjoyed the cooling sea breeze.

Final destination, the bakery, where Bruno, ‘le boulanger’ taught us how he made bread, using his ancient methods.  He is one of five remaining bakers in the North of France to make bread using this method and he did a brilliant job of sharing his method with us, all in French of course!  One of our pupils was so inspired that he decided he wanted to be a baker when he grew up!  The pupils scoffed down his freshly made bread and were then treated to a ‘pain au chocolat’, which he had kindly made for us that morning.  The Year 7s behaved impeccably and we were really impressed with their positivity and how they totally embraced the experience, getting the most out of their day in France, both linguistically and culturally.  It was a real buzz!