Trip to Belgium and France April 2011
A group of all ages went on a trip to France and Belgium this spring.
French and History trip
On 1 April 2011, 40 students from Reading Girls’ School travelled across the English Channel to the French borders to experience culture, history and, most importantly, the French language. We visited parts of north France, which offered us the most contrast in culture such as the petit village of rue. This marché challenged our French skills and put our oral abilities to the test. This was very beneficial and enjoyable for students, as most bought souvenirs and gifts for family back home. Once the tour of the market was over, we travelled to a sweet shop, which entailed the traditional production of sweets. Students were able to participate in shaping their own sweets, which all students found to be entertaining.
The next day, everyone travelled to the Belgian city of Ypres, introducing us to a new language and culture. Belgians are very multi-lingual and, to student’s surprise, were fluent in English as well as many others. The historical part involved visiting areas where WW1 battles took place. These included; Flanders fields, a mass grave for the Germans, and a museum in the city which everyone had appreciated as an important icon of remembrance. The final event students visited was the last post. This experience was very moving. Throughout the day, we were all very respectful of our surroundings and had great respect for those who had sadly perished on that day.
On our last day, we all got to visit a goat’s farm, and the lady who owned the farm, demonstrated how Goats cheese was made, and matured. This was a great opportunity for all of us to interact in French with the farmer, to which a great majority of the group rose to the challenge and showed their business and enterprise skills. On the way to the port in Calais, we stopped off at a hypermarché (the equivalent of the Oracle but on a much larger scale) and were allowed to roam free for an hour.
Most of the students were very somber on the ferry as we were tired and very sad to leave. Overall, a big thumbs up for the trip, hoping that there will be many more to come and many more after that!
Mariama Connell 11B
Extra pictures of the trip are in the parents area under "School Gallery"