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French trip to Provence

French trip to Provence

Twenty one pupils from Fourth and Fifth Forms, accompanied by two staff, spent six days in Provence over the October half term break.

Staying with French hosts, there was plenty of opportunity for pupils to improve their language skills alongside experiencing first hand the French way of day to day life.   A mixture of educational cross-curricular visits and guided tours of the area offered a local flavour of the region, in the literal sense when sampling the local produce such as a Provence Rose cru classe wine tasting and visiting to the market in Aix-en-Provence.  Pupils learned more about the WWII D-day landing on the Mediterranean in Toulon, taking a boat ride in Toulon bay to see the French Arsenal including the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.   They explored Art and Geology with a hike around Cézanne’s Montagne Sainte Victoire looking for dinosaur eggs, visited the ‘Fragonnard’ perfume factory in Grasse and a trip to the Oceanarium in Monaco particularly interested those taking Biology at GCSE.  Each evening the group returned to their host families to discuss the day’s adventures – en francais naturellement!

The trip was very beneficial, and prompted one parent to comment: “A massive thank you for organising such an amazing trip … my daughter’s French has improved a lot and her confidence has definitely grown.

Mme Marns, Canford French teacher, was equally in no doubt of the educational benefits:

While we offer our young linguists as varied an experience as possible within the classroom setting, there is no substitute for spending time in the native country, immersing yourself in the culture and speaking French daily both at home and out and about in the towns and villages.  Our thanks go to all our host families for providing such a warm welcome to our pupils.”   

More images from the trip