Year 6 Residential Trip to the Opal Coast, Northern France

Prep School Trips

Year 6 set off to the Chateau D’Ebblinghem in Northern France on Monday morning this week. There was great excitement as we boarded the Eurotunnel train, quickly arriving to beautiful sunshine for our onward journey to the Chateau.

We enjoyed a very busy programme of trips and activities during our four-day stay. This included a visit to the Notre Dame cathedral in Boulogne-sur-Mer, an afternoon at the Nausicaä Aquarium, one of Europe’s largest aquaria, and a lesson in honey production at the Bee Museum. We also visited the 3D Planetarium to watch a film about the D-Day landings and had a chocolate-making (and tasting!) tutorial at a Belgian chocolate factory.

The most memorable part of our tour was an evening visit to Ypres to see the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, where the names of soldiers who went missing during the Second World War, and were not recovered, are inscribed on the walls. This solemn ceremony is crowded every evening of the year by those who wish to pay their respects. Dotted around the French countryside are the graveyards of the fallen; it was extremely moving to see the rows of beautifully kept headstones, each planted with a single red flower.

The girls were impeccably behaved throughout the visit and we lost count of the number of times people complimented us on their excellent manners; it was a pleasure to be with such outstanding ambassadors for our school. Click here for the photos from the trip...

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