France Trip 2013
On a cold March morning the Year 7 French trip set off to practice their French and to visit the many historical sites in Northern France.
We started by visiting the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story of the Norman invasion of England and later Bayeux Cathedral.
The next day we visited the Canadian memorial centre at Juno beach where we met a soldier who told us all about his experiences signing up to fight in World War Two and what it was like during the war. He showed us all his equipment which he had to carry everywhere with him.
We also had a guided tour of the American Cemetery. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 military personnel, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
Later we visited the British and German Cemeteries too. The German cemetery at La Cambe has a very sombre feel to it. It contains 21,400 graves.
Whilst in France our students also took the opportunity to try some delicious French delicacies like l’escargot (snails).
Towards the end of the week we visited Paris, where we took a boat trip down the Seine and went up the Eiffel Tower.
We finished off the week with a trip to Euro Disney.
Please go to the Gallery page of our website to view more photos of the trip.
Hatfield House – Year 5, 2013
On 28th February year five historians went on a trip to Hatfield House.
Whilst there we were able to take a very close look at the Tudor architecture, the guide told us that in Tudor times glass windows were very expensive so people often took them with them when they moved house. We looked at the patterns in the bricks; the darker patterns were made by using bricks which had been fired for longer in the kiln which made them darker.
We were lucky enough to be granted an audience with King Henry VIII who told us all about his life and his many marriages.
We were also allowed in to see the real tennis court.
We found the place where Henry’s daughter Elizabeth was seated when she wwas told that she would be the Queen of England. Our present Queen Elizabeth II planted a new oak tree in the spot in 1985.
Please take a look at our Gallery page on the website for more photos of our trip to Hatfield House.