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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

St. Omer Trip, Northern France

A wonderful cultural trip to France for Y7-9...

 On Friday 12 June a group of 20 Year 7-9 girls along with Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Formoy and Mrs Buxton-Thomas, arrived at Château d’Ebblinghem, in the village of Ebblinghem, not far from St.Omer, to begin a three day stay to discover the cultural delights of France and practise their language skills.

It was a really hot afternoon as the girls were welcomed and shown around the grounds. Later they played rounders, ate dinner and took part in a Scavenger Hunt in French and a Cultural Quiz about France.

On Saturday they visited Boulogne and were met by the guide who proceeded to tell everyone all about Boulogne’s history as the premier fishing port in France.  The girls saw the Château, the old Belfry, the Town Hall, the magnificent Cathedral and learnt all about Boulogne’s important role as the fourth pilgrimage site in France.  The dome was inspired by St.Paul’s Cathedral  in London!  A visit to the market and the cake shop enabled the girls to order in French as did the cafés in St. Omer. A visit to Nausicaà, a sea-life centre, allowed the girls to marvel at the creatures there and learn more French vocabulary.  They particularly enjoyed a sea-lion show.  

On Sunday everyone visited the historic town of St. Omer and followed a town trail, looking at French shop names and types.  They were also able to visit the First World War Cemetery at Ebblinghem, a poignant reminder of the men who died there.

Overall, many experiences (and the purchase of berets!) added to a memorable trip to France.

More photos on the gallery.