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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Y8 French Trip

A very memorable and sunny trip, packed with activities and speaking French!

Following a busy spring term it was with a little apprehension that we all set off from sunny Leicester on Sunday April. Lugging our enormous bags onto the ferry at Portsmouth we set sail, on time, with a beautifully calm sea. After a superb crossing and no hiccups at passport control, we set off on our last leg of the journey. Just after midnight, we finally arrived at our destination: Le Château de la Baudonnière! After welcoming staff, hot chocolate and a brief tour we fell into bed!

Breakfast was served at 8.30am every morning, a three course meal at 12.30pm and yes, you've guessed it, another three courses at 7.00pm! Even at the table, girls had to use phrases such as: “Je voudrais encore du pain, s’il vousplaît!”, a phrase that was chanted before every meal, when we sat around a long table in the Château, passing a basket of sliced bread to the person sitting next to us.

Between meals the girls were fully immersed in listening to and speaking the French language all day, every day!

The staff from the Château was enthusiastic, professional, motivational and NEVER spoke English! The girls had no choice but to work things out for themselves, be brave, fit and competitive! We never knew a soft ball game trying to put each other 'en prison' could be so crazy!

Whether the girls were playing sport, climbing a wall, feeding lamas, creating photographs or eating snails, the atmosphere for the whole week was fantastic. Girls said: “one of the best activities was the assault course as we got covered in sooooo much mud!” 

Friendships were strengthened, midnight feasts were eaten and French was spoken, all with the sun shining. As French teachers, we could not have asked for more.

Many thanks to Madame Soto for putting the whole trip into place and Madame Dwyer and Madame Wheeler for being such great companions. Year 8 girls, you did us proud! 


The Modern Foreign Languages Department