We’ve had a great first day in France; the journey was like clockwork on the way down and, for many children, it was their first time on the Eurotunnel and an exciting experience! Sing songs; dance offs; photos – all under the English Channel.
After arriving at the Poppies Centre and unloading, we headed down to the Mussee Somme 1916 and were guided round by Alain, our tour leader. We learned lots about trench warfare in the first World War and go to handle rifles, ammunition and grenades whilst learning more about these types of weapons.
The bed making competition is always an interesting one but, after careful intervention by the staff, we’re pleased that everyone has a bed that’s fit for a good night’s sleep!
Dinner at the Corners Pub was lovely and filled everyone up on Steak and Chips before an evening stroll home and some time in our rooms to relax.
We finished the day with a debrief – everyone sharing their highlights from the day and the things they are looking forward to in Paris tomorrow. Here are some of the comments from the children today
Tom – ” I enjoyed the journey because it felt like we were only on the coach for five minutes. We left in the dark and before we knew it we had arrived in France”
Naomi – ” Today I learnt about the French weaponry during WW1. They were poorly designed because it took a long time to change the bullets. Also singing ‘Swing low’ on the Eurotunnel to celebrate the Rugby world cup”
Joy – “When we were walking past the Cathedral in Albert I enjoyed looking at all of the different French shops and their names”
Sarinah – “We enjoyed seeing our rooms for the first time. Making the beds was interesting!”
Lauren – ” The views of the French landscape was really pretty”
Mr Prosser (on his work as Deputy Room Inspector) – “The rooms are a much better standard than last year. Those who are in my class know I like thing to be neat. Shoes need to be neatly next to each other in rows. One room had hairbrushes with hairbrushes, toothbrushes with toothbrushes and the shower gel lined up perfectly… Beautiful.”
Kamilla – “Disney!”
Mr Rees – “I remember some serious moves going on in the Eurotunnel”