Bramley School girls visit France for cultural experience

Bramley School outside of the Amien Cathedral

Bramley School outside of the Amien Cathedral - Credit: Archant

Bramley School welcomed back 30 girls from their trip to France where they had the opportunity to speak the language, enjoy the cuisine and live the history.

Bramley Independent school for girls aged 3 to 11, has welcomed back 30 girls from their annual residential trip. This year, the week-long trip for 8-11 year old girls centred around Château du Broutel in the Somme, France. It provided an opportunity for the girls to experience French culture, put into practice the language they are learning and for some, who were away from home for the first time, begin to become independent and grow in self-confidence.

The girls visited Etaples market along with a variety of historical sites, including the Grottes de Naours (underground caves) and the cathedral in Amiens. Their tour of Rue not only included a church, a museum and a view of one of the façades used in the Harry Potter films, but also a stop at a café where they were able to put their French to good use!

The beautiful seaside town of Berck was perhaps the most popular event on the tour, with a local sweet shop giving them the chance to learn how to make sweets by hand. Indeed, many of the students declared that they had found, “a little piece of heaven” here! The girls also went to a wheat farm, a goat farm, (where they managed to follow and understand the whole tour in French) and a snail farm, where they both held and sampled the local delicacy.

Evening entertainment included the Château Olympics, a game of pétanque as well as songs around the camp fire, scavenger hunts and a special birthday party for two of the girls.

‘It is always a pleasure to accompany girls from Bramley on school trips because they are the recipients of so many wonderful comments about their behaviour, their care for others and their desire to learn” said the excursion leader, Mrs Helen Abbott. “The girls have such a caring attitude to one another which is even more apparent away from home. We were also blessed this year with glorious weather which raised everybody’s spirits and added to the complete success of the visit. I can’t wait to lead the next one in three years’ time!”

Le Château du Broutel dates back to 1714 and is situated in 40 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of the small historical town of Rue. Originally established as a Roman outpost, it grew in prosperity in the 6th Century due to its port and later became the capital of the region.

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Established since 1945, Bramley is a leading day school for girls, from rising three to eleven, located in Walton-on-the-Hill near Tadworth in Surrey. As well as concentrating on the academic achievements of the girls, the school nurtures and develops each girl’s special interests, with a broad and modern curriculum. Awarded ‘Excellent’ in all areas following the ISI Inspection in February 2016, Bramley School provides a highly personal teaching approach for each of its pupils.

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