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THE DOWNS SCHOOL
Year 8 Boulogne Day Trip 2016

The annual Year 8 day trip to Boulogne began at 5am on 17th September when 43 Year 8 students and 8 teachers set off for northern France on a cold Saturday morning.

After arriving in a very rainy Boulogne, students rather apprehensively entered a boulangerie to attempt to buy their lunch. I think students were surprised by their own success, as comments on exiting the boulangerie included,” She understood what I wanted!” and “I did it all in French!” As the rain eased, language practice continued at the weekly market where fruit, cheese and lots of sweets were added to packed lunches. We then walked up to the old town where we had a great view from the top of the walls and ate our lunch before some souvenir shopping. Finally, we went to do some supermarket research and bought some French essentials!

Despite long delays at the tunnel, students remained upbeat and excellently behaved and we arrived back at school, tired but pleased with the day we had just spent in France. For some students it was their first visit to France and for others their first trip out of the UK! The students clearly had a great time, as one student said: “This is the best trip ever!”


Contact Details

  • Headteacher: Mr C Prosser

  • The Downs School
  • Compton
  • Newbury
  • Berkshire
  • RG20 6AD

  • T: 01635 270000
  • F: 01635 579084
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