Year 8 and 9 visit La Normandie

17 July 2023

Last week, 40 students from Year 8 and Year 9 crossed the English Channel to explore la Normandie, a beautiful French region full of history, stunning architecture and delicious food. 

After a long coach and ferry journey, we arrived at the Hôtel Normandie in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and were greeted with a lovely dinner which included a local cheese tasting - very stinky but tasty!

Thursday started with a visit to the gorgeous town of Bayeux and its famous tapestry. Equipped with headsets, our students found out all about the story of William the Conqueror through exploring the 70-metre-long tapestry. Then they had some free time in Bayeux in the sunshine, and many of them bought their own crêpe or ice cream in French! After that, we got back on the coach and travelled to Arromanches, one of the D-Day beaches, where we watched a powerful documentary about the Liberation of France in the Cinéma 360. We then travelled to a snail farm (yes, a snail farm!) where Victor told us all about his snails and gave us a taste of homemade apple juice. Students were then offered the opportunity to taste their first snail, and most of them really enjoyed it - so much so that they ate some more at the hotel that evening!

On Friday, the group spent the day at the picturesque Mont-Saint-Michel. While the tour of the abbey at the top was tiring (so many stairs!), it also offered breathtaking views and was a fantastic opportunity for some lovely group photos. Students then spent the afternoon exploring the fortified town, ordering food and buying souvenirs whilst practising their French! 

Merci la Normandie, et à bientôt !


Ponteland High School