France – Day Four

We’ve had another marvellous day ın rural France.

The mornıng started wıth some fencıng and rock clımbıng. Everybody (ıncludıng Mr T) had a go, enjoyıng the challende of tayıng to reach the top ın the quıckest tıme.


After eatıng our lunch ın the glorıous sunshıne, we made our way down to Rouen. Immedıately after steppıng off the coach, we were taken aback by the archıtecture surroundıng us.

If that wasn’t already enough, we then trıalled frogs legs and snaıls for dınner before dancıng the nıght away at the dısco.

Apologıes for the lack of photos – due to technıcal dıffıcultıes we wıll be postıng more photos tomorrow. Rest assured all chıldren are havıng a fantastıc tıme!

France – Day 3

It was an early start for us this morning. We clambered onto the coach bleary-eyed amongst the soundtrack of cockerels calling and birds chirping in order to make the long journey to Arras.

On arrival, we were greeted with a soldier’s helmet and guided towards a lift.

Firdaus, year six, has described the experience in her own words.

Down in the quarries I felt all kinds of emotions: sad, grateful, devastated. During the tour, our guide showed us lots of different things the second ladies did to survive the poor conditions underground. We learnt how they bathed, ate and slept. At the end we saw a short movie about how the Batlle of Arras began and ended. As well as the tour being quite sad, it was also interesting and a great experience to learn something new.

We then ventured to the trenches to see how close the Allies and Axis were. It was an incredibly eye-openıng experınce.


France – Day 2

It’s been another magnifique day in France.

We arose early and after a quick breakfast we mounted the coach to be taken to the nearby town of Dieppe. This is the view we were confronted with.


How beautiful!

Quickly, we assembled into groups and took off to explore the town. Our fantastic guides Molly and Lucien informed us all about the history of Dieppe and the harbour. The children were also given the opportunity to peruse the high street, sampling some delicious local delicacies.

Despite our informative and sun-drenched morning, we still had time for much more. Our guides then took us to a farm in rural Normandy where the children found themselves face to face with some rival kids.


Fortunately everybody got on swimmingly. The fantasitic farmer gave us the ins and outs of goat farming, showing us how to make homemade cheese.

It’s been a wonderful day: I kid you not.

France – Day One

The day got off to a fantastic start as twenty-five extremely excited children (and adults) set off on the journey to France. We eagerly bundled onto the coach and travelled to Folkestone amongst the backdrop of enthusiastic chatter. Excitement mounted as we arrived at The Channel Tunnel and emerged in Calais, France, only to be topped by our first footsteps on French soil shortly afterwards.

Our first pittstop was the Aquarium at Boulogne in the glorious sunshine.

Right from the off, tropical fish captured our attention; it was difficult to know where to look first.

If push to came to shove, whilst we enjoyed all of the Aquarium, our favourite part would have to be the seals. We could have spent all day watching them playing around in the water and they even gave us a little show!


Right before it was time to leave, we managed to pay a visit to the sting rays. Here the brave and mighty rose to the occasion by touching them as they swam past. We topped the whole thing off by viewing the Penguins who managed to entertained us all.

Then all to soon it was time to return to our trusty coach to make the smooth trip to our beautiful Chateaux in Criel-sur-Mer. We arrived to be greeted with a much-appreciated hearty dinner including a delicious apple tart for dessert.

That left us with just enough time for a quick game before bed. Each group had to make the most effective water balloon carrier with just some card and cello tape.


Finally it was time for bed, and after a fun-packed day, there are some extremely happy children currently dreaming away about all the excitement coming up in the next few days. What an excellent start to our trip!

Marchants hill day 4

Sunhine and Smiles

All too soon our final full day at Marchants hill has arrived and we were blessed with a truly fabulous sunny day. Today started with two very different activities. First of all power fan, which involves climbing up a 60 foot pole and leaping off. Just how anyone thinks this is fun is beyond me but all the children managed to have a go, pushing themselves to go as high as they possibly could, with many actually reaching the top.

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Following on from that it was into the woods for a far more ground based activity – Survival training. Here the children learnt how to make a basic tent and carve their own tent pegs. They then used a flint and steel to start a fire. So the good news is if you are ever stuck out in the woods you needn’t worry as your child will be able to make a shelter, keep you warm with a fire and filter water using moss and twigs!

The afternoon activity involved heading skyward again, climbing up Jacob’s ladder. This not only challenged their fear of heights but also their strength and agility. I won’t be recommending Mrs Hayward install one in school just yet – the stairs are far easier to climb!

After that we went to the shooting range to test our rifle skills. Safe to say the squirrels are probably safe for another year – but everyone thoroughly enjoyed having  a try!

So for our final evening we all headed to the activity room for the much awaited DISCO. Here DJ Ross entertained all with his excellent choice of music, dance instruction and limbo dancing.

And finally off to bed for our last sleep before home. Thanks to all the fantastic staff at Marchants hill for giving us such a memorable trip. Thanks to all the children for being so amazing – you have done us proud! And thanks to Tina and Pedro for all the laughs!

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Marchants Hill 2017

Mrs Thompson


Marchants Hill Day 3

Wet, wet, wet

There seems to have been a bit of a water theme so far with the week, either falling in it or, like today, standing in it. Fortunately, the torrential rain promised by the weather report never quite happened and we only got damp in the persistent drizzle. However, the rain did not dampen our spirits in the least and we thoroughly enjoyed today’s activities.

Our morning activities were zip wire and problem solving.

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An unusual, yet effective, way of doing the zip wire!

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After lunch we headed out towards the giant swing and were all put to work pulling the swing to the top. Then, on to some low rope activities. Here we worked in teams supporting each other to navigate our way around an obstacle course.

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Some people really enjoyed the giant swing..others not so much!

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Again – liked, didn’t like

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Of course the highlight of the day was the trip to the shop where all were very excited to spend our money. Spoiler alert – some lucky parents and grandparents are soon to be the recipients of some very nice PGL mugs!

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Pedro looking very envious – next time he won’t forget his pocket money!

For our final activity today we all went out onto the field for some wacky races before slipping into bed. After all the activities today I think they will all be asleep before their heads hit the pillows!

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Getting ready for that well known game of ‘Ninja granny’. No –  we hadn’t heard of it either!

Marchants Hill Day 2


This is probably the perfect subheading for today as it pretty much sums it up. Get wet, get dry, get wet, get dry, get wet….

We started the day off with quad bikes (not a wet activity you are thinking!) which was enjoyed by all and there may be a few birthday requests for a quad bike – sorry parents!

This was followed by an assault course that was very muddy indeed. Mrs Thompson told the children she had lost her keys again and they looked everywhere, but couldn’t seem to find them!

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They are not in here!

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Or under here.

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Or here!

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I can’t feel anything  in all these leaves either.

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Not under here.

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You didn’t even go in here – I think you are just making this up!


I just don’t understand how jumping in a puddle will help find them!

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We have looked everywhere, are your sure you actually lost them?

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Definitely, just keep looking while  I take these pictures to show everyone how hard you searched.

After this it was time for the first round of showers and a welcome warm lunch. The afternoon was a team effort to make and launch a raft in the PGL pond. All the stories of the lake dragon didn’t put off the children and they worked in their teams to produce a raft fit for the ‘Round the world yacht race” – well around the pond at least!

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The water is really lovely and warm, let’s go for a swim after this – said no-one!

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I’m telling you now, Mrs Thompson did not drop the keys in the lake!

Once the children had showered yet again, and had dinner, we were ready for our evening activity. For this we  all sang songs around the campfire and listened to stories. For this we had a surprise guest – number 22  joined us. Well actually it was Mrs Hayward, but we were all pleased to see her and have her join in with our campfire games and songs.

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