Pupils contested in the Chateau Olympics last night- the rain would not deter them. Pupils played games and got very wet- lots of smiles and laughter.
Off to bed after room inspections, much better this time around, no sugar based contraband to be found anywhere!
Woke up to grey clouds and drizzle- not great for a morning exploring the Somme. After another pastry laden breakfast pupils were on the bus and on the move by 8am. First stop the Welsh memorial- the clouds cleared and the sun began to shine. Pupils explored the memorial and showed a great deal of compassion. The whistle stop tour continued to Fricourt to see the German cemetery based their- the pupils even managed to find the grave of the infamous ‘Red Barron’.
Next up was Lochnagar mine, where British forces tunnelled under German trenches and detonated huge amounts of explosives during the war. The crater was huge and the children really enjoyed learning about the area. Our penultimate stop was the Thiepval Memorial for missing soldiers. This was a very poignant stop, where pupils read the names of the soldiers from the huge monument. Again, the pupils were very respectful and engrossed in the trip. Finally we visited Beaumont to see the Canadian memorial and the trenches that can still be seen.
A very busy morning, but one that the children fully enjoyed and behaved superbly.
A baguette on the bus and coach ride to the goat farm followed...
After arriving slightly late we were welcomed by Rosette...a rather large pig blocking the driveway.
Xavier, the farm owner, gave us a tour of his hand built goat farm. We were being followed by a rather cute baby goat. The children were given the opportunity to milk the goats...an early birthday present for Conor. We then learnt about how the cheese is made and how they care for the goats. The pupils loved feeding and petting the goats and asked some very inquisitive questions. A lovely afternoon in the sun.
Pupils played in the grounds before tea...another great day!!!