Forty-eight Year 8 students from the Albany Academy were immersed in French Culture when they visited St Omer in northern France this summer.
Staying at the Chateau d’Ebblinghem, an historic house near the battlefields of World War I, students from the top Chorley school tasted local delicacies included goats’ cheese, local breads and snails. However, this wasn’t the usual tourist trail and the students learned how snails are bred and the art of making goats cheese. Their culinary experiences continued when they were given the opportunity to make their own staple of any French diet, baguettes.
The students had many opportunities to speak to locals about life near Calais, and in the local villages and to develop their own French speaking and listening.
Carol Baah, who organised the trip, said “The students have experienced life at a French snail farm, goat farm and bakery; as well as sampling all the specialities. In addition, they have all been extremely keen to use their French and have had opportunities to use it in a variety of situations. The pupils have all been extremely polite and well behaved and were complimented for their behaviour and enthusiasm by the locals.”
To see some pictures from our French trip this year, please visit our gallery on our school website here…