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PGL France Trip

Robert Mills (11S) reports:  After an early start and a rough eight hour ferry crossing, we were grateful to arrive in France. After settling into our ‘cosy’ rooms, we went on a tour of our home for the next week. The site looked great, the weather was promising, but all we cared about was dinner!

After waking up at 2.30 am the previous day, it would have been nice to have had a lie in! However, we woke at 7.00 am and, after breakfast of pain au chocolat and orange juice, we were straight into the activities, starting with climbing to test our head for heights (isn't that right Mr Matthews?)

The following day we embarked on a canoeing trip, faced with multiple trees, a kicking donkey, and the terrifying rapids of the weir. Only one group managed to fall in the weir!  Our trusted sources informed us the water was very cold, not mentioning any names …… Steve Moyse, George Dudman and Sam Clarke.

With a short coach ride back to the PGL campus, we set off into the forest to the campsite. After making our tarpaulin shelters for the night, we prayed for it not to rain. We then gathered round the campfire for a very British time of campfire songs, roasting marshmallows and moaning about the cold.

On our third day in France we went to a local town for lunch, spent some time shopping (mainly for food) and had a trip to the local swimming pool, where health and safety seemed forgotten about as we somersaulted off the diving board, with Miss Gilbert shouting "that's not on the Risk Assessment!"

In the following two days we completed the rest of the activities on offer, including:

Abseiling; Fencing; Orienteering; Assault Course; Low ropes; Trapeze; Zip-wire. We also had a disco in the evening to celebrate a great week. With the dance moves that Mr Duncan and Mr Matthews were bringing out, we cannot wait to see another performance at the Prom.

On the last day, we woke, had breakfast, and packed (shoved everything with no sense of order into our bags). After saying our goodbyes to the staff, we set off to catch the ferry, for another eight hour voyage home.  We got back to school late in the evening and said our goodbyes, all having had a brilliant week.  Click here to see the Gallery

 

Thank you to Miss Gilbert, Mr Duncan, Mr Matthews and Mrs Atherall for taking a group of Key Stage 4 students on a PGL activities trip to France during the end of term break.  The students had a fantastic time and were exhausted when they returned.  They were able to try their hand and many new activities, testing their skill and nerve.