Shell students spent a weekend in France learning more about the country’s culture – they completed a quiz in French, visited a fishing port and even tried snail pâté!

20 of our youngest seniors made the annual excursion to Stella Plage, on the Côte d’Opale.

A packed itinerary included an afternoon at an adventure park complete with go-karts, zorbs and mazes and a tour of the fishing port of Etaples, where the classmates completed a ‘town trail’, answering questions in French about the sights and sounds around them.

They very much enjoyed their time at a chocolate factory and one of the few remaining handmade sweet shops in the country, and had the opportunity to bake bread and make plaited wheat before sampling lunch at a traditional crêperie.

And in between meeting and feeding farmyard animals and exploring the ramparts of the medieval town of Montreuil, the children paid their respects at a moving visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Etaples.

Head of French, and soon-to-be Head of Senior School Mr Savage said: “As ever our Shells were superbly behaved throughout the weekend.

“They made a great effort to speak as much French as possible and the visit was not only fun but a real-life boost to their language skills and confidence which will help them continue their classroom studies.”

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