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Our Year 8 students recently visited Normandy. Here, Zach in Year 8 provides a report on the trip:

“We drove to Portsmouth to board our ferry and took possession of our cabins in predetermined groups for the overnight crossing. We were all woken up with music at 04:15 and everyone rolled out of bed and got ready to start their day.

The first thing we had to do was get breakfast, so we went to a hotel in Caen where I was introduced to Madeleines. Later that day we went in pairs to a supermarket with a budget of €20 to buy lunch – you would be amazed what you can buy! Before eating lunch, we visited Falaise Castle, former home of William the Conqueror. The castle was really impressive.

In the afternoon we went to Pointe Du Hoc, a German strongpoint on the coast. The land there is full of bomb craters. In the evening we walked from the youth hostel to Juno beach where the Canadians landed on D-Day. Whilst there we created frugbee (a game with frisbee and rugby combined) which was really fun.

After a good night sleep, we visited the Bayeux Tapestry which is 68m long! We bought lunch in the Bayeux Market and had time to look around all the stalls. Then we visited the Bayeux Cathedral which was enormous. In the afternoon we visited the British War Cemetery where we all laid a cross next to a name sharing our surname. We then went to the smallest Commonwealth World War 2 cemetery where we laid a wreath in remembrance of all those who sacrificed their lives for our tomorrow. After that we visited a cider farm where we learned the process of making cider and how the machines work and could buy a bottle of delicious apple juice. Not only was the juice delicious but the experience was interesting.

On our final day we visited Arromanches and Mulberry Harbour where the largest World War 2 port was made. We went to a 360° cinema where a breathtaking video was shown to us about World War 2 around the world. We had crepes for lunch (in an amazing creperie) before heading to the ferry for home.”

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