Normandy Trip, October 2019

We interviewed 5 students who went on the Normandy trip in October. We spoke to Cassia, Irfana and Tilly in Year 9, Connor (Year 8) and Joe (Year 12) who went on the trip to help the students with their French and also as a student mentor. We asked the students three questions each:

  • What did you enjoy most about this trip?
  • Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?
  • What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

Here’s what they had to say…

Cassia

What did you enjoy most about this trip?

I enjoyed spending time with my friends and making new friends. The visit to Mont St Michel was my favourite, because of the views of the sea and the shops that were there.

Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?

We had to buy our own lunch in the market. I enjoyed speaking the language when we had to ask for different foods at the market.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

I would just go. It was really fun. We met new people and have a bigger friendship group now.

We had so much fun with our friends and meeting new people and our new friendship group is the best. The experience was amazing and seeing new things and not going on holiday with family for a change.

Normandy 2019 Trip

Irfana

What did you enjoy most about this trip?

I really liked that the teachers would let you go and explore when we went to visit somewhere.

Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?

I liked speaking French in the market, asking for what we wanted. We bought paella, strawberries, waffles and whipped cream.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

I would say to go because it’s a really good experience. You talk to people who you wouldn’t normally talk to at school. It’s a different experience to what you would usually have in the UK or on a family holiday.

Tilly

What did you enjoy most about this trip?

The American Cemetery was best bit of the trip for me. I really enjoyed watching the flags being raised.

Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?

When we went to the gift shops, we had to understand what they were saying and how much of our money we had to give them so we learnt how to work out the currency.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

It's not just about learning French. It’s about history too and it might be your only opportunity to go!

Overlooking Arromanches and the D-Day landing beaches

Connor 

What did you enjoy most about this trip?

I liked the 360 cinema and looking around it. We watched a film about World War 2.

Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?

Learning some more French and learning something new. I like learning French.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

I would say go.You make more friends. I’ve also been to Italy and I still keep in touch with the friends I met then!

Climbing Mont St Michel

Joe

What did you enjoy most about this trip?

I study A-level French and so I was fascinated by the French culture. I also loved the independence that we were given while on the trip. 

Was there anything you learnt that really stuck with you?

When I’m at home in the UK, the only people I can speak French to are my teachers, but on the trip I could use my French language skills everywhere. When I was in Year 9 I wasn’t as interested in history, but learning all about the D Day landings is something I won’t forget.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about going on the Normandy trip, but who was a little unsure?

When I was in Year 8 I didn’t take the opportunity to go and I was lucky enough to get a second chance and I don’t think I’ll forget it, to be honest. It was really good for me and everyone else had great fun too. So if you are in doubt about whether to go, definitely go. It’s unforgettable. And it’s fun doing something you love. 

At the end of the interview we asked if the students wanted to add any other comments about the trip. This is what a couple of them wanted to said:

Connor

We had snails and frog’s legs on the last night! The frog’s legs tasted a bit like chicken.

Joe

We visited 3 cemeteries when we were on the trip. The British, German and American. I feel it’s a really important place. You end up looking at the world in a different way. History might not suit everyone but there are plenty of other activities on the trip. Football. Karaoke. You will always be entertained and it’s really interesting.

All in all, the definitive view of all these students is that the Normandy trip was a great success and they would definitely like to do another school trip! Thank you to Mrs Beamish for leading the visit and to all the staff who attended also. The pupils were excellent and were complimented by the people at the accommodation who wrote to Mrs Beamish and to Mrs Layhe to say that the pupils were lovely, respectful and well supervised and that they would be delighted to welcome St Peter’s pupils in the future.