Trip to Boulogne helps students work on their French vocabulary

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A TRIP to France was the perfect chance for pupils of two schools to pick up the lingo.

Year 11 students from St Hugh’s and Charles Read academies took a day trip to Boulogne as part of their GCSE French studies.

Ann Butler, a staff member at Charles Read in Corby Glen, said: “The trip gave them the opportunity not only to practice their language skills but also to experience the culture and way of life in another country.”

Their day started off incredibly early, leaving St Hugh’s on a coach at 2.45am. The group took the Eurostar, arriving in Boulogne to sunshine which lasted all day.

They went for a walk in the old town, talked with the locals, visited shops and stopped at a local cafe for a ‘chocolat chaud’.

Afterwards, the group visited the local fish market and took a look around the new part of the town.

Mrs Butler said: “Students and staff enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant where the students again used their language skills to the very best effect.

“After lunch, it was back on the coach for a trip to a French hypermarket before returning to catch the shuttle back home. They arrived back at St Hugh’s around 10.30pm very tired but happy after a great day.”

The trip was organised by Tracy Hobson, head of modern foreign languages and European co-ordinator at St Hugh’s Academy.