This year, 31 students spent seven fantastic days with French families in Angers during the Easter break.
On the first day, they spent the whole morning in a school practising speaking and listening in groups with the Angers teachers. This was followed by a visit to the Giffard Distillery, where they saw how the famous Menthe-Pastille is made. Another visit was to the medieval fortress of Angers, with its fascinating Tapisserie de l’Apocalyse.
Outside Angers, they visited Saumur, the home of the famous equestrian school of the French Military, and loved watching the horses being put through their paces. Students also had the opportunity to discover “Le Moulin de Sarré” to learn the history of the mill – and to make their own “fouées”, the distinctive and delicious bread of the region. Another stimulating visit was to one of France’s best known theme parks, the Futuroscope in Poitiers.
The students finished their trip to Angers with some ‘retail therapy’ in the Hypermarché, followed by picnicking in the park and the ten-pin bowling alley in the afternoon.
The girls loved their stay in Angers, and gained a great deal from it, making real progress in their French and really enjoying seeing what French life is like.
Mrs M Howat