Normandy Visit

After a very rough ferry crossing from Poole to Cherbourg, Year 7 went on to have a fantastic time in Normandy. On the first day they heard the fascinating story of the paratrooper at Saint Mère Eglise and were very surprised by the scale of the American Military Cemetery which overlooks Omaha beach. After a quick check in at the hotel in Caen, we travelled to the small seaside town or Arromaches, where pupils enjoyed a much needed dinner and were able to practise their French!

Bright and early the next morning everyone tucked into a hearty breakfast before the short trip to Bayeux. Here pupils were able to really put what they have learnt in their first year at Cowbridge to use. History skills were used first as they carefully studied the familiar Bayeux Tapestry and explored Bayeux Cathedral. Then it was time to practise their French as pupils explored the shops and delicatessens at lunchtime. Following this, pupils took part in a short service led by Mr Austin in the British Military Cemetery to remember those fallen during the D-Day campaign.

In the afternoon we were back to Arromanches to the 360 degree cinema which displays both the tragic events and successes of the D-Day landings, a moving experience for all.After filling up with some tasty good at the Buffalo Grill, it was time for some hot completion at the bowling alley in Caen!

On Friday, everyone woke up pleased to see a calm and sunny day which meant a smooth ferry crossing in the afternoon. After packing their bags and loading the bus it was time to explore William the Conqueror’s castle at Caen built in 1050. After a short shopping visit to Caen, we departed to Pegasus Bridge where pupils were told of the successful taking of the bridges which played an important role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the Normandy invasion. After a short game of football on the beach with Mr Smith, it was time to board the ferry – but the fun did not end there. Aboard the ferry pupils took part in a silent disco and even caught up on the Wimbledon action!

The Modern Foreign Languages and History department would like to that all Year 7’s who came on the trip, their behaviour was excellent and they displayed fantastic interest for the subjects!