On Friday 16th June, 27 very excited year 7 and 8 students from Dawlish Community College headed off for the sunny beaches of Normandy. For the first time ever, the weather was incredible, and we all manged to look sun-kissed on our return.
During their 3 night stay, the students visited some fantastic places, including a Goat Farm “La Saffrie”, where they got the opportunity to groom, feed, and milk the goats, as well as learning all about Goat farming. Tony, the owner was very impressed about how they listened and how good their French was!
They also visited the Arromanches 360° Cinema which was the highlight for many, as well as the D Day landings museum, the Bayeux Tapestry, the British, American and German War Cemeteries, and the Juno beach centre. Some wrote messages on crosses and laid them at the British Cemetery which was very moving.
During their stay they also got to see the statue of Bill Millin, the famous Scottish piper who piped the invasion forces onto the shores of France, and who lived in Dawlish until his death in August 2010. Our students felt very proud to be associated with a man who had made such a special contribution to that memorable day.
The evenings were also very entertaining, with a quiz evening, and a talent show, where we had singers, dancers and even a Martial Arts display!
Overall it was a fantastic trip, and one which the students and staff will hopefully remember forever. Our students behaved impeccably, and we received many compliments throughout the trip.
Next year we will be encouraging any year 8 students who didn’t go this year to come along, as it was lovely to have both year groups on the same trip.