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Brockhurst and Marlston House School
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Château du Trichot

Form 2 (Year 7) pupils spend time each year at the Chateau du Trichot in the Lot valley.

Friday March 17

Yet another day of unbroken sunshine for us here at the Chateau!  The pupils worked hard in this morning's lesson and managed to use the past tense (which we have spent a lot of time studying in class) successfully to talk about their holidays last year.  They are working their way steadily through their workbooks and filling their folders with various souvenirs from our trips out.

The afternoon was spent firstly doing a quiz based in and around the Chateau, testing the pupils' knowledge of their immediate surroundings.  After a snack of madeleine cakes and a drink we set off for a 4 mile walk along footpaths towards the fortified bastide village of Tournon d'Agenais.  The staff struggled to keep up with the children at times, which bodes well for cross country

Thursday March 16

There was no formal lesson today as Thursday is market day in the local town, so we went there to complete a questionnaire on the various items of local produce that were for sale, together with some interviewing of the local people.  The pupils were given some spending money and I am sure that a few local delicacies will be coming home with them!

This afternoon, as the sun shone again and temperatures climbed to a high of 22 degrees, we visited a local bee-keeper who explained how honey is made and showed us the inside of a hive (no longer populated by bees, of course!)

The days are going by all too quickly and there is still a lot to do.  More tomorrow...

from all at Chateau du Trichot

Wednesday March 15 2017

We have had another fun-packed day at Chateau du Trichot!

The lessons went well again this morning, with both the teachers commenting on the improvement that is already apparent since yesterday.  As the weather is sunny again, we finished the lesson off by singing 'Savez-vous planter les choux' outside.  It is a simple children's song about planting cabbages, complete with actions, and provoked much hilarity as the pupils tried to do the different mimes whilst remembering the words!

This afternoon was one of the highlights of the trip - a visit to the 13th century Chateau de Bonaguil.  The pupils completed a quiz about life in the Chateau over the centuries and enjoyed learning something of the history of this part of France.  An ice-cream at the suitably named 'Auberge des Bons Enfants' went down well at the end!

Au revoir from us all!

Chateau News from Mrs Lunt this evening (Tuesday 14th)

We have had a busy first full day here at the Chateau.  The pupils attended their first French lesson this morning and all acquitted themselves well, talking about themselves and their families, and finishing with a rousing 3 part rendition of 'Frere Jacques'!

This afternoon we went on a visit to the local wine producer's 'Cave', where we learnt about the different processes involved in the production of their wine.  

The weather has been more than kind to us and we have been able to enjoy a variety of sports out in the garden during free time, including tennis, table tennis, badminton and football.

Supper is on the table so we must go and feed the hungry hordes!

Monday 13 March 2017

We have just arrived at the Chateau after a very smooth journey and are tucking into a delicious lunch of French bread, cheese, salami, pate etc etc.  Everyone is on good form and a little French has even been overheard!

Please find attached our first photo.

The pupils will all make contact with parents this evening.

(Photos are available from the Photo Galleries on the Pupils and Parents section of the website)

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