Year 8 and 9 students have recently returned from a trip to Bernières-sur-mer in Normandy. The smooth ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Caen was aboard a refurbished boat which had fantastic facilities including an on-board cinema! The students learned a great deal about the Normandy landings during the Second World War from the German gun battery at Longues-sur-mer, the 360˚cinema at Arromanches and the Pegasus Bridge Memorial where they found out about the gliders used in the campaign. The visits to both the American and British War Cemeteries were very moving and thought provoking. The group's coach driver, who played the trumpet in a military band, kindly played the last post at the end of our visit to the British War Cemetery. The trip included visits to the Bayeux Tapestry and cathedral, which seemed a particular favourite with many of the students, and a cider and apple juice farm which gave students the opportunity to find out about typical Normandy produce and how it is made. By contrast, a trip to Festyland Theme Park was great fun - and very wet! One of the real highlights of the trip was the bakery where Eric the baker taught the students in French how to make their own baguettes. Students expanded their French vocabulary and really enjoyed the whole experience especially as they could eat their bread afterwards. Thank you to the staff, who gave up their time to make the trip possible and to the students, who were very good company and a credit to the school.