Paris Trip – ETA

ALL TIMES STATED BELOW ARE BRITISH TIMES!

CURRENT ETA – 10.00pm

10:06am – We woke at 6.15am to set off and are currently around an hour from the train at Calais!

12:00pm – about to board the train!! Blighty here we come!

13:16 – Touchdown!! And so continues the long drive North. I will update the ETA when we have passed London as the traffic will massively effect the time.

14:47 – Rounding London. Dinner set for Peterborough services at around 17:00

15:06 – Heavy traffic on the M11 😦

17:48 – Pupils are all fed and we are on our way again!

19:28 – Just short of Doncaster where we say goodbye to our wonderful coach driver, Mark. We will pick up a different driver for the remainder of the journey. Very slow traffic however on the A1.

20:12 – we have our new driver, Kevin, and have had our last toilet break. Ovingham here we come! ETA UPDATED!

21:00 – Lock up your sons and daughters, board up the windows and horde your food …. we are about an an hour away

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE TENNIS COURT SIDE OF THE CAR PARK AS THE BUS NEEDS TO PARK THERE!

Paris Trip – Day 4

What a day!!!

Today we set off for our epic tour of “Gai Paris”.

A bright and early start was required in preparation for the famous Paris traffic. First on the agenda was the Cite de Sciences (Science Museum) where our pupils explored movie special effects, flew virtual gliders and learned about the science of fire.

We then headed for lunch under the Eiffel Tower which provided the pupils with an opportunity to take photos and lounge in the sun. Next on the agenda was a peaceful (until we arrived anyway) cruise along the Seine, on the “Bateaux Parisiens”.

The biggest challenge of the day was the arduous climb up to the mighty Sacre-Coeur to Montmartre. After a brief stop to catch our breath at base camp we continued to the summit in the baking sun. More photos, ice cream and novelty souvenir shops followed before we had to plunge back into the Paris traffic for the long drive home.

Once back dinner…

The pupils were surprised with a bonus experience when a tray of 120 cooked “escargots” (snails!!!) was delivered. Much to the our delight the pupils rose to the challenge and the tray was left empty!!!!

Late night and a very start required so photos will have to wait until we are back in good old blighty!

Please keep a close eye on the website for our ETA tomorrow. I will be updating the page as we make our way up the A1.

Paris Trip – Day 3

 

 

 

Parc Astérix!!!!

The pupils woke this morning with a spring in their step and were super excited for the day ahead.
After being handed their Official OMS French Trip Tour T-shirts, they piled downstairs for another hearty breakfast. The journey to the theme park was quick as the traffic was good and “en route” the pupils entertained each other with stories of theme parks around the world.
We arrived just as the park opened and after organising into groups based on which rides our pupils wanted to do, we headed into the wonderful world of Astérix.

 

 

 

The weather today was perfect for a day at a theme park, warm but not too sunny, and the pupils impressed us all with their willingness to push their boundaries and challenge themselves.
The rides were excellent with Zeus, Goudurix and Osiris coming out as clear favourites for the more adventurous and Pegasus, Discobelix, the dolphin show, the Romans vs Gauls extravaganza and the Menhir Express favourites for those feeling less courageous.
The pupils were bought a tasty lunch before we hit the park once again.
The wonderful day came to an end when the park closed at 5.30pm and the pupils returned to the campus a-buzz with stories of how scared they had been and which ride they liked most.
Dinner was followed by an evening out on the sports field expending the last of their almost inexhaustible energy.

 

Paris Trip Day 2

 

 

The day started bright and early followed by a healthy, continental breakfast. After filling up on croissants, cereal and orange juice, we piled onto the coach to set off for the authentic French market, Brie- Comte-Robert.

The market, located near a partially ruined fortification, gave our pupils their first chance to use their improving French as well as their first chance to spend their parents’ hard-earned cash.

Pupils bought presents, hats, food and the obligatory plastic Eiffel Towers!

The next item on the agenda was the beautiful medieval town of Provins where we walked around looking at the ramparts, battlements and Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

To help cool down, we descended en-masse to a very small ice-cream parlour to buy “des glaces”.

 

 

Before leaving Provins, we sat down to watch a fantastic medieval spectacular, featuring jousting knights on horses, sword fights and orcs.

Finally, we stopped by a supermarket to stock up on sweets and drinks before heading back to the campus for a tasty dinner and evening games.

 

Robinwood Day 3 – Weather update!

Good morning from Robinwood!

As you can see from the picture Robinwood has received a little snow, about 2cm. The children are of course very excited and about to make a start on the activities (Valley group start the day in the canoe pond…. brrr!).

The weather looks fine for the day and we are still looking good on our ETA of 4pm today.

Robinwood Day 2!

After a peaceful night and hearty breakfast we began our day’s activities. With Lake group breaking the ice on the canoe pond, Valley group braving the Piranha Pool and Stream group whizzing through the tree tops on the zip wire, the children continued to impress us all with their team work, communication and enthusiasm.

Fortunately the snow has held off so far and hasn’t affected any of the sessions, with just a light dusting before bed.  The forecast for tomorrow looks good and shouldn’t impact on our journey home or our ETA of 4pm.

Apologies for the lack of pictures, this has been due to the low speeds of internet access here. We plan to upload on our return.

Robinwood Day 1

What a fantastic day we have had! We arrived safe and sound this afternoon and enjoyed a well deserved lunch. The weather has been very kind to us with no rain but it is cold here!

The pupils have thrown themselves at the three activities planned for the afternoon and did us all proud with their attitude and behaviour. They will all sleep very well tonight having headed of to bed yawning widely.

Bring on day 2!