24 hours on a coach

We had a memorable trip to Strasbourg on the coach. Starting out at 5pm yesterday, we arrived in Strasbourg at 5pm tonight after an exhausting 24 hour journey! There was lots of sleeping on the bus (in very interesting positions), plenty of Burger King and some funny French films along the way. Of course, we took some photographic evidence!

When we finally arrived, everyone was looking forward to a hot shower and our rooms and the hostel are brillant. Our first meal was also a huge success with chicken, omelettes, quiche and calamari on offer. Continue reading …

Challenges, Filming and Master Chef

We welcomed some S1 pupils from Mearns Castle High School this morning for their two-day French camp. We started the day with some team-building activities so that we could get to know everyone better and so that the pupils could introduce themselves to one another too. We played ‘ninja’, got hit by the giant ‘frite’ and used toilet paper in a new way!

Then we split into our teams to take part in the Fort Boyard challenges completely in French. We had to get our team through the spider web and a blind obstacle course, find hidden words and answer number riddles. We won coins and the winning group managed to get 8! Bravo!

After lunch, we got into our groups to create our film trailers. We had to choose a film and develop a trailer in French. We had so many characters walking about the outdoor centre today – from Shrek and Minions to Homer Simpson and Groot. The finished productions look absolutely amazing!

After some delicious French cuisine for dinner (coq au vin or ratatouille) we had our Master Chef evening. We started with a blind taste test where we had to guess what we were eating to win points for our Master Chef teams. The final taste test was snails! Nous adorons les escargots!

Then it was time for the invention test! We had to cook two courses using our given ingredients and we were really creative. We even had to present our dishes to the judges in French too. Well done to the winning team who created two outstanding dishes!

We’ve had a super day and we can’t wait until tomorrow for more French fun!

Adventuring Through the Rain

We started this morning with a cheery wake-up and delicious waffles for breakfast! Then, because of the weather, we decided to do our outdoor activities this morning when the weather was better instead of this afternoon.

We split into two groups and took part in the activity which we didn’t do yesterday. Some of us headed out to do our adventure activities – archery, high ropes and trail biking. The other group learned survival skills. We took part in fire making, bread-making, marshmallow toasting and shelter building.

We were a little wet by the end of our activities but we then went inside and had a warm lunch of filled baked potatoes. After a little bit of free time, we then did some yoga to warm-up with Kara and headed to our afternoon projects. Some of us were creating superhero comics with Kara and Hannah, some of us were making celebrity chat shows with Maxime and some of us were cooking with Thomas.

After our (rained-off) barbecue for dinner with lots of burgers, chips and ice cream, we got ready for our party. It was full of dancing, limbo and silly games with giant inflatables. We even had a photo booth with silly costumes!

It was a brilliant last night at camp, are all in bed and we are already looking forward to seeing our families tomorrow. We’ve had an awesome week!