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Eastbrook Primary Academy

Eastbrook Primary Academy

"Everyone matters and every day counts"

"An outstanding school" (Ofsted July 2015)


Monday 23rd May

2pm - The children are through the tunnel and back in the UK!  We will confirm the estimated time of arrival when they get closer.  We will unload the luggage first and ask that everyone bears with us as we match up children, luggage and families.  It is important we keep everyone safe.  Before you leave please can you tell a member of staff who you are taking with you, particularly if you are collecting another pupil in addition to your daughter/son.

12.30pm  - The children have finished their visit to both the Sweet Factory and Hypermarket.  They are now back on the coach and headed for the eurotunnel.

10am  - Following a good breakfast the children completed their final pack.  Miss Cunningham was particularly impressed with the girls who were very organised and lined their suitcases up in height order!  The coach then headed of to a local Hypermarket for the children to make some important purchases.  We will keep you up-to-date as we get news about arrival time back at school.  We are expecting it to be around 4pm - text messages will be sent nearer the time.

Sunday 22nd May

7pm - After a session of den building the children were ready for their dinner which had a very French feel to it. There were several classics to try including snails, which many of them loved! Miss Cunningham was not so sure when she had to eat one with everyone watching, her verdict: it tasted like a garlic mushroom and was delicious! The disco has now started and the children are dancing their socks off. Mrs Presland, Mr Button and Mrs Sutcliff are apparently showing them how it should be done! Hopefully everyone will get a good night's sleep tonight.

2pm - It was baguettes all round for lunch. There has been the first bit of rain but it has not put the children off as they have been playing a game called 'Survivor' in the grounds. Everyone seems to be enjoying the fresh air.  The next activity is going to be den building as there are some fantastic woods around the house.

10am - Following a lovely breakfast of pineapple, melon and freshly baked croissants, the children headed off to the sealife centre. They have already spotted Dori, the fish from Finding Nemo.  Parents will be pleased to hear that the children have certainly found their feet and are showing real independence. This has included looking after all of their possessions and washing up after their breakfast (you might want to remind them about this when they get home!)

Miss Cunningham would like to share how proud she felt when the Duty Manager at the Centre commented on the children's outstanding behaviour and said they were a credit to Eastbrook.


Saturday 21st May

8pm- Dinner proved popular: chicken, potato wedges and salad. There has been a 'Tidiest Room Competition' which was won by the year five girls although the teachers were impressed with everyone's efforts. The last activity of the day was a sandcastle competition which all the children got really stuck into. Apparently Mr Button was hoping to win but sadly no-one could tell if had made a mermaid or a seal! The children are about to get ready for bed as they are an hour ahead us.

5pm  - It has been a sunny afternoon on the beach. Activities have included rock climbing, an obstacle course and problem solving. The PGL staff are keeping everyone entertained.

1pm - The children have been practising their French very successfully at a local market. They have also enjoyed making croissants at a bakery and learning how to make baguettes. They are now off to the beach for a picnic lunch and mini Olympics.  Miss Cunningham is very impressed with the French being spoken, particularly by the Year 6 boys!

8am - Everyone has had a good night and the children are reported to be in 'high spirits'! They are heading off to breakfast before another busy day.

Friday 20th May 2016

8pm - The children have had dinner and are now settling into their rooms. Hopefully they are feeling a little bit tired!

5pm -  The children loved watching them make heart shape praline and a bunny rabbit at the chocolate factory!

4pm - The weather is lovely. The children loved holding the baby goats and chicks at the goat farm and they have learnt lots of French as the farm lady only spoke in French to them.

1pm - Mrs Sutcliff has phoned in to say that they have arrived in France. They are all well and on their way to eat their lunch.

11.15am - All is going well. They have been through passport control and are now waiting on the Euro Star to depart.

7.30am - Coach has departed with very excited children. We will update you more later.


A trip to France is being organised for pupils in Year 5/6 from Friday 20th May - Monday 23rd May 2016. For those children who are participating in this trip please ensure the nationality  form has been completed and returned to the school office. Please be aware that monies for the trip need to be paid to the office by April 2016. For more information please read the trip letter below.