Year 7 Pupils Experience a Taste of the Swiss Life

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Last month, pupils in Year 7 travelled to Switzerland, where they enjoyed a week-long residential in Morgins, a small village located in the Portes du Soleil.

The eager children departed from school, ready to undertake the long coach journey to Switzerland via France. With game consoles and a screening of Pitch Perfect to keep them occupied, the hours flew by and before they knew it, Switzerland was in sight!

Upon arrival, all were in awe of the luxurious Hotel Victoria, which boasted amazing views of the surrounding rivers, valleys and mountains. The children were also happy to be treated to an authentic Swiss dinner by Gijs the Chef, a real highlight of the trip.

Each day of the residential saw pupils attended French lessons, before venturing further afield. Throughout the week, they went on a number of exciting outings, including a guided tour of Chillon Castle, a swim in the famous Lake Geneva, and trip to the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory.

Hettie particularly enjoyed the latter, saying “We were given an amazing tour of the factory, where we learned about how the Aztecs discovered the cacao bean. There was also a tasting part, where we were taught how to use our senses to taste the chocolate, not just our taste buds!”

Trips to the Aquaparc and Parc Adventure were also much-loved additions to the trip.

Florence said: “When we did the high ropes, my team leader, Bret, took us on two green courses, which were difficult but fun.

“On the first course, I was on these really wobbly logs and I got into a sticky situation where I almost fell. But I held on and used full body strength to save myself!”

In-between the fast-paced activities, the pupils took some time out to enjoy the natural surroundings, and a mountain walk proved the perfect antidote.

Summarising the day, Harry said: “We went on a mountain walk with Bret and we had a lot of fun in a freezing lake! Mr Dayus-Jones jumped right in and didn’t realise how cold it was!”

Head of Modern Languages, Karon Harvey, added: “The trip was fun and I had a fabulous time. My favourite part was the hike in the mountains. It was very beautiful and peaceful, and the scenery was outstanding.”

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