Château du Broutel

The Year 6 girls were lucky enough to spend a week at the wonderful Château du Broutel in Normandy. The Château is on a site of approximately 40 acres of land which lends itself perfectly to the pursuit of a wide range of physical activities. Girls were able to perfect their climbing and abseiling skills, try their hand at archery and zip wire and learn how to kayak as well as build a raft on the Château’s own lake. Each day we also managed to fit in an excursion. This included a tour around the local town where the girls learnt all about the history of Rue and had to order a drink and ice cream in the local café. We also visited the market at Etaples to browse the stalls, ask for items in French and spend a bit of pocket money. A trip to the sweet shop in Berck, one of only two in France where sweets are made by hand, was another highlight of our stay. The best part of that visit was, of course, sampling the gorgeous lollies! We also spent some time on the sunny, but very windy beach at Berck making sandcastles and burying each other in the sand. Our final outing was to the Boulangerie where the girls learnt how bread was made in a wood-fired oven and how to shape the perfect croissants. Tasting the pains au chocolat and croissants rounded off that visit perfectly of course! It was a very exciting and rewarding week for all the girls and, I hope, one to remember for years to come.                        

Mrs Jane Kinch