The most important purpose of this trip is to have an unforgettable time with your friends and teachers as you reach the end of your primary school experience.
Undoubtedly, you will also gain some other very valuable experiences while we are away. You will be able to:
We will be leaving on Monday 10th July and will be back on Saturday 15th July in the evening. We will be staying five nights and will have four full days of activities in France. In fact, we are lucky enough to be in France during the Bastille Day celebrations known as 'le quatorze juillet' (14th July).
We are going to the region of Bourgogne (in purple) - we often refer to this region as Burgundy.
The journey itself is one big adventure!
We will be travelling by coach. We will cross the English Channel at Folkestone using the Eurotunnel (click here to learn more about the history of the Eurotunnel).
It will take approximately 10 hours, which includes three or four rest/toilet breaks at service stations along the way. There are toilet facilities on the coach in case you need to use them inbetween stops.
You will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks with you for the journey.
Address: Centre D’Acceuil du Lac Sauvin, 89270 Arcy-Sur-Cure, France
Telephone: + 33 386 34 36 04 / + 44 7961 331 577
We will be the only school on the site which makes it extra special for us. You can learn more about the site and it's facilities by visiting their pupil page.
You will be sleeping in shared dormitories on site - these all range in size. Girls and boys dorms, showers and toilet facilities are completely separate from one another. You will be asked to provide your teachers with a short list of friends with whom you would like to share your dorm, and will make sure that you will be with at least one of these friends during your stay.
To give you an idea of the site and its local surroundings, here are some photographs I took when I went to visit in July 2016.
Here is our provisional emploi du temps (timetable). Use this online dictionary to help you understand the activities.
Food is an important part of any visit to France. Burgundy is a particularly gastronomic region and during the trip you will get to try some of these foods during your meals at the centre. The exact menu will be a surprise! You will be having two full three course meals each day for lunch and dinner along with a continental style breakfast. A small snack is also served in the afternoon.
You will even get to try foods from the local markets and producers when we go on some of our excursions.
If you have any special dietary needs, the chefs at Lac Sauvin will take good care of you and make sure that you have all the right foods.
Be prepared to speak lots of French at meal time!
The weather in July should be quite warm, but it can also be rainy so come prepared.
The majority of our activities will take place outdoors, so comfortable clothes will be needed. Clothes may get dirty and/or wet during some activities and the weather is likely to be warm. We will check the weather forecast together nearer the time. Please consider these factors when choosing what to bring.
Here is a provisional packing list. A final printable packing list will be posted here by half term (end of May 2017).
For the journey:
• A small rucksack
• A packed lunch, healthy snacks and a water bottle (in a disposable bag)
• A small pack of tissues
• Travel games*/mp3 player/book/kindle/magazine/notebook & pens/cuddly toy
For the activities and lessons:
• Small pencil case with basic stationery
• French/English dictionary
• A water bottle
• Tracksuit bottoms
• Plenty of socks and underwear
• Trainers for outdoor activities (these may get dirty!)
• Shoes/trainers for indoor activities/evenings
• Anorak/waterproof jacket
• Pyjamas, nightwear
• Plastic bags for laundry
• One small towel
• One big towel
• Personal toiletries
• Wash bag: soap, shampoo, flannel, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush etc.
• Mosquito repellent (and bite relief cream)
• Sun cream
• A personal item of comfort (e.g. teddy bear, book, photo)
• Camera (you will be responsible for looking after it throughout the trip)
An additional set of clothes are required if participating in kayaking:
• Extra t-shirt and shorts
• Swimsuit to wear underneath (optional)
• Extra towel
• Extra lightweight waterproof jacket/poncho
• Extra pair of old trainers or wet shoes (for safety reasons flip-flops/crocs will not be permitted)
Between €10-20 is the recommended amount for the trip. Money must already be in Euros and should be kept in a purse or wallet clearly labelled with your name. You will be responsible for your money throughout the trip. There may be opportunities to buy an ice-cream and/or some small souvenirs when in town. There will not be a tuck shop on site. Maison Claire Fontaine also sell their own souvenirs/merchandise, should you wish to purchase something.
*Small electronic games (not including mobile telephones or tablets) are permitted during the coach trip only. These must then be handed to staff at the end of the journey in a zip-lock bag clearly marked with your name and class. These will be kept in a safe place during our stay and returned to you for the journey back (however, please note that there are no facilities to charge appliances).
Mrs Mahvelati, Mrs O'Dwyer, Miss Calver, Miss Drage, Miss Jones, Miss Krawiec, Mrs Hodge, Mr Mappin, McConnachie