Normandy this year was wonderful in terms of the weather (warm sun, blue skies, calm sea crossings), the behaviour of the children and what we did. I was particularly proud that our rooms were accepted back by the landlady in “perfect” condition – something I have never before experienced!

Lottie (9RCW) has put together a fantastic video of the trip, which can be found at the bottom of this article.

After an overnight ferry journey in cabins where we all enjoyed a good night’s sleep (except for those members of staff sharing with a cabin with Mr Keddie, who apparently snores VERY loudly), we had a very early breakfast (4am UK time) on Saturday and headed off to the invasion beaches. We went to Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc and the American cemetery at Omaha beach before reaching our accommodation and enjoying a break on the beach.

On Sunday we enjoyed William the Conqueror’s castle at Caen and the huge street market before going on to Caen peace museum, followed by more beach time back at base. On Monday we went to Bayeux to see the tapestry – which is still amazing 950 years after it was made – and the Cathedral, then the ferry trip back, arriving just before midnight, rather tired, but with memories to last a lifetime.

Mr Keddie (Teacher of History)