Hoxne schoolchildren expand horizons on France exchange trip

Waveney Valley Partnership schools visit St Omer in France.

Waveney Valley Partnership schools visit St Omer in France.

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Children of two north Suffolk primary schools gained new insight into the history and culture of France during a special overseas visit earlier this month.

Staff and pupils from Mendham Primary School and St Edmund’s Primary School in Hoxne journeyed via the Channel Tunnel to St Omer on Wednesday, July 6, and participated in cultural exchange activities with the teachers and youngsters at the École Ferdinand Buisson.

During their three-day adventure, the travelling party, which is part of the Waveney Valley Partnership, experienced French cuisine, including a snail tasting, and toured the Marshes of St Omer, where they also learned the folk legend of the evil witch, Marie Grouette.

Teaching assistant Tanya Gladwin said: “The children were all extremely well behaved and polite throughout, which made us both extremely proud. We very much look forward to doing a trip to France like this again and are hoping our French friends will come and visit us soon.”

In addition, the group also explored the town to use their language skills and fill in their local history picture books.