During the Easter holidays, the History department took a group of 48 pupils to France. The trip left school at midnight and arrived in France at 2pm the next day. In the evening, the students took part in a team quiz. The quiz, which was won by the ‘Wild Whelans’, was a roaring success!

On one of the days, we explored the WWI Battlefields where pupils had a chance to see many sights on the Somme including Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial Park and the Devonshire cemetery. A particularly emotional experience was when we were able to visit the grave of a family member of one of our pupils who lay poppies in remembrance.

The next day was a day full of magic at Disneyland Paris (see picture). The pupils explored all things Disney with their friends. It was a great experience for all. The evening was spent bowling where pupils could wind down and have fun with their friends.

Our final day, our students visited the birthplace of King Louis XIII and home to many French monarchs throughout history. Here we had a picnic in the palace gardens before heading to Val D’Europe for an afternoon shopping! Our last evening was a disco where we all danced the night away.

Sharples pupils were a credit to the school, their families and our community throughout the trip. All staff were immensely proud of them, especially after receiving compliments from members of the public on how well behaved they were. Our coach driver, Andy, told the group that they had ‘restored his faith in school children.’

Thank you to Miss Southern, Miss Whelan, Mr Davies, Mrs Howker, Mr McClelland, Mrs Kaminska and Miss Brown for accompanying the pupils and ensuring that they had a great time. It was a fantastic week.