Sir James Smith's Community School

Belgium Trip 2012

Belgium Trip 2012

42 students and 6 members of staff have just returned from a 5-day trip to Belgium as part of the school’s 2012 Activities Week programme.

We travelled by coach from Camelford to Dover, ferry to Calais and then coach to Namur, stopping off in Cassel for a stroll and lunch.  The whole journey took some 17 hours, so we were relieved to finally arrive at our destination.

We stayed in the youth hostel in the beautiful town of Namur on the river Meuse in French-speaking Belgium and enjoyed day-trips to Aachen in Germany, Dreilandeck on the border between Germany, Belgium and Holland, and to Brussels.  In the evenings we enjoyed riverside walks, bowling and a restaurant visit for waffles, pancakes and ice creams.  On our return journey we had a last-minute shopping trip to the Cité Europe hypermarket near Calais.

Sir Jim's students were a real credit to their school.  They joined in fully with every aspect of the visit, trying out their languages, trying new food and really appreciating the architecture and cultural aspects of the trip.  The experience of staying in central Europe, crossing borders several times a day, hearing and using different languages within one day and spotting different customs made for a really rich cultural experience which they will never forget.

The youth hostel owner commented as we left “If all groups were as good as yours, my life would be a dream.”  The accompanying staff were indeed very proud of the students.  Planning for the next trip is already underway!