It was a wet and miserable Sunday in July when 43 students and their teachers were loaded on to a coach ready to head off to the south of France. The bad weather kept up until Dover but around 20 hours after departing Hedingham they arrived at the gloriously sunny destination of Mimosa on the Mediterranean sea ready for a week of exciting water- based activities.
The next three days involved numerous activities on the beach and in the sea with the students taking full advantage of sea kayaking, banana boating, and sailing off in catamarans. Evenings at Mimosa were filled with fun and games, pizza on the beach and eating spectacularly delicious ice cream.
For the second half of the trip the group set off to the amazing scenery of the Ardeche river. The excellent river team guided the students and their canoes through the stunning limestone gorge over numerous rapids, some of which were more gracefully manoeuvred than others with students enjoying the capsizing almost more than the canoeing!
After three days on the river, all of the students reached the end of the route exhausted but with huge smiles on their faces. Everyone agreed that the trip was absolutely fantastic, with all of the children exhibiting excellent behaviour throughout.