we had to describe the trip in two words, it will probably be joyful and
sunny. “Again?” you will say… Yeah! It seems that everything
went well between the pupils of the two
countries and that the sun decided to take part in all the trips. All
the better for us. The exchange are more enjoyable in those conditions.
Fingers crossed for the end of August…
did the 22 schoolchildren of Llandysul, the two of Tregroes and the 7
accompanying adults in Plogonnec for 4 days? Answer: plenty of things!
arriving late and having a short night sleep they went to sing before
and after Sunday’s office in Plogonnec’s church. The people present
enjoyed their performance.
Plogonnec’s twinning committee welcomed them afterwards with a crepes
meal in Lopeau. With the sun and the piligoù (machines to cook crepes),
the crepes cookers were happy to have a light breeze to refresh. In the
afternoon, they went to a leisure centre, Odet Loisirs: hanging bridge,
bicycles, maze, air structures… Everyone could find something to
went back then to Mahalon where they stayed for the four nights.
Monday, the Plogonnec’s and Welsh schoolchildren met each other. The
Tregroes’ went to Saint-Albin’s school and Llandysul’s to St-Egonnec
being introduced to each other, they participated in many activities to
get to know each other better: cooking (crepes, apple pancakes, fruits
relay races, etc…
was a pleasure to see the teams mix and that they really tried to
Tuesday, all school went on a trip. Tregroes’ pupils went to
Saint-Albin’s to discover a part of the town history. The
Llandysul’s pupils met the St-Egonnec’s in Douarnenez.
visited the boats museum and went round some boats.
went then to the Plomarc’h’s playground for a picnic...
walking to the beach of the Ris for a playing and relaxing afternoon.
The pupils and the accompanying adults appreciated the day with the
the evening, the St-Egonnec’s parents’ schoolchildren’s societies
and the twinning committee organised a buffet for everybody. The pupils
presented at first short shows. St-Egonnec’s school and the twinning
committee gave afterwards presents to Carol and Wat for their last year
as directors of, respectively, Tregroes’ and Llandysul’s primary
school. They also thanked them for everything they had done for the
schools exchanges between the two towns.
helped themselves in the buffet: aperitif, various salads, delicatessen
and delicious cakes, each one more tempting that the other one… There
was something to feed everyone. But when departure time arrived, there
was some sadness with the children. It was for them the last time
together for the year…
Wednesday morning, the Welsh people shopped in
the afternoon, they visited the Haliotika centre and the “criée”
(fished sold by auction) in Le Guilvinec. A guide explained them the
different ways of fishing in Le Guilvinec, showed them different kind of
fish and boat… They watched then the boats coming back into the port
and unloaded the day fishing. They were explained then what the “criée”
is, how it works and its function.
went back to the centre where they packed after a good meal to be ready
to go early on Thursday morning.
Welsh people really enjoyed the trip. They discovered the area and met
their pen pals. The people of Plogonnec were also happy to meet
them. All the children were nice and made a real effort to go and met
each other. It was sometimes difficult to know who was Welsh and who was
from Plogonnec! And when the Plogonnec’s pupils ran after the Welsh
bus in making goodbye signs it was clear that it was no language
barrier, or at least that they found the way to pass it and that a real
friendship was born.
now have to wait two years before the Plogonnec’s pupils coming to
some of them may see each other before, thanks to the adults trips.
hwyl ! Kenavo !