We kicked off our first Ford EFL (English Foreign Language) Camp on July 5th and my word, have we done a lot so far!
Three hours of English lessons may sound dull but not the Ford way! Our EFL students created their own Attenborough esque wildlife documentary for starters. This resulted in Meerkats, Lions and Monkey’s roaming around our Castle grounds, with a distinct French accent. Lions were being shaved to make socks, monkeys eaten by apes and eager Eagles were ready to eat their prey.
We also had a rendition of ‘I’m a little tea pot’ sung to the tune of Queen’s ‘We will rock you.’ – I told you they weren’t dull.
The glorious summer weather (which was a nice surprise) made canoeing on the River Till an even more enjoyable experience. Suited up in their life jackets and oars in hand it was time to take to the water and discover what canoeing was all about.
Giggling and rocking boats was of course going to be a feature in this activity but after a stern safety session, they were on there way up the river elegantly in a line, like ducks to water.
Evening entertainment consisted of a picnic and a piece open air theatre in Lord Joicey’s garden – how typically British. The brilliant Handlebards delighted the students with their performance of Twelfth Night and even managed to steal a few hearts in the process.
A visit to Alnwick Castle was another item to tick off on their list of adventures. Boys dressed as Princesses and girls dressed as Knights; there were no gender issues here. Oh, and I nearly forgot, a flying lesson on broomsticks!?
A trip to the Lost Cellars for the older students went down a treat, discovery the horrible history of the Castle, whilst the younger students raided the gift shop and took part in an authentic archery lesson.
If these are the first few days; who knows what’s in store for the rest of the camp…
For more information about The Handlebards tour visit; http://www.peculius.com/handlebards.html