Les Ambassadeurs

Holmwood has a close association with Ombrosa School in Lyon, France.  Children form lasting friendships when our French friends visit England in the Easter holidays and again in June.  The French children all speak very good English and can communicate well. 

Les Ambassadeurs has been CANCELLED FOR 2020, see you in 2021!

Stuck for ideas at Easter?
Want a break from chocolate eggs and bunnies?..

Well, here’s the answer…

“I just wanted to let you know that D had a brilliant time on the Les Ambassadeurs course this week. She came home each day full of excitement and telling us all about her day and the activities. D was extremely complimentary about the French children - saying that they were really friendly (one was now her new best friend and apparently they all had very very neat handwriting!). We are now en route to France for the Easter holidays so we will see if any of her French surfaces...so far we’ve had a song from the course so I have high hopes!

Thank you for organising a fantastic course, and to you and your team for all your hard work. We’ll look forward to the next one!”

(Thank you email from a Parent)

  Les Ambassadeurs 2020 booklet

Les Ambassadeurs” is Holmwood’s exciting activity-based Easter holiday course held in French and English for pupils in School Years 2-6. Holmwood hosts approximately 60 visiting children from our partner school Ombrosa in Lyon, France during their stay and we encourage Holmwood pupils to take part in the course. 

It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for Holmwood children to meet, form friendships and learn about each other’s culture and language, all via an array of exciting activities. The atmosphere is that of a French exchange, without your children needing to leave the country! A Cultural Exchange at “Holm”! 

“Les Ambassadeurs” is by far the most popular trip offered by Ombrosa School to its pupils. Ombrosa is a bilingual private school. Both pupils from Ombrosa and Holmwood enjoy learning English and French from their peers, the authenticity and enrichment of this experi- ence is language learning at its best. 

The course itself is informal with the emphasis on learning language through fun, engaging and authentic activities. The English and French children spend the day together and take part in the numerous activities on offer such as:

  • music
  • cookery
  • arts and crafts
  • pool games
  • ICT
  • sports
  • fun French and English.

All of these are taught in both languages, focusing on encouraging and improving communication and acquisition of vocabulary. The course activities are taught by experienced Holmwood and Ombrosa teachers. There are magic shows, cinema nights, discos and quizzes for children who opt to stay for extended activities.

There are also trips out for the children (previous trips included Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle) allowing the perfect opportunity for Holmwood children to present their local area to their French buddies whilst building those key language skills. 

Please take a look at the pictures in the gallery (see below) which will give you a flavour of all the wonderful things the children do on the Les Ambassadeurs course.

Les Ambassadeurs Easter Course Dates - Monday 30 March 2020 - Thursday 2 April 2020

Course bookings will be available from January 2020 - early booking is strongly advised for this hugely popular and oversubscribed course.

2019 Gallery