Forging Friendships on French Exchange

Jun 13, 2024

Friendships were forged for our Fourth Form linguists on their fantastic French exchange. Earlier in the year, our exchange pupils were paired with their Francophone counterparts from Saint Louis, Sainte Marie, a school in Marignane, in the Southeast of France.

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The exchange began with a visit to Marseille, where our pupils traversed the beautiful boulevards taking in the cultural sights and sounds of France. The cafes and shops provided the perfect opportunity for pupils to put the French they have learnt in the classroom into practice. Pupils spent time with their French families and visited their school, getting a taste of what life is like for pupils in France. Soon, it was time for their exchange partners to get a taste of life in England, as they returned to stay with their host families. During the return visit, pupils visited Christ Church in Oxford, the History of Science Museum and went punting on the river. The also took in the splendour of Blenheim Palace and explored the quaint village of Bourton-on-the-Water. 

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The bonds formed during this trip transcended borders to create lifelong friendships. For many of our linguists, they discovered their passion for languages, art, and history, perhaps even influencing their future career paths.

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