The annual Year 10 visit to France (by Jake Marshall, Year 10)
French Exchange 2015 photo gallery (107 photos)
In March myself and 43 other students embarked on a trip over the Channel to France, where we would be spending the week with our exchange partners, exploring the French culture and travelling around towns, experiencing what France had to offer.
Having already met our exchange partners when they came over to England, everyone was excited to reconnect with them and see what their lives are like compared to ours. After hours of travel by coach and then train, and then another train, and then another coach (there was a lot of travelling) we arrived in Issoire where the partner School the ‘Lycée Murat’ is located and we went off with our partners to go and see where we would be staying for the week. We all were greeted with open arms, or as the case is in France a ‘kiss kiss’, and we were suddenly emerged in everything French.
It was not long before the real activities began, we went to all sorts of places and experienced a lot of things we never had before. From tasting the water at Vichy to learning how to make paper from scratch at a paper mill. The region is volcanic and we also had the opportunity to go up a volcano and stand on the top. We barely had time to sit down! On top of that we had time to explore the shops in town and try delicious pastries from bakeries. In the evenings, overwhelmed from it all, we got to wind down with a game of bowling and a disco along with our exchange partners.
Of course it was not just fun and games, we were able to build our knowledge of the French language and had a chance to use all the French we already knew. At first with the family the learning curve was steep and I was worried my only answer to their enquiries would be ‘oui’ but as time went on I was not only able to say a whole sentence but hold a conversation at the dinner table.
The whole experience helped me to grow as a person, building independence and improving my social skills.
Lycée Murat, Issoire (Our partner school)