Calder High School: Exchange means we can put our French into context

Calder High pupils at the Eiffel Tower

Calder High pupils at the Eiffel Tower

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In October of this year pupils from Calder High School had the opportunity to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the school’s exchange programme with a school in the north of France.

The exchange with the school, Collège Roger Salengro, has long been a highly successful partnership which has this year allowed students from years nine and ten to visit France and experience French school life as well as visiting popular cultural and historical sites.

The group, consisting of 42 students and four teachers spent a week visiting sites in the north of France and parts of Belgium while they spent their evenings and weekends living with a host French family.

Furthermore, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, pupils had the opportunity to visit important war memorial sites like Vimy Ridge and they then visited the town of Ypres in order to lay a wreath on behalf of Calder High School.

A further visit was made to Paris, where pupils had the chance to climb the Eiffel Town and explore the city via les Bateaux Mouches. Despite very rainy weather everyone enjoyed a further city day trip to Bruges which has proved popular for shopping for chocolates for friends and family!

All of the students really enjoyed the experience of living with a French family and using the language in an authentic context as well as having interesting day trips out across northern France and Belgium.