Just before the Easter break, some of our Year 12 French Students welcomed their French partners for the return leg of the Sixth Form French Exchange. As soon as they were reunited at Luton Airport, all the initial nerves immediately disappeared and a very busy weekend ensued. Our families really looked after their French visitors, organising many activities such as cruising on the Thames, shopping trips to London and the inevitable, and eagerly awaited, visit to Primark! (French teenagers love Primark as there are very few stores in France)
For most of the week, the French students attended normal lessons at Presdales as the aim of the Sixth Form Exchange is to be immersed in the life of the host partner. However, on Tuesday, we all spent the day in Cambridge, discovering the historical past of this prestigious University city during our guided tour. It is worth mentioning that Tuesday was the only day when it rained, with the rain becoming quite heavy the minute we set foot on our punts and easing off as soon as we got off!
I would like to thank Anne Favre, my French colleague from the lycée La Colinière in Nantes, for her continued efforts in cementing a very positive and rich working relationship and I am also very grateful to all the parents for being so welcoming and caring with our French visitors. I hope this year will be the beginning of a long and happy exchange between our Year 12 students and their partners.