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Friendships forged as French exchange visits school

Fourth year French pupils have recently had fun hosting their exchange partners from our Parisian link school, Collège Sévigné. 

During the week-long stay, which saw the group blessed with some unseasonably warm and sunny weather, the party of seven boys, 13 girls and two teachers were able to see many of the North West’s top sites, including visits to Lyme Park and the Imperial War Museum.

In the interests of fairness they were taken to both the ‘blue’ and the ‘red’ sides of the city, with a tour of the Etihad Stadium and a photo stop outside Old Trafford.

The group also spent a day in school where teachers kindly gave up their time to put on special lessons in Philosophy, Life Studies, ICT and Languages.

The visitors also had an opportunity to use the climbing wall and go kayaking in the school pool before they ate lunch in the canteen. They then attended either a French or English lesson with their partner.

The French pupils were also well and truly spoilt by their English host families, being taken on visits to Blackpool and London, dining en masse at a local Italian restaurant, going bowling and trampolining and even enjoying a night out at the school’s production of ‘Annie’.

The trip enabled the French pupils to experience the many differences between school life in France and England, such as assemblies, club activities and sports facilities, as well as giving them the chance to improve their English fluency by staying with a family.

On the return leg (1st – 8th June 2017), Stockport Grammar School pupils will have the chance to experience French life and culture at first hand and practise their own French speaking skills.

We are hoping that the French exchange for fourth year pupils will become an annual event and that some long lasting friendships and memories will be forged.