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Friendships forged on French Exchange

Twenty four students from Collège Sévigné in Paris visited Stockport Grammar School for a week to experience life in the UK as part of our annual exchange programme.

Third and Fourth Year pupils were teamed up with a visiting French student to look after for the week, sharing their homes and their lives in and out of school.

The visitors arrived in the North West on Saturday morning and spent the weekend with their partners.

On Monday the students popped in to school for the first time before heading to Manchester city centre where they went on a guided walking tour and visited the Museum of Science and Industry.

Tuesday morning saw Senior Deputy Head (Academic) Mrs Donna Harris give them a tour of the school site and they then took a train to Lyme Park where they explored the Hall, formal gardens and deer park and spent time in the adventure playground and doing a quiz.

Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Art Gallery and Outlet Mall were on the agenda for Wednesday whilst on Thursday they visited the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, before doing some shopping in the Arndale Centre and Market Street.

The final day of the trip was spent in school as the French visitors experienced a day in the life of a British schoolchild. The first lesson was a quiz in the Library before they had an English lesson. After break they had Philosophy and then it was on to lunch. The final lessons saw them visit the Sports Hall to scale the climbing wall before they ventured outside to enjoy some orienteering.

Before they left for the airport the students met with their partners to say goodbye. Everyone is now looking forward to seeing each other again at the end of May when our pupils cross the Channel for their exchange trip.

Speaking about the experience, Third Year pupil Kate Horsley said: “Meeting my French exchange partner and having her stay with us for a week was a really unique experience and one that I enjoyed a lot. We got on well and I am excited to see her and her family in May and speak more French!”