French Exchnage to Boreaux
Invicta students have just returned from the French Exchange to Bordeaux. They sent us this report:
“After our early rise to get to the airport at 3.00am and a short plane journey, we arrived at Lycée Fernand Daguin at 12.00 noon. There we were greeted by our exchange partners, who were standing outside the school waiting expectantly. They were very excited to meet us and quickly found out all our names.
Inside, we found a fantastic buffet prepared by the students themselves. Each had brought in some of their favourite French food, so it was only natural for us to gorge ourselves on all the quiche they had made! Once everyone was full, we were given a tour of the school and given an explanation on the differences between the French and English education system. We responded with PowerPoints on Invicta and Maidstone. The school was just as big as our school with lots of rooms and floors. There were over 1300 students in the school. My favourite part of the school was the library. They have about 20 computers and lots of books and magazines. I looked at some of the photography magazines they were very unusual but some of the pictures I recognized.
After spending the rest of the afternoon participating in a quiz and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, we went home to our host families with whom we spent the rest of the weekend with. Unfortunately, as we all know, Paris was targeted by yet another terrorist attack, tragically killing at least 120 people, not only posing a danger to Paris, but the people of France as a whole. This devastating event restricted our excursions with the school, and for the safety of all students we could not go into Bordeaux city center, nor visit St Emilion. However, our exchange partners were still eager to show us what their school and local area had to offer, and during the weekend I saw attractions such as the Dune du Pilat, the town of Arcachon and Cap Ferret. I had a great time and had more time to spend with the family.
On Monday, we were able to observe a typical day at Lycée Daguin. We spent our lunchtime in the canteen, getting to know our partners and their friends. The rest of the week we spent at the school having lessons and learning about Bordeaux. One day we had a sport morning and a debate which was very entertaining. In the afternoon we went out to a local photography exhibition of a famous French photographer (Bettina Rheims) and were given explanations of some of the portraits.
On the last evening, we had fun at bowling with all of our exchange partners, Caitlin Boeshart-Thomas won the overall game with an amazing score of 119 points! It was emotional to say goodbye to our French friends on the last day and I cannot wait to meet up with the exchanges students again in March 2016.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I learned a lot of French and it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you very much for everything on the trip.”
Thank you to Mrs Puerto-Garcia for the hard work and time you put into ensuring our students were safe and happy while in France.