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French Exchanges a Success

Published Monday 5th of May 2014 11:28:48 AM

Close links with Culford's partner school in Metz, Ensemble Scolaire Jean XXIII, were made even stronger by virtue of back-to-back weeks of exchanges stretching into the Easter holidays from 28 March to 11 April 2014.

Having hosted a willing and dynamic group of French Sixth Formers in Culford families, during which they enjoyed trips to Cambridge and the North Norfolk coast, 25 Culford pupils joined them for the return trip to Metz.

The biggest challenge is always the first weekend when our pupils have a complete immersion into the French families. All of them did superbly well in adapting to new routines, culture and language. Monday morning brought us all back together to exchange stories and enjoy a visit to the historic centre of Metz and its stunning cathedral. Some outstanding trips followed including a visit to Nancy's history museum commemorating the First World War and how it affected the Alsace and Lorraine regions. This was followed by a walk through Nancy's busy and bustling historic town square.
The highlight for many was our trip to the European Council in Strasbourg where our visit coincided with talks relating to the situation in Ukraine. The pupils were encouraged to contemplate the many positive aspects of living within a European family and the progress that has been made since the horrors of the wars of the last century.

As ever, the language barrier proved insignificant and it was so rewarding to see the friendships that had been made over the two weeks. The pupils should be congratulated on their willingness to get stuck into the language and all the challenges they faced. Many of the friendships that were made will last a lifetime, as will our memories of another wonderful week in France.
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