Bakeries in France
Over half term, a group of ten Year Nine students flew to France to participate in the 32nd exchange with l’Externat des Enfants Nantais, a secondary school in Nantes. As always, we were very well received by the school and the families. This time, the group enjoyed a three day weekend with their exchange partner which allowed them to visit theme parks, as well as nearby towns and places in Nantes with their host family. This was also an opportunity to get to know their French partner.
During the week, the group visited le Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the cathedral and learnt about Nantes’ history. Each day, the pupils had a chance to improve their spoken and written French by completing quizzes, chatting to teachers in French and ordering pastries and bread in ‘boulangeries’. It was difficult to resist the temptation to stop in the many patisseries and this became a much-enjoyed ritual every day.
On Friday, the group spent the day in school, participating in Physics, History and French lessons; whilst it was a challenging day, it was a unique insight into a normal school day for French students. Though most began the Exchange a little nervous of staying with host families, by the end they felt entirely at home and had a great time with their exchange partner. We are looking forward to welcoming their French partners to RGS Worcester at the end of March.
“C’est l’histoire d’un groupe qui adorait les boulangeries…”
(“ The story of a group who loved bakeries…”)
At RGS Worcester we run three exchanges: France (Year Nine), Germany (Year Ten) and Spain (Years Nine and Ten). We believe that they provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to make new friends, experience a new culture and develop their command of the language. If you wish to know more about our Exchange Programme, please click here.