French Trip 2016

French Trip 2016

A group o​f James Hargest College and Southland Girls’ High ​School senior French student​s spent just over 3 weeks in France in  April and the beginning of May.  Firstly the students spent 6 days in Paris.  Mrs Black was the group’s tour guide and took the students to a variety of places such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, Versailles, Catacombes and Disneyland. The students loved the experience and rated the sights highly.  

From Paris, the group travelled to ​Arras and Le Quesnoy.  ​Both places had strong links with New Zealand soldiers during World War 1, with the latter town being liberated from the Germans near the end of the war.​  The students lay a ​wreath at the NZ Memorial, in remembrance of the soldiers who fought there.  It was very fitting being only a week before ANZAC Day.

Next the group travelled to Bourg-en-Bresse.  ​Each student ​lived with their penpal, who had stayed with them in Invercargill in February. The next 2 weeks were spent completely immersed in the French culture.  The students had the opportunity to speak French, dine on French cuisine, attend a French school (Lycee Lalande) and see the local sights.  

There were many tears on the last day when the ​Invercargill students had to leave their host families and begin their journey home.  Most of the students are already talking about when they will be able to go back to France and meet up with their hosts again.

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27 May 2016