French Exchange by Anna and Elyssa
During the September school holidays a group of students travelled to Nice and Lyon in France. Students enjoyed the country, culture, and people; practicing their French language and sharing with their exchange families. Read Anna’s and Elyssa’s story:
Article by Anna Rogers and Elyssa Chan (Year 10)
Last holidays we were given the chance to travel to France with the school on an exchange. Since our correspondents left in April, we were all looking forward to this trip and counting down the days. Not only was it a great opportunity to improve our French but also to immerse ourselves in French culture by living in a French family and adopting their lifestyle. We were able to create unforgettable memories with our exchange students and their friends and build lifelong friendships with both the French students and Australian students.
We arrived in Nice giving us a super NICE first impression of the country, culture and people. After spending a day and a half in Nice, we took the train to meet our exchanges in Lyon. It was so good to see them again after 5 months of separation. During the two weeks that we spent in Lyon, we attended their school, St. Thomas d’Aquin which was gorgeous. Their school days were extremely long, and we have it lucky here. Some days it was a struggle to get through the long hours but at least their lunch break was 1 hour and a half long. We found that their school life was quite different to ours as for one they had more subjects and studied more broadly. On the weekend, the families took us to places around Lyon and other regions.
Throughout the week, Mademoiselle Hubert-Delisle and Madame Young brought us to the Lyon city to participate in a variety of activities including visiting Old Lyon, Fourviere, Le Musée de la resistance, le Musée des Beaux-Arts and Chamonix on the last Friday with all the French exchange students.
Parting from them was extremely hard because we had grown so close to them and there were many tears, even before arriving at the station. It was bittersweet as despite leaving Lyon and the friends we made behind, we were going to Paris!
In Paris we got to experience the big city lifestyle and see all the historical monuments including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cathedral Notre-Dame, the Sacre-Coeur, the Palace of Versailles, Monet’s Garden, the Musée d’Orsay and the Galaries Lafayette. Paris was so fun because we were able to share rooms with some of our friends and become closer to them.
This exchange is unforgettable and amazing for developing our French skills, independence and life skills. We believe that immersion in the language is definitely the best way to learn and become fluent. We would love to go back and we would do it a thousand times over.