Cranbrook Students host French Exchange partners

In the last week of the Autumn term, 14 6th Formers from Cranbrook school and Kent College received their French exchange partners from the Pays Basque.  All the students were treated to a first day in London, and despite the wintry skies, we enjoyed the views from the top of the London Eye! Sadly, the horizontal rain swept us in Trafalgar Square and we had to take refuge in the M&Ms shop of Leicester Square; essential drying and shopping had to be done! 

The students then split into mixed language groups to explore the main London sites before returning to Convent Garden for a Wagamama experience. The evening ended with the Kinky Boots West End show; a fun, festive night to break the ice!

During the rest of the week, the French partners got to follow our students in their lessons (great help in the French grammar revision lesson!), enjoyed the new 6th Form center and ate at school too. They still escaped to visit Leeds castle (beautifully decorated for the Christmas season), swapped a snowy visit to Rye for an indoor game of Bowling in Tunbridge Wells, and spend a glorious day in Canterbury to close their visit, after a traditional Christmas meal . However, we also learnt about the many weekend events to which the French students were treated; outings to Oxford, rock climbing, formal school dinners, parties, ice skating, and many more informal gathering the French students really appreciated.

They all said how fast the week had flown, how much they enjoyed living the British school and family life for a few days, and how well they had been treated by their partner and host families.

I would like to thank whole-heartedly our 9 Cranbrook linguists who took part in this exchange, as well as their kind families who played a most important part in making our guests feel right at home. I am particularly grateful to the extra family who volunteered and kindly hosted 2 stranded students!  Exchanges are an opportunity to show hospitality and open-mindedness, and I am delighted these 10 Cranbrook families involved were true contenders for the “Britain at its best” award!

We are all looking forward to our return visit in the Basque area for one week during the Easter period! In the meantime, merci encore, et gardez le contact!

Mme Lavigne-Kidney