3rd May 2017 – During April, Loreto played host to ten French Year 10 pupils from Les Chartreux School in St Étienne. They each stayed with their host families for a week, and experienced English culture first-hand. Louise Parker (Year 10) tells us more about this:
On school days, the French pupils travelled to and from school with their exchange partners, and on the Tuesday and Thursday the French students also went to lessons with them. This meant that they attended normal classes and participated in everyday English school life. They ate in the canteen too, which they enjoyed. Nearing the end of Thursday’s lunch, Loreto teachers organised a small event in St Josephs, where many treats and drinks were served. At this party, French and English were both spoken and it was enjoyed by all.
On the Wednesday, the pupils travelled into London where they had a wonderful time sight-seeing. They said it was very different to life in St Étienne. On the Friday, they explored St Albans and visited Verulamium Museum, which exhibits artifacts from Roman times and has been built within one of the largest Roman sites in Britain.
During the sunny weekend, the French students stayed with their host families and participated in a whole range of activities. These included going to the cinema, attending a BBQ, attending a birthday party, attending a Confirmation class, going shopping, and going bowling.
Early on the Monday morning, the students packed their bags and headed back home after a week of new and fascinating experiences. Hopefully, when Loreto students go to France in May, the trip will be just as successful.