Un Excellent Séjour en Suisse!
Lower 5th linguists spent most of the Summer half term break, from Friday 24th to Wednesday 29th May, on the annual French exchange to Switzerland. Pupils immersed themselves in the French language, staying with their exchange partners and families. They also enjoyed several excursions with their College peers and teachers, visiting the local towns of Bâle, Saint Ursanne and Porrentruy, tastings at a local 'fromagerie', hiking in the hills and kayaking on the river with their College peers and teachers.
Vibha, who was on the trip, enjoyed taking part in lessons at Saint-Charles, the school the exchange was partnered with, noticing how different the lessons are compared to those at the College. Evenings were spent with her exchange partner, "indulging in Swiss chocolate and trying our best to converse in French". Their efforts to converse clearly paid off because, "By the end of the trip, I found that I was much more comfortable speaking the language and could really hear the improvement."
Weekends were also spent with their exchange partners, many "travelling to Bâle for the day and ending the Saturday with the town party. The party was probably one of the highlights for me as I made so many new friends that I am still in contact with and had an amazing time going on all the rides and walking around with them." In the town of Porrentruy, College pupils were given a quest, which involved reading a map of the town and trying to visit all the sites where keys were marked on the map. "This was another highlight for me as we got to see the town while putting our DofE skills to use and just having fun while doing so. We also got to speak some French when we got lost and had to ask the locals for directions. My team won (due to our incredible map reading skills meaning we got lost 5 times!) and overall it was an amazing experience." Nonetheless, Vibha's favourite evening was Tuesday, because "I could really see the difference in my French from the first night and I had developed a really good relationship with my exchange".
Vibha clearly enjoyed the trip, saying, "It was really sad to say “au revoir!” to our “correspondents” the next day as we all had the best time and had developed strong bonds with them. Thank you to Madame Cunin and Madam Webb for organising and supervising the trip. Nous avons eu le meilleur temps!"