French Exchange 2019

On Sunday 3rd March a group of ten 5th year French students and their teachers Ms. Laurent and Mr. Brosnan headed for Amiens in France for a week long exchange where they attended school and embraced all that French culture has to offer.

Some last minute shopping and boarding preparations for our 10 5th year students heading to Paris this morning on their French exchange with Amiens. Let the adventure begin. Bon voyage!

Day 1: Taking in the city of Amiens today, the girls successfully completed a treasure hunt of the beautiful monuments and landmarks. More photos from adventures in France today, Geocaching interactive visit of Amiens and its monuments. Particularly its cathedral, the largest in Europe!

Day 2: The Irish/French girls had both a rigorous and thoroughly enjoyable work out at the Amiens ice skating rink, home to les gothiques French world champion hockey time. Super journée!

Day 3: Free time today shopping in Amiens Town centre. Looks like it was a success!😋🇫🇷

Day 4: The big day has arrived! Our French exchange group heading off to visit Paris today with their French pals. Great excitement this morning on the intercity train. 🇫🇷What a day in Paris today on our Exchange. Spent this morning at Notre ‪Dame Cathedral‬ (no Hunchback to be seen!). Lunch at the Pyramids in The Louvre museum. Shopping in the Rue de Rivoli. Quick stop on the Champs Élysées before fun photos at the Eiffel tower. And finally, a relaxing boat trip on the Seine finished off our tour of the capital of love and fashion 🇫🇷

Day 5 : French exchange group took a trip through history today and visited the World War I, Battlegrounds of the Somme in the North of France.

Day 6: The exchange went out with a bang last night!. Managing to get last minute tickets, the group attended a professional ice hockey match. Unfortunately the home team lost but the atmosphere was electric! 🇫🇷 After final goodbyes to the French “correspondantes”, everyone in board the Aer Lingus flight to Cork. Au revoir la France et merci !🇫🇷


French Exchange 2018

On Sunday 8th April a group of 5th year French students and their teachers Ms. Laurent and Ms. O Connor headed for Amiens in France for a week long exchange where they attended school and embraced all that French culture has to offer.

Day 1

Áine Barry, Róisín Downey, Aoife O’Sullivan and Ms. O’Connor all taught classes on day one about Ireland, our culture and language. A visit was taken to the Cathedral in Amiens today also. Students attended their ‘Welcome Party’ in La Sainte Famille High School located north of Paris later that night.

Day 2

Our students and their exchange partners enjoying the attractions in Asterix Park in Paris.

Day 3: Lunch and Physical Education for our 5th year exchange students in La Sainte Famille High School located north of Paris in Amiens France today.

Day 4

Early start this morning for the 5th year girls and their teachers on the French exchange beginning their journey to explore the sights and culture of Paris today – excitement on the intercity train. What a wonderful city! Journée parfaite.

Day 5

Our 5th Year exchange students exploring the immense history present in Albert, Northern France. World War 1 is a fascinating period of history. Here are some pictures taken in the trenches and the distance termed “no man’s land” where the Battle of the Somme took place.

Day 6

Final night in Amiens, France with our new friends – See you in Ireland in May – A bientôt les amies

French Exchange 2017

Castleisland leads a New Franco-Irish Partnership – Ooh la la!

Presentation Secondary school, Castleisland, recently joined up with the Sainte Famille High School in Amiens in the North of France for a language and cultural exchange programme.  After many months of preparation by the teachers, parents and students on both sides, the programme kicked off on the 5th February when the Irish contingent left the school grounds at 7am on Sunday morning to catch the Cork Paris flight. No sign of tearful farewells to parents, as excitement was the order of the day!  Our French counterparts met us with a welcome banner in Charles de Gaulle airport and that was only the start of the warm welcome we received throughout our stay.  The girls spent the first evening with their exchange partners getting to know each other and their new environment. We were very proud of their adventurous spirit in tasting the new “cuisine” and making the most of this new experience.  Despite the new culinary adventure nobody went hungry during the week! The culture shock began on Monday morning with school starting at 8am and some making the journey by commuter train! The Irish students participated in a variety of classes including Biology, French, English and PE French style which included assessments in step aerobics and Olympic handball. Lunch at the school canteen (a self-service restaurant!) with another 1000 students or so became a much enjoyed social gathering where both nationalities mixed.  However, it wasn`t all work as our hosts ensured we experienced plenty of local culture and heritage with guided visits of Amiens, the city of Lille, the battlegrounds  & museum of the Battle of the Somme (World War 1) and of course the highlight, Paris. Our local guide “Anthony” lead us expertly through the boulevards, cobblestone streets and metro to feast our eyes on the monuments of this wonderful city: the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (and it`s resident pigeons!) and the Louvre Museum.  A leisurely cruise on the Seine finished off the tour where we braved the cool temperatures to make the most of the view. The McDonalds and bowling party on the final evening was a bitter-sweet affair of last minute camaraderie and fun prior to our departure the following morning.

Our students were a credit to their parents, their school and the whole community as their behaviour throughout the entire trip was commendable. They were polite and charming to everyone and most of all, embraced the experience, realising what a wonderful unique opportunity it was to be immersed in the culture of one of our closest European Neighbours. No doubt a new tradition has been established between the two schools. Vive la France!

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