An ex­change of cul­ture

South Western Times - - News - Ash­wini Saseedaran

BUN­BURY Cathe­dral Gram­mar School of­fers a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties to its stu­dents in­clud­ing the La Re­u­nion Stu­dent Ex­change pro­gram.

The re­cip­ro­cal ex­change is a multi-faceted learn­ing pro­gram where stu­dents from Re­u­nion Is­land and Western Aus­tralia are matched and host each other to im­merse them­selves in an­other lan­guage and cul­ture.

Stu­dents share cul­tural back­grounds, learn dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties and cre­ate av­enues for self-growth and un­der­stand­ing of oth­ers.

School head of lan­guages Debra Tun­ning­ton said the pro­gram was pop­u­lar among stu­dents study­ing French.

“Not only do stu­dents im­prove their French, they are able to ex­pe­ri­ence blended and var­ied cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties that ex­ist there, from Cre­ole to In­dian, Chi­nese, African and French,” Mrs Tun­ning­ton said.

Year 12 stu­dent Me­ha­lah Ward, who re­cently re­turned from this trip of a life­time to Re­u­nion Is­land, told the South Western

Times the ex­pe­ri­ence had boosted her con­fi­dence.

“I’ve learnt to push my­self out there and into sit­u­a­tions where I don’t nec­es­sar­ily feel com­fort­able,” Me­ha­lah said.

“I’ve made re­ally good friends. I have all of their Snapchats!”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar Year 12 stu­dent Me­ha­lah Ward has re­turned from an ex­change stu­dent trip to Re­u­nion Is­land.

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