French stu­dents con­tinue tra­di­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Dun­stan High School’s French stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme is grow­ing from strength to strength with five stu­dents ar­riv­ing in Cen­tral Otago last week to im­merse them­selves in New Zealand cul­ture. Head of French teacher Verna Mor­ris said the ex­change with schools in France was in it sev­enth year. ‘‘We be­gan by ex­chang­ing with the Lyce´ e Jeanne d’Arc in Ar­gen­tat, a town of about 5000 in the cen­tral south of France. ‘‘Next we added an ex­change with the Lyce´ e Jules Verne in Chaˆ teau-Thierry, a town of about 15,000 an hour to the north-east of Paris. This year we have also linked up with the Lyce´ e Jean Jaure`s in Mont­pel­lier, a city of around 500,000 in the south of France.’’ On Thurs­day the stu­dents, who had ar­rived from all three ar­eas, spent time with their host sib­lings, tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties around Cromwell. First they took part in a scav­enger hunt, be­fore hav­ing a lunch in front of a log fire and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a paint­ball game. Dun­stan stu­dents in­volved in the ex­change pro­gramme would spend about six weeks in France at the end of the year. Mrs Mor­ris said stu­dents trav­elled at the end of year 12 so they could ben­e­fit from their ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing their stud­ies in the fi­nal year of school. ‘‘They have bet­ter lan­guage, more flu­ent speak­ing and a greater un­der­stand­ing of the cul­tural dif­fer­ences’’, she said.

Lat­est ar­rivals: French ex­change stu­dents Tan­guy La­gache, Maxime Lehman, Caro­line Paris, Chloe Tran­chant and Julie Sueur ar­rived in Cen­tral Otago last week as part of the sev­enth Dun­stan High School French ex­change.

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