French students continue tradition
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.