French ex­pe­ri­ence that was just ac­tion-packed

ARTHUR SUM­MERS, a year 10 pupil, aged 14, who goes to Che­sham Gram­mar School went on a French Ex­change. He sent us his re­port

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THIRTY-SIX lucky pupils from Che­sham Gram­mar School re­cently set off for France filled with a mix­ture of ex­cite­ment and ner­vous­ness.

For lots of us, this was the first time we had been to stay with another fam­ily that we didn’t know, and so we were all a bit anx­ious.

How­ever, as we got out of the bag­gage col­lec­tion area we were greeted cheer­fully by our French ex­change part­ners who all had bal­loons with our names on them. This washed our fears away and filled us with con­fi­dence as we set off with our fam­i­lies.

For the first cou­ple of days we stayed at home so that we could get to know our fam­i­lies and then on Mon­day we went off to ex­pe­ri­ence French school. Lots of the lessons were quite con­fus­ing be­cause they were in French, how­ever it was very in­ter­est­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a day in a French school.

On Tues­day we went to a city called Ar­les, which was an hour away. Here we saw the Ar­les Am­phithe­atre which was an in­cred­i­ble sight to see.

After that we were given some free time to go and ex­plore the town which meant we had a chance to cool off and re­lax – the weather was hot and sunny – quite a dif­fer­ence.

On the Wed­nes­day we went into Aix en Provence which was the town where we were stay­ing. It was a beau­ti­ful town with tall foun­tains and pretty shops and so, after an

TAK­ING A BREAK: ex­cel­lent tour we were al­lowed to go and ex­plore the town to buy gifts for our fam­i­lies.

The Thurs­day fol­lowed in a sim­i­lar fash­ion. We re­vis­ited Aix en Provence to see the mar­ket and then spent the af­ter­noon with our part­ners in school. Then on the Fri­day we went up to Mar­seille, which is very close to Aix en Provence.

Here we saw a great cathe­dral with dec­o­ra­tive walls and ceil­ings. We ad­mired the out­side of a new mod­ern mu­seum and we walked across a black bridge to a fort. We had a tour of the city and did a lot of walk­ing. As you can prob­a­bly tell this was quite an ac­tion-packed day and so, when we got back to the coaches, we were all ex­hausted.

I re­ally en­joyed my week and if of­fered the op­por­tu­nity again, would most def­i­nitely be will­ing to go.

If you would like to dis­cuss more about how the schools and our pa­per can work closer to­gether then please con­tact com­mu­nity ed­i­tor, Mort Smith, by email at mort.smith@ trin­i­tymir­ TWO schools re­cently worked to­gether to on some work­shops about the Sec­ond World War.

Year two pupils from Elmtree School in Che­sham went along to Thomas Harding Ju­nior School on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 12 to share in work­shops about the war.

The chil­dren made their own pop­pies, us­ing pa­per plates and red tis­sue


Thirty-six pupils from Che­sham Gram­mar School re­cently went on a French ex­change trip to France

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