French visi­tors for Cathkin High

Head­teacher in class

Rutherglen Reformer - - Cathkin Reformer -

As part of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s link with Reims in France, Cathkin High School was host to a French head­teacher from the Col­lège Per­rot d’Ablan­court in Châlons en Cham­pagne.

Mon­sieur Al­lal Za­cour (prin­ci­pal ad­joint) was part of a group of French teach­ers, man­agers and in­spec­tors, who were on a three day ex­change to find out about ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems in Scot­land and im­prove links be­tween Scot­land and France.

Dur­ing his visit to Cathkin, he was driven around the lo­cal com­mu­nity, given a tour of the school in French and he met with Cathkin head teacher Anne Marie McNair and mem­bers of the se­nior man­age­ment­team to dis­cuss sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween the two schools.

He also vis­ited classes and par­tic­i­pated in lessons in mod­ern lan­guages and maths (his for­mer sub­ject), talk­ing to the pupils in French and in English.

One of the dif­fer­ences is that pupils at the Col­lège Per­rot d’Ablan­court do not study cook­ing or hos­pi­tal­ity in any form, so he en­joyed see­ing those lessons and said that he would re­mem­ber the smell of curry in the hall­ways of the school, as the S4 pupils pre­pared Thai chicken curry.

This was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for pupils to com­mu­ni­cate ‘for real’ with a French per­son and hear about life in a French high school, but it was also a chance for the mod­ern lan­guages teach­ers to con­verse in French about cur­rent is­sues in ed­u­ca­tion.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the in­ter­ac­tive soft­ware Cathkin re­cently pur­chased through the mod­ern lan­guages 1+2 Fund­ing is set in the town of Châlons en Cham­pagne!

The staff are re­ally keen for the pupils to start com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other by email and in the fu­ture it would be great if pupils from Cathkin High could vis- it the school in France.

Mon­sieur Al­lal said af­ter his visit: “It is now clear that we share the same is­sues - so­cial mix­ing, strong will to have our pupils suc­ceed, help­ing them to over­come their dif­fi­cul­ties - and de­vel­op­ing ex­changes be­tween our two schools can only be prof­itable to ev­ery­one.

“As some of your pupils, who were pre­par­ing for their French Higher Talk, took the op­por­tu­nity to tell me, ‘Learn­ing for­eign lan­guages brings peo­ple to­gether’. ”

Visi­tor French head teacher Al­lal Za­cour helps some S1 pupils with their maths

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