French visitors for Cathkin High
Headteacher in class
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