French Visitors

Last Tuesday, we had the pleasure to open our doors to 48 French students for the day.

They enjoyed a variety of classes ranging from PE to Art, English, ICT, DT, History, Languages, Food Technology, Maths and more… Paired in groups of four, all the French students visited four different lessons both in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and even 12! Thanks to the warm welcome from Coombe Dean Staff and students alike, this experience was not only a huge success, but described by our visitors as the “highlight of their stay” in the UK. I would like to take the opportunity to pass on their thanks both to the members of staff who made this possible and the students who have made them feel so welcome.

Special thanks to the PE department who taught our visitors to play Rounders (this game is not known across the Channel). Thank you to the Sports Leaders involved, who were a credit to the school. Mr Wilson showed off his impressive skills in French which helped the students feel more comfortable about learning something new. The written feedback showed a whopping 90% of French students describing their PE taster as their favourite lesson of the day.

The written feedback was overwhelmingly positive. All students loved to experience the British educational system. Most of them were able to explain what they had learnt about in the different subjects they were taught. A few students described the teachers they had been taught by as “well nice”, “so cool”, “kind”… and suggested a swap! If given the chance, 100% would come back again!

How did we establish the link with the College Anita Conti?

About two years ago, Mrs Wolstencroft asked me to see if I could find a French school closer to Plymouth to collaborate with. As I am Breton, and Brittany is on our doorstep, I chose to reach out to my old school in Lorient, the College Anita Conti.

Lorient, like Plymouth, is steeped in history and scarred by war. It is set by the sea, on the south coast of Brittany, about one and half hours from the Port of Roscoff.

Madame Fouillé (English teacher) and Madame Leroy (Maths teacher) were delighted with the prospect of establishing a link with Coombe Dean School, so we started collaborating straight away.

Since last year, we have used the E-twinning platform for Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students to exchange PowerPoint presentations on themselves.

The next step was to organise a visit in the flesh, as it were. Madame Fouillé and Madame Leroy were very keen to have their Year 9s and a few Year 10s enjoy a flavour of British education within our School. It has been absolutely wonderful to see this project come to fruition so beautifully. We were even blessed with sunny weather!

Thank you, once again.

 

M Quentel-Watson

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