Sunday, July 21, 2024

Convent students enjoy entente cordiale

ON the 7th of June, 21 pupils from Grays Convent High School left College Avenue with Mrs Kyndt, Miss Clarissou and Miss Dubois. After crossing the Channel, they were welcomed by their pen friends who came to visit them in England in March.

Both French and English pupils had time to catch up and enjoy a day in Bayeux where they visited the World Heritage Bayeux Tapestry. As part of a joint project following the path of William the Conqueror, they drew the missing part of the Tapestry, the coronation. About this first day, Kelechi, year 7 pupil said:

“It was really exciting and a really good experience, I also got to see how it really looked like”. Ayesha echoed “The Bayeux Tapestry had much detail on it and going to see it was a dream comes true because I have always wanted to see it”.

Over the weekend, our pupils enjoyed living with their French family who had organised many activities for them: a visit to Paris, shopping, bowling, swimming…

On Monday, the English group went to Arromanches and the D-Day Landings beaches. Elizabeth said “I liked visiting the American cemetery because it was beautiful but made me sad about how many people had died, women and men. They sacrificed their lives for freedom. Hearing the guide explain it was very fascinating.”

This exchange has been a success as Tatum said “my favourite thing was living with my pen friends’ family because it was a new experience. I liked living with a French family; I understand more French and would love to do it again.”

We are now looking forward to organising the fifth exchange between Ouistreham and Grays.

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