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French Exchange trip to Avignon

The French Exchange trip to Avignon

Fourteen Burgess Hill girls recently returned from the sunny Provence on the return leg of the French Exchange.  After hosting students from Collège Champfleury in October, it was the turn of a group of Year 9 and 10 students along with their teachers to travel to Avignon for a busy week of culture and exploration.

The girls discovered a region steeped in culture and history: we spend a day in the picturesque town of Arles, admiring its roman remains as well as walking in the footsteps of Van Gogh, who painted some of his most famous paintings here.  A quick excursion to the historic fishing village of Les Saintes -Maries- de- la -Mer enabled us to spot some wild white horses and flamingos that make the Camargue famous and the girls also enjoyed a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean. In Avignon it was medieval France we explored with a tour of the Palais des Papes and the famous bridge. Eating ice-creams and a spot of shopping in the charming little lanes was appreciated by all as was the canoeing trip by the Pont du Gard.

The key feature of an exchange is of course staying with a French family and experiencing life in a French school and, while this is not always easy to start with, it can also be the most rewarding part of the trip and the girls certainly embraced the whole experience.

Some tears were shed when it was time to say “Au revoir” and some plans were already being hatched to return to Avignon. In the meantime our Burgess Hill girls left Avignon more confident, having broadened their horizons whilst improving their French.

This is what some of the pupils said when asked about the trip:

“I really enjoyed French exchange, my favourite thing was canoeing, Avignon is really beautiful and the school was very friendly. A great experience!” Olivia H. Year 9

“I visited Avignon with school again and both times were really fun. I would recommend the trip as it is such a good experience and I have made so many new friends that I have kept in touch with.” Izzy C, Year 10.

“It’s such a great experience and it’s so nice to have someone you get on so well with. The canoeing was my favourite part but the shopping is good too. I really recommend this trip and everyone was so sad to leave.”  Ceri D, Year 10.


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