Caedmon College Whitby news: Students unite with new French friends

French exchange at Caedmon College Whitby
French exchange at Caedmon College Whitby

Last week saw the return of our French partners from Chambery, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Savoie region of France.

Twenty six students from years nine to 13 took part in the exchange and some great friendships were forged during the course of the week.

French exchange at Caedmon College Whitby

French exchange at Caedmon College Whitby

The French students came to stay with us, along with three of their teachers; the students all studied a combination of Music and English.

Spending time living with an English family gave the French students an insight into our culture and lifestyle, as well as improving their grasp of spoken English.

The students spent several days in lessons, experiencing different subjects and Caedmon College Whitby student life. They also enjoyed a trip to Liverpool where they visited the Beatles museum and watched a couple of bands playing at the Cavern Club.

Another highlight was experiencing the Dungeons in York and then the students had some free time with their exchange partners, having sung Acapella in the centre of the city.

A group of six English students got together at the weekend with their partners and went bowling and shopping in Middlesbrough and others, with their hosts, were shown more of Yorkshire.

The week also incorporated our usual music concert at the college, when English and French students, teachers and their host families come together to celebrate the exchange with music and singing.

Caedmon College Whitby students and hosts were split into a few groups and given a couple songs to sing; there was such a variety of talent on both sides of the water and it was great to see how everyone worked together to produce great music.  

The week ended with an early start on Monday at the Scoresby Site to wave off our friends with an emotional farewell.

College students are now looking forward to being reunited with their French exchange partners in March next year, when they make the journey to Chambery.

Any students interested in becoming involved with the exchange programme in the future, either from a music or languages point of view, should contact Mrs Beattie or Mrs Ollerenshaw.