The first leg of the French Exchange took place before the Easter holidays, 19th-23rd March 2018. Nineteen students from Lycee L’Oiselet, Bourgoin-Jalieu, visited and were hosted by Academy French students from Form IV to MVI. The French students enjoyed a jam-packed week of outings around Belfast, where they visited Titanic Belfast, Queen’s University, Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, Crumlin Road Gaol and the Murals, as well as a day trip to the North Coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in the rain!
This was the first French Exchange trip alongside the International School Award and it was a huge success; all our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet and host a real French person, as was evident in the tears that were shed as we waved the coach off on Friday morning. We will be completing the return trip to Bourgoin Jallieu in October 2018 and the students are already looking forward to it!