French pupils visit town

Kimberley general views.'The Kimberley School.
Kimberley general views.'The Kimberley School.

Students from France visited The Kimberley School last week.

The 49 students and four teachers from the Collège Ste Marie in Alsace were studying English as a foreign language back at home.

They were paired up with 49 year-nine local students who study French.

In the morning they took part in a variety of cross-curricular activities including baking, drama and PE, and in the afternoon, the French school did a presentation about the area they had come from.

Foreign languages teacher Mrs Panczuk said: “A day like this gives the students the opportunity to use a foreign language as a mean of communication, which is what languages are meant to be.

“Students also have the opportunity to make friends and stay friends thanks to social media, which in this case break up the geographical barriers.

“The cultural side is also an important aspect which enriches students’ understanding of the world.

“Inviting a French school over for the day while on their school trip abroad allows The Kimberley School to offer benefits to students from all backgrounds, not just to those who can afford a residential trip abroad,” added Mrs Panczuk.