Brid School’s French connection

Bridlington Sports College'French Exchange Students and there pen pals have fun at the POD centre'NBFP PA1319-12a'Lucipe Ayot 12, Lauren Milner 15, Pauline Maugard 13, Abigail Suggitt 15
Bridlington Sports College'French Exchange Students and there pen pals have fun at the POD centre'NBFP PA1319-12a'Lucipe Ayot 12, Lauren Milner 15, Pauline Maugard 13, Abigail Suggitt 15

Bridlington School is strengthening its French connections with another visit by pupils from Millau.

Bridlington and Millau have been twinned officially for over 20 years, but the schools’ exchange programme, involving pupils from Years 9 and 10, is a more recent development.

Head of Languages Clare Gardiner said: “There have been links between the towns for a long time but the school link was rejeuventated four year ago.

“25 students from Collège Marcel Ayard come and stay with Bridlington families for a week, and we go back there in June.

“They have been enjoying leisure activities as well as lessons. They’ve done cookery, textiles and music technology, because these are subjects that they don’t do in France, and they’ve played rounders and cricket, which are very English sports. They’ve also been to Flamingoland, and to York, and spent Sunday with the families. It’s going really well, and is a great experience for them.”

“This is the fourth year so there will have been a hundred students travelling here since the project began.”

Pupils Naomi Sigsworth and Euan Macklin both took French students with them to their lessons.

Naomi said: “The French students have been a bit shy in lessons, which you can understand, and some of the teachers have even spoken in French to them.”

They weren’t shy at sports though, Euan said: “My French student Gauthier beat us all at badminton!”

The project not only helps people improve their language skills, it helps build friendships, too. Jasmine Stockdale and Audrey Briane are exchange partners and Audrey is staying at Jasmine’s house.

Jasmine said: “I’ve been wanting to do the exchange since Year 7. It’s been easy to talk to my penfriend – she’s really good at English.”

Demonstrating her fluency, Audrey said: “We are really happy to visit Bridlington. It’s a great town and really interesting.

“My favourite day has been our visit to Flamingoland and my favourite food so far has been the cheese straws we made in Food Technology.”

You can follow the students’ exchange progress on their blog: mibridmillau.over-blog.com