Twenty two Roscommon students- ten boys and twelve girls and two teachers – Mrs. Monica Leamy and Mrs. Eimear O’Connor – set off recently on the second part of their French exchange with Lycée L’Oiselet in Bourgoin Jallieu. This is our third exchange with this school and we are delighted that this year our neighbouring school the Convent of Mercy participated in the exchange with us.
After a very comfortable flight we arrived at Lycée L’Oiselet and were given a very warm welcome by the host families . The Irish students spent the evening with their host families. The following morning, we all met at Lycée L’Oiselet, and were treated to a delicious French breakfast “on pot d’acceuil”provided by the school. After this the students participated in a “jeu –visite du lycéé” . This was a game called “Mission Impossible”. Students were given clues in French and had to find information about the school. They had to interrogate students, teachers, administration staff to find the answers –all through French. Not only did this game help improve their oral French it also helped them to get to know the school. In the afternoon the Irish Students participated in a “Quiz au Supermarché” – another great way for them to improve their oral , reading and comprehensions skills. All of this was organised by the French Mme Valérie Gillier. The next morning was spent orienteering in a beautiful area outside Bourgoin Jallieu called L’étang de Rosières, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
As well as daily trips, the Irish students attended classes in France too and discovered that all classes last at least one hour – sometimes two. School begins at 8am and finishes at 5pm sometimes 6pm. They were exhausted at the end of the day and now realise the Irish system is not too bad after all!!
The weekend was spent with their host families where students experienced the French way of life and got the opportunity to practise their French.The following week involved a team building day in Grenoble. Students worked in groups (French and Irish) and used clues to try and diffuse a ‘bomb’.
On the day of the students’ departure, there were lots of tears and sad goodbyes at St Exupéry airport after what was an absolutely fantastic exchange. It really was an unforgettable experience.The success of the exchange was due to the hard work of the teachers involved Mme Gillier, M Bertrand,Mrs. Eimear O’Connor and Mrs. Monica Leamy and also due to the students who participated in it. They were fantastic . Merci a tous !