1st April 2015
Writing: Alejandro Ortega (Year 10)
Editing: Niall Jones (Year 12)
Marseille was the Easter holiday destination for 32 DCGS students in Years 8 to 10 participating in the Junior French Exchange. The week-long break was not just a chance to relax in the warm Mediterranean weather, it was also an opportunity to improve French speaking and listening skills. It was an early first day for the students, who were required to be at school at 5:15 in the morning in order to catch the flight to Marseille. Despite a minor setback when one student misplaced his passport, the outward trip went well and everyone met their exchange families by the designated time of 12 O’clock.
There was never a dull moment for the students, who had the opportunity to visit many local attractions, towns and villages, including a trip to the beautiful seaside locations of Sanary and Cassis; the Pont du Gard aqueduct which was vital in supporting the many factories in the region; the mountainous Baux-de-Provence region; and, a favourite of the students, the Haribo factory, where they were able to learn about the processes and ingredients involved in the creation of the sweets.
During the weekends and evenings, students were treated to a variety of activities with their host families, such as meals at the Hard Rock Café, bowling, Lazer Tag, la Cathedrale Notre Dame du Garde and various sporting activities.
Everyone really enjoyed their time in Marseille, in particular the food and the fun time they had visiting sights with their host families - hopefully their language skills improved along the way! Many thanks to the teachers who gave up their free time to come along, especially visit leader Mrs Keen, without whom this amazing trip would not have been possible.