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French Exchange 2017 – June 2017

June 20, 2017

French Exchange 2017

This is the fifteenth year of the French exchange for Ballard and Highcliffe Schools.

Our four Ballard pupils are in Maine-et-Loire where the temperatures have been reaching 35-37°C in the day.

The exchange allows pupils to experience life living with their French exchange students, life within a French school as well as opportunities to explore the town and sites.

Weekend get-togethers

French exchange picnic weekend

Enjoying the hot weather with a picnic – meeting the exchange families

The weekend was spent getting to know their exchange families. One such event organised was a picnic – gladly there was shade as temperatures soared to 34°C! Everyone really enjoyed spending time chatting in the shade.


On Monday pupils went into French & Physics classes and will also be in classes on Wednesday morning.

Ballard French Exchange France 2017

In front of our partner school on Chôlet

Seeking out treasure despite the heat

On Monday pupils were involved in a Treasure Hunt around Cholet and despite the heat (much sun cream applied and ice-cream consumed) they worked their way around town finding answers to clues. The groups were organised so that two English and one French pupil worked together.

French exchange treasure hunt

Resting in the shade after a Treasure Hunt around the town

Tuesday brings more opportunities

Today our group are off to Saumur with their Exchange partners for a triple visit: a vineyard, the medieval town and castle, and the “village troglodyte” of Roche Meunier, with its caves full of mushrooms and sparkling wine!

Gladly it should be nice and cool, which is ideal in these temperatures! France has declared “Alerte Orange” in 3/4 of the départements, today.

Ballard School French exchange vineyard

Ready to learn about sparkling wine production in the Gratien & Meyer in Saumur vineyard tour

For more from our our Modern Foreign Languages department, please visit our MFL page on our website.

Flashback to 2015 with this post!

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.


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