french exchange

The Exchange Programme between Schull Community College and College La Sine in Vence, near Nice in the South of France has been operating since 2005.  The well-established link between our two schools and communities has led to many friendships between students and families. 

As part of the Exchange Programme approximately 20 students travel to France for a week in March or April.  They spend a week with their French Exchange partner experiencing French family life and sampling the culture.  Students from Schull also go on excursions during the course of the Exchange to see some of what the beautiful French Riviera has to offer.  In the past destinations have included  Cannes,  Monaco, Nice and the beautiful  village of St. Paul de Vence to name but a few.  Each year students particularly enjoy their visit to the Accrobranche activity park where their endurance and tree climbing skills are put to the test. 

On their return visit during the month of May students from College La Sine spend a week in the homes of their ‘correspondants’ in Schull and surrounding areas experiencing some true West Cork hospitality.    In recent years the French students were accompanied by their Irish partners on trips to Mizen Head and Killarney. French students also enjoyed a visit to Lough Hyne and Skibberen Heritage Centre to learn about some local history.  The highlight of their week is certainly a day spent sailing, even if temperatures are a little cooler than those which they are used to at home!

The French Exchange Programme continues to be a very positive experience for students and their families, both culturally and linguistically.