French exchange visit to BSix
From the 24th to the 26th March 2014, 25 enthusiastic students from Lycee Salvador Allende School in Normandy, France, visited BSix College for two action-packed days of cultural exchange.
In true British style, our French guests were welcomed with tea, biscuits, and a chorus of friendly "Bonjours!" They were then whisked away by our dedicated student ambassadors on a tour of the college. The visitors and their teachers praised the harmonious diversity they witnessed and stated that 'the plurality of culture' at BSix is 'amazing'. Our visitors were also very impressed by the wide range of extra-curricular activities and modern facilities available to BSix students. Later in the day, they got to know our students better through a series of icebreakers, games and one-to-one interviews. All the students involved found that they had lots in common, including a keen interest in popular TV show, Game of Thrones and global music and dance craze, K-Pop! It was interesting to also see students make some particularly nuanced observations about subtle differences between British and French culture.
After lunch, our Salvador Allende guests continued their foray into the British education system by attending a variety of lessons across the college. From Chemistry to Sociology students were warmly welcomed by our experienced teachers to take part in a number of activities including presentations and lively groups discussions with BSix students. The 'very interactive' lessons were well received by our French guests who also said that they enjoyed that they 'could participate a lot more than in France' and learn about new subjects like psychology.
On day two, our French visitors were invited to attend the Politics society, to give them a taste of the learning that goes on beyond the classroom here at BSix. The topic of debate was 'Key problems facing young people in Britain and France'. After a slightly timid start, conversations erupted and it soon became clear that both the French and British students, were somewhat united in their concerns about housing, education, gentrification and political disillusionment. All the students involved seemed to benefit from the presence of a fresh perspective.
The visit concluded with a fascinating lecture on Ancient Greek Oracles by our very own Dr Crystal Addey (East End Classics Centre Coordinator). The students said that they found it 'very interesting' and asked lots of question afterwards. We are pleased that the visit was so successful and hope that our guests had fun. Our students have certainly learned a lot and have even been inspired to arrange a trip to visit their peers at the Lycee Salvador Allende School. Watch this space.