Thirteen French students and one teacher recently arrived in Youghal as part of an exchange with Pobalscoil na Tríonóide. The partner school is called Lycée Francois Magendie and is based in the city of Bordeaux in France. The students and their teacher stayed in Youghal for 8 days and attended classes in Pobalscoil during the week. This is the only language exchange of its kind in Pobalscoil and is now in its second year after a successful launch in 2017.
The exchange students also participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. These ranged from a walking tour of historic Youghal town including the Clock Gate Tower and St. Marys Collegiate Church, a boat trip to Spike Island and a visit to Cobh Heritage Centre, a visit to Crawford Art Gallery and a guided tour of Cork city, a cinema trip and the French students even tried a poc fada, a ceili and a hearty Irish Stew as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge!
Each French student was matched with their Irish counterpart and a host family and stayed with them for the duration of the exchange. This is a superb cultural opportunity for everyone to make lifelong friends, practise speaking French and English, learn about Irish culture and of course have fun. The exchange had huge educational value and was highly rewarding for all students.
The Irish students will travel to France in October and enjoy 8 days with their partners and attend school in Bordeaux. Vive la Francophonie!