French exchange visit is a success

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A GROUP of French students from Lycee Frederic Ozanam enjoyed a fun-filled visit to the Blue Toon last week while they were taking part in an exchange with Peterhead Academy.

The main event for the visit was the musical concert performed by both the French and Scottish students on Thursday entitled ‘Moments Musicaux’.

Both the French students and their hosts paid a visit to the sights of Aberdeenshire during the week, including a trip to the Bullers o’ Buchan, the Scottish Lighthouse Museum and Pennan, as well as a visit to the council chambers at Arbuthnot House.

The students also attended the Aberdeenshire Schools Orchestra concert where some of the Peterhead Academy pupils took part.

One of the hosts was Head Girl Fiona Mclachlan who thoroughly enjoyed showing the French students some of the sights.

“Taking them out to Pennan was really fun they all took heaps of photos of the red phone box, and when we went to Fraserburgh beach we ran up and down the dunes, they don’t live near the coast so they really enjoyed it,” said Fiona.

“The French students have also been carrying out interviews with us to look at the differences between our schools, for example they have no such thing as prefects in Macon so they have a totally different set up from us.

“We also learned that they don’t have a music department, so all the instruments they play and performed on at the concert are purely extra curricular activities they have.”

French teacher, Madame Sophie Durville, said: “It’s been very interesting for the French students and as always, the school and families have been so friendly and very welcoming.”

Student, Marie Bouteloup added: “I’ve really liked meeting and speaking to the families to find out about their culture, I’m looking forward to when the Peterhead students come out to see us in Macon.”

The exchange was a huge success and the Peterhead pupils are looking forward to their trip to Macon.

Depute headteacher Michael Doig said: ““This has proved to be another highly successful exchange, culminating with the concert in the Community Theatre on Thursday evening. Although we have enjoyed 12 exchanges with the Lycee Frederic Ozanam since 1996, this is the first time that pupils from both schools have participated in a musical event.

“Not only did the pupils perform on stage, they also participated in a project entitled ‘The All-Inclusive School’ and visited many places of interest in the North-east including Pennan, Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh, the Bullars o’ Buchan and Slains Castle as part of the cultural element of the exchange.

“Peterhead Academy is always a popular choice with students from Macon and they always appreciate the hospitality afforded to them by the people of Peterhead and the North-East.

“The Peterhead students are looking forward to the return leg of the exchange between June 15 and 22 when they will be performing on stage during the city’s International Music Festival”.