Oh la la: French students visit Newbridge

Saint Conleth’s Community College welcomed students from College St Jean Brevelay in Southern Brittany recently as part of their French school exchange.

Saint Conleth’s Community College welcomed students from College St Jean Brevelay in Southern Brittany recently as part of their French school exchange.

Twenty one French students and their two teachers arrived on Saturday 24 March for a week long exchange programme.

“The students are staying in the Newbridge students’ homes for the duration of the stay,” said PRO Stephanie McGovern at the start of the programme.

On Monday they visited the Rock of Cashel and the Mitchelstown caves. Tuesday they went see Dublin Castle and the Book of Kells. They had time afterwards for some shopping in Dublin.

“Wednesday the students attended school in the morning and then went Newbridge Silverware followed by a trip and guided tour of the Japanese Gardens and the National stud. Wednesday evening the students were treated to a concert prepared by their Irish counterparts in St Conleth’s.” They also had time to go to Newgrange and Mellifont Abbey followed by an evening at Shelbourne Park.

“There is no greyhound racing in France so the French students are always very interested in this popular Irish sport,” she added. “On the last day the students went to Glendalough and did a tour of the Wicklow Gap, before returning to Newbridge to spend a final evening with their Irish family.The French exchange has been happening every two years for the last 20 years approximately.”

St Conleth’s students will travel to St Jean Brevelay in September.