French Exchange Excursion

Our last French exchange excursion took us to the city, almost where we started in the first week of their time in Australia. This time, we visited the State Library of Victoria. This impressive building was recently renovated and, not only offers a wide range of books, but also presents paintings and artifacts retracing Melbourne's history. We started with the paintings and students were amazed to observe the development of the city between 1836 and 1905. Then, we took time to sit in the old reading room absorbing its special atmosphere.

The last leg of our visit took us to the history gallery where students discovered Ned Kelly’s famous body armor and many other testimonies of Victoria’s past. After a quick game of giant chess party in the front of the library, students were given the afternoon to enjoy Melbourne and do some last minute shopping for souvenirs.

The students will fly back to France this Saturday, bringing an end to the six weeks spent in Melbourne, but this is not the end of the exchange experience. Strong friendships have been formed and the students and family will remain in contact over the coming five weeks until McKinnon's trip to France in November.

Check out our photo gallery: