French Exchange Program

The first stage of the French Exchange program where McKinnon students and their families host a French student took place for three and a half weeks in June/July. This year, 16 McKinnon students are involved in the program and were excellent hosts during the French students' stay.

The French kids arrived in the evening of the 8th of June. They then had a whole week to settle in and get to know their exchange partner, friends, family and local neighbourhood. The McKinnon students and families were very generous hosts, enabling the French kids to see lots of different parts of Melbourne, Victoria and even Australia.

Then, there were two weeks at school. This included four excursions: Point Nepean, Puffing Billy and the Dandenongs and two days in the city visiting the State Library, Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Skydeck, Southbank precinct, Ian Potter Gallery and the lanes and streets of the CBD. 

When at school, the French kids wore McKinnon uniforms (which was a strange experience as there are not uniforms in French schools) and took part in lessons with their partners. They also helped out in other French classes.  The students in Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 also had the benefit of getting to know these French kids, learning about French culture and interacting with them.  Some very generous teachers gave up their time to teach the French kids about particular aspects of Australian culture. 

It was a fantastic and very busy three and a half weeks. The McKinnon students (and teachers!) now can't wait to get to France at the end of the year.

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