27 French students stayed with families in Newcastle for a week on the second leg of the exchange visit. 14 girls aged between 11 and 15 years old and six boys aged between 15 and 16 years old were billeted with families from Newcastle High and St Cuthbert’s to give them the full experience of English family life.
The exchange has come about after links were established between Newcastle and Nancy by Newcastle City Council leader, Councillor Nick Forbes and the Mayor of Nancy at an international town-twinning event in July 2015.
To welcome the French school visitors to the city, Newcastle’s Mayor Councillor Hazel Stephenson held a reception at the Civic Centre in Newcastle, providing a tour of the ceremonial rooms which display all the artefacts that have been presented to Newcastle over its 800 years as a mayoralty, an anniversary that is being celebrated this year, 2017.
The students then enjoyed a walking tour of Newcastle City centre before leaving for a week-long programme of events, activities and sight seeing including trips to Beamish Museum and time spent in the classroom at both schools.
This is the second leg of the exchange visit – the Newcastle pupils travelled to Nancy, France in December spending a week before Christmas.  The exchange visit is the latest in a series of language activities and collaboration between the two Newcastle schools coordinated by our Modern Foreign Languages Department. A series of master classes have been arranged for students preparing for A Level Languages, as well as support and help for St Cuthbert’s as they coordinate primary language sessions for their feeder primary schools in July.

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