HEYWOOD Community College last week said goodbye to the French students who departed Ireland at the end of the return leg of the school’s exchange programme.
Some 30 French students came from Lattes, Montpellier in southern France. The students arrived late on the evening of Wednesday, March 14 and spent the night with their host families.
On Thursday, they had their first day at school travelling with their host students. Along with the normal classes, they also had an Irish Dance Workshop in the afternoon, which generated great interest and hilarity.
They were fortunate to be in the country for St Patrick’s Day and took full part in all the events and activities associated with that day. The trip also included a visit to Kilkenny Castle, as well as Bunratty to visit the castle and the folk park.
The students were impressed with the discipline in the school and with the respect the students showed their teachers. They adjusted to the shorter classes (theirs are an hour long at least) and the shorter lunch breaks, and were quite intrigued with the uniforms compared to their own “school uniform” of jeans and tops. They also commented on the differences between the schools as when sunshine appears, as it did for their trip here, as they tend to walk to the nearby beach.