France

Arras

The French exchange is offered to girls in Years 11 to 13 and is a combined biannual trip with Scots College. The students attend Lycee Baudimont where they study and learn in classes for three weeks to experience a different educational system. They travel to Paris where they are able to see many of the wonderful sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and the Centre Pompidou. In Arras, the students visit places related with World War I and World War II. This visit has huge significance to the Scots College old boys as many of them were war heroes. Any group travelling from New Zealand is very welcome in this area from the Mayor because of this.

"First stop: Paris. On arrival at the airport, it eluded no one as to what the fuss is about in this magnificent city. Lights everywhere, beautiful architecture, busy people crowding the streets, and of course the shops did not fail to attract the attention of every girl on the bus that we hired to take us to the hotel. Dolce and Gabbana, Channel, Louis Vitton - you name it, we saw it, and we hoped like never before that we would be allowed to indulge in a little shopping. The five days spent in Paris involved visits to the Louvre, Notre Dame, the MontMartre, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs d'Ellise and many more of the city's must-sees. Everything was different and much was astonishing. The mere act of walking down the street generally induced awe as we saw the high fashion of the people, the wonderful structuring of a relatively modest building, the delicacy with which a painter paints his surroundings as he sits on the boat shed to the side of the footpath. Above all, the thing that made the most impact on our stay was the people. Friendships were forged between the girls and guys from New Zealand and between the New Zealanders and the Frenchies."

- Hannah Liddell, Year 13