StM Community Hosts French Students for Cultural Exchange

StM Community Hosts French Students for Cultural Exchange
The St. Martin’s community recently welcomed students from Lycée Beaumont in Rendon, a small town in the Brittany region of northwest France. Twenty-six students and three teachers traveled to Louisiana to experience our culture. The students are all high school juniors, and many are in the European Section of their school. As part of their schooling, the students take some content courses in English.

The visitors spent three days on campus attending classes and went on field trips the other days. During their stay, French science teacher Sébastien Philippeau collaborated on a biology project with Upper School biology teacher Stacy Richards. The French students presented to StM students about various topics, and spent a day discussing Breton culture with Upper School French students in The Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design. The Saints learned dances in the round, and all the students danced to Breton music together.

During off-campus outings, the group visited the French Quarter, Garden District, Laura Plantation, and State Capitol, and took a swamp tour. The French guests also attended a Pelicans game with their host families and enjoyed a Cajun dinner and dancing at Mulate's, thanks to the Christina family.

The exchange is organized by the French department. Having StM students meet, interact, and speak with native speakers is an integral part of St. Martin’s world languages program. This is the second year that StM has participated in the exchange. Students from Lycée Beaumont visited St. Martin’s in 2017, and a return visit is planned for 2021.

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