A valentine disco, a trip to Stonehenge and a treasure hunt are just a snapshot of what goes on with the French exchange.

As you know, language exchanges are a well-established tradition at Warminster School. The whole school community are involved – from teachers who welcome guest pupils into their lessons to the catering staff who cater for an extra group!

This time, the French group from the Collège Elisée Mousnier in Cognac came with 28 pupils (yes, really!) to stay with families or in the boarding houses and to experience the British lifestyle there and at school. Mrs Coldwell organised a well-rounded programme for our visitors. Amongst our traditional trips to Bath and Stonehenge, the pupils were fortunate enough to spend their time with activities like cooking with Mrs Rodriguez in the school kitchen, doing a treasure hunt around the campus and town or doing interviews that they recorded in their Warminster School booklet.

A highlight of the week was also that three of our French visitors had their shining moment on our very own radio station 1707 Radio whilst some other pupils made their appearance in the Prep School assembly and assisted the children who recited the winning poems from the poetry competition by reciting their own poems to them. On Saturday evening, both the French pupils and their English counterparts got invited to a Valentine’s Disco and we are very grateful to Mr Robertson for providing us with some good tunes!

That fact that not only our Year 10 French-learning pupils but other pupils in Year 10 got involved with the exchange as well, for example by making new friendships in the boarding house or buddying someone French during the school day, is proof of the success of our exchange programmes for the Warminster School community.

Barbara Berrisford​, Housemistress Stratton House, German Teacher