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France Comes to EDHS

UGDSB has a partnership with the school district in France, Clermont-Ferrand. Each high school involved in the partnership has a contact teacher and the idea is to foster a global perspective between staff and students. This could potentially happen in many forms and in a variety of curriculum areas. Teachers in France are highly interested in our education system and are fortunate to have funding  that allows them to travel to Upper Grand. This is quite exceptional.

A group of three teachers visited our board from Clermont-Ferrand in France from October 24 – November 1, 2017. Being able to see the school, and meet students and staff face-to-face gave the teachers in France a real look at what school is like here.

The teachers who visited, and their schools and towns:

Mme Claire Détuy Lycée Jeanne d’Arc, Clermont-Ferrand
Mme Elizabeth Bouvet-Guillot Collège Le Monteil, Le Monistrol
Monsieur  William Grollet Lycée Pierre Joel Bonté, Riom

While here, they also spent time at EPS, GCVI, WHSS, CDDHS and ODSS, as well as two different FSL teacher workshops.

This initiative supports the Ministry’s goals in the FSL 3 year plan, particularly goals 1 and 3.

Goals of the FSL 3 year Plan:

  1. To increase student confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL;
  2. To increase the percentage of students studying FSL until graduation;
  3. To increase student, educator, parent and community engagement in FSL.


Student Articles About the Experience

La visite des  Professeurs de la France

Last Wednesday we had some visitors down in Mrs. Schilling’s french class: Mme Détruy, Mme Guillot-Bouvet and M. Grollet. They flew 8 hours from France to talk to us about how schooling in France works. I thought that it was really interesting how different their schools are from how our schools are. In France there are different high schools for each of the students individual interests. For example… If you want to pursue a career as a Musician they have a separate high school just for band. It is very common for students who live far from the school to stay in the school dormitory. The students have 8 subjects a day usually from 8:30am to 4:30pm or as even as late as 6:00pm. Right after school they have about 3 hours of homework and only a little bit of TV time (or ‘free time’) before dinner. On weekends is the only time you really get actual free time because in France they don’t hold their sport events on the weekends. Instead they have only half a day of school on Wednesdays,  and then after lunch for the rest of the day they have their sporting events.

“It was just a great experience getting to learn about France and the schools over there!”

– Nate Grist, student

We were all surprised by some of the things they told us. One of our students asked, “Is your water Canadian?” The answer is no, all water is the same. All of us just had a lot of fun, mostly for me because I could understand most of the things that they were saying. We were all very thankful that the professors could spare some time to come visit us and we would all like to say thank-you from Mme Schilling’s class.

~ Hope Bargis, grade 9 student, EDHS


A Great Learning Experience

Last week we had français Professors come to our class from France. It was amazing. I learned a lot,  like how to speak more French and how to understand it, and I listened and learned what music they listen to and it is not really similar to our music. I learned how different our classes are from theirs and they have a lot more classes than us. They loved Canadian maple cookies, which are personally my favorite. It was a great learning experience and a once in a lifetime moment.

~ Jet Burrows, grade 9 student, EDHS


Les professeurs visitent la classe de français


Les professeurs sont arrivés mercredi et jeudi. Les noms des professeurs est Mme Détruy, Mme Guillot-Bouvet et M. Grollet.  It was nice to have them in our class to experience the different French in our class.

For most of us it was a bit difficult at first to understand what they were saying because of the accent and how fast they talked. It was also nice to have them in our class because there was more than one teacher who could help us and answer our questions.

What we learned about France was that the schedule is different than ours; for example, they don’t have semesters, they have all their classes in one long semester. They also have a lot more classes. On Wednesday afternoons they don’t have classes so they can catch up on homework and play sports. What we taught/showed them about Canada: We told them we had the year divided into two semesters and only had four classes a day, we gave them maple cookies to try, and told them how cold winter was.

Overall it was good to have them in our class because we learned more about France. It was nice that we could use and learn more French when they were here.

~Zack Rogers and Teagan Eagles-Wilson, grade 9 students, EDHS