Students from 6 high schools immerse themselves in French culture and language
February 20, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – Students enrolled in Core French and French Immersion classes spent four days immersing themselves in French culture and language this winter.
From February 10-13, students and staff enjoyed the UGDSB’s annual trip to the small town of St Donat, Quebec.
This year, 37 students from Centennial CVI, Centre Wellington DHS, Erin DHS, Guelph CVI, Orangeville DSS and Wellington Heights SS took part in this unique immersion experience. Teacher chaperons were Mme Christina Schilling, Mme Teresa Katerberg, Mme Stephanie Severn and M. Mason Reid.
For four days, the students were led in French by qualified “Moniteurs,” engaging in activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating on a 2 km track through the woods and taking ski or snowboarding lessons at nearby Mont Garceau. Along with the outdoor activities, students took part in a number of workshops including music and percussion, ecology, a scavenger hunt through town and an evening talent show.
The response to the trip continues to be extremely positive, with students and parents saying that the experience made students more confident in their abilities to speak and understand the French language. The trip has also been a great way for students in different schools to build friendships.
The annual trip to St Donat is open to all students in Core French and French Immersion in the UGDSB.