The France group has landed at JFK! I will update you once they are on the bus and en route to Farmington with an ETA.
After some early morning, tearful goodbyes between our students and their host families at the Rennes airport, our students boarded their flight on time for Paris. The group changed planes in Paris and boarded Air France flight #6 for JFK. They are currently en route to New York and are scheduled to arrive at JFK at 3:55pm EST. I will update this blog once they have landed.
MPS students attended two English classes this morning with Mme Rhioui. They engaged in discussions with french students about the pros and cons of CCTV’s in both high schools and big cities. They thought of many wonderful ideas and were able to help the French students expand their vocabulary and prepare for their upcoming written exam.
Afterwards, the students had a visit from Mme David, a retired English teacher and longtime friend of the Lycée. We had a very interesting discussion about women in France and women in the US. She told us about her life, including many exchange trips she organized with a group in Minnesota and her work in France.
We are sending out lots of love (picture above from Paris) but now from back in Rennes! The students will have a busy weekend with their host families. Check back soon to see what they are up to and to read some of their reflections from the trip so far.
We are up and moving on our first full day! MPS students gathered this morning at 8am for M Février’s introduction to the school and explanation of rules and expectations. This gathering was followed by a croissant breakfast and welcome from the school’s Vice Principal. He explained how pleased Lycée Saint Martin is to receive students from an American school and reminded the girls how lucky they are to have a wonderful opportunity like this one!
M Février took the students on a guided tour of the school. There are three main buildings: a gym, a cafeteria and a chapel. The school was actually founded as an all boys religious school in the 1820s but became co-ed in the 1960s. Today, there are around 1,400 students and 100 teachers here. We had an interesting discussion about the similarities and differences between the two schools. Some of our students think that they prefer MPS, but others expressed interest in trying out the French school system! Tomorrow, they will have their first class immersion day, so they should get a better sense of what a French class looks like.
Everyone gathered in our base room!
Enjoying les croissants!
Batiment A at the lycée
M Février showing us a French dorm room!
We just finished up lunch at the school cafeteria and are heading out for a walking tour of Rennes!
The group landed in Rennes and were greeted at the airport by Monsieur Fevrier, Director of International Relations at Lycée Saint Martin. They are en route to the school to meet their host sisters and have some late lunch.
The group landed in Paris and is working there way through customs and onto their next flight to Rennes. Though a little tired, everyone is thrilled to be in France and excited to meet their host families in Rennes. Stay tuned!
About to board the flight to Rennes!
The group arrived at JFK with plenty of time to buy dinner and to change their USD into Euros before boarding their Air France flight #11 for Paris. Martha reported that everyone is in great spirits, super excited, and that they can’t wait to embark on their adventure in France!
Their flight is due to arrive in Paris tomorrow, January 7th at 10:55am local time, which will be 4:55am EST tomorrow morning. They will have a quick break to stretch their legs before boarding their Air France flight #7676 to Rennes which will arrive at 1:20pm local time, 7:20am EST. I will update this blog tomorrow morning once the group has arrived in Rennes and met their host families.
We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to Lycée Saint Martin in Rennes, France!
You can expect to receive updates one time a day on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in France will be 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.
We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience in Rennes, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the school. Emailing periodically is a great way to touch base with her without disrupting her engagement in school and other activities. We strongly discourage texting and phone calls for the duration of this cultural immersion.
It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.
Today, Monsieur Fevrier brought the group to visit an oyster farm in Cancale where students learned about the oyster harvesting processes and got to try oysters at the end of their tour of the facility. Later in the day, the group went to visit Mont Saint-Michel where M. Fevrier gave them a private tour of the Benedictine Abbey. We learned about the abbey’s history and enjoy the beautiful sights. After a long and rainy day, the sun finally broke through the clouds and we got see the beautiful mount as we walked to our shuttle bus back home. Tomorrow they are off to Paris for two days before returning Farmington!