As in every month of March, some of our secondary students go to Kingswood College in the city of Bath in England where they reunite with their British exchange friends.
Like in the previous years no one was left indifferent. We went to school like any boarder would and so were able to appreciate the differences between a typical English secondary boarding school and ours.
As well as going to school, we travelled to cities in the surrounding areas like Oxford where we were able to enter Christ Church, one of the colleges of Oxford University and visit its dining hall which inspired Harry Potter film makers to build its replica. Another day we visited the city of Bath known for its Roman-built baths, for its Georgian architecture and as the residence of Jane Austen for a few years. We also went to Cardiff the capital of Wales where we visited Cardiff Castle built by the Romans, extended later by the Normans and at one time property of the Tudors. Then we did a tour of the city to see the main emblematic touristic spots. Finally, we went on an interesting tour all over the centre of the multicultural city of Bristol where there were many interesting street art works by the famous British artist Banksy.
Our students forged their relationships with their British friends, made new ones too and are already planning to go back to see them when the possibility arises. It is very gratifying to observe the level of satisfaction that this activity has generated in our pupils and teachers.
Student Exchange Programs immensely foment and encourage interest in foreign languages and other cultures and as such we will happily continue to arrange and organise more of them in the foreseeable future.