Strong international bond

Teachers and pupils from Waid Academy and Le Coll�ge St Jean-Baptiste.
Teachers and pupils from Waid Academy and Le Coll�ge St Jean-Baptiste.

The bond between Waid Academy and its French twin has deepened as the 25th anniversary of their union approaches.

Nearly 30 pupils from the East Neuk secondary spent a linguistically rewarding week with their exchange families in Bapaume, the town in northern France twinned with Anstruther.

Three teachers accompanied the group, which had increased in size from the previousyear following rave reviews from those who took part in 2013.

A quick turnaround saw the French visitors from Le Collège St Jean Baptiste arrive in the East Neuk one week later.

They make the most of their time with visits to Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, also visiting the Butterfly Farm, as well as more local attractions such as the Scottish Fisheries Museum and May Island.

A celilidh and a disco were also arranged as the French contingent sampled some East Neuk hospitality.

With excitement building over next year’s special anniversary, the young East Neuk Francophiles had begun their visit with a day trip to Paris,

A boat trip down the Seine took in many of the city’s famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel tower and the Louvre, followed by the Tour Montparnasse.

There were visits to the sun-drenched Park Astérix and Arras market, after which the pupils and teachers parted company for the remainder of the weekend, to spend time with their respective host families.

The trip concluded with trips to the the Bêtises de Cambrai sweet factory and First World War battlefields, followed by a disco, a France v Scotland football match at Le Collège St Jean Baptiste, and a guided tour of the Stade de France.

“The impeccable behaviour and kind nature of the Waid pupils was on show until the very end, with fellow passengers stopping to comment on how impressed they were with our group as they maintained the school’s reputation for high standards, set by the many who have taken part in the trip before them,” said a Waid spokesman.

“ It is thanks to pupils such as these that next year will see the 25th year of the trip’s existence.

“Vive L’échange and roll on next year!”