St. Mary’s School (I.C.S.E) had organized a Student Exchange Program with the Lycee Jean Paul II ,School in Brittany, France between April and November, 2019. It was enriching for both schools.
As part of the program, 12 students of grades 9 and 10 from St. Mary’s School (ICSE), accompanied by a teacher, visited Brittany from 29th April to 7th May, 2019.Each of the boys was hosted by the French families of students of Lycee Jean Paul II, school, during their stay. The students of St. Mary’s were not only able to enjoy the hospitality of the French families but also able to get an insight into French culture and cuisine. The families took the children out on weekends to various beautiful sights in Brittany. The students also attended Lycee Jean Paul II school, for a few days and engaged in interesting activities with the French students. On their way back to India, the students visited the beautiful city of Paris.
In order to reciprocate their visit, 13 French students from Lycee Jean Paul II School accompanied by 2 teachers, visited Mumbai from 26th October to 6th November, 2019.They were hosted by the families of the students who had visited France earlier in the year. The French students took part in the Diwali celebrations with the host families. They burst crackers and tasted traditional home-made sweets and savories. The French students along with the boys of St. Mary’s, who were a part of the Student Exchange program visited Agra from 29th October to 31st October, 2019.After coming back to Mumbai, the French students spent time with the host families to imbibe Indian culture and traditions. The French and Indian students were taken to visit the Headquarters of the Mumbai Police at Colaba where they were addressed by the Director –General of Police. They were also served sumptuous snacks. The French students attended a few classes in St. Mary’s School and took part in a cultural program which highlighted the history of the two great Republics of France and India. The French students and the Indian students jointly put up a dance in the school auditorium. The program ended with the playing of the French and the Indian National Anthems. In the evening a get together was organized hosted in St. Mary’s School which was attended by the French students and teachers and the Indian students and their families, the Principal of St. Mary’s School, Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy and management of St. Mary’s School. The Consul General of France, Ms. Sonia Barbry was invited as Chief Guest for the Dinner. In her address, she spoke about the need of communication in the modern world and highlighted that such Student Exchange Programs will go a long way in breaking barriers and bringing the world closer.
Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy, S.J.