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French exchange opportunity for Form 7 and Year 1

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Dear Form 6 and Form 7 parents,

During the 1985-86 school year, the Prep French department organized an exchange between Ben Carver, a Remove (now called Year 1) student, and Gregor Schultz, a student from La Source, a private school in Meudon, just west of Paris. Ben spent the fall term in France, where he thoroughly enjoyed the educational experience at La Source and his stay with the Schultz family. As a result, his command of the French language improved dramatically. Gregor came to Toronto and stayed with the Carver family during the spring term. He settled in nicely with Ben’s class, enjoyed our games program and, by the end of the term, his English had improved substantially.

Since then, UCC and La Source have arranged exchanges each year for one to five students. This year, Adam Steiner (in Year 1) spent five weeks at La Source in the first term. His exchange partner will stay with his family and attend the Upper School after the March break. Adam will be speaking to the Form 6 and 7 students at this Friday’s assembly about his exchange experience.

A French exchange with La Source would provide a wonderful opportunity for a boy who is coping comfortably with the academic work, who has shown an ability and interest in the French language and who can adapt to a new environment without too much difficulty. In the past, both students fluent in French and core French students have participated in this exchange and benefited greatly from the experience. The application process includes completion of a student and parent questionnaire, a student interview, input from the candidate’s teachers and an interview in the parents’ home.

Please have your son write to Ms. Lo by Friday, Feb. 20 if you’d be interested in your son participating in the exchange next year. Parents pay their son’s travel expenses from Toronto to Paris and back; there’s no charge at the school except for the usual pocket money, etc. Both schools select the exchange participants on the basis of their ability to cope academically and socially, and on the compatibility of their interests and personalities.

Tina Lo will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this exchange program by e-mail or via phone at 416-488-1125, ext. 4153.