he return leg of our Erasmus+ exchange with Collége Victor Hugo took place from Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 01st October. Under the watchful eye of Steve Parkinson, Sinéad Anthony, Julie O’Sullivan, and Matthew Harrison, forty-two 2nd and 3rd Year students travelled to Narbonne. Four 3rd Year students, Isold Moran, Macdara O’Griofa, Michael Hayes, and Alice McMahon awaited our arrival having travelled out ahead of the main group to spend three weeks experiencing school, home life, and work experience, French style. For their final week and joined by the main group, it was culture, sunshine, enterprise, school, and sport, organised by our French hosts.

It was an action packed seven days: we visited a number of local businesses that our four Irish ambassaadores had worked in. One of Europe’s most important industrial complex was also visited, Airbus in Toulouse. We enjoyed tours of Narbonne and Carcassonne and learned about Roman and Medieval life in the region. Our students participated in classes in school, visited the Town Hall where the Major hosted a reception, and played a rugby match. There were plenty of opportunities for the Jes students to engage with their French hosts in their homes, to make new friends, and renew old friendships.

Many thanks to our French hosts in Victor Hugo for looking after us so well and to our own students for embracing the opportunity to experience a taste of French life and culture. A very special thanks must go to Mr. Steve Parkinson who has forged such wonderful links with Collége Victor Hugo and for all his work (and there was plenty) in making this wonderful project happen!

Erasmus+ Slide show

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