Visitors get a taste of school life

French exchange students visiting Rastrick High School cook a traditional English breakfast.
French exchange students visiting Rastrick High School cook a traditional English breakfast.

Students at Rastrick High School welcomed pupils from France and gave them a taste of traditional English life.

On Sunday, April 19, students stood waiting for their French Erasmus+ school partners at a rather damp Brighouse train station. Their guests had travelled all the way from Autun in central France to spend a week with us discovering Yorkshire and its food heritage.

The school, Collège du Vallon, is participating in a two year Erasmus+ project involving seven schools around Europe from France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Poland, Iceland and England. The project is entitled “Tell me where you live, and I’ll tell you what you eat” and is a cross-curricular project incorporating aspects of language learning, geography and food technology.

The French students were hosted by Rastrick families and the students enjoyed two day trips together based on the project theme.

The first visit was to Whitby and to visit the North Yorkshire Moors. We were exceptionally lucky to experience a glorious day of sunshine and blue skies and Whitby was a great hit with the French students.

The students visited a local smokehouse and enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips on the beach.

The second day trip to Hebden Bridge was equally successful. We started the day with a visit to the community farm project “Incredible Edible” in Todmorden and an explanation of the canal locks system from a volunteer for British Waterways.

This was followed by a four-mile walk along the canal towpath up to Hebden Bridge ending with a delicious roast beef lunch provided by Stubbing Wharf public house.

The students have really put their all into making their guests’ first visit to Yorkshire unforgettable and even taught them how to cook a full English breakfast, which was quite a challenge.

Feedback since their return has been very positive and the visit seems to have instilled a love of Yorkshire and English culture that will last a long time.