Bonjour Bendigo!

Forty secondary school students and four staff from Girton Grammar School’s sister school in France (Sainte Ursule) have arrived as part of a two week biennial exchange. 

This will be the seventh exchange of its kind between the two schools.

The students are staying with host families and Girton staff and will be attending classes as well as touring Bendigo and the region as well as visiting Melbourne.

Headmaster of Girton Grammar School, Mr Matthew Maruff, said that student exchange programs are an ideal way for young people to experience a different culture, different education system and strengthen ties that bind schools on opposite sides of the world.

“These exchanges allow for wonderful collaborative learning and give students a chance to take their language studies beyond the classroom.

“We have a strong French language program at Girton and the exchange experience often creates international friendships for life,” Mr Maruff said.