Students from twin town Les Essarts visit Bicester Technology Studio
Bicester Technology Studio (BTS) recently welcomed a group of 50 students from Bicester’s French twin town Les Essarts.
The visit, which was organised by Bicester and District Town Twinning Association (BDTA), consisted of a day of team-building activities with students and staff from Clemenceau College and BTS.
Following introductions from BTS, Bicester Village and BDTA, students took part in an ice-breaker and were then divided into two groups for their morning and afternoon activities.
Groups alternated between bowling in Bicester and taking part in a bridge-building activity at BTS, led by students. Teams had to design the strongest bridge they could out of straws, with the winning team being deduced by the number of textbooks their bridge could support.
Bicester Village ran a carousel of activities when the group met back together at BTS for lunch, including a range of arts and crafts and a photo booth. The day concluded with the students meeting at the school again to say goodbye before Clemenceau College’s departure.
Laetitia Bourcier, English Teacher at Clemenceau College, said: “Our pupils really enjoyed their visit to the UK and most of them commented that the day spent at Bicester Technology Studio was their favourite part of the trip. Several have asked me if they can correspond in English with the students, and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our college in return.”
Dean Woodham, BTS Vice Principal, commented: “We were delighted to meet the students and staff from Clemenceau College. It was a good chance to develop local and international partnerships and our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They are looking forward to being able to make a return visit to the students in Les Essarts.”
Councillor Richard Mould, Bicester Town Council, said: “The Bicester and District Twinning Association are immensely grateful for the reception given to the school students from Clemenceau College from Les Essarts, Bicester’s twin town in the Vendee France. The visit was an overwhelming success with the French students saying it was the best day of their trip to the UK and Bicester students also asking questions about twinning. I would also like to thank Miranda Markham from Bicester Village for supporting the day and providing activities for the students when they were not in the class room.
“The Twinning Association also has twin towns in Germany and Poland who are also very eager to have young people from their schools doing something similar in the future. I know that the Clemenceau College have extended an invitation for the Studio School to visit Les Essarts and the association will offer help to facilitate this.”