Saturday, July 18, 2015

Last Week in Saint-Brieuc!!

Wow this last week in Saint-Brieuc flew by. And it was a busy one.  The week started off with a holiday.  Tuesday, July 14 is the French National Holiday, similar to our 4th of July celebration.  We cancelled classes Monday so that students could spend the long weekend with their host families.   The holiday finished up in Saint-Brieuc with a dance party in the middle of town and fireworks, but the students participated in all sorts of different activities with their families.

Wednesday we had our guided tour of Saint-Brieuc.  Why so late?  After 6 weeks in town, the students now know the town well enough and can understand enough spoken French to take in all of the historical details that our guide from the Tourism Office provided.  We learned about the medieval history of the city as well as many of the modern developments.  Pictures from the guided tour of the city can be found at the link below:

Guided Tour of Saint-Brieuc

After the tour, everyone quickly changed their clothes as we finally had our official reception at the Mairie (City Hall).  Below is a photo of everyone in front of the Mairie.

During the reception, Brigitte, our Onsite Coordinator and the Adjunct Mayor for Education welcomed the students and their host families.  After a brief introduction from me (Alisha), Anna Kluender and Quinn Gordon both gave speeches on behalf of the students, thanking the host families and the city of Saint-Brieuc for hostimg them this summer.  Both were phenomenal.  The speeches were followed by a reception with light refreshments.  Pictures from the Mayor's reception can be found at the link below.

Mayor's Reception

Friday morning, we held the Défilé de Mode (Fashion Show) as the last part of the Culture class.  The students showed off their new fashion acquisitions from the Soldes this summer.  Pictures from the Défilé de Mode can be found at the link below.

Défilé de Mode

We finished up the week with our Farewell Show Friday evening.  Five weeks of work in theater and choir culminated in several excellent performances.  The students in choir wrote and choreographed their own songs and the students in theater performed two plays. Many musicians and singers also performed individually.  Overall it was a great success and the students were able to display their enormous talent.  Everyone was very impressed.  Photos from the show can be found at the link below.

Farewell Show

Tuesday we head to Paris, and then three days later back to the USA.  My how time flies!

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