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French Exchange

French Exchange

Cead Mile Failte for Bordeaux visitors

Thirteen French students and one teacher recently arrived in Youghal as part of an exchange with Pobalscoil na Tríonóide. The partner school is called Lycée Francois Magendie and is based in the city of Bordeaux in France. The students and their teacher stayed in Youghal for 8 days and attended classes in Pobalscoil during the week. This is the only language exchange of its kind in Pobalscoil and is now in its second year after a successful launch in 2017.

The exchange students also participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. These ranged from a walking tour of historic Youghal town including the Clock Gate Tower and St. Marys Collegiate Church, a boat trip to Spike Island and a visit to Cobh Heritage Centre, a visit to Crawford Art Gallery and a guided tour of Cork city, a cinema trip and the French students even tried a poc fada, a ceili and a hearty Irish Stew as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge!

Each French student was matched with their Irish counterpart and a host family and stayed with them for the duration of the exchange. This is a superb cultural opportunity for everyone to make lifelong friends, practise speaking French and English, learn about Irish culture and of course have fun. The exchange had huge educational value and was highly rewarding for all students.

The Irish students will travel to France in October and enjoy 8 days with their partners and attend school in Bordeaux. Vive la Francophonie!

Important Notice for this years pupils wishing to go on the French Exchange

.... A reminder to parents & students to return your French Exchange Information & Consent forms before Wednesday the 21st November.

The French students will visit Youghal in March 2019, Irish students will travel to Bordeaux in October 2019.... further information is available on our

website under 'Extra Curricular' or from the members of the French Department in Pobalscoil.

Participating in a French exchange has enormous educational value and is a highly rewarding experience for our students. Students are fully immersed into the French way of life, attending school in Bordeaux, staying with French families and enjoying many cultural excursions.

The French Department in Pobalscoil looks forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 17th October."


The French Department in Pobalscoil na Tríonóide made history in October 2017, when it set up an exchange programme with a French secondary school 'Lycée Francois Magendie' in Bordeaux.

This French exchange programme is the only exchange programme of its kind in Pobalscoil.

Ten Pobalscoil students accompanied by two teachers spent a very successful week in France, fully immersed into the French way of life. They stayed with a French host family, attended school with their exchange partner and participated in many cultural excursions and activities. The exchange had huge educational value and was highly rewarding for our students.

Fast-foward to March 2018, it was time for our French exchange partners to make their way from Bordeaux to Youghal for the return visit.

Ten French students and their teacher were given a very warm welcome by their Irish host families, with whom they spent eight days. Equally, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide was delighted to welcome the visitors into the school community. The French students attended some classes in Pobalscoil, participated in the school Céilí as part of 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' and enjoyed a variety of educational and cultural activities in the area, throughout the week.

These excursions included a guided tour of Youghal, the town walls and the Clock Gate, Cobh Heritage Centre, Spike Island, the Waterford Greenway, Dungarvan, Lismore Heritage Centre and the Towers. Both the Irish and French students and teachers enjoyed the week immensely. Great memories, solid links and strong friendships were made during this successful visit.

We look forward to welcoming our French exchange partners to Youghal for many years to come.

The French Department at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal.

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