A visit to France by students of DPS, Sushant LokJuly 14, 2017
“As you travel, being totally responsible for yourself, its inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are”.
As part of Indo-French Exchange programme, 9 students and 2 teachers of DPSSL visited Ambert, a historic French city for eleven days from June 6-17, 2017. The French team of students and teachers had earlier visited India and stayed with Indian families in November 2016.
On reaching Ambert, the partner school ‘College St. Joseph’, extended a warm welcome. The Principal Ms. Sunita Nagpal met Ms. Patricia, Principal of College St.Joseph and other teachers of the school. Students lived with their host families, which helped our students gain valuable insights into the French life. Students attended Maths, French and English classes to understand their education system.
‘Rally de town’ organized by the school made students explore the historic district of Ambert. Ambert is also famous for its living museum of paper, “Richard Le Moulin de Bas”. Here, the Indian students got the golden opportunity to make hand-made paper from cloth pulp. The world famous Fourme D’Ambert cheese is another treat to taste buds. Students visited cheese farm and acquired knowledge of how to make cheese. The visit to French capital of cutlery “Thiers” enlightened them on how knives were handcrafted at this place for centuries. A steep trek to Puy de Dome volcano was challenging and filled with enchanting scenic view. The architectural beauty of black stone lava Cathedral at Clermont and Optical illusions found in the paintings and flooring of Chateau de Mons (castle) was an exhilarating experience to the students.
The Mayor of Ambert gave an official welcome to our team of students in the Town Hall.
The school fest at St. Joseph gave our students an opportunity to showcase our Indian music and dance.
The last phase of the tour was the most awaited visit to the Eiffel tower. The beautiful view of 12th century Notre-Dame and the pyramid at the entrance of Louvre left an indelible impression. The long walk in Champs-Elysées, famous for its shops, was a feast to eyes.
This 11-day tour of Ambert and Paris made students to come out of their comfort zone, build their confidence, develop cultural sensitivity. They also became more conversant in the ‘French’ language. It’s been a great learning experience!!!