18 Mar 20

Réunion Wrap Up

Réunion Wrap Up

During Weeks 5 and 6, Reynella East College hosted 9 students and their teachers from the school Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Réunion Island. Located off the African coast near Madagascar and Mauritius, this French province is a creole concoction of different religions, cultures, languages and flavours. REC have shared a school partnership with school Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry since 2016 and our own students are looking forward to staying with the newfound friends when they travel there later this year.


Week 1

After settling in with their host families and enjoying a welcome sausage sizzle at school, the group started visiting our French classes with presentations about their home. We returned the favour by showcasing some of our traditional foods, such as Vegemite, Fruchocs, lamingtons and iced coffee.

Day 2 saw our buddies travel to the city, where they spent time at the State Library, SA museum, Central Market, the Rundle Mall pigs and the Mall’s Balls.

Back in class the next day, they joined their partners for a taste of everyday school life in Australia, with a special Home Ec class where they made Anzac biscuits with Mr Helsham.

On Thursday the Réunion students took a day trip to Victor. They met a koala, fed the kangaroos and rainbow lorikeets and walked around Granite Island.

Returning to school they had their first try of Aussie sports including Australian Rules football and netball before experiencing local family life with their hosts over the weekend.

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Week 2

Bright and early Monday morning, our combined group and their teachers boarded a bus for Cape Jervis and took the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Over the next three days and two chilly nights they experienced many highlights.

The visited local KI producers, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery and Cliffords Honey Farm. Everyone got to hold a lizard or snake at the Raptor Domain Reptile Park as well as learning about birds of prey.

The natural wonders of Kangaroo Island provided an active outing with sandboarding and tobogganing at Little Sahara Desert and a walk down the boardwalk to Seal Bay.

After the recent bushfire devastation they were privileged to see the first signs of new life on trees and bushes.

On a social level they bonded over Tim Tams, an Aussie BBQ and a classic Réunion Island chicken dish prepared and cooked by the French students. And at 10pm on the final night, they learned how to throw boomerangs on Parndana oval.

The Réunion Islanders finished their stay in style by attending our annual Sports Day Carnevàle. They were impressed by the organisation of this large scale event and enjoyed participating in running races and discovering new events such as javelin and high jump.

During their stay, the French students wrote articles for their school website, along with their peers who went to Perth. You can read those articles here.

À bientôt (see you soon)!

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