CONEL had the pleasure of welcoming a class of 21 French students and staff to the Tottenham Green centre earlier in the month (Thursday 10 March 2016), to find out about the Health, Social Care and Early Years provision at the College and in England.
Following the success of the event last year, the French teachers were keen to have their students return again this year. The French students, who were between 17-19 years old, study at a boarding school in Western France. They enjoyed experiencing classes in a London college and how it differs to their learning, as their training in France alternates between a week in school and a week working in different areas of Social Care.
As well as experiencing CONEL, the students visited various institutions while in London, e.g. an old people's home, a Pastoral centre for people with learning disabilities, a primary school and sightseeing throughout the main landmarks in London.
The students studying Social Care in France experienced how a London college operates, its facilities and how the classes run. They took part in three fun and interactive classes: Music, Dance and Art.
In the Music class they chose instruments to play whilst introducing themselves. Following this they gathered into groups and competed, performing their own music compositions. The Dance workshop taught the students the importance of dance and exercise with children and adults to keep the mind and body healthy. During the Art workshop, the students took part in marble, bubble and blow painting, making musical instruments from plastic bottles and materials and creating posters.
Katy Etourneau, a French student said: “This was my first time to London and visiting this college was one of my highlights. I have never done music or dance in college and it was great to see how different the system is in London, compared to the boarding school I attend in France”.
Delphine Dixnouf, their French teacher commended the event, describing it as sensational. Delphine stated: ‘The theories the students learnt can be put into practise to use with children. The workshops involved real practice and everything they saw and learned they can use again when they go back to France.”