Au Revoir, French Exchange Students!

After two weeks of attending classes, cheering on the Bulldogs at sporting events, taking boat tours, trying out area restaurants, and experiencing a day in the life of an American teenager, the 20 French students and their two faculty chaperones close out their short-term exchange and prepare for their departure back to Saint Dominique in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

At the start of their last day on campus, the exchange students experienced a Norfolk Academy tradition by being clapped out of the Johnson Theater auditorium during Upper School chapel. While emotions are already bubbling to the surface over the thought of leaving, one of the chaperones suspected the students will really feel upset to leave when it comes time to saying the official goodbyes to their host families tomorrow.

Luckily, 16 Upper School students—accompanied by M. Lilly, Middle School French teacher and International Programs assistant director, Dr. Naujoks, Upper School history teacher and Global Affairs Fellows co-director, will travel to France this upcoming spring for a short-term exchange, where they will be reunited with their new friends.

Before they wrapped up their final day at NA, the exchange students were fortunate enough to let loose and shake out their emotions through a hip-hop dance class led by a member of the Elbert Watson Dance Company. We will miss our French exchange students, and look forward to seeing you when we fly across the pond this spring!