France

France

Hi, my name is Aliénor; I am French, from Paris. I am almost 16 and I am in year 11, but when I first arrived at Blundell’s, I was 14 and it was the beginning of year 10.  These past 2 years at Blundell’s have been very important for me as I had to prepare for GCSEs, which I am going to take in a few weeks.

More than enabling me to get English qualifications, Blundell’s along with the TESOL department have helped me to improve my English to an extent which would not have been possible had I stayed in France.

At first, getting used to a different culture, different people, and a different language was quite hard; but soon enough I made some good friends who have helped me and supported me, although there has been the odd laugh about my French accent!

I think what made Blundell’s so appealing to me is that there is a sense of tradition in the school and respect between the staff and pupils. What makes it very special, and somehow improves the relationship between teachers and students, is that some of the staff live on campus and there are very small classes. This really helps develop a trusting community.

Most of all I enjoy life in the boarding houses. Blundell’s would be nothing without it, because although Blundell’s is a community, Gorton House is to me a family. I will never forget the house shouts for the House Music Competition, the bread making and games with flour for Harvest Festival, and the pride we all feel when going to house matches wearing polo shirt with the colours of GH (fashionably chosen purple and green stripes!).

I think it is all those wonderful things that make my life at Blundell’s, having to be my own person, and Devon’s green countryside that made me forget about the unpleasant weather, and made me realise that after all, growing up can be fun, rewarding, and definitely the most exciting time of my life.

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Hi, I’m from Lyon, I’m sixteen years old and I’m in year eleven. I came to Blundell's School at the start of year ten, in 2002. I chose this school because of the beautiful buildings and the girls on the tour of the school were really friendly and enthusiastic. The Art Block also really attracted me – it was full of students working in a positive, creative atmosphere.

At first it was a bit hard because I was the only French person here and I couldn’t speak French anymore. This, however, meant that I learnt English really fast and improved a lot even in the first month. It’s a good school but it doesn’t give you much rest and it took a lot of getting used to. Thanks to my friends and teachers I settled in quickly and integrated easily. The TESOL teacher helped me with my work and explained important vocabulary to me.

Boarding was tough at the beginning but as you develop friendships, everything becomes a bit like a pyjama party!

I like studying English, even if I’m not as good as I wish I could be! My TESOL teacher has helped me to improve my writing a lot. I also enjoy Spanish, which reminds me of my mother tongue, and I’m getting some excellent marks.

I want to do ‘A’ Levels next year (if I pass my GCSEs!) and I want to do them here. I’ll probably take English, Spanish, History and maybe Economics or Photography, I don’t know yet. One day I’d like to be a business lawyer, but for that I’ve got to get good grades in my ‘A’ Levels. With the help of my teachers I’m sure that it’ll be all right.

Au revoir!