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A group of sun hungry Year 12 linguists braved clouds of volcanic ash to complete a successful week of work experience in Marseille. Staying with families at our partner school Lacordaire, the students worked hard to gather information for their spoken exam whilst getting to grips with life in a French company. The two students at the fire brigade are now well versed in the many different types of fire extinguisher and fire engine used in the Marseille area, knowledge which hopefully they will not need to employ now back at school! Other placements included a gym, the town hall in Allauch and a pharmacy.

Despite protestations to those at home that our delayed departure was hard work, photographs and the indisputable appearance of suntans proved that the Icelandic volcano had given the students even more opportunities to brush up on their French. Convincing a coach load of unsuspecting Italian schoolchildren to let us use their bus was also a good way to visit the Palais des Papes in Avignon, and to complete an impromptu translation of Die Hard.

This excellent trip ended with a frantic journey through France on the top deck of a TGV, with just enough time in Paris for a coffee and debrief. Well done to all of the students involved.