Sports days with the Lycée Français Jules Verne from Tenerife

Lycée Français Jules Verne - Tenerife
Last week the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle received and hosted the Lycée Français Jules Verne from Tenerife.
The visiting party consisted of 21 students from premiere and seconde and 2 staff. The purpose of the exchange was to develop a link between the two schools, provide visiting students with the opportunity to develop English language skills by staying in London with families. Also to engage in several sports including Basketball, Handball and Volleyball.
This would then be reciprocated next year but with a view to further LFCG students Spanish language skills in Tenerife.
The week was a great success and provided valuable experiences for all students involved both visiting students and host families. Friendships have been made and I am sure all will remember these experiences for a long time.
The Itinerary
On Friday 20th April at approximately 8.30 pm the LFJV group arrived to be greeted by students from LFCG host families. The students had been in contact via email prior to arrival so after brief introductions all returned home to meet families.
The next morning, Saturday 21st April all involved rendezvoused at LFCG at 8.30 am for the first inter school activity, Basketball minus a few due to a Philosophy BAC exam.
The first match - Girls Basketball. Despite a close score line at half time eventually a well drilled and organised LFCG Girls team overpowered LFJV Girls to a comfortable 60-26 victory.
In the next fixture the Boys Basketball was a much closer affair. Both teams making lots of unforced errors and despite a good start from LFCG, LFJV remained in touching distance deep into the third quarter. Mr Middleton using all his wily experience and timeout talks to ensure the result 57-43.
Sunday 22nd April was spent with host families as a day of leisure and local experiences, some children attending a football match, others parks and shops.
On Monday 23rd April the plan was for the LFJV students to attend lessons in English. It started with all students taking part in a Basketball lesson. Before lunch at the Lycée the visiting students went to the Natural History Museum, and then after lunch they visited the London Eye and went on a sight-seeing river boat trip.
Tuesday 24th April another day trip to the British Museum armed with pack lunches and cameras. That evening the second inter school Sports activity was Handball. The Girls played first again in a thrilling encounter that finished 12-12. Despite losing their best player to injury the LFJV girls won on sudden death penalties.
In the Boys fixture LFJV were represented by two teams, both of which played the LFCG Boys. The two matches finished 7-4 and 4-7 respectively so both schools shared the spoils with one victory each.
Wednesday 25th April again was scheduled to start with the Tenerife students attending classes. A busy exam preparation schedule meant opportunities for classroom based lessons were limited but Miss McLoughlin, Mr Coleman, Mr Jones and Miss Flemming in particular saved the day. After lunch the LFJV were accompanied by Mr Le Grand on a City of London self guide walking tour. Taking in such sites as Tower Bridge, Tower of London, The Gherkin, Shakespeare Globe and Buckingham Palace.
The final day Thursday 26th April was set aside for the other famous past time in London, Shopping in Oxford Street. The final sports activity matched the two schools at Volleyball. After comfortable victories for LFCG in both Boys and Girls matches all students and staff participated in a mixed tournament. It was a great end to the week and all students finished on a high.
After a meal in a local Pizzeria and exchange of good will gifts LFJV departed for the airport.
I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you on behalf of myself, the visiting staff/students from Tenerife and the Lycée to all the parents for their efforts regarding the hosting of students.
The week was an outstanding and unreservedly successful experience for all involved. It has initiated a sporting and cultural partnership between the two schools that will benefit future students involved. 
As I stated from the onset it would not be possible without the kind and generous efforts of parents and students from host families.
Mr Moran