Susie France with the international students from the Langports English Language College at Cherbourg State School on November 20.
Susie France with the international students from the Langports English Language College at Cherbourg State School on November 20. Jessica McGrath

International and Cherbourg students exchange cultures

CHERBOURG students had a clash with culture last week as international students shared their favourite things.

Students from the Langports English Language College visited Cherbourg State School on November 20.

Susie France, who runs the language college with her husband John France, said the international students raised funds to give a book to every child at the Cherbourg school.

"Our mantra is to improve the lives of children through education and the students we have are international students who understand the need for education to improve outcomes and they are very happy to support this project,” she said.

The students have visited Cherbourg every year for the past five years.

The international students run a Christmas party where they raise money for the Cherbourg project each year.

The college also donated a backpack for one boy and girl in each class, based on consistent good behaviour.

READING: Cherbourg State School Year 4 students Thomas Langton and Victor Collins reads with Langports International student Luana Savinelli, teacher Bella Joe and Education Minister Grace Grace on November 20.
READING: Cherbourg State School Year 4 students Thomas Langton and Victor Collins reads with Langports International student Luana Savinelli, teacher Bella Joe and Education Minister Grace Grace on November 20. Jessica McGrath

Each class had a different international student visit, and share about their own country.

They then did an activity based on their favourite cultural foods and hobbies.

"The French students taught them to say bonjour, the Swiss made cows because they have a lot of chocolate, the Brazilians made anacondas, and the Spanish made castanets,” Mrs France said.

"The children learn at large, the world outside of Cherbourg.”

The program is welcomed by the children every year and broadens their minds, giving an opportunity to learn about culture.

It was also an opportunity for the international students to learn about Aboriginal history as they visited the Ration Shed, and interacted with the indigenous students.

"They say the trip is amazing, because there's nowhere as a tourist you can experience such an authentic excursion and it deeply touched them to learn about the aboriginal history,” Mrs France said

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