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Meridian School

Recently Meridian School, Banjara Hills created history with the first ever French Exchange Programme in Hyderabad.  And here is what happened… An article written by Caroline Diane Ross, French Teacher, at Meridian School, Banjara Hills

The last year, Meridian School received the British Council International School Award.  While doing the project we requested Mr Jean Manuel Duhaut, the director of the Alliance Française, to help us contact a school in France who would be ready to partner with us.  He informed Mr Kim Reddy, who had spent 3 years in France.  Thanks to them, I received a mail from Lycée Le Caousou – a 150 year old school in Toulouse, France during the summer vacations with an idea of an exchange programme.  I discussed with our Principal, Ms Usha Reddy, who consented immediately. And voilà !  The first ever Exchange Programme between a French and Indian School was sealed.

I corresponded with Mr Olivié Cavalié, the High School Incharge.  We exchange many ideas and proposals. In December, a group of 9 students and 1 teacher, Mrs Marie Gabrielle Cabaré, visited Hyderabad.  They were lodged at Amogh Boutique Hotel.  The aim of the programme was Service to Humanity and the Exchange of Cultures.

During the 10 days of their stay we had organized many educative and cultural visits to all the heritage sites and tourist spots of Hyderabad from which the visitors had learnt many things. We visited MNJ Cancer Hospital on New Year’s Day where we sang, danced, interacted with the children suffering from cancer and distributed goodies to them.   A Rendez-vous at the Alliance Française, hosted by Mr Jean Manuel Duhaut made them feel even more at home. A trip to Pochampally village was organised by Mr Kim Reddy who also accompanied us and showed us the village, the handlooms and the paltry living of the weavers.  They were fancied with the saris and even purchased a few to take home with them.  The visits to AGAPE Orphanage and The Old Age Home touched the young students who promised to help the needy in the future.

The students from Caousou spent a few days at Meridian School where they were received with a traditional Indian welcome and a session of meditation by our Principal, Mrs Usha Reddy.  They attended many classes – English, French, Dance, Music, Art, Sports, and Pottery etc.  They presented to Meridian School a pile of French books – a very precious resource as we do not find many French books in India.  Sankranthi was celebrated with gaiety on campus as the French group also participated in the festivities such as dancing, kite flying and mehendi.

The students of Meridian School, Banjara Hills had the opportunity to spend some time with their French counterparts as they accompanied them on a picnic to Lahari resorts and then hosted them at their homes for 2 days.  They exchanged traditions, cultures and bonded well in the Indian style of living.  Finally they left Hyderabad with heavy hearts and the hope to return in the future.




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