A school day in France

Looking to the wider world with: Sophie Falzon, 10 years old, Grade 4, from Manosque in South of France


What school do you attend? I go to the state-run Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur International School. This was established for staff working on the ITER research project, which aims to produce electricity from fusion energy. A lot of local children already attend the school.

How big is your school? There are about 600 of us students altogether. It seems very large to me because there is a day-care centre, a primary school, a collège (lower secondary) and a lycée (upper secondary).

How many children are there in your class? I’m in the French and English classes. There are 22 students in each class.

Do you learn foreign languages at school? Yes, some of my English classmates are from countries like England, Ireland, Korea and India. I sometimes learn a few foreign words from them. Apart from that, all subjects are taught in English two days a week. For the rest of the week, my lessons are in French.

What is your favourite subject? Art. I simply love this subject. The best thing about it is that you can use your imagination to create all kinds of things, and then you simply draw them with a pencil.

Who is your favourite teacher and why? My former French teacher, because I liked her personality and she often made us laugh. But I also like my former English teacher. She always used to reward our work by putting stickers with smiley faces on our exercise books.

What do you want to be later in life? I want to be a magician! I love magic. I’m always practising around the house.

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