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Spotlight on French and Japanese Student Exchange Programs

Spotlight on French and Japanese Student Exchange Programs

Saint Monica Preparatory hosted two 8th grade French exchange students last month who participated in classes and student life on and off campus with the Ondrey and Gauguin/Fores families. Capucine B. and Emma M. shared their surprises about student life here in the States - we have shorter school days and our students have open book tests - as well as their common interests, including sports, Harry Potter and Fridays! Five SMPREP 8th graders, in turn, will travel to Loches, France in April for an exciting opportunity to take part in the 16th annual Festival of Arts & Sciences hosted by SMPREP's partner school, Saint-Denis International School, where Capucine and Emma both attend. 

Meanwhile, the Upper School celebrated the arrival of two Japanese exchange students, Shugo T. and Noriko K., along with Koyasan High School Vice Principal Mr. Matsui, in a special welcome ceremony in Ms. Yoshida's Japanese class. This is the second year of SMPREP’s Japanese Exchange Program. Over 20 students from SMPREP will visit our partner school in Mount Koya, Japan this June, to experience the culture and high school life in Japan as well. Bon voyage and Go-buji de, Mariners!

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