Tour de France: Students gear up with French work experience

Associated Sixth Form students with Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby. (s)
Associated Sixth Form students with Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby. (s)

A group of Harrogate students acting as ambassadors for Welcome to Yorkshire spent two weeks earning work experience in France.

The 30 students from the Associated Sixth Form of St Aidan’s CE High School and St John Fisher Catholic High School travelled to Annemasse.

The students worked in cafes, primary schools, care homes and retail outlets.

Head of Modern Languages Russell Pearce said: “This is our 23rd annual visit, and probably the most successful.

“Undoubtedly the Tour de France was a big factor for us this year. Most French tourists to Britain are familiar with London, the South Coast resorts and Scotland. Yorkshire is largely unknown territory.”

A presentation was made on the Yorkshire stages of the 2014 Tour. Jean Luc Massé, headteacher of the Lycee des Glieres in Annemasse, in welcoming the students, pointed out the historical links between the two countries. He said: “Geneva is one of the most important Reformation sites in Europe, the headquarters of the Red Cross and CERN.

“The Plateau des Glieres above Annecy, from which the Lycée takes its name was a Resistance stronghold during the Second World War and even today inspires us to resist exclusion, prejudice and fascism.

“Exchanges of this nature are the way forward”.

The French students will pay a return visit to Harrogate in April.