On Tuesday 8th December Grace Franco was formally farewelled before her departure for Saint Pol sur Ternoise a town of some 5,500 people 240 kilometres north of Paris, for a twelve month study exchange.
Grace who is already an accomplished world traveller has undergone a twelve month preparation for this trip. Having undergone a rigorous selection process Grace was chosen for a number of reasons not the least being capable of representing herself, her family, Rotary and Australia.
Grace admitted to being a tad nervous as she will turn sixteen the day after she arrives in France, so she will obviously be giving up an important year of her life to further her education, after all this is what it is about. Her desire is to return and study to be a teacher, possibly of French and possibly in a regional school.
Grace’s grandfather Branco has been a Rotarian for more than forty years and between them the Franco’s senior and junior have hosted six exchange students over the years. Grace attends St Josephs School and has been Dux this year and last year as well as her academic achievements she is an active sportsperson.
When she returns she will return to years eleven and twelve at St Jo’s then onto University.
Rotarian past President Adrian Glover is Grace’s councillor and in his introduction pointed out that grace has been diligent in her preparation for her exchange. Club members wish her well and look forward to hearing about her adventures when she returns in twelve months.