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Military schools in educational exchange

The Duke of York's Royal Military School has welcomed students and staff from one of France's top military schools, Lycée Militaire d'Aix en Provence

Posted by Julian Owen | October 26, 2017 | School life

Having recently won a British Council Award for its international educational links, the Dover's Duke of York’s Royal Military School gave French exchange students the chance to fully experience what it’s like to be a Dukie, with trips to Canterbury, Deal and London. 

Both schools have enjoyed a special relationship since 1994, and on this visit students were joined by Lycée Militaire’s Commandant Colonel, Jean-Marc Chatillon, and Head Teacher, Eric Rusterholtz. The Colonel was also Inspecting Officer for the Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s parade in honour of the visit. 

The 12 French students were led by Stephane Dupuy and Adjutant Chief Lionel Racape. Mr Dupuy said: “I have had the privilege of leading this exchange for the past 20 years thanks to the strong bond of friendship between our two schools and the support of our respective senior managements. This longstanding exchange has proved particularly fruitful in fostering mutual understanding and respect among students for the differences and similarities of our two cultures.” 

Alex Foreman, School Principal, said: “Understanding how the world works and its diversity is crucial to the education of students which makes such exchanges a life lesson in themselves. Our school always looks forward to welcoming Lycée Militaire as, while our cultures are different, we share the same ethos for nurturing students in leadership, character, respect and self discipline.” 

Following this exchange in October, Dukies will visit Lycée Militaire d’Aix en Provence next term.  

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