McCaskill’s Mills Public School students have tried their French skills against native speakers and learned a lot.

In January, 18 Grade 7 students headed to St. Donat, Que., to test their French speaking skills, ski and immerse themselves in Canadian French culture.

“In the village they offer a trip for students to put their French into action, while also running around and doing outdoor activities, learning about French Canadian history and culture, taking in the traditional music and just participating over four days using their French,” says school principal Bonnie Noble.

This year is Noble’s first school year with McCaskill’s Mills; it’s also the first year the trip has been offered there. Noble’s seen students take the trip at other schools in the Durham District School Board before.

“I’m always looking for opportunities to expand students horizons,” she says. “If an opportunity exists, we’ll explore it and pursue it.”

It’s a popular trip. This year marks the 30th year the trip is hosted in the village. More than 200 students from different school boards and of different grades were in St. Donat for the trip when McCaskill’s Mills students were there.

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