Choosing Schools In France

There are plenty of well-written articles explaining the French school system – but I struggled with understanding school years, and finding information on choosing schools. Similar to in the UK, if you opt into the state school system in France, the default is for your child to go into the school closest to your home. […]

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Just Because They Speak The Same Language…

When my now-husband and I moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2002 we were pretty green about the Land of the Long White Cloud. I’d travelled there in the late 1990’s, fallen in love with it (as a single traveller) and decided I needed to move there.I didn’t do too much research about […]

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Integrating – New School, New Language, New Culture

When we moved to France (at rather short notice) in March last year, we threw our two girls, aged 7 and 9, into the local school. Our experience was one of learning. This article aims to pass on some of our experiences, and lists my tips for smoothing the way in a new school, new […]

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