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Centre International de Valbonne

We are very excited to be offering another exchange to France in 2018 for Year 12 students. We have decided to open up this exchange to all Year 12 students, not only to students who are taking French as a subject at Dio. In doing this, we are following the lead of other New Zealand schools (Columba College, Dunedin and Christ College, Christchurch ) who also partner with CIV and who offer this exchange primarily as a cultural experience rather than a language exchange. Whilst having a little French knowledge is an advantage, it is not essential as all the CIV students are fully bilingual and in some homes, English may be the first language. The focus of the exchange is, therefore, the cultural aspect and sharing of experiences. We hope to be able to offer up to four places but the final number will depend on the level of interest from CIV.

About CIV (International Center of Valbonne)

An International Lycée on the French Riviera, The International Centre of Valbonne (CIV) is a large
academic centre created in 1974 which runs under the educational association of ASEICA - created and certified by the French Ministry of Education with the aim of providing a high-quality bilingual programme which is recognised by top universities worldwide.

CIV has a long and distinguished history preparing pupils for international examinations. The Anglophone section is the largest of the four international sections currently represented in the school, all preparing pupils for the International Option of the French Baccalaureate, or OIB. Over half the students who graduate from CIV go on to renowned English speaking universities. The great strengths of the programme are its truly bilingual nature, and the fact that students benefit not just from a challenging academic environment but one that is culturally enriching, where the methods used, as well as the content taught, reflect the origins of the teaching staff.

CIV has a long tradition of exchanges with Australia and New Zealand (over 16 years). They seek to offer unique cultural experiences to junior high school students (15 - 17 years old).

Hosting of the CIV student
CIV students travel to New Zealand: approx 20 June - 29th July 2018 (this usually includes the last three weeks of Term 2, the July holidays and the first week of Term 3) It is important to note that the school does not organise any trips or activities for the French students. It is up to the host families to care for and to organise all weekend activities as well as excursions during the July holidays. If you are a boarder at Dio, your host sister will live in the boarding house with you during the week.

Going on Exchange to France
Dio students travel to France: approx 5 December 2018 - 15 January 2019 (students leave after NCEA external examinations are completed) During the Christmas holiday break from approx 19 December - 5 Jan the students will be looked after by their host families. We work closely with Columba College, Dunedin, who
also take part this exchange. This means that the flights are organised through a travel agent as a group booking and the students travel as a group over to France and back to New Zealand. Exchange students will spend time in class with their exchange partners and will also have special classes adapted to their level of French. They also take part in organised trips once or twice a week and they live with their host families.

Important information for the applicant and her family

The Application and Selection Process:
Applicants complete the Year 12 French exchange application form
Feedback is sought from staff including deans and boarding staff.
Successful applicants will be selected following a review of their academic progress, attitude, behaviour and commitment to the school’s extracurricular programme. 
From this, a short-list of candidates is interviewed by the Exchange Coordinator and Dean. 
During the interview, the following is to be considered: 
The academic, social and holistic progress and attitude of the student.
The ability of the student to adapt to new situations.
The ability and maturity of the student to cope with possibly difficult circumstances.
The aims of the student.
Selection of students and confirmation of the exchange placement
Meeting arranged to discuss exchange and provide parents with information about the exchange, especially the hosting of inbound students. 

Cost to the Dio girl and her family
You will pay your Dio school fees as usual. 
The host school will not charge you any fees but may charge for extra-curricular outings/camps which fall during the exchange period. 
Airfares, stop-overs, visas, medical insurance costs and transfers to the exchange school. This will be organised directly between your family and your travel agent. 
Personal uniform, stationary or boarding expenses (ie; stockings, pens, tuck)
Allowance as agreed between the host family and your family, to cover things like school and family outings, additional travel, souvenirs, etc

Academic Implications
An Exchange is an exceptional endeavour. It, therefore, requires students to make exceptional efforts to enjoy the exceptional experience. However, it is also an optional endeavour and it must be clearly understood that the onus is on the students regarding all school and academic work. An exchange is not a holiday. Academic stability is paramount. Therefore the impact on individual students on missing time at Dio and having to catch up is an important factor in the selection process

As part of the commitment to fostering student exchanges, Dio will:
Facilitate the exchange between the two schools and liaise with the exchange school administrators, including school enrolment, academic information, medical forms, references, term dates, orientation programmes for both outgoing and incoming students.
Make the Dio student and her family aware of any implications regarding their academic programme and NCEA achievement.
Provide a place and process for the exchange ‘sister’ coming to Dio
Maintain regular communication with the Dio host family throughout the exchange.
Provide a pastoral care mentor (the exchange coordinator) for the incoming student throughout the exchange period.
Provide support to the Dio girl on her return from the exchange to help her integrate back into school life.         

The family of the Dio girl on exchange will:
Communicate with Dio and complete the required documentation for both schools including Police vetting (as a requirement of the Ministry of Education’s 'Code of Practice for the Care of Overseas Students' all Homestay parents, plus anyone else aged 18 or over who lives with the family must agree to Police vetting).
Meet the financial obligations of the exchange.
Communicate directly with the overseas host family and school where necessary for sharing information and building positive relationships.

The Dio family hosting an exchange ‘sister’ will enter into the spirit of the exchange by maximising the experience of the ‘sister’ by:
Making her feel welcome – from the airport arrival to her departure
Providing a comfortable and adequately private space
Recognising and respecting specific dietary, medical, learning or personal needs
Introducing her to NZ food, customs, culture, environment and lifestyle
Ensuring the exchange ‘sister’ follows Dio expectations of uniform, attendance and behaviour, and keeps up with her academic work while at school
Encouraging her involvement in social family/peer activities, and in Dio extra-curricular activities
Communicating with her family back home, and assisting them where possible if they choose to visit in NZ
Providing opportunities for the exchange student to experience different parts of the country.

Please note that whilst these exchanges are planned in good faith, Waikato Diocesan cannot be held accountable for any changes initiated by the exchange school due to unforeseen circumstances.

For all enquiries regarding school exchanges, please contact the School Exchanges Coordinator.