Westminster Welcomes French Exchange Students
In 2013, Westminster and Saint Denis International School partnered to develop a culture-enriching exchange program. Saint Denis, established in 1858, is a private Catholic school situated in the Loire Valley in France with over 800 students. It is composed of a preschool and primary school, Saint Martin, and a middle and high school, Saint Denis. Each year, we send one or more Upper School students to study for three months at Saint Denis, while they send students to study at Westminster for four weeks beginning in February.
This spring Westminster French student Kylie Smith, daughter of second grade TA Missy Smith, will spend a three-month immersion experience at Saint Denis where she will be a boarding student, spending her breaks and weekends with a host family. Earlier this week, Westminster welcomed five students from Saint Denis (two in 10th grade, three in 8th grade) all of whom are currently staying with host families. Their first day of school was Monday and they will be here for four weeks.
In addition, Carla and Carmen Créspin have joined Mrs. Pippin’s first grade class in the Lower School. They are the twin daughters of Julien Créspin, an English teacher at both Saint Martin and Saint Denis. They also will be here for four weeks. Westminster French teacher, Jordan Lambert, personally taught at this school in France and both of her children have attended Saint Martin. She first met Julien when he was an exchange student at Aquinas High school in 1999. They quickly became friends and have stayed connected ever since. The Crespins are staying with Mrs. Lambert and her family.