Oak Knoll welcomes students, faculty from Lycée Sacré Cœur in France
By James McEvoy
Oak Knoll School recently welcomed 17 students and two teachers from Lycée Sacré Cœur in Yssingeaux, France, as part of the school’s ongoing Global Learning initiative.
Students and faculty from Sacré Cœur, which means Sacred Heart, toured the Summit campus and were paired up with Oak Knoll students to attend French classes, eat lunch and exchange glimpses into each other’s culture.
In addition to sitting in on class, the two groups of students enjoyed time to socialize in the Aileen Maury Dining Hall with the assistance of cultural icebreakers.
“The Sacré Cœur girls also experienced the fun of spirit week, a concept completely foreign to French culture,” said Paul Kutner, Oak Knoll’s Global Learning director and chair of the World Languages Department.
Kutner noted the Sacré Cœur was a strategic choice, as its geographic location has historic significance with the AP French curriculum.
“As part of the study of World War II in France, we teach about the ‘Righteous Among the Nations,’ who hid Jews during the Holocaust,” Kutner said. “The area surrounding Yssingeaux, the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, is where devout Christians hid 3,500 Jews during the Nazi occupation of France.”
Kutner hopes the visit was the first step in further introducing this history into Oak Knoll’s curriculum as the schools, along with Delbarton, look to establish an exchange program.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.
OAK KNOLL SCHOOL OF THE HOLY CHILD
44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
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