Bethany’s EAL department continues to put its pupils’ language skills to the test in the most natural way possible: by having a conversation with friends! This week, Sean Evelegh, our Head of School, interviewed Victor Poulain in The Orchard boarding house.
Sean: Have you ever lived in another country?
Victor: Yes – I’ve lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Geneva, Switzerland. I spent 4 years at an international school in Geneva and 1 year in the Swiss school system. I spent 2 years at an international school in Geneva where I was doing the International Baccalaureate.
Do you speak any other languages?
Yes – I speak French. My parents are French so I speak French with them. I’m bilingual. I also speak a little bit of Arabic from when I was at school there. We had 4 hours of Arabic a week.
Did you have to wear a uniform?
Do you prefer wearing your own clothes at school?
No, because it creates inequality. People spend their money on buying Gucci etc and it’s better if everyone is the same, in uniform.
What’s it like in Geneva/Abu Dhabi?
Well, you can do a lot of things like skiing, Geneva has good cheese and food, in UAE you can do dune-bashing, sky-diving and there is the desert as well.
Do you think it’s a good thing to have lived in different countries?
Yes, it’s a great experience because people are different and you get to experience different cultures. I’ve travelled a lot, for example to Sri Lanka and India and although people are poor there, they’re very hospitable.
How long have you been boarding at Bethany?
For 4 years.
What do you like about boarding?
The trips and activities.
What A levels are you studying?
Finance, Applied Business and French.
And what do you hope to do in the future?
I’d like to do International Business, probably in France and then work in Asia or the Middle East.