I was very excited yesterday afternoon when I received my arrête de nomination in the mail! My mother texted me during the day that a letter from the Académie de Lyon had arrived and I couldn’t wait to get home from my internship to open it.
I’ve been placed in 2 schools: a high school in Bellignat and a middle school in Oyonnax. My high school’s name is Lycée Arbez Carme and the middle school is Collège Louis Lumière. I’m glad I’m getting the experience to teach in 2 different settings and age groups of schoolkids! I will be primarily at Bellignat, spending 75 % of my teaching time there, with 25% in Oyonnax.
So where are Bellignat and Oyonnax anyway?
Bellignat and Oyonnax are both in the Ain département of the Rhône-Alpes region, of which Lyon is the capital. Bellignat and Oyonnax are 10 minutes apart from each other, both approximately an hour from Lyon and an hour from Geneva. (Looking forward to taking day trips into Switzerland!)
I still have a lot of research to do about my two new towns, along with finding housing (!) with both a reasonable commute and a reasonable social life. From what I can gather, Bellignat has a population of approximately 3,500 inhabitants, and Oyonnax is home to about 23,000 people. That’s quite a difference! I”m looking forward to experiencing two different lifestyles while I’m in France, and I’ll keep this blog updated with my findings on what to expect in Bellignat and Oyonnax!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!