At a time when students are returning to school after the summer break, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene wanted to visit several schools in the Principality, a wish that became a reality on 16 September when she visited some primary and secondary school children. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene was accompanied by Mrs Isabelle Bonnal, Director of Education, Youth and Sports and by the Assistant Director, Mrs Valérie Corporandy.
At 10.00am, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene was welcomed to François d'Assise-Nicolas Barré by Mrs Hélène Palmero, Head Teacher of the primary school and Mrs Christine Lanzerini, the High School Principal. This visit gave the Princess the opportunity to discover the children's new school uniforms, for which she was the main inspiration. She talked spontaneously with students of all grades in both English and French and enthusiastically took part in a drawing workshop with one of the younger classes.
At the same school, the Princess enjoyed a discussion with an English class as part of an interactive language lesson using new technologies that the Prince's Government has provided to help with the success of its students.
After this first appointment, H.S.H. Princess Charlene went to the Albert Ier Lycée where she was welcomed by the Head Teacher, Mr Pierre Cellario. She met with final year students who, last year took part in an educational and humanitarian trip to South Africa and Swaziland. The Princess congratulated the students and teachers on the quality of the photos and commentary produced during this trip. The Princess was particularly touched by the fact that students from the Principality were aware of the situation of less fortunate children, whose living conditions can be precarious. This conversation was an opportunity to appreciate the students' high level of English. These discussions continued during a Physical Sciences session using new technologies.
At the end of the morning, H.S.H. Princess Charlene wanted to lunch with the students of the École de Fontvieille who welcomed her alongside their Head Teacher, Mrs Véronique Tambuscio. The students proudly presented the table decorations in the school canteen that they made entirely on their own. Last year, these students were actively involved in the Petit Chefs competition organised at the Fairmont Hotel, where they won the award for best table presentation.
After lunch, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene once again paid tribute to all the students and their teachers, wishing them an excellent school year.