Vive Mardi Gras!

On Tuesday 5 March (Shrove Tuesday, “Mardi Gras”), Reception to Year 6 pupils had a very busy French Morning!

After an assembly led by Sixth Form pupils on the importance of learning a foreign language, the pupils were divided into groups and took part in 5 different activities led by our Year 8 pupils and some French pupils visiting from Cognac.

They had a French quiz on the weather, practised numbers, months of the year and birthdays, made pet masks for our Carnival and learnt all about the French traditions of “Mardi Gras”.

Our Samba Band accompanied the children to the dining hall where they danced with their masks for our Carnival procession. They then had a French lunch (see menu below) and some crêpes of course!

I loved playing with the Samba Band for our Carnival procession!” Benjamin.

“J’adore les croissants!” Hugo

“I enjoyed learning about the traditions of French Mardi Gras!” Lucy

“J’ai adoré le matin français!” Elizabeth

“Merci classe 8. J’ai adoré toutes les activités!” Rebecca

Mardi Gras was wonderful, I loved making the masks and learning about the French traditions.” Skyla et Tina

We loved the food and singing the Robot Song!” Katherine et Alanna

It was a pleasure playing in the Samba Band!“, Max

I hope I am in France next year for Mardi Gras!“. Olly

Merci aux élèves français de Cognac!“. Yode

 

Our Valentine Dance!

 

On Thursday 14 February, 18 pupils from the Prep School (from Years 3 to 6) took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival, which took place at The Forum Theatre in Bath. The theme this year, given the date, was of course… love!

The group had developed a dance routine they had choreographed to (“What makes you beautiful”, from One Direction), with the help of Caroline, the Dance Lady, during their Street Dance after-school club.

We arrived at the theatre for an afternoon rehearsal slot and the children loved being on stage straight away. They were immaculately behaved backstage and enjoyed preparing for the show, putting on hair gel and make-up and inflating their guitars! They all supported each other and revelled in the buzz of the event, as they performed in front of several hundreds of people with energy, enthusiasm and big smiles on their faces.

We were extremely proud of them and enjoyed the show.

 

La Fête des Rois – King for the day!

 

Year 3 celebrated this French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ‘Galette des Rois’ this week. This is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century.

The festival takes place around Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, when the wise men visited baby Jesus. According to tradition, the ‘Galette des Rois’, was to “draw the kings” to the Epiphany.

A ‘Fève‘ (originally a bean but now a small trinket or figurine) is baked inside the cake and the cake is shared around the table. Whoever receives the Fève is then crowned king or queen for the day and has the much coveted opportunity of bossing the rest of the family about! A pupil was crowned our ‘King’ but thankfully he didn’t get to rule for too long as it was the last lesson of the day.

 

 

Egyptian Morning – 15th of January 2019

Year 3 and 4 had a wonderful morning learning what an Egyptologist does, investigating lots of Egyptian artefacts and mummifying their friend!

” My highlights were painting the Egyptian pictures and writing Hieroglyphics.”, Freya, Year 3

” I loved finding new facts about the Egyptians.”, Caitlin, Year 4.

“I loved getting mummified!”, Ben, Year 4.

Notre assemblée française!

Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 et 7 ont fait une assemblée en français!

They performed

  • stories (La Petite Poule Rousse and Les Trois Petits Cochons),
  • a song (Mon Ane) and
  • poems (L’éléphant and Escargot).

Bravo à tous!

“I felt nervous but once I started speaking French I felt confident.”     Rebecca, classe 5.

“I felt happy performing in front of everybody!”    Elizabeth, classe 5.

“It was really nice to see such a range of ages performing.”    Maisie et Barnabé, classe 6.

 

 

 

Notre assemblée française!

Classes 2, 3, 4, 5 et 6 ont fait une assemblée en français! They performed stories, a song and a poem.

“On Monday the sixth of March year five and year seven did a French play together. We had been rehearsing it for quite a while, with only having had two full rehearsals on stage together we did really well.  I really enjoyed doing it with the year seven. I would love to do another one.”

By Maisie, classe 5

“I enjoyed  introducing the year 7 and 5 story of Petit Elephant!”

Barnaby, classe 5