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
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.
We were lucky enough to have the Visit of the author Maz Evans at our Prep School.
After a wonderful assembly where she talked about her life as an author and how one “yes” can be life changing after years of “no”. Keep trying until you get that “yes”!
Pre-Prep used their imagination to work out what was behind the curtain!
Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant workshop and produced some excellent diary entries. They also asked Maz some great questions.
Maz Evans was inspiring. “We love your books!”
“I really enjoyed writing a diary and asking Maz questions!”, Amélie.
“We thought her assembly was really fun and interesting!”. Year 3
“Maz Evans was a real inspiration and really funny as well!”. Grace M
Janey, Amélie M, Olly, Alanna and Skyla were selected by the Year 6 pupils to compete in the Year 6 and 7 French Poem Competition at the Senior School on Wednesday 30th of January.
They performed their poems with a beautiful pronunciation and an amazing delivery. The audience was wonderful and very supportive.
Congratulations to all, especially to Janey and Amélie M who won the competition.
“All the participants were amazing and sounded like they were French!”. Elizabeth
“I am so proud to my fellow participants and well done to Amélie and Janey!” Skyla
“C’était super. Bravo!” Rebecca
“J’ai beaucoup aimé voir mes amis participer!”. Yode
“Well done to everyone who took part!”. Alanna
Year 6 had an amazing time in the Senior School lab this week learning all about the heart, witnessing a dissection. All were fascinated (and only a couple felt a bit queasy!).
“It was very exciting because we got to see inside a heart.” Katherine and Tina
“Some people struggled to watch without feeling uncomfortable!”. Rebecca and Yode
“It was very interesting to see the different parts of the heart.” Elizabeth
Les élèves de Classe 6 were very happy to receive their letters from their French pen friends!
“It is so funny to see what they look like and read about what they like!”
“French writing is so different!”
“I liked finding out who was friend with whom!”
Du 4 au 8 Juin 2018:
Classe 6 had an amazing week in Le Clos de l’Ancien Pressoir, a château in Commes, Normandie. They practised their French, ate lovely (and, to them, sometimes strange) food, learnt a lot about history and did some sightseeing.
“It was so interesting and fun. I loved trying all the cheeses!” Barnabé
“C’était super!“, Ellie
“I loved the snails. Bon appêtit!” Epi
“I loved the trip so much that I am definitely doing French at GCSE.” Theo
“It was the best week ever and I loved everything, especially eating snails!” Niamh
Classe 6 was very happy to receive the letters from their French pen friends!
“She has a cat too!”, “He likes fishing like me!”, “He plays rugby as well!”, “She looks just like me!” were some of the comments going around the classroom.
Merci et à bientôt!
Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 et 7 ont fait une assemblée en français!
- 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.
In the first match we played really well against Yateley Manor School. Our communication was great and so where our passes. But we needed to win a bit more. The score was 3-0 to them. The player of the match was Darcy.
Our second match was against Beaudesert Park School. We defended well but they got five goals past us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any goals again. The player of the match was Grace.
Then our third match was against Port Regis. We defended so well that the score was 0-0. Our defending was great and so was our spacing for passes. The player of the match was Amelie.
The forth match was against Chafyn Grove School. This was the same as before good passing and good communication. But what we did much better was running up the pitch when somebody hit the ball. The player of the match was Millie.
Our fifth match was against Perrot Hill School. This game was just after lunch so we were raring to go. But it somehow took us longer to figure them out. The player of the match was Ella.
Then our sixth match was against Salisbury Cathedral School. In this match our spacing was great. Millie and I took turns in the 16-yard hits. I was the player of the match this time.
Our final match was against Richard Pate School. In this match for fifteen minutes it was 0-0. So, we went into a golden goal which means we have five minutes to score a goal the first team that does score wins. But it was still 0-0. So, we went into a penalty shoot. The three people that got volunteered to do that was me, Millie and Amelie. It was a tense moment, I tried to chip in the first goal but missed. Then Richard Pate School scored. Up next was Millie, her hit was straight to the gaolie who kicked it back, she then ran out of time score again. Richard Pate School manged to score their second goal which made them the winners. The player of the match was Ava.
The overall player of the whole day was Amelie.
This was a fantastic day, where we learnt loads of new hockey skills and tips and had so much fun.
Thank you to Mrs Bell and Mr Evans for taking us.
Sophie (Year 6)