C’est Magnifique! St Mary’s School Celebrates French Day

There was a certain je ne sais quoi at St Mary’s School on Tuesday as they held a special ‘French Day’. Children were invited to dress in red, white, and blue for the occasion, with a few donning berets or even drawn-on moustaches.

The usual school timetable was overturned, with lessons all centred around French-themed activities. In art class, the children painted French flags, created artwork inspired by Monet or the book ‘Madeline’, crafted collages of the French flag, and designed rose windows inspired by the Notre Dame. More creative escapades included a charades workshop in Drama, baking palmier biscuits, and building an Eiffel tower from spaghetti and marshmallows!

There was a ‘Tour de France’ challenge in PE, along with games of Pétanque. Even food was in keeping with the theme, with students enjoying a delicious French-inspired lunch. The day finished with a singing assembly, with each year group taking turns to sing a song in French – from Nursery children all the way through to Year 6.

Dana Paldi, French Teacher, said, “It has been great to see the children really embrace their love of French today, through singing, art, drama, sport, stories and even some delicious baking! I really enjoy seeing how our pupils grow in confidence using their French, as their vocabulary develops and they have the opportunity to use the language in different ways – their favourite is always the singing!”

Rob Harmer, Headmaster, added, “I have been delighted to see how much the children enjoyed all of the amazing French activities today. Our children benefit from lessons with our specialist French teacher from Nursery through to Year 6. This gives them a wonderful grounding in the language, setting them up well for success at senior school.”


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