On Friday the 4th of August, Hackham East celebrated French Day with much enthusiasm and a great display of our school values. Students dressed the part, wearing French flag colours and French themed costumes. We began with a welcome assembly, where Mademoiselle McGarvey, Mademoiselle Hay, Mademoiselle Morton and Monsieur Goodman’s classes performed the song, ‘Comment Ça va Le Dinosaure’. A super effort by all!
Throughout the day, students participated in a range of French themed activities. Castle students learned about the Tour de France, made French people wooden spoon puppets, found out about French Poodles and dogs in Paris, made Eiffel Towers out of different materials, designed newspaper chateaux (French castles) and used paper plates and patty pans to recreate Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’
The Stillwell classes designed new jerseys for the Tour de France and participated in a smelling activity where they had to discern different French and Australian scents. They also found out that the French National flower is the purple iris and used symmetry to paint their own flowers. Monsieur Grieve’s class also participated in these activities, but were lucky to also make and eat French toast and croissants – Très délicieux!
Students from Madame Connolly and Mademoiselle Wood’s classes investigated items and phrases starting with the word “French” (such as French fries and French doors) and then found out which of these actually originated in France. They saw and tasted French foods and then made small clay replicas of each food.
Kas and Monsiuer Cronin’s classes found out about the encounter between British explorer Flinders and French explorer Baudin in 1802 on the coast of South Australia. They also used oil pastels to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting ‘Starry Night’ and then research the famous Artist’s life and connection to Paris in his later years.
Students were spoilt for choice by the huge array of French foods available for purchase at recess. A grand merci to Coralie, the canteen staff and volunteers for their efforts in this. At lunchtime, students were able to watch the French cartoon ‘Petit Nicolas’ and learn how to do French knitting with Jacky from OSHC. Unfortunately, due to wet weather the outdoor activities of pétanque, marelle and French skipping were cancelled.
In the afternoon Sharing Assembly, students from each class demonstrated courage by sitting on the French “interview chairs” and sharing their learning with the school and parents. The special baguette and French toast helpers assisted with announcing the winners of the French Day colouring in competition. A special bon travail (good work) to the overall winner Shae Wade for her fantastique entry with extra detail and superbe use of colours. The assembly concluded with an encore of ‘Comment Ça va le Dinosaure’.
Merci beaucoup to all of the parents and visitors who attended our special French Day assemblies and to the teachers, SSOs and helpers who assisted throughout the day. Photos and videos of the day are being collated and edited and will be shown at the next whole school assembly.