This year’s French Day was a wonderful day of learning, creativity and fun. The 2018 theme centred around Art and Culture, with all students having the opportunity to explore an art gallery in our very own Louvre Museum! The school was awash with French flag colours and French themed costumes and, as usual, we were treated with a variety of très délicieux French foods to purchase at the Canteen.
Students displayed their school values in many ways, such as the Receptions and Monsieur Goodman’s class using Courage to perform ‘Arc-en-Ciel’ (the Rainbow Song) at assembly. Castle and Stillwell students showed Courage and Persistence when performing their provincial French dances to the school in a much smaller space than they had practiced. The Holly classes showed their personal best no matter who they work with, when they co-created the stunning reproduction artworks used for the Louvre gallery.
For the first time ever we had a display to showcase our students’ artistic talents through sculptures, paintings and drawings. The works were available to be viewed in the Library and students won awards for their effort, their skill level and their creativity. We also had our very first ‘Travel Board’, thanks to our school families and staff. It was très fantastique to see how many people in our school community have travelled to a French speaking country. Sharing travel experiences is such a great way to inspire our children to travel themselves in the future.
Throughout the day, students participated in a range of French themed activities.
Castle students learned about Henri Matisse and how he “drew” with scissors. They used their knowledge of French colours to make their own artist’s paint pallet with crayons and watercolours. Students recreated Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous ‘Fruit Faces’ (shown at the Louvre) as their own collage and created a modern take on the most visited artwork in the world, the ‘Mona Lisa’. Some students even got to try Pétanque and French Skipping for the first time too.
The Stillwell classes tried their hands at making their very own ‘Winged Victory’ Statues out of plasticine. First they learnt some facts about the famous sculpture (which is situated in the Louvre) and then they used photographs of the statue at different angles to recreate their own mini versions. Students discovered Renoir’s painting ‘The Skiff’ (also known as ‘La Yole’) and used soft pastels to create their own reproduction of the painting. Some looked so similar! Finally, each class learnt of the history of the Louvre Museum and took time to make a 3D drawing of the famous Louvre Pyramid.
Students from the Holly Unit spent time investigating French influences on the world in areas such as scientific, revolutionary, the arts and sports. Once each small group had chosen one person of influence, they spent time finding information and presented their findings in poster form. They then came together and shared their information with their classes.
Merci beaucoup to all of the parents and visitors who attended our special French Day assembly and to the teachers, SSOs and helpers who assisted throughout the day.