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New Partner School for St Felix!

St Felix Primary School is part of a Suffolk-wide project which links schools in Suffolk with schools in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in France.

Since our contact, Marc Dourlens,  from our partner school has moved schools, St Felix Primary School is now linked with Ecole Primaire François Brasme, in the town of Bully-les-Mines.

Years 5 and 6 made Christmas cards this year to send to Mr Dourlens’ class, and 5G were delighted to receive letters of introduction from their new penfriends, some of whom included Valentines poems with their letters!

We look forward to corresponding with our new partner school, and this term will be preparing leaflets about our locality to send to our new friends, as part of our Local Area topic in Geography.

Ecole Francois Brasme

Vive la France!

All 320 pupils enthusiastically put their hand in the air when asked in afternoon assembly on 25 September whether they had spoken some French that day.  The whole school had embraced European Day of Languages by celebrating in a variety of ways the French language and culture.

Year 1 classes were heard chanting their colours in French whilst tidying their classroom, some classes were learning the blessing in French (Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit) and throughout the day, adults and children were all keen to greet each other, sing Joyeux Anniversaire to the birthday children and wish each other an enjoyable meal with “Bon appétit!”.

“En ligne s’il vous plaît” was one of the phrases that MDSAs were using, and they and Teaching Assistants were giving praise and using phrases that they had been keen to learn during the week leading up to EDL. The kitchen staff also worked extremely hard from the heat of the kitchen encouraging all children to use French whilst choosing and asking for their lunch, seeing the funny side one refusenik who replied “I’m English, I’m having fish and chips please!”

During assembly, the Reception classes treated the school to three rounds of Frère Jacques, followed by Year 1 and 2 confidently singing their greeting song, “Bonjour, bonjour, comment ça va?”.  Year 3 and 4 children combined a Mexican wave of colours with a rendition of “Arc en ciel”, the Rainbow Song, and Year 5 and 6 children demonstrated their daily routine with actions and chanting a rap “Je me lève, je me lave …”

Whilst taking part in a Europe-wide celebration of language-learning, we all finished the day having used our language skills in a real context and enjoying the experience!