A beret good start to new term
7:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Latest News
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THE new academic year has begun with berets and baguettes at Lawn Primary School.
Pupils spent last Friday learning and experiencing all things French from the cuisine to the culture. They sang the French national anthem and learned all about life in a typical French school.
The overall aim of the day was to give the youngsters an understanding of other ways of life.
“We want our pupils to discover and explore the lives, customs and festivals of the French people and develop an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences,” said Kim Cooper, the modern foreign languages co-ordinator who organised the event.
The children had a special French-themed lunch and were told about the lives of youngsters on the other side of the Channel.
Kelly James, the new headteacher, said: “The children absolutely loved it. One girl came out of the final assembly and said it was the best day ever.
“It was great to see them really engaging in everything with such enthusiasm.”
The day was the culmination of a week of activities to celebrate the school’s motto – Optima Sequi, which translates from Latin as Pursue the Best.
Mr James said: “All the staff have spent the week working with pupils helping them to get the best out of each other.”
As of next year teaching a foreign language will become compulsory for all schools. Lawn Primary, however, has been teaching French for several years which Mr James believes will give them an advantage.
She said: “It’s something which is important to Lawn and the children have gained so much from it.”
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