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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

As French As It Gets

In an attempt to understand French Culture and its place in history, Witty International School, Pawan baug celebrated French National Day on 14th July, 2015  with great pomp and show. Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, as well as the Fete de la Federation which marks the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.

There was a week long French day Celebration prior to the Bastille Day which began with Frenchinema - a festival of French cinema. The French films such as Petit Nicolas and Les Visiteurs were shown to enrich students' vocabulary and give them hands on experience to learn French language in the right way. Students made posters and painted tiles depicting the French culture and sports events in France.

They also made scale size models of significant French monuments and Landmarks under the able guidance of their French Language mentors, Ms. Shima Chanana and Ms. Suruchi Bhatia. The monuments sculpted by the students were modeled and designed to make “Miniature France” which portrayed various French avenues and the rich French Heritage. This also gave an insight on to the students who learnt a lot about the culturèque française. The vision and the purpose to hold this event was to get France closer to the students. The French Boulevard and Avenues created by the students which gave a glimpse on Paris and its beautiful monuments, were truly a sight to behold. These activities were culminated by the celebration of La Fête Nationale on 14th July 2015. The event began with great zeal and enthusiasm where in the students expressed their passion, zeal, enthusiasm, love and fondness for the French culture through dance, drama and songs.  Chantons, dansons, blaguons was the theme of the day. Du coin au coin; from one corner to another corner, the walls of school were shaken by Gaelic and Irish dance performances followed by French songs. Students also gave a soulful rendition of the songs in French such as L’Immensité  and Champs-Elysees.

 Each child was full of confidence and executed their passion in the presence of Mr. Christophe LEGRIS- Consul of Education and Linguistics from the French Consulate who was the Guest of Honour for the Day. He was thoroughly impressed by the fervor and talents exhibited by the Wittians. Mr. Cristophe LEGRIS quoted that “Language breaks barriers between two countries and knowing a foreign language helps one to understand the culture of that country. India and France share a varied diverse culture and French People have always been fascinated by the Indian heritage and culture. Communication is a garment of thought and today the need of the hour is to communicate in at least two foreign languages as the world is becoming a global village and connectivity is important.”
Principal Mr Bijo Kurian stated on the occasion, “Warm greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of France on their National Day. It is our vision to inculcate the foreign culture as a part of the school curriculum to promote international mindedness amongst the students thereby making them global citizens and preparing them for better future.”

Wittians entered into the spirit of the day and ignited their enthusiasm for learning the French language and culture. The programme concluded with  singing of the French National Anthem followed by the Indian National Anthem displaying the ultimate amalgamation of Indo - French Unity.



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