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On 8th November, the whole school celebrated French day with a fun packed morning. The children arrived in many colourful costumes from the three Musketeers to Napoléon and Marie-Antoinette to Coco Chanel although there was a clear trend for stripy tops and berets this year! After registration, 4 teams of mixed ages were promptly organised and each team followed their leader round a carousel of four activities in which they could accrue points for good behaviour and team work to go towards their total team score.

These activities were: a ‘petit-déjeuner’ at the “Café de l’école” run by Mesdames Snell and Taswell where the children ordered and paid for their food and drinks using (fake) euros, a rehearsal workshop for their Francovision performance, an art competition where they had to follow Madame Downing’s expert instructions on how to draw the Eiffel tower and a boules tournament on the lawns. We were extremely lucky with the weather as it was blue sky and glorious sunshine all morning, albeit on the chilly side.

After break came showtime with great Francovision performances from all four teams. Madame Turton’s red team got the best score of 29 out of 30, given by 3 impartial judges, for their amazing performance  and they went on to win the overall school competition with 95 points out of 100. Bravo les Rouges!

Madame Squires’ blue team came second followed by Mademoiselle Jenning’s green team and Mr Lucas’ yellow team who both came in third place with 79 points.

Individual prizes were given for the best costumes in Pre-Prep and Prep as voted by members of staff and the winners were: Francis (D’Artagnan) in Horner, Theodora (la Panthère Rose) in Monmouth, Isaac (Astérix) in Harris and Penelope (Inspecteur Clouseau) in Upper Cerdics.

Finally, after difficult deliberation, the results of the art competition were announced for each age group and the winners also received a prize for their fantastic drawings of the Eiffel Tower. These were: Daisy in Symes, Phoebe in Monmouth, Matthew in Wyndham, Scarlett in Harris, Charlie Day and Evie in Upper Cerdics.

Thank you to all the parents for their support (special mention to Mrs Mayfield for lending us a boules set), to the Friends of Chard school for generously funding the event and to all the members of staff for their invaluable help in ensuring that a great time was had by all!

Madame Bartoli – Modern Languages