French Notebook 2016-2017

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March 31th: Granville day 5 / It’s only a “goodbye”… See you soon!

Today we surfed on the big day of yesterday (it ended with a reception by the Town hall and then an evening with the host families at school), while continuing the discovery of each other.

In the morning, the foreign students attended the classes of their French peers. Meanwhile, the Polish and Greenlandic adults shared their morning: observation of the classes in France, then coordination meeting to adjust the calendars together and define the tasks of the end of the year, start preparing the one of next year …

At noon, everyone found themselves in the courtyard to see how each one had progressed in the learning of the respective dances. Many other Malraux students also participated in “the great Madison”. From the memory of André Malraux, never has the friday “active breack” (a french importation of a Polish idea) been so frequented!

After lunch we had an appointment… with Greenland! It was in the Chausey room, which could accommodate the maximum number of people. Here the pupils of all the delegations were able to exchange with their friends currently in Saattut, 500km north of the Arctic Circle!

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In the early afternoon, the adults finished what they had to do while the young people left to make their last turn in town: departure tomorrow morning after evening in the families.

Last but not least: these meetings are only a starting point, hope you will soon see again our youth in the Granville’s streets.

See you soon and thank you all!

March 30th: Granville day 4 / Water,sand,sun … and a wild dance on the beach

Today, the Polish and Greenlandic delegations, the 4F class and the IME students took the bus at 8 am to observe a natural phenomenon. At the salt areas of Saint-Martin de Bréhal, the sea covers the road and meadows on this day of high tide. This road is called the “submersive” road. When we got to the deck, we had a few minutes to put our boots on, then the water went up and we went back to the parking as it covered the road and meadows gradually.

We were numerous, so we then made two groups to follow our guides of the “Avril” association. We took a walk in the haven of La Vanlée to discover the different elements and observe the birds; The guides were accompanied by ornithological volunteers who had brought binoculars. The guides also explained the phenomena of the tides, to the granvillais but especially to our visitors. But we had all already seen the force of nature with the water swirling a little earlier in the morning. We have seen goose geese with a pale belly; In a few months they will not be there anymore but in Greenland! We also saw gulls and a cormorant.

Arriving at the sea under the dune, the Poles and a few others began to dance barefoot in the sand and the guides and teachers took a little time before gathering everyone for the return.

At 1pm, after games of balloons, we had lunch at the PEP of Bréhal with everyone mixed at the different tables.

After the meal, we went down to the beach for a challenge on the sand: in groups of 5-6, we had to reproduce a large rosette on the sand, with two sticks and a rope. We had a very good day and we were very lucky because it was very nice all day.

Flora

March 29th: Granville day3 / More green in the school together and work on our common multilingual “brochures”

Today 8 Polish pupils and the delegates of the 5B, 4F went by bus at the “IME”, which is Granville’s special needs children institut. Mr Caresmel, a professor at the IME, explained us who is the staff to help students in difficulty. We then visited some parts of the building such as the educators’ class (to learn everyday life, to be autonomous: not to read or write).

The school is named Henry Wallon who is a doctor of psychology: he has created systems adapted for children with special needs.

Students can not be more than 6 in a class, chosen according to their needs, to avoid being deconcentrated on the work.

Even if it is really different work, the teacher sometimes puts the students in groups to encourage them.

There are currently 73 students between the ages of 5 and 20.

The class will soon leave for a stay in Brecey. To finance these activities, students organize sales of cakes or chocolates. By cooking and creating their posters, they develop their knowledge.

Afterwards we went to see the educational garden. In it there were onions and potatoes. The names of the plants were written in French, Polish and English.

Then two IME students showed us to the greenhouse. They grow tomatoes, potimarrons, cabbage, salad, leeks, potatoes, zucchinis and strawberries. In addition to growing these plants, they sow seeds, cut hedges and mow the lawn. In exchange they do sailing and horseback riding.

Then we took the plants and we went back to school and made 3 groups:

  • To plant the jasmine near the gate
  • To decorate the bench with the flags of the project Erasmus +
  • To vegetate the outer bench.

Alice, Lisa, Tristan et Quentin

We liked this morning because we did team work; each of the three teams was formed with two Polish pupils, one Greenlandic pupil and two French pupils. We have been working on the Erasmus + brochures on sustainable development in our respective regions.

We met each other, Poles, Greenlanders and French. This improves our ability to communicate in English. For about 3 hours we worked on computers from documents that our classes had translated into all the project languages in previous months.

Then we printed the brochures as a draft in A4 format. Then we will check them and print them in final format to make posters.

Mateo, Camellya, Dorian, Lou

March 28: Granville day2 / Coloring whales and discovering horses

This morning our foreign friends and students of 5B were able to enjoy an artistic workshop led by two women: about forty pupils of 3 nationalities in the same space, standing with eyes closed at first, then the eye, the hand, some colors, air, breathing and that’s it. Mandala. 3h of artistic practice “to connect with the energies of nature”. The supervisors had planned drawing connected with our common theme of work, and we began by putting color on sea animals before making our own motives.

After lunch at the college, let’s go to the “horse center” of Saint-Lô, formerly “Haras National de Saint-Lô”. One hour by bus and we find ourselves in the heart of a famous historical site of the region, internationally renowned for the equine sector. While the guide explains the history of the studs since the kings’age to today, Orpheus comes to greet us. It is a “ Selle Français” stallion mounted by the stud horseman. Then we attended the shoeing of a big Norman Cob. The center of Saint-Lô is above all dedicated to sport horses. From the war to the slaughter, after a sad evolution, the breeding of work horses today has new prospects with horse-drawn travel in few touristic areas, and even school bus in a town of the region.

March 27: Granville day1 / Poland and France waiting for our Greenlandic friends

Arrival at college at 8am this morning, but not for everyone. The Greenlandic delegation was delayed in its trip by the weather so only the Polish are in Granville today, we expect the rest of the team tonight at the last train.

This morning, the Polish had small walk around the Roc at sunrise and high tide, to better understand where we are and to be able to compare with the low tide of the afternoon. A good hot chocolate in the school’ self and at 10 am break, all the students of the project danced in the courtyard for the “active break”: Polish import to Malraux. We then took a group photo and then went up to the Chausey room. We presented our reports and the Poles showed us a video of their work and their establishment.

After lunch and lunch break, during which others danced again, we returned to the grass of the “Pointe du Roc” for the beginning of the orientation race. We started by team, in each team there were correspondents, EMI pupils and pupils of the 5th and 4th classes. We learned the history of Granville and the Old City rounded by water, from the course prepared in History-Geography and English. It was a good learning day.

Tomorrow, the three delegations will be there and the 5th grade will accompany the foreigners for artistic activities and the visit of the Haras de Saint-Lô.

Today’s active break in video: what the Polish taught us and what we want to teach them. “Rendez-vous” on Friday for the progress of each of us!

Tristan, Lou, Martin

PS: This morning; Our “3A team” (Ambre, Anne and Anne Lecomte, their English teacher), on their way to Saattut with the other Polish delegation, crossed the Greenland delegation in Copenhagen, late for Granville!