July 2018

Grand petit déjeuner français

On Monday 16th July, year 7 students at Withernsea High School were given a taste of France when they were treated to a traditional French breakfast in celebration of their continuing outstanding work in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

The 'grand petit déjeuner français' offered students a unique opportunity to put their learning in to practice in a practical and fun way outside of the classroom.

After studying the language needed to take orders and offer food/drinks to guests, students in years 8, 9 and 10 helped to serve a delicious breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolate, jus d’orange et chocolat chaud to around 150 people – including the full year 7 cohort. 

While working on the menus, year 7 students perfected the language required to order specific items and fluently converse with the waiters and each other.

Joining the students at the event were a number of staff and special guests who had been invited to help recognise and celebrate their successes. Among the guests were representatives from the East Riding Local Education Authority, School Governors and the Mayor of Withernsea – Councillor Terry Dagnall, who did a wonderful job of speaking French with the young people at his table. 

Madame Pavey, Withernsea High School’s Progress Leader in French, commented: ‘Our grand petit déjeuner français was a fantastic event to celebrate and showcase all the wonderful learning students have been doing in French. I was so proud of them all and I was delighted to hear them speaking French fluently. I would also like to thank our special guests who gave up their time to support our students. I am really keen to run this event again next year as it was a lovely way to celebrate the success of French here at Withernsea High School’.

Throughout the East Riding there is an increasing focus on the promotion of language-learning, spearheaded by the Local Authority. LA Improvement Officer Kay Ray commented: 'It was fantastic to take part in this very engaging event which involved so many pupils celebrating French language and culture.'

Debi Miller, Governor of the School, added: ‘It was a lovely way to start the day and it was wonderful to see staff, students and guests fully embracing the spirit of the event. Events such as these go a long way in assisting students’ understanding of the subject.’

Feedback from the students themselves was equally as positive. Year 10 student Gabriel Lord commented: 'C'était super! It was a great experience being a waiter and I spoke lots of French to year 7 and our guests. I felt very confident speaking French.' 

Year 7 student Charlie Walker added: 'It was a good change from a normal morning and actually being able to use the French language in this way was a great way to learn.'