Après les chants des élèves d'EPSOM, Mrs Scott qui encadrait les élèves pendant leur séjour avec ses collègues a remis à M.Valentin, proviseur des lycées publics de CHAUNY, des cadeaux de remerciements dont le petit lion en peluche, mascotte d'EPSOM GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL. Encore un moment émouvant qui restera un moment de bonheur partagé entre nos deux lycées sur un thème qui nous tenait à coeur.
The concert "Mud under the sky" ended with some typical Maori songs. First the students sang their school anthem directed by their Maori teacher, Mrs Hau, followed by New Zealand's national anthem. They ended with the traditional Haka, which was very impressive for us. It was great and we were all very moved. What a beautiful way to end this experience !
Malaury Debruxelles ( 1L1 ), Gay Lussac High School
Monsieur Jean Louis Valentin, the principal of the high school named Lycée Professionnel Jean Macé, in Chauny, France. He wears the greenstone taonga that was presented to him as a gift from Ms Sandy Pasley, the principal of Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, in Auckland, New Zealand. The hospitality that Baradene College students received in Chauny was greatly appreciated.
Mr Coutts speaking at the mayoral reception which was held at the official opening of the exhibition and book launch in Chauny, France. The students then supported him with a Maori song at the end of his speech.
This evening the Mayor of Chauny held a reception in the town hall. The venue was very beautiful. There were lots of speeches from visiting dignitaries all in The French language. The photo shows the Mayor speaking. Mr Coutts spoke on our behalf (in Maori, French and English, and Mr Gallop translated the English part of the speech. The students supported Mr Coutts' speech by singing a song in Maori after his speech.
This afternoon we went on a literary tour of the Somme battlefield. We visited the village of Frise, saw where German and French soldiers had trenches and discovered stories about the war written by the author Blaise Cendrars.
Students from Chauny, France and students from Auckland, New Zealand in a group photo at Vauclair Abby.
This Abby was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1134 by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. It managed to survive until the French Revolution in 1789, when it was finally demolished and sold as "national property". Its geographical location very near to the Chemin des Dames led to what was left of its buildings being almost totally destroyed in 1917 by direct artillery bombardment during the First World...
The village of Craonne is on the Californie plateau which was the site of bloody fighting on 16 April 1917 during Nivelle's failed 1917 Offensives. It was these disastrous offensives that pushed the French Army over the edge and led to the 1917 Mutiny. The village was immortalised in the song called La Chanson de Craonne (English: The Song of Craonne). This song was sung by the 68 divisions of French soldiers (out of 110 French Army divisions) who mutinied. The song was prohibited in France...