Nous nous sommes rendus dans le cimetière militaire de Chauny afin de commémorer les soldats Britanniques, Allemands et Français ayant combattu durant la première guerre mondiale. Sur cette photo nous nous trouvons devant le cimetière français en présence du maire de Chauny, M.Lalonde, de notre assistant américain Geoffrey effectuant la lecture d'un poème écrit en français par une élève néo-zélandaise d'EPSOM ( Sarah-Louise ) et de notre proviseur, Mr Valentin. Les élèves de 1ére L1 se sont...
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.
We attended a concert of French music today. The music was of French songs from the First World War and French poems from the First World War that had been set to music. The musicians played a contemporary musical version of these. It was a great concert to attend as it gave us a unique chance to hear this French music.
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.
Students from Baradene College que for food at the canteen. We enjoyed a special lunch at the School Canteen at Lycée Proffesionnel Jean Mace (ex Guy Lussac). The French students decorated the canteen with banners showing the New Zealand and French flags. Two DJs played music in the canteen. But the highlight was a special meal of special food from Piccardy. It's was very delicious food.
New Zealand and French students read poetry as a way of paying respect to the New Zealand soldiers who died in the Somme. Poems were read in Maori, French and the English language. We then laid a wreath and the New Zealand students sang a song in Maori. It was a great way to end the day and it was good to do this together. The students now understand very well that we both share a history for the First Wirld War.
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.