Baradene College students - Lauren White and Keeara Ofren - went to Wellington to speak at a function at the National Library hosted by the French Embassy. They took down fifteen posters and some copies of the book 'The Battle of Conscience'. They represented to project very well. A video link to our partner school in Chauny was an extra special part of the event.
Remuera Library Exhibition - from June 17 2015 - Auckland, NZ
"The Battle of Conscience" - La Bataille de la Conscience
Students from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Auckland, NZ and Lycée Professionnel Jean Macé, Chauny, France have worked together on a joint ambitious project to mark the anniversary of the First World War within the Shared Histories framework. The students researched the pacifist objection to war and those New Zealanders and French soldiers who deserted or...
Baradene College students have handed in our final work that is linked to the Shared Histories Project. We had to individually make up websites about our research that showed our understanding of the topics we researched. Our focus was to present key ideas on our topic that were then explained. We had to focus on the impact on people and the significance to New Zealanders. This work connected the project to the NCEA Assessment we are doing for Level 3. Our websites were for History AS 3.2...
Baradene College of the Sacred Heart students have completed individual research associated with the project they have worked on for the Shared Histories partnership. Having published a book and held the exhibition of their posters, they focused on one aspect of the project more intensely and researched further to produce their own individual work for their NCEA qualification - Achievement Standard History 91434 v.1: Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders, using...
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.