Grade 3 and 4 African Drumming Workshop

As part of the BC curriculum for French, students are expected to study French-speaking countries around the world. Like Canada, there are many countries that chose French as one of their official languages. In Europe, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, and Luxemburg are the countries that come to mind when we think about French language; but did you know that Europe is not the place where French is the most widely spoken? It’s Africa! As a matter of fact, a lot of West African countries are French-speaking. As the Grade 3s are studying a play that takes place in Senegal, Africa, they learned more about Africa, its many cultures, wildlife, and art.

Africa is all about rhythm, dance, and warm energy. Our Grade 3 and 4 students were very lucky to get to experience some of the music with a special guest on November 8: Fana Soro. Fana is a internationally-acclaimed musician from Ivory Coast. He taught the girls how to play African drums, called “djembe”, and to sing a few songs in his native tongue. It was fun interacting with Fana in both French and English, and to laugh with him while discovering his culture. Merci Fana!

Céline Foucher
Junior School French Teacher

Category: Junior School
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Award-Winning Playwright Meets with the Gr. 11 and 12s

On Wednesday, September 27th, Michele Riml, Jessie Richardson Award-winning Canadian playwright, came in to speak to the Grade 11 and 12s about turning their stories into art.

Michele has had 14 plays produced in nine countries around the world. Students in English 11 and 12 read her play, “Miss Teen,” and had a chance to listen to her speak about her creative process, as well as tools and techniques she uses as a writer to draw in and connect with her audience, and her use of  humour to discuss difficult content.

Read more about Michele Riml here and here.

Category: Senior School
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