French Day Celebration


One of the most important dates in France is 14th July. In English, it is called Bastille Day. Sadly however, in 2016 on this date, the country which is known for its style, its revolution faced a horrifying challenge of terrorist attack. Paying the tribute to the victims and martyrs, who stood to fight against terrorists, Orchids, The International School, Thane (OIST) stepped forward to spread the message of appreciating culture, building solidarity and respecting human rights. On this day the school arranged the special cultural and educational program for the students under the guidance of their teachers. On Bastille Day, enthusiastic learners and teachers dressed up themselves in the tricolor-red, blue and white. At the onset of program the hall cheered wishing each other “Bonjour”- (Good Morning). Fluent, ardent and stylish French teacher- Ms. Devashree extended her warm welcome to the principal Dr. Madhuri Sagale, the Chief guest, Social Entrepreneur and avid French expert Mr. Sunil Chavan and the vice principal Mrs. Shilpi Gupta. The students of classes V to IX, who have French as their optional language, put together a wonderful show, evidently to showcase their skill in speaking the language. Historical significance behind this day was presented by budding historians of grade IX with the help of PowerPoint presentation- “STORMING OF BASTILLE”. All the kids were thrilled to watch the documentary which drove them back to the times of 17th century when brave people of Paris fought for freedom and justice. French culture is associated with Paris which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture. The lively music in culture of France was depicted by the choir, who sang on the tunes of the song Aux Champs-Elysées. The audience waved their hands in excitement to listen to the happenings on the grand road of Champs-Elysées in Paris. In addition to glittery, glamorous culture of Paris the regional stylish fishermen of Bretagne cherish the traditions of this country. The dance of their style- Breton Dance originating in Brittany, the Celtic region of France was performed elegantly by fashionable, graceful dancers of grade IV. The students representing Indian and French culture shook hands with each other to educate everyone about differences in mannerism. Students dressed up as famous French personalities like Napoléon Bonaparte-French military man, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel- a French civil engineer and architect, Joan of Arc, nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”, a heroine of France, François Roland Truffaut-a French film director, Molière- a French playwright and actor. These shows toppers of grade V set the stage on fire by their eloquent introduction in French language. Thefashion parade was not only interesting but also very informative. When everyone stood in attention for the national anthem which was sung by grade IV students, there were vibes of international brotherhood, togetherness and peace. The celebration was graced by the chief guest, Mr. Sunil Chavan who interacted with the students in impressive French accent and intonation. The principal madam proudly patted on the backs of the brilliant performers and shoulders who handled the responsibly to groom them.The spirit of happiness, joyfulness shone brightly when students shared muffins, breads and another French dishes during break time. An “Art-Gallery” was set up by the students who replicated the drawings of French artists Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Daubigny and August Renoir. Other students visited the book exhibition called “Bibliothèque de Francais” and appreciated the marvelous pieces of art and literature. The little students attempted to speak in French; they colored the flags to decorate the nooks and corners of the school in tricolor. This cheerful, fantastic extravaganza reinstated the most important motto of France Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, (Freedom, Equality, and Brotherhood) and essentially raised respect towards other’s culture by exploring more about it.