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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

According to Oscar Wilde ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ and the students in 1e British English Section hope that the American director, Tim Burton, will agree if he sees their recent creations.

As part of the Gothic literature synoptic topic studied for the OIB oral exam, the class looked at how Gothic elements have permeated literature, art and architecture at different moments in time. To show that they had fully understood what elements Burton uses to create the Gothic aesthetic for which he is so well-known, the students had to choose a character or person from today’s popular culture and put the character through a process of ‘Burton-isation’.

The characters chosen included Noddy, Alice in Wonderland, Betty Boop, Snow White, the Simpsons and Tweety Pie.

The challenge proved eerie-sistible and the results were completely spook-tacular.

 

WW1 Stained glass panel exhibition

After spending a few weeks studying war poetry and the different ways in which war was perceived before, during and after the First World War, the students of the British English International Section turned their attention to how symbols are made. They then created stained glass panels which symbolise aspects of the Great War and contain related found poems made by the students from poems read in class.

A select jury composed of school librarian, Ms Tournier, history-geography teachers Mr Ollivier and Ms Mongas, and overseen by maths teacher and professeur principal, Mr Moreau, deliberated to select the outstanding panel in three categories.

Best composition was awarded to Loan who created an elegant design with a burning candle.

Best use of colour was awarded to a student who chose to represent Lady Haig’s first poppy factory.

Best story-telling was awarded to Mahé who played with scale to show the dangers of No Man’s Land.

All the panels created by the class are on display in the school library and are particularly eye-catching on a sunny day.

Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s day?

Sure, they’re very scent-imental! And so are we…

Cupid’s Kids was created to help build intergenerational connections and reach isolated seniors. For the past few years, the DC Department of Aging and Community Living has teamed up with school students to create thousands of Valentine’s Day cards for the oldest residents of Washington DC. Cards will be delivered to seniors who receive home delivered meals.

This year, the students in the British English International Section in the Lycée Lucie Aubrac contributed over 50 cards and letters. Students in the American Section in the Collège Les Renardières also took part, letting their imagination go wild with all the puns possible for Valentine’s Day messages.

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize just how much you love them.” — Agatha Christie

 

Remember Sadako

After researching and debating the reasons for and against nuclear weapons, the students in 2e SI GB decided to make a contribution to the Hiroshima Peace Garden. They used poster guides and video tutorials made by students in 3e at college Georges Seurat to learn how to make origami cranes.

We sent more than 80 cranes to Hiroshima which have been placed in the Children’s Peace Monument.

Tempest Tuesday

The British section students in 1e had a fantastic opportunity to have a two-hour long workshop with the actor, Conor Short, this week.

The workshop focused on The Tempest by Shakespeare. The words on the page were brought to life which will be so useful when the oral exam arrives next year.

To top it all, we had a lot of fun stomping in time to iambic pentameter!

Happy Postcrossing!

The goal of Postcrossing is to allow anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world!

The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

So far, the British section students have sent cards to Belgium, Belarus, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the USA. We have received cards from Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

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