PUPILS at an Alnwick first school gave a continental au revoir to French assistant Emmanuelle Chasse last week.
A day of French themed events, coinciding with Bastille Day, which commemorates the French Revolution, was held at the Northumberland Hall on Thursday in honour of the teacher’s last day.
Starting at Alnwick South last September, Emmanuelle – funded by The British Council – taught the children the French language as well as native dancing, songs and culture which was put to the test in Thursday’s events.
While she was there, each class in the school was given a French artist to influence the pupils’ artistic talents.
From this, they painted themselves a T-shirt based on the artist’s work which they wore for the event.
French food was served by the pupils, a variety of products were on sale at a French-style fete and a whole host of entertainment was also on offer, including juggling, diabolo tricks, singing and a fashion show.
More than 200 schoolchildren took part including Gifted and Talented pupils from Lindisfarne Middle School who had been helping to organise the event.
Money raised from the fete will be put back into school funds to then be spent on new resources for the children.
l Story and pictures by Will Larkin and Emily Smart, both 13, on Bring a Child to Work Day last week.