St. Bernard hosts own french “Carnaval”


By Jolene Perron

Last week, children at St. Bernard elementary school celebrated the French culture by hosting French week at their school.

The event has been held before, but it was the first time for St. Bernard’s French teacher, Mlle Martinez. She said she gathered ideas from the past events, other teachers and students to help put together all the activities.

Children from Grades 4 through 8 were able to further their French education by taking part in the many activities planned.

Although the event had previously been intended to mirror the Carnaval de Québec in Québec City, Martinez says that they chose to schedule their own event before the March Break.


Grades 7 and 8 students at St. Bernard school end their French Week by kicking off March Break with “Le Bal De Carnaval” meaning a dance. L-R: Dillon Hayes (Gr. 8), Colton Bondy (Gr. 8), Nick Meloche (Gr. 8) dressed up as le Bonhomme Carnaval, Kaityln Drooled (Gr. 8), Rachel Shiells (Gr. 7).

“I was too busy,” said Martinez, “There were too many things going on, and being closer to March break was a better time to have it.”

Monday was “Jour D’Art” meaning “Art Day” in which the children were able to paint, sketch and sculpt different creations.

Tuesday was “Café des Crepes”, meaning exactly what it says – Café of Crepes! Each class took turns, and were treated to a crepe breakfast.

Wednesday was “Le Cinema”, meaning “Movie Day”, in which children were able to watch movies in French. One of the movies children got to see was “Mr. Bean Holiday.”

Thursday was “Le Bal de Carnival” which was a dance held in the gymnasium. Not only was it a good way to end the week, but it was also a good way to celebrate the arrival of March break. Grade eight students also helped out by dressing up as the Bonhomme Carnaval. He is the mascot for the Carnaval de Québec in Québec City.

“It’s important to celebrate French culture,” said Martinez, “The children need to appreciate the language. Being in Canada, we get to experience the bilingual culture, and it’s important to understand it.”

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