New French language enrichment opportunities
By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages, Year 11 student Kate Miller and Year 8 students Izzy Rankin and Lara Clements
The Languages Department has recently introduced two excursions which allow students a taste of traditional French cuisine. Last semester, Year 8 students visited Breizh Café in Ainslie, which specialises in French crêpes. The excursion was the culmination of a study of local cuisine from the Brittany region of France and the development of language proficiency to successfully order in a restaurant. I was lucky enough to visit with one of the groups who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Last week it was the turn of our senior French classes who undertook a cooking and gastronomy class at Le Très Bon restaurant in Bungendore. This excursion will lead into an assessment task and from the pictures, it seems our students produced some excellent dishes. Below are some student reflections on these opportunities to put French into practice. I would like to thank Mesdames Lefebvre and Richards for all their work in developing and organising the excursions.
By Year 8 students Izzy Rankin and Lara Clements
On our excursion to Breizh Café in Ainslie, we were lucky enough to eat two types of crêpe, one savoury and one sweet; in French these are called crêpe salée crêpe sucrée. We had many options for the crêpe toppings such as hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, lemon and sugar. These delicious topping were for the sweet crepes. The toppings we had to choose from for our savoury crepes included ham, cheese, spinach, mushroom and tomato; the savoury was definitely delicious but the sweet was a crowd favourite. As well as crêpe eating, this excursion included many other eventful things such as ordering in French and reading the menu written in full French. This excursion gave the Year 8 French class an opportunity to put all their hard work into use in the real world.
By Kate Miller, Year 11
On Friday 9 August, Year 11 and 12 French students had the opportunity to take part in a French cooking and gastronomy class at Le Très Bon restaurant in Bungendore. After a warm welcome by our hosts, Chefs Christophe and Josephine, and a delicious morning tea of hot chocolate and croissants, we then watched cooking demonstrations in French for chicken chasseur and crème caramel before recreating the recipes ourselves. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from the chef’s expertise, the deep connection the French have with the foods local to their region and even just to walk away with some new recipes under our belts; hopefully friends and family of French students will be enjoying some of these in the future! We would like to thank Madame Richards, Juliette and everyone from Le Très Bon for what was an interesting, relaxing and of course delicious experience.
Vendredi 9 août, les étudiants français des classes 11 et 12 ont eu l'opportunité d’aller à un cours de cuisine et de gastronomie française au restaurant Le Très Bon à Bungendore. Après un accueil très chaleureux de nos hôtes, les chefs Christophe et Joséphine, et un délicieux goûter composé de chocolat chaud et de croissants, nous avons regardé des démonstrations de cuisine en français pour ‘poulet chasseur’ et crème caramel. Ensuite, nous avons recréé les recettes. C'était une occasion fantastique d'apprendre de l'expertise des chefs, de la connexion des Français avec leur terroir (lié à la nourriture locale de leur région) et même de repartir avec de nouvelles recettes que, les familles et amis des étudiants français vont peut-être manger dans l’avenir ! Merci à Madame Richards, Juliette et à toutes les personnes du Très Bon pour cette expérience intéressante, relaxante et bien sûr délicieuse.