Last Wednesday, Kilkenny City Vocational School celebrated ‘European Day for Languages 2012’ by organising a ‘French Breakfast Morning’ in the school’s newly-furnished Home Economic kitchen for all KCVS students, staff members and invited guests who have a long running connection with the school.
The cross-curricular initiative was organised by Kilkenny City Vocational School’s French teacher Sharon Bryan, in conjunction with Home Economics teacher Linda Walsh. The amazing success of the event would not have happened without the strong support and encouragement of all KCVS staff, and most importantly, the enthusiasm and hard work of the students.
In the last number of weeks, staff and students were busy with preparations for the event.
With the help of Metalwork teacher in KCVS, Mr Collins, the second years constructed many models of the Eiffel Tower.
In Art, with the organisation of Mr Hally, junior cycle students created French artwork which was displayed all around the school.
A number of KCVS students were chosen to assist Ms Bryan and Ms Walsh in decorating the Home Economics room the day before the event.
One second year student, Arianna Doran, put her knitting skills to good use by knitting French flags to attach to aprons.
On the morning of the French breakfast, all student volunteers were in the Home Economics kitchen early to begin preparations. Some sixth year students were involved in making the crêpes with berries, chocolate, maple syrup and whipped cream, croissants, pain au chocolats and hot chocolate.
Many fifth year students were involved in waiting tables on the morning – speaking French. Students from first, second and third years took responsibility for making sure all our guests were catered for by giving out teas, coffees, orange juice and hot chocolate.
There was a very evident French vibe throughout the entire event, with French music playing, French flag bunting hanging, displays of Eiffel Towers on each table and French newspaper articles from ‘Le Monde’ all around the room.
All of the guests commented on the atmosphere and described it “like a very busy French restaurant with a great atmosphere, which really captures the French culture.”
The students would like to thank Principal Cathy McSorley, all the staff and guests who joined them on the morning.
“Salut pour l’instant. Nous vous verrons l’année prochain!”