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French Soiree 2019

29 Jan

French Soirée 2019 with

Some highlights of an exceptionally entertaining and convivial evening with the magic of great weather, talented participants, delectable food and soul-lifting songs.
Sunday 8th of December 2019, was by far our best soirée where the bar was raised higher by all 4 levels of French Students and their partners in a flower-filled garden with delicious amuse-bouche and champagne circulating while Verushka’s beautiful voice resonated: Jour Un de Louane Emera and A Fleur de toi de Vitaa in the last rays of sunset.

Appealing tables of delectable gourmet dishes admirably catered by our cordon-bleus students were most welcomed by all present. Lively conversations echoed from table to table while food and wine were appreciated. From then onwards, the evening buzzed with various items prepared and executed by our most talented dedicated students.

Paul Verlaine’s melancholic: Mon rêve familier, was brilliantly brought alive by Cecil, followed by a mood-contrasting fun rendition of La Vie en Rose, enthusiastically sung by all and accompanied by our vibrant musicians: Ken and Peter. Fiona and Linley kept the audience riveted by their clear and animated recital of La Fourmi de Robert Desnos ending with a local twist. Les têtes de célébrités – ( celebrity heads) prepared and well-performed by Linda, Chris and Stacia, engaged the audience which was followed by a most enjoyable scénette (skit) – Madame L’ Inspectrice- une scénette comique – which brought much laughter and fun by the clever use of words, props and disguise by our most talented students- Paul, Maggie, Sue, Deb, Val and Ken. Val concluded with aplomb the entertaining part of the evening with a well- known fable of La Fontaine: Le corbeau et le renard.

Our French Soirée wouldn’t be complete without our traditional Christmas French songs; first of which was written by Deb for the Tuesday class: Joyeux Noel – sung with gusto and great clarity by the class, a testimony of talents. The Wednesday class took to the stage with: Chante Noël (Sing Noel, an African Christmas song). All present, joyously joined in to: Vive le vent (Jingle bells), finishing the evening with: Mon beau Sapin (Christmas tree).
Merci beaucoup to all for an admirably fun-filled, soul-lifting, convivial soirée made possible with the dedicated participation of every one, sharing in your incredible talents. Bonne année 2020.


French Soirée 2016

12 Jan

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Another successful evening to conclude a year of cultural activities in the learning of French with

Sunday 4th of December was a very special convivial evening with the participation of every one present, creating a unique microcosm of community spirit. This was and is only possible due to the many talented and dedicated groups of students.

It was a most joyous celebration of French culture through a vast array of items, including favourite French songs: La Mer de Charles Trenet, Je vole de Louane Emera, as well as the traditional: Mon beau sapin – all sung whole-heartedly during the course of the evening, uplifting soul and spirit. A confidently-recited fable of Jean de la Fontaine, – Le Corbeau et le Renard – as well as a delightfully executed piece of music of Debussy were very appreciated by all present bringing another dimension to the evening.

The diverting pace was kept buzzing with 3 skits in French, arranged, written and presented by the students themselves, showcasing their hidden talents as actors. The added props and convincing acting brought much laughter and entertainment to the audience. Of course we can’t have a French soirée without food and wine! Tables were beautifully laden with delectable food from savoury to sweet, to dazzle the eyes, titillate the palate and replenish the soul.

A memorable soirée indeed with the help and participation of everyone. Merci beaucoup.



French film screening

10 Feb

Date: 29/01/2013

La fille du puisatier / The well-digger’s daughter.


One of Daniel Auteuil’s best performance.

Mardi Gras

10 Feb

Vive les crepes !!



Mardi Gras – also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, concludes the last day of eating fatty rich food before the start of the penitential period (fasting) in the Catholic Church. It is still customary in France to cook ‘Crepes’ on that particular day.

So our Tuesday class cooked and enjoyed deliciously melting-in-the-mouth crepes to celebrate, le mardi gras on Tuesday 12th of February.

French Soirée 11/12/2012

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Quelle belle soiree inoubliable! Students from the 3 groups and their spouses, attended a great evening of french culture on the 18th of December 2012, at Marie-Anne’s place to celebrate a great year of learning French, its language, customs,poetry, songs,movies and more..The guests were served a delicately prepared platter of Hors d’Oeuvres, followed by deliciously cooked home-made quiches, salmon mousse for Entree with a salad. Plats de resistance consisted of: Boeuf Bourguignon,Chicken Marengo served with spinach rice and ratatouille. All very tantalising to the eyes and the palate! Of course last but not least, were the mouth-watering desserts such as: Creme Caramel, Fruit tarts,Chocolate cake and ice cream. Needless to say that Champagne and wine were also great companions of the evening.

Once this sumptious meal was over, the guest-spouses were treated to live entertainment in french, performed by our students. One of the most uplifting song from the french movie: Les Choristes – “Vois sur ton Chemin” was sung in french by all students, followed by a recital of Jean de La Fontaine fable: Le Corbeau et le Renard performed by Val. Cecil gave a passionate recital of one of Piaf’s songs: Les Amants d’un Jour, followed by a short skit of Jacques Prevert: L’Accent Grave by Ginny and Aileen. This gloriously french evening concluded with another befitting song: Mon Beau Sapin with live accompaniment. On the piano: Jenny and violin: Peter.
A wonderful evening in a truly french style!