Mid Yell S2 Pupils are Francophiles

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday February 8 2018

Pictured: S2 pupils who won the Concours de la Francophonie “Ben Saunders, Calum Graham, James Smith, Kyle McKinnon, Kerry Brown, Georgia Muir, Connie Dickie, Carly Smith, Olivia Brown and Jonathan Grice.” Photo: SIC

Secondary Two pupils at Mid Yell Junior High School have won a national competition run by the French Institute in Edinburgh.

The “Concours de la Francophonie” is organised by the French Institute to recognise 20th March - “Journée de la Francophonie” (International Francophonie Day) – to celebrate French language and culture around the world.

The S2 pupils won in the S1/S3 category of the competition, with a sketch of “CinéYell” based around a group of friends going to watch the Christmas film ‘Elf’. 

They wrote the script together in French with help from teacher Isabelle Boulay as an opportunity to practice asking questions and giving opinions. 

Primary Teacher Annette Gear, who has drama experience, gave the class a few valuable pointers about stage design, storytelling and acting skills.

The ten pupils in S2 will be awarded with a French immersion day in Edinburgh to be organised later this spring.

Last year, the S3 class won the same competition with a sketch they wrote themselves in French, as an interpretation of a community council meeting in Yell.

Ms Boulay said:

"The pupils did very well contributing ideas for the script as well as acting, and it was a perfect pre-Christmas activity at the end of last term.

“It gave them a bit of an insight into French culture, particularly how friends greet each other in France. 

“Our pupils have many opportunities for drama in Yell and they are confident performers in any language."



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