“Festival Français” at GMS

Ottawa couturier Richard Robinson was a star attraction at the recent Glebe Montessori School “Festival français.” The renowned Ottawa fashion designer spoke to GMS senior elementary students, who were fascinated by Richard’s narrative on the art of haute couture, the evolution of fashion through the ages and his own design philosophy. Inspired, senior students staged their own “défilé de mode” and created designer T-shirts, personalized with

innovative French captions.

GMS Director of French Studies, Anny Basille, stated, “We wanted our students to experience the diversity and creativity of French culture through the arts, presenting a different theme each day. The children loved it!”

Jour de la musique française” featured 500 years of famous French composers, from Jean-Baptiste Lully, of Louis XIV’s court, to romantic era composer Hector Berlioz to 21st century Quebec composers and rappers. The karaoke concert headlined Les Cowboys Fringants (Chêne et roseau), Mixmania (Danse danse) and Marie Mai (Différents).

Local chefs Serge Rourre, of five diamond restaurant Le Baccara, and Scott Adams, of popular Benny’s Bistro, shared their culinary talents and recipes with students on “jour de la cuisine française”. The school was filled with the aroma of croissants and chocolate truffles.

During “jour des arts français”, GMS art teacher Gilles Rainville led students through studies of French masters Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas, along with Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle. “Jour festival du film français” was highlighted with scenes of Rudolf Nureyev dancing to Ravel from Les Uns et les Autres, the 1981 Claude Lelouch film.

GMS’s “Festival français” concluded with a day of games, including French versions of Flags of the World, Bingo and Monopoly (all transactions in Euros, s’il vous plaît), where low-rent rendezvous Baltic and Ventnor avenues give way to upscale landmarks Arc de Triomphe and rue de la Paix, and where the most sought-after cards are Sortie de prison and Erreur de la banque en votre faveur!

Vive la langue et la culture françaises/québécoises!