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March 24 2009 3 24 /03 /March /2009 05:08


This week my focus is on the press as it is Press Week  here at school in Ancemont.

How well do you know the press ?

Here's a BBC quiz ( you'll have to answer 6 questions only ! ) to test your knowledge of the press. Try it, you'll find it easy after what we've done in class : link

Are there any English magazines and/or newspapers which you can read at the school library ?

If there are, state their titles. Can you borrow them ?

So when you have a moment, don't hesitate to visit Mme Monin and have a look at what's on display !

Here is a special message to year7 pupils : don't forget to send your comments about what we did on Monday, March 23rd when we worked with Mme Monin. link

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March 14 2009 7 14 /03 /March /2009 16:36
There is a special event coming up this week.

  What is it ? And when ?

It is Saint Patrick's day, of course ! Well done Juliana !

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March 12 2009 5 12 /03 /March /2009 20:40


Here is a new challenge sponsored by Madame MONIN :

As it is "le printemps des poètes" at school at the moment,  write your own poem or choose a poem which you like...

Grégory (10C) sent me his poem earlier on by e-mail. Here it is :

"I'm Super!"  

I'm excellent, fabulous, great as can be!
Astoundingly splendid. Yes, seriously!
I'm wickedly wondrous to such a degree,
That I'm out of this world. I can see you agree!
Breathtakingly super, a sure guarantee,
There's no one as peachy or first class as me!
Phenomenal homework comes most easily,
So why is last week's marked in red with an 'E'?


Here is another poem chosen by Juliana (10C) :


California Dreaming

Locking eyes with the nomadic sun
I long to be native again.

Santa Ana winds blowing fire through the palms
bringing blue back to sky east of the ocean.

Flat out loitering until the lights come on
skateboarding home, ice cream in hand.

Four bands, one warehouse,
three dollars, general admission.

My childhood lies buried beneath the city of Progress
dormant, in a development seed.

No matter.

One million years from today,
settled in fragments of seasalt and dust,

pointing newborn fingers at the sun,
I will be there.

Lori Boulard


This poem was chosen by Brandon (8A):
  • Jack and Jill went on a trip...
    What did they see?
    Above, the sun
    When dark, a star
    And the moon like a ball
    That's what they saw
    What did they hear?
    A mouse howling
    A goat moaning
    And a bird's chirps
    That's what they heard
    Who did they meet?
    A pretty chick
    A cat on her back
    And a nice old vet
    That's who they met
    What did they eat?
    A good cookie
    A box of chocs
    And a plate of veg
    That's what they ate
    Where did they sleep?
    In a lair with a bear
    Boy! It wasn't a toy
    Poor Jack, poor Jill!
    What a trip! What a thrill!

    Enjoy English in 5e (page 74)

   Here's another one chosen by Lolita (8A) :


 A warm summer wind
Flowers dancing side to side
In the silent field.


This is the poem which Christophe (8A) chose :


He was too short
Too skinny
 To play with his friends.

He wished he could
Play basketball
With them.

One day it happened
His wish came true.

A winner never quits,
A quitter never wins.

The following poem was chosen by Beverly (7B) :

Five little hearts, all in a row
The first one says, "I love you so."
The second one says, "Be my Valentine"
The third one says, "Please be mine,"
The fourth one says, "I'll be your friend."
The fifth one says, "Till the very end."

This anti-Valentine poem was chosen by Clément and Marie (7A):

I think about you
When I smell cow dung.
I think about you
When I eat an old chewing-gum.

This one was chosen by  Prescillia (8A):

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Watson who?
Watson tv tonight?

Knock! Knock!
Who's there!
Justin who?
Justin time for dinner.



Here's another one chosen by Julie, Amélie and Margaux (8A):


Friends at school
Are big and small
Friends at school
Are the best of all!

This one was chosen by Alexis and Maxence (8A):

Hay Fever Season 
by Penny Farthing
I don't like dust or cat hair either,
But I hate bit when skies are blue,
Nothing poils summer like havinhg hay fever
Atchoo! Atchoo! Atchoo !  

This poem was chose by Michèle (8A):

Will you remember me ?
by Chris Webster
Will you remember me in a month?
Will you remember me in a year?
Will you remember me in two years ?
Will you remember me in three years ?
Of course!
Knock, knock.
Who's there?
See! You've forgotten me already!

Last, but not least, this one was chosen by Laure (7B):

My Room!

It's only a room,
But it's my room.
My space, my base,
My place in the world.

Brown bears stare
from a ledge up above.
I don't play with them now
but can't give them the shove.
They're stuffed
too full of love.

On the floor: a pair and a half
of socks,
a bundle of keys,
without locks,
a pair of goggles
in a box.
It's only a room,
but it's my room.
Somewhere to go,
somewhere to sleep,
somewhere to be sent,
somewhere to hide,
somewhere to cry,
somewhere to dress,
somewhere to think,
somewhere to be.
     Steve Turner

Well done to all ! I've validated one or two items for your B2I. Log into SITIZ to see your new score.

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March 12 2009 5 12 /03 /March /2009 07:00
Red Nose Day is coming soon, this year it is on Friday March 13th !

But What is Red Nose Day ?

Red Nose Day
is a big charity event.

The Comic Relief team takes some fantastic fund-raising in schools, offices and homes across the United Kingdom, mixes it with celebrities like actors or singers, sells a new Red Nose (or 3 this year ! link ) across the entire UK and adds a night of comedy on BBC One to make Red Nose Day the phenomenon it is.

Red Nose Day
unites the nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people in Africa or the UK.

This year, to be part of Red Nose Day 2009, you just need to Do Something Funny for Money !


For more information, you can visit the Red Nose Day 09 official website ( link ).

If you like British humour, here's a short video on Mr Bean's Red Nose day :

Who is Mr Bean ? What is the actor's real name ?

Mr Bean is... Rowan Atkinson. Well done Grégory, Juliana and Léandre (10C) !

Mr Bean is  described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body". He is a slow-witted, sometimes ingenious, selfish and generally likable buffoon who "has a slightly alien aspect".

MrBean lives alone in his small flat in Highbury, North London, and often wears his tweed jacket and red tie.
Mr. Bean rarely speaks, but when he does speak, he usually mumbles.

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February 24 2009 3 24 /02 /February /2009 08:29

In Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia,  pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, which is  "Pancake Day".



pancakes with strawberries and cream in Australia (wikipedia)

Shrove Tuesday is better known in the United States, France and other countries as "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday".



Charity or school events are often organized on Pancake Day. One popular event is " a pancake race" in which each participant carries a pancake in a frying pan. All runners must toss their pancakes as they run and catch them in the frying pan.
pancake race(www.dailymail.co.uk)


In the Catholic calendar, that's just before the 40 days of Lent so that the last of the fatty and rich foods could be used up.

Why not toss your pancake with your right hand and hold a coin in your left hand ? You'll be rich if you succeed!

Photo: Andy Rain/European Pressphoto Agency

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February 14 2009 7 14 /02 /February /2009 08:00

It is Valentine's day today.

Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. St Valentine's day is celebrated all over the world.

In the UK,  people ( children, teenagers and adults) send cards, which can be anonymous, to the people they love or like on February 14th. One billion Valentine's Day cards are sent every year.

Valentine's card



People can send flowers, chocolates and other presents to their loved ones.


red rose box


In the USA, Valentine's day is big business : Americans spend about $10 billion every year!



Hearts, roses and Cupids are the most popular symbols of Valentine's Day. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. Red is the colour of Valentine's Day because it is the colour of a heart and symbolizes love and passion.

Here's a typical poem :

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.
red rose

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November 5 2008 4 05 /11 /November /2008 11:12


On November 5th, people remember the gunpowder plot, a secret plan to overthrow the King of England in 1606.


Remember, remember

                                                            the fifth of November,

                                                            Gunpowder, treason,

                                                         and plot. I see no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot...

This is a poem that all British children learn for Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night.

Children use old clothes to make a Guy and people give them money to buy firecrackers (A penny for the guy!). In the evening, there is a bonfire to burn the Guy.

Guy Fawkes

In 1605, Guy Fawkes who was a Catholic, tried to explode 36 barrels of gunpowder in the English Parliament in London. He wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King.
The police stopped him and arrested him. People in London celebrated with bonfires.
Guy Fawkes was executed for treason.

400 years later, the British continue to have bonfires to "celebrate their most famous traitor."

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October 31 2008 6 31 /10 /October /2008 11:44
  It's Halloween today.


On 31st October, the night before All Saints' Day, Americans, Scots and Irish people celebrate Hallowe'en : they dress up as witches and ghosts, have parties, tell ghost stories and play games.

Hallowe'en is the second biggest celebration in America after Christmas. Every year Americans spend more than $2.5 billion on sweets, cards, costumes and decorations. More than 66 per cent of houses are decorated.

Hallowe'en was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain celebrating the New Year. Celts believed that the dead could come back to the world on that day. So people wore costumes like witches and ghosts.

Today, Irish and Scottish kids dress up for Hallowe'en, and they visit houses and sing a song or tell a joke. They ask for candy and they say "Trick or treat ?" which means "Give me some candy or you'll get a bad surprise!" If they don't get sweets, they play a trick.
Irish and Scottish immigrants took Halloween to America.

American kids started celebrating Halloween in the 1950's.

  Where does this singalong come from ? What movie ?

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October 8 2008 4 08 /10 /October /2008 15:19


When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, he thought he was in India. That is why he called the people "Indians".

The Europeans wanted gold but they also discovered potatoes, strawberries and tobacco.

Here is a poem which American children learn for Columbus Day.

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arawak natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

A New World
by Alice Crowell Hoffman

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September 3 2008 4 03 /09 /September /2008 21:45
Welcome back to school !
This is really easy stuff to brush up your classroom English...

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