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Zoom Machines

By the Mod Langs Internet and Technology Club

We would like to thank the Parent Council for donating the money for 4 new top of the range Zoom Machines.

Zoom machines are recording devices.The depatment uses them for listening tests, the IT club uses them for podcasts and S1s used them for a cross curricular project on Haiti.

Again, many thanks to the Parent Council for the money to buy the machines.

Accent Marks Matter

By R, M, L, C.

Have you ever been stuck when typing in a foreign language and needed an acute , circumflex or any other piece of grammar and not known how to get one? Well now there is something to help you. A Linguascope mousemat!! It tells you codes to put into the computer to get accent marks in many foreign languages. They are available from the modern languages department. They aren't expensive but they can be really helpful. So get one today!!!Laughing


Mardi Gras!

By Miss Williams

On Tuesday of this week you might have had a chance to sample some of the delicious pancakes on offer.  You may be aware of “la crêpe” and its French origins, but do you know some of the background of “Mardi Gras” and the way this is celebrated around the world?

Mardi gras takes place 46 days before Easter (le Pâques). Mardi gras is the day before Lent (le carême), which begins on Ash Wednesday (le mercredi des Cendres). The most famous Mardi gras celebration is held in New Orleans in Louisiana, USA (la Nouvelle-Orléans), but many cities in Europe also have spectacular celebrations.

Mardi gras has 3 official colours – purple, gold and green.  A traditional Mardi gras is celebrated with a parade, led by a captain and followed by a costumed procession.

Nice, in the south of France, has a celebration which lasts more than 10 days, featuring daily parades, concerts and street theatre.  The theme this year is “Roi de la Méditerranée” – or “King of the Mediterranean”.

Spain will also be celebrating with some fantastic Mardi Gras parades this year. The week before Lent sees the Madrid version of the traditional Mardi Gras Carnival, featuring parades, extravagant costume parties and flamboyant masks. The highlight is a tradition called 'The Burial of the Sardine', in which participants, dressed in black cloaks and hats, proceed through the streets with a coffin containing an effigy of a dead sardine.

So why not let your hair down and « Laissez les bons temps rouler! »


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