Saturday, October 14, 2006


On the 14 to the 16th of October Jamaica celebrates National Heroes Weekend. This is a grand spectacle in the life of the country where we pause to celebrate the life and work of the heroes and heroine that fought relentlessly for the rights and privileges that we now enjoy. For this year 2006, Jamaica will be celebrating National Heroes Day on the 16th of October. At this occasion one will be able to see float parades, live performances of folk and cultural dance forms; for example Dinkie Minnie, Brukkings, Quadrille, May poll etc.

It is at this time of the year too that children are able to learn about the contributions that these heroes and heroine have made to their country and so all weekend long there are documentaries on the national station showing the way in which they lived their lives.

To show our gratitude to the heroes of our country, we erected a park in their honour. At this park one will be able to see the tombs of all the national heroes and heroine. Present at each tomb is an art piece or a sculpture that is done specifically to fit the characters and the lives that they all lead. The name of the park is National Heroes Circle. It is at this location too that on this day the Diplomatic corpse and the members of parliament join to recognize the lives of the heroes and heroine by the laying of wreaths at each of their graves. These solemn moments are accompanied by the singing of the national anthem, national song and the saying of the national pledge.
The heroes are comprised of six males and one heroine. Their names include Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Sir Alexander Bustamante, William Gordon, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, Norman Washington Manley and Nanny of the maroons.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Good bye, Farewell, Adieu....

Emily is leaving this week and we are all very sad because everybody really appreciated her. We hope she will be able to come back next year...And after all who knows? Here is the last message she has posted for you.

Although I have just spent two wonderful weeks of spring vacation exploring Paris, I am sad at the same time because my contract as an English assistant at College Claude Chappe will end on April 30th. I would like to take this opportunity to say what a wonderful experience it has been. Because I had no prior teaching experience, I started the year somewhat nervous, but both the teachers and the student were so welcoming to me that I felt comfortable right away. I believe that the students benefited from their time with me by improving their conversational English, and I certainly learned a lot from them as well. I have asked for a renewal of my contract as an English assistant for next year, and I will eagerly await my response during the month of May. In the mean time, I would like to wish everyone a great end of the school year and a great summer vacation. Hopefully I will see you all next year!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

My trip home

"For my two weeks of February vacation I decided to return home to New Orleans. It has been six months since Hurricane Katrina, so I was very anxious to see how the city has changed. Unfortunately, New Orleans seems only to have taken small steps to clean up and rebuild. There are still large amounts of debris and lots of destruction. Once I got past the initial shock of seeing my devastated city, I was able to appreciate my time with my parents and pets in their new home. Luckily, the popular and historic parts of the city were unharmed, so my French friend and I were able to do a lot of sight-seeing. We walked around the French Quarter or “Vieux Carré” known for spicy Cajun food and jazz music. We also took a boat ride along the Mississippi River; we toured a sugar cane and cotton plantation; we went to the zoo; and we took a haunted tour of the city to learn more about some local ghost stories. Despite the condition of the city, my friend and I had a lot of fun, and I was sad to say good-bye, once again, to my parents at the end of the two weeks. However, they will be joining me in Paris this summer, so I don’t have to wait too much longer."
Emily Dupuis.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Our American assistant.

Last December, the British Council celebrated one hundred years of the language assistant programme. Even if things have changed since the beginning of the century in terms of teaching, the role of the language assistant hasn’t changed much : the programme still enables the students to hear a foreign language spoken by a native speaker and aids their understanding of neighboring countries and cultures.
Since 2000, our collège has been lucky enough to welcome native English speakers : three British and two Americans.

This year, Emily Dupuis from New Orleans has joined us. These are her impressions of her experience as an assistant in our school and her impressions of Paris.

"Currently in my fourth month as an English assistant at Claude Chappe, I can say with out a doubt that this is a great experience. The faculty has been kind and welcoming to me, and the students have been enthusiastic during our class time together. Thanks to the language assistant program I now have some real teaching experience, a career that I have been considering, and I have had the opportunity to spend a year in Paris! I absolutely adore the city and hope to reside here permanently (maybe as a full-time English teacher one day!)"