Presentation of the form : In our 502 class, we are 35 fifth-formers of different nationalities : Italian, Sri Lankan, Portuguese and French of course. These differences contribute to an heterogeneous class and we feel
The school library is a classroom where we can find all types of books. It's open every day except Saturdays.
If you want to borrow a book you have to be registered. You can keep the books for up to two weeks then return them.
if we lose a book we pay the book's price. The library can seat about 50 pupils to read or work, and 16 to work on
At Masséna, there are two librarians to help us find books or information : Mrs Piacebello and Mr Girardot have been working in the library for 3 years. Mrs Piacebello buys books and classifies them. Her mission is to teach pupils to do research in the library and on the Internet. It's very difficult. She works 38 hours a week and 6 hours out of school to find books. She loves her work because she loves pupils and books. If you go online, the BCDI is a goldmine. It is a powerful search engine. We can log on it from home too.
Have a look at the dictionaries too: in the highschool library, there are big dictionaries: Larousse English for example, and smaller dictionaries like Cassell's French Dictionary. There is a dictionary about politics called Harry's Economics and Politics. Another is with pictures: Le Visuel. Some are only in English like the Oxford English Dictionary, but others are bilingual like the Robert&Collins. You can find quotations in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. So we can say that the selection is varied, but we are not allowed to take out the dictionaries, they are not on loan.
We have a second assistant called lbiye, who comes from Eastbourne in the South of England, near Brighton. As she is still studying at university she has to spend one year in a foreign country, so she chose Nice, because of the good weather. She does not yet know what job she will do, but she is interested in marketing and communication.
We wish our assistants a good year in Nice!
Last October, ten boys came from Auckland to meet us. They are in a boarding school which is just for boys, and
they have to wear a uniform (grey shorts, a white shirt and black shoes). They
are between 16 and 18 years old. They all practise sports at school, and every
Saturday they have a match against another school: sometimes it's rugby,
sometimes baseball or hockey. Some of them play music. They learn religion, and
at 8.30 a.m. they have to go to the chapel which is on the school grounds, and
they have a lesson in which they have to read for 15 minutes. They must be
quiet, even though they don't always respect that rule. Some are able to speak
French and they speak it pretty well.
All know some words of Maori, and they
gave us a list (below). In our school, they did a HAKA, which was originally a
Maori war dance (click here to see the video). They did it quite
well, it was fantastic.They told us they really like France, especially French
girls! They were very cool and it was nice meeting them. We hope to see them
again next year!
And did you know that Queen Elisabeth II is New-Zealand's Head of State ? She is represented by a Governor-General whose name is Anand Satyanand. The Queen has no real political role however, and her position is essentially symbolic. John Key is the Prime Minister and the actual Head of Governement.
We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter, and we wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!