French celebration at Wisbech Grammar School

Wisbech Grammar School pupil ellie Padmore serving gateau during the school's French evening. ANL-141015-160635001
Wisbech Grammar School pupil ellie Padmore serving gateau during the school's French evening. ANL-141015-160635001

A French and food cultural evening at Wisbech Grammar School has showcased a range of artistic and culinary skills.

The evening kicked off with a three-course gourmet meal, with dishes ranging from ‘barquettes de saumon’ and ‘boeuf bourguignon’ to ‘roulade d’epinard’ and ‘tarte alsacienne aux pommes’.

The banquet was rounded off with ‘petits fours’ and coffee, and the continental fare, prepared by food and nutrition pupils earlier in the day, was served by an army of pupils acting as professional waiters and waitresses.

More than 30 pupils were involved in the evening and the performances included Charlie Coles and Isabelle Hall reading poems by Maurice Careme and Jacques

Prevert, whilst Miles MacLachlan and Maxwell Eales displayed their piano playing skills to a 50-strong audience.

A saxophone trio performance by Lauren Mounfield, Isobel Russell and Maxwell Eales was followed by Elvira Baranova and Rutina Samuel demonstrating their vocal talents with songs by Lara Fabian and Celine Dion.

Sixth formers Jasmine Clench and Joanna Slipper served up a dose of humour with a Catherine Tate sketch of a French oral examination which goes wrong, and a show-stopping finale was provided by members of the rock band, ‘L’ecole du rock’, who gave an energetic rendition of Telephone’s ‘Un autre monde’, and a French choir, which supplied a memorable performance of ‘Les Champs-Elysees’ by Joe Dassin.

Head of French Mrs Noemie Neighbour said: “This was an excellent, high-quality evening which saw an excellent range of artistic performances and delicious French food.

“Our pupils were able to express their French in artistic areas that are perhaps less prominent in the academic curriculum and I was very impressed with their willingness to try new things.

“The money raised will enable us to lower the cost of the cross-curricular French and nutrition trip to Paris in February, which means that more pupils can afford to come.”