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 Bastille Day

The theme of this year’s Bastille Day celebrations at Xavier Catholic College, Different People, Different Places was reflected in all aspects of the festivities. Students from all year levels came dressed in historical or cultural costumes or in a creative combination of French colours. The college grounds were transformed into a different place as characters such as Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Madeline, French chefs, maids, cyclists, the Three Musketeers and more arrived to participate in the celebrations.

The college choir provided a stirring rendition of the song, Different People, Different Places, as part of the very moving liturgy which was the introduction for the day.  The energetic performance provided by the year 6 students of one of their favourite songs, Comment Ça Va, demonstrated that different people have many different ways of expressing how they feel. What followed was a very entertaining version of Astérix  and Obélixs incredible journey through France, performed by the Senior French students. The two main characters kept their audience amused with their witty repartee launched at the characters they encountered during their journey through the ages: the Montgolfier brothers, Henri Desgrange, Napoleon and a host of Disney characters fresh from Euro Disneyland. The highlight of the presentation was the aerobics display by selected members of staff with French instructions and the spirited finale, featuring the can, can performed by the whole cast and expertly played by the college band.  

The masses were kept fed and happy all day with a range of activities and an assortment of French delicacies – croissants, éclairs, quiche and garlic bread. Despite the not so appealing weather conditions at the beginning of the day, the sun did finally shine on our celebrations, leading to much French fun, festivity and frivolity”.