This week is Reuben's last week at school before the long Summer holiday. I cannot believe he's done a whole year at school! I remember his very first day and everyone feeling a bit nervous, all we could do was hope that he would enjoy himself and I'm happy to report he's had a fantastic year! He's made friends, he's speaking French and he wants to invite his whole class to his birthday in August! All the schools in the area have been holding end of year school performances and this weekend children, parents, friends and family, all packed into the village Salles des Fêtes to watch the school children perform.
Reuben's class was up first (he's at the end on the right.) I could see he was a bit unsure as he walked onto the stage but as soon as his teacher got out the guitar and classmates started singing he got right into it, belting out the French songs he had learnt, dressed up in a sewn-together-by-mummy-two-mins-before(!) apron and hat. We were all so proud and there was lots of waving from us in the audience and him on the stage.
After performances from the whole school the kids and parents descended to the village football pitch where there were games for the children, bouncy castles and of course obligatory bar for the parents. There was a little train that took the children on a short ride around the village. The BBQ was fired up, the stage was ready for musical entertainment, and the Zumba ladies were getting the kids dancing. And then this happened...
The heavens opened with a magnificent hail storm and everyone ran back into the Salle des Fêtes where we continued into the night. Arnaud, Reubens school teacher, got out his guitar again to entertain everyone as we waited for the food to be cooked. At this point we snuck back home to give the kids their dinner but we returned for sausages, cakes, (more beer,) and musical entertainment. Reuben and Jacob sat happily listening to the music until they decided it was their turn to get on the stage and they danced away until we took them home at 11 o'clock.
It was a wonderful afternoon and a great way to mark the end of the school year!
How do your kids celebrate the start of summer?