S4 French Cinema visit

On Thursday November the 4th a selection of S4 French students took part in a school visit to the cinema at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. The film, Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), which deals with some very challenging human relationship issues was appreciated by the majority of the pupils. Indeed, some of the pupil comments following the show were quite insightful and showed a mature appreciation and empathy towards the film’s characters. Following the film there was a discussion with a well-known Edinburgh French specialist which helped to expand on some of the themes in the film. Further discussion took part later on in class as pupils relayed some of their experience to others who had not made the trip.

The diving bell and the butterfly poster

The 25 pupils from PL represented themselves very well both at the screening and to and from the theatre and were a credit to the school. Overall the visit demonstrated a healthy appetite amongst pupils for foreign language films which help compliment the department’s work in the classroom and brings language and culture more to life. We hope as a department to keep the interest and momentum going and are able to offer more pupils the opportunity to view foreign language films as part of their learning.

Bravo à tous!!

Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!Ready, Steady, Cook (well, bake!) with the S3 German Class

Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!             


Ready, Steady, Cook (well, bake!) with the S3 German Class





Pupils in the third year German class enjoyed baking Vanillekipferl  (Vanilla Moons) along with Joanna – the language assistant from Austria.


The pupils have been working on some recipes as part of their food and drink unit and decided to put Joanna’s recipe into practice.  The recipe has been translated for you below.



Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Moons)
                                                                                                                                              280g flour

60g sugar

100g ground almonds

210g margarine

1 packet vanilla sugar

a few drops of vanilla essence


Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

Roll out the dough then shape into little moons.  Place on a baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.

Roll the warm moons in a mixture of vanilla sugar almonds.

Guten Appetit!