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6 juillet 2012
This made us think of the windows in the cathedrals ! Odd place to see one !!!
Fancy going to school like in the 1930’s ? Then go to Villeneuve d’Ascq like we did for our daytrip with the classes of Mr and Mme Pawlak and Mr Thierry ! The name of the museum : la classe musée Etienne Notardonato - 109 rue de Babylone - Quartier Pasteur
But first we let the younger pupils visit the museum and we discovered the surroundings...
A long list of jobs to be learnt in this school and all around France : Mme Shrubsall and Mr Thierry had to explain !!!
Isn’t it unusual to see a field in the middle of a town ?
Visit the Tourist Information website : www.villeneuvedascq-tourisme.eu (in English, Japanese, and plenty of other languages !)
When they created Villeneuve d’Ascq in the 70’s, they decided to keep such fields to remember the three villages that were joined up !
We had a walk to discover the local architecture...
There were some peculiar buildings...
At last it was our turn to visit the Class Museum !
We had to get in rows : one for the boys and one for the girls...
Then we went in and were given grey overalls to put on...
The first lesson was handwriting !
Yorkie was the only one not to have to try !
Ryusei : I am left-handed so it would have been difficult for me because you HAD TO write with your right hand !!!
Even Mme Shrubsall tried the handwriting and she was very good at it (in fact she had practised at school when she was our age !!!)
The pens we used are called dip pens or nib pens. A metal nib is pushed into the nib holder made of wood. You have to dip the nib into an inkwell. For us it was just a bottle of purple ink but there were still some old inkwells fitted in the tables !
Toko : It was really different from nowadays ! I didn’t like the stuffed animals at all !
The pupils had to go down to the cellar to get the coal for the fire. The fire would heat the classroom but also help dry the wet clogs the children wore, and also warm their food for lunchtime as there would be no canteen !
We also had a maths lesson. We had to write our answers with a piece of chalk on a slate !
We discovered something odd : a poster explaining how to put a gasmask on. There were also some old gasmasks ! Luckily we had studied about this at school with Mme Shrubsall ! We knew gasmasks had to be used during World War 1. We even read they had to be worn during World War 2 in Great Britain during the German air-raids over London...
In the afternoon we had a walk in the "Parc du Héron" in Villeneuve d’Ascq and so hundreds of pear-trees, apple-trees, cherry-trees of old varieties to be kept not to disappear...
We would have liked to taste these strawberries you can go and pick yourself but we did not have enough time and it was not the opening times !
We had a go at the games... Even Yorkie enjoyed himself !
We ended the outing in the Villeneuve d’Ascq Planetarium, discovering all the secrets of the solar system...