Wednesday, 2 April 2008

School Update

School Lunch Menu

LUNDI Soupe tomate vermicelle
salade de tomates
steak hâché
haricots grain
flan vanille + gâteaux secs
MARDI Potage de légumes
céleri-rave en rémoulade
purée de carottes
beignets de pomme
JEUDI Soupe de lettres
salade de chou-fleur
rôti de porc
yaourt aromatisé
VENDREDI Pique-nique

We are plodding on with the school routine.  While the kids are settled, I wouldn't say they are content. They still miss/ prefer school and tots corner back in NZ.  The language is and will remain the biggest barrier for them for some time.

James slept in this morning, I had to go get him up.  He ask me "is it a school day today dad?"; "I miss my friends from Tots and Fran too".

The good thing is that they are not really complaining (much) and we are putting lots of focus on the many positives.  Like the school lunch which they generally enjoy and things like jet planes breaking the sound barrier (which seems to happen quite a lot). 

You might be interested to know that school lunch costs €1.50 per child per day, which is very reasonable. I assume it is state subsidised but I must ask. 

I find it amusing that in NZ we spend so much time worrying about the impact that soft-drink vending machines and the tuck-shop menu has on childhood obesity. Whereas here there are no vending machines and no tuck-shop, just a well balanced 3-course meal which promotes healthy eating.  I just love the way the French do things!

The boys are going on a school trip this Friday to an aquarium, I wonder what the food for the pique-nique will be.


  1. Hi guys, looks like you are having a great time, you can tell Henry that Andie misses him and looks forward to him coming back to Northcote primary. Be safe and enjoy.
    Steve Marisa and Andie

  2. Hi there Jack Henry and James (and Ange and Don). I am enjoying reading your blog. I hope you are having lots of fun. My French Lessons must be starting to work because I can read most of your school menu. When are you going to London, that will be fun! Love from Amy

  3. Thanks for your comments everyone. Wish my french was starting to is not easy.
    Off to London on the 19th of April... can't wait, although I think it might be weird being in a English speaking country again. Au revoir