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Ballantine Celebrates Bastille Day

Ballantine Celebrates Bastille Day
Ballantine Memorial school students during (TEST program) technology and employment skills training programe display in school on July 14, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 15
11:08 2017

Ballantine Memorial School Year 13 history students displayed the spirit of Bastille Day for the representatives from Embassy of France and fellow students at their school yesterday.

School’s Head of Department for Social Science, Sophie Tawake said the Year 13 students showcased charts, history fact sheets and models to commemorate the day.

“Bastille Day celebration is part of their history class and it is about the French Revolution,” Ms Tawake said.

“The French celebrate their freedom from the ancient regime where they removed the Queen and King,” she said.

“The Bastille was a fortress in Paris, known formally as the Bastille Saint-Antoine.

“It was stormed by a crowd on 14 July 1789, in the French Revolution, becoming an important symbol for the French Republican movement, and was later demolished and replaced by the Place de la Bastille.

She also said that prisoners in the Bastille were set free and this was the start of the French Revolution.

“Before we used to learn history of India, United States of America and United Kingdom, but this year we are studying France.

“The celebration itself has been encouraging that students thought art made models, charts to give them a better understanding of the French history.”

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