Students take part in a tug of war during Carnaval days at the Forest Discovery Centre. (submitted)

Students take part in a tug of war during Carnaval days at the Forest Discovery Centre. (submitted)

Valley’s French Immersion students enjoy an outdoor Carnaval

About 1,100 students, teachers, and parents get together to immerse themselves in Quebec style celebration.

The French Immersion Carnaval, held at the BC Forest Discovery Centre on March 8-9, was enjoyed by about 1,100 students, parents, and teachers.

Lisa Leclerc, vice-principal at École Mount Prevost Elementary and the Cowichan Valley school district’s French program coordinator, said, ‘This event is entirely team-driven and a great way to bring the communities from all three of our district French immersion schools together. We have a planning committee that includes teachers and administrators from our two elementary and one secondary French immersion school.

“On the day of the event teachers, parents and secondary student volunteers all help make the activities really fun and engaging. All of the activities were led by our own talent this year. Every child had an opportunity to have a taste of maple taffy on snow, dance to traditional and modern French Canadian music played by teacher Eric Desaulniers, ride the train, do Carnaval-themed arts and craft activities, participate in a French escape room activity and do some team-building activities led by Grade 12 French immersion students.

“The staff at the BC Forest Discovery Centre were amazing and went above and beyond to helped us make this event possible.’