Leslie Frost Public School is embracing winter with Bonhomme Carnaval festivities. Since the beginning of the French colony, the habitants of New France created a tradition of getting together for fun, food, games and collaboration. The goal of Bonhomme Carnaval is to bring Canadian French culture to the Immersion students by letting them experience a little bit of the world’s largest winter carnival, which occurs in Ottawa-Gatineau each February.
The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular. Bonhomme is the ambassador of this celebration and he is the symbol of the festivities during this joyous period of the year. He proudly wears the traditional red hat and belt, and you’ll often see this character appear in TLDSB French Immersion Schools in February – in artwork, stories, and photos.
The entire school got involved on February 27, 2015 to watch an ice sculpting demonstration done by Mr. Brooks, who has competed for Winterlude in the past. Mr. Brooks sculpted the school mascot, a lion, with a number of different texturing techniques. There was a question and answer session where Mr. Brooks identified his methods, and the tools he used; such as chainsaws and die grinders.
The staff and students look forward to learning more next week about French culture that isn’t too far from home.