Prince of Wales School, Peterborough, ON

Greetings Friends

I’m just back from a week well spent in Peterborough, ON where I had the pleasure of working with the staff and students at Prince of Wales School.  My work there was made possible by an Ontario Arts Council Artists in Education Grant.

This was my 2nd visit to the school. (I worked there last year as well.) After an opening day of music performances given to the whole school, I worked primarily with 3 primary classrooms of mostly Grade 2 and 3 students.

We wrote 2 songs together.  The first called, “Why Are We So Awesome?!?” and the second called, “Nous Parlons Francais.”  (2 of the the 3 groups were french immersion classes.)

My thanks goes to the 3 teachers, Lynne McGillis, Caleigh Pendergest and Ana O’Driscall and, of course, to the beautiful children in their classrooms.

Here are the lyrics to the 2 songs we wrote.

Why Are We So Awesome?!?

Why are we so awesome?

We will tell you why

We are like the stars filling up the sky

 

Red stars. Green stars. Yellow stars and Blue

Like the constellations our colours guide us through

 

Why are we so awesome?

We’ve got this to say

We do our very best at school everyday

 

Listening. Working hard. We are safe and kind

In our Grade 2/3 class smiles you’ll always find

Why are we so awesome?

We are one big team

We all work together you know what we mean

 

Why are we so awesome?

We just told you why

Now comes the time for us to say bye bye!

Nous Parlons Francais

Nous parlons francais

Nous parlons francais

Nous parlons francais—each and every day

 

Nous aimons francais

Nous aimons anglais

We love them both—each and every day

 

Each and every day—parlez vous francais

Language is the key to open every door

We just want to say that we love francais

Learning is the key and we want more and more

We’re Grade 2 and 3

We’re Grade 2 and 3

Bilingual is what we’re going to be

 

Nous parlons francais

Nous parlons francais

Nous parlons francais—each and every day

 

Each and every day—parlez vous francais

Language is the key to open every door

We’re a happy gang. Nous sommes bilingue

Learning is the key and we want more and more

 

Nous aimons francais

Nous aimons anglais

We love them both—each and every day

We love them both—each and every day