Félicitations aux étudiants français de Walt Whitman!

Principal John Murphy and Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar with winners Shawna Bonilavri, Lauren and Katherine Gotard, and Anastasia Samba.
Principal John Murphy and Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar with winners Shawna Bonilavri, Lauren and Katherine Gotard, and Anastasia Samba.
Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2018. As usual, you did an amazing job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holiday spirit in our school. Bravo!
Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2018. As usual, you did an amazing job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holiday spirit in our school. Bravo!

Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar describes an ancient French tradition dating back to the Middle Ages of burning a log from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. It is said that farmers then used part of the log to attract a good harvest for the year.

Today, the tradition still lives on. But in modern times the log burning has evolved into the tradition of making a log-shaped cake called the bûche de Noël, or Christmas log. The log cake is served alongside many other pastries during Le Réveillon, a late supper held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. “The tradition at Whitman continues for its eighteenth year,” said Dr. Eikenaar.  "We had each grade level represented, and it’s nice to see that our students as young as 6th-grade who are interested in pursuing the French language following our traditions here at Whitman.”

This year French Language students reenacted the tradition, and a panel of hungry judges conferred and awarded the 2018 bûche de Noël first-place award to Lauren and Katherine Gotard.

Félicitations! Congratulations!