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Poisson d’avril

In the United Kingdom, we have April Fool’s day on the 1st, but in France the day is called “Poisson d’avril” (April fish). Traditionally children stick paper fish to each others backs.

April Fools Day itself is thought to have originated in 16th century when King Charles XIV switched France to the new Gregorian calendar. Prior to this, New Year’s was celebrated from 25 March 25 to 1 April according to the Roman calendar. Those who hadn’t heard about the move or who chose to still celebrate New Years on April 1st were made fun of as ‘fools’.

At RPCC, in honour of Poisson d’avril the MFL department hid over 100 paper fish around the site, triggering an almighty fishing frenzy. The students who found the most fish and therefore had the most points were Ashleigh Mpofu and Teigan Payne in Year 7. Bon effort!

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