Paris Condolence Card


Following the terrorist attacks on Paris on 13th November 2015, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Sutton in the French department at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, organised, during French lessons, a Book of Condolence from teachers and pupils to express their sympathy. The handmade book full of simple messages of sympathy, each one on a coloured post-it note, complete with a photograph of the new school, and a poem in English written by one of the year 7 boys, was sent to the Mayor and citizens of Paris with a covering letter in French from Mrs Clarke and Mrs Sutton explaining that we are a new school with pupils who had only just started studying French in September, wishing to send our condolences to them for the suffering caused by the attacks.

Letter from Mayor of Paris

The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (the first woman ever to hold the office) has sent the staff and pupils a letter expressing her emotion and gratitude on receiving such warm messages of support and solidarity, and reassuring us that the people of Paris are standing strong in the face of adversity.

Translation of the Mayor's letter 

The engagement and concern of pupils for the people of Paris is an indication of the caring nature of our Maiden Erlegh School in Reading pupils and the correspondence from the Mayor of Paris has also broadened their cultural horizons.


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