French School
of Singapore

Letters from "Poilus"

Monday, 6 November 2017
Letters from
To mark the First World War centenary, 3éme students have analysed letters from Poilus (informal term for a French World War I infantryman), which are a testimony of their fighting experiences as soldiers.

Using their knowledge of the historical context studied in history class, they then illustrated these letters with drawings made as part of their arts class (full page or front cover of a comic book).

At the same time, in their music class, the students composed sound atmospheres following the example of some 20th century composers, integrating sounds and words from selected letters to a musical composition (melodies, chords).

This dimension offers another way to immerse oneself in the daily life of the Poilus of the First World War.

Their pictorial depictions reveal the way they view war, and the details that struck them. The artistic creations reflect some aspects of our students’ sensitivity and perception with regards to this war that took place a century ago.

Some of their works are exhibited from 13 to 28 November in the hall of Building E (Ang Mo Kio Campus).
You can also access the musical creations online with this link.

You are most welcome to visit

Letter from a Poilu.
Snapshot of a piece included in the Archival Treasures presented on the website of the Centenary Partnership Programme © Regional archives of the Oise