Monday, 27 February 2017

At school in the chateau

Bioule is a small village close to Negrepelisse in Tarn and Garonne, standing on the banks of the Aveyron, and its historic chateau continues to be used as the village school.
Built in the XIIIth century, the red brick and stone chateau has housed two classes of infant and junior school children since 1889, which the local maire considers the main reason that this chateau has not fallen into disrepair or demolition like so many others of its type.
Bioule chateau
Possessing some important medieval wall paintings the chateau is to undergo major renovation work, meaning the children will be housed in temporary buildings until two bright new classrooms are finished - still inside the historic building. Do children appreciate the historic importance of their surroundings, or is it just another schoolroom?
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