Mougins School

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Primary School Choir

On Tuesday 9th January members of the Primary School Choir returned to the Victoria Emera senior citizens' home in Mouans Sartoux to delight the residents with a post-festive mini concert, accompanied by Mrs Martin and Ms Dixon.

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Here is an exert from a mail received at School after the event.

"Our resident centenarian Trixie asked me to write on behalf of all the anglo residents at Victoria, and thank you all so much for the wonderful mini concert yesterday. They thoroughly enjoyed it and every one of them commented on how much they loved having young people to watch and listen to".

Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to organising our next visit.

Current News

Mougins School has been awarded recognition by the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS for their creation of the longest chain of expresso capsules. This challenge commenced last summer when students led by Madame Paris in the French Department started collected coffee capsules. These were emptied and the coffee used as fertiliser in our Primary garden. The 2167 Capsules were then strung together in a single chain measuring 6m77cm. Upon completion, three judges, an architect and two town councillors, then verified the number of capsules and our application for entry into the Book of Records was forwarded. The capsule chain is displayed in the Office Waiting Room. Congratulations to all those who participated in this challenge, you have now entered the Guinness Hall of Fame.

The Student Council of Mougins School organised a cake sale during recreation on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November in order to raise money for Mimosa Matters which is an Association in the South of France dedicated to provide funding to develop awareness, support and research for cancer. This Association is sponsored by Mougins School and staff, students and teachers regularly participate in fund raising events including the Nice-Cannes Marathon 20117. The sum raised by the students was 263€. Well done to the students for this initiative. The staff of Mougins School have also been raising funds for this cause and they have contributed 255€ making a total of 518€

Students taking Advanced French in Form 7 will be collaborating with the Association ‘Un Enfant par la Main’ in order to help school children in Madagascar. They chose to raise money with a Bake Sale on Monday 5th December and the funds (160€) raised will go towards the purchase of ‘goûters’ (a healthy snack) for the students in a school in Madagascar. This choice was made in order to enable our students to commence a pen-pal correspondence with the children in the school they are supporting.

Sincere thanks to all parents and students who have donated a ‘gift for Christmas’ for children in the Lenval Hospital in Nice, or for children living with families in need. This is a gesture we have made for several years, much appreciated by the recipients and Madame Gentil, a wonderful octogenarian who organises the individual wrapping of every gift and their delivery. Madame Gentil makes an emotional visit to the Primary School each year to thank the students and is now our ‘adopted grandmother’.

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Once again our Music Department, accompanied this year by our BTec Students, produced a Winter Concert of exceptional quality. A perfectly balanced programme permitted us to enjoy music ranging from Bach and Brahms to Dire Straits and a Djembe Jam. We were treated to wonderful renditions on Piano, Guitar, Violin, Flute, Trumpet, Bass and Drums as well as exquisite voices, be it solo renditions or the full Choir.
Music gives soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to imagination and life to everything (Plato)

In an effort to promote healthy eating, all the bread now served in the Café des Amis will be ‘bio’ and during the month of December all the clementines served in our restaurant were from Corsica (le bon gout du terroir).

Christmas Time

As the end of another year approaches with its festive celebrations, our thoughts turn to those less fortunate. Once again the Primary School will be collaborating with a wonderful octogenarian who devotes her time to helping those who are impoverished or suffering in hospital, particularly children. Madame Gentil (Mrs Kind ) visits our students every December and, over the years has become their adopted ‘granny’. This year we are asking families if they are able to donate either new gifts for children, or used items in excellent condition. These will be dispatched to the Lenval Hospital for Children in Nice, the Restos du Coeur or families in need.

Harvest Festival

On Friday 13th October Mougins School celebrates the Harvest Festival. This year a group of students from Forms 4, 5 and 6 will be visiting the Residence Victoria Emera in Mouans Sartoux, a residential home for senior citizens, where they will be performing a number of songs to entertain the residents. This is the second year that such a visit has been organised. Previously, for over twenty years, students have visited the Foyer de Font de l’Orme in Mougins. This connection between senior citizens and young students is always beneficial to all concerned, and the children who may not have grandparents in this country thoroughly enjoy connecting with the residents. (La jeunesse à la rencontre de la sagesse).

During the School Assembly parents are able to enjoy some Harvest Festival songs and will be able to see the collection of food which they have provided for Les Petites Soeur des Pauvres who run a charitable home in Nice for elderly people with no funds. This is an annual collection and a welcome addition to the menu for the residents in Nice.

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Primary - Nettoyons la Nature

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Mougins Primary School made a great effort last week to clean up nature as part of Leclerc’s supermarket campaign ‘Nettoyons la Nature’. There was a special assembly to develop awareness about environmental issues and each child was provided with rubber gloves and a bib. They were encouraged to clean up the school campus and continue cleaning and recycling over the weekend and hopefully indefinitely!
A very positive response!