On Wednesday 16th December the Primary School welcomed their annual ‘fairy godmother’ Madame Gentil. This wonderful lady works tirelessly throughout the year to help those in need, and Mougins School has collaborated with her for several years. At Christmas time families donate brand new toys which are destined to be distributed to children who spend the festivities in the Lenval Hospital in Nice. Madame Gentil was welcomed by all the students who then sung to her in both French and English. Madame Gentil has seen many of the children growing up and they all have fond memories of her visits to the School. This is a touching and emotional moment for students, staff and our lovely godmother, particularly for those children who live far from grandparents as Madame Gentil is, in some ways, an adopted grandmother, which is evident from the affection they have for her. After a memorable moment she left in a car laden with gifts, ready for delivery to the Hospital.
On 19th November a small group of students from Form 13 at Mougins School, with their Physics teacher, were guests of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. Thanks to an ex-parent, the group were given privileged access to the site. They were introduced to the Large Hadron Collider Control Centre, the exact place where the beams of particles are monitored. They visited the building where the LHC magnets are assembled and tested and were then taken to the DATA Centre and given a talk by a Computer scientist. Finally they visited the ATLAS experiment which is where the collision of particles occurs. I think the words of one of the students sum up the visit perfectly: “Special thanks to Fofi for showing us around, giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you Paola for gathering these talented speakers for us. It truly fed my interest in Physics.”
In September 2015 Refugee Aid Côte d’Azur, a local Facebook group, was created with the aim of providing aid to refugees. In collaboration with a local School, les Trois Collines, a request went out to parents of both schools for winter clothing and other essential items which would help alleviate the deplorable conditions which the refugees face during the coming winter. No-one could have forecast the response to this appeal. For two days a group of devoted volunteers from both schools sorted tons of clothes etc. onto 21 pallets which had been provided by sponsors. These went directly to Antibes Yacht Chandler which organised the delivery of the donations to Paris and, subsequently, by lorry to Iraq. On Friday 13th November a sale of hot chocolate and cakes was organised at Mougins School which raised 500€ for Refugee Aid. Those clothes which are not appropriate for Iraq have been donated to the Chain of Hope. This is an Association which organises medical aid in France for children from Africa. These children are cared for by host families. Once again, a stunning response from families at Mougins School to the needs of those less fortunate.
This year’s Nice to Cannes Marathon was run in glorious sunshine, perfect conditions for producing best times. Mougins School entered four teams: Staff Ladies, Staff Men, Student Girls and a Mixed Team. The Staff Ladies Team once again proved to be extremely strong, finishing in 3hr 12.36min. This was the third fastest ladies team and 23rd team overall. The Staff Men had a great race and achieved a finishing time of 3hr 25.56min. The Student Girls were as reliable as ever, running fantastically with smiles on their faces all the way. They managed a time of 4hr 11.53min and came 30th out of 61 girls teams and 333 out of 489 overall. Our mixed team took a bit of a battering beforehand with illness and injury but, with two last minute replacements we managed to get a team over the line in an incredibly fast time of 3hr 44.30min, an excellent result.
For over twenty years we have taken a group of students in the Choir (Forms 4, 5 and 6) to the Senior Citizen’s Home (le Foyer de Font de l’Orme) where they entertain the residents with their singing. This is an important moment for both our students and the elderly and permits a delightful exchange between the ages. The songs will be performed during the Assembly.
We have, in the past, supported Les Petits Soeurs des Pauvres in Nice. This is a home for elderly people who have no financial support. However, exceptionally this year, we will be donating foodstuff to those immigrants who are existing in deplorable conditions at Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border. The food will be taken to them directly after the Assembly and will really make an appreciable difference to their lives Clothing is also needed, essentially men’s clothes and shoes. If you wish to donate clothes you can drop them in my Office any time before 9th October. The following foodstuffs are required:
- Coffee/tea, olive oil, milk, conserves – tuna, sardines, chick peas - pasta, Rice, flour, fruit juice.
These items can be brought to the Hall of the Primary Building during the week commencing 5th October and will be displayed in the Assembly.
Thanking you in advance for your support and generosity.
The Headmaster will give a 'welcome' presentation which will contain all the necessary information with which to commence life at Mougins School. Students will meet their Form tutors and other members of their class as well as discovering their classroom.
The School Accountant will be able to deal with any payments which permit your child to attend the 'Café des Amis', where freshly cooked lunches are available every day except Wednesday, as well as dealing with any other financial questions.
The Parent Teacher Association will be present during the afternoon, giving new parents an opportunity to discover some of their activities which enhance the social life of the School. All parents are automatically members of the PTA and, by participating in the activities organised by the Association, often make lifelong friends.
The welcome usually terminates by 16h30 and means that all new students who arrive on Monday at the start of the School day are immediately familiar with their surroundings and will be able to relate to some friendly faces. We hope that this process will ease your entry into school life and we wish each and every one of you a happy, successful and memorable stay with us.
Over 300 business companies and about 10 schools/universities participate in a month long competition which incorporates a vast selection of sporting activities.
This year Mougins School gained 2nd Place in the Challenge Ecoles 2015 and also in the Challenge Entreprises 2015. The results were impressive with two of our staff members gaining 1st place – out of 506 participants - (Lois Downes) and 3rd place – out of 1867 participants - (Jérome Hebant) and our students matching this result – out of 225 participants - with 1st place (Robert Mueller), 3rd place (Artemiy Bulgakov), 4th place (Hugo Malien) and 5th place (Nikita Jesaibagjans and, amongst the girls – out of 69 participants - 2nd place (Darja Berga), 3rd place (Laerke Rasmussen) and 4th place (Anastasia Vladimirova). Many other members of both students and staff also had excellent results, too many to mention here but our congratulations to all of them.
The organisers of the Sophia Games will be present at the Graduation Ceremony at School on Friday 3rd July in order to present two trophies 2nd place Challenge Ecoles and 2nd place Challenge Entreprises.
A main storyline was chosen and each child was given the freedom to write their own story, developing the storyline at the same time. The book is now being published and will be on sale to parents. It can be difficult for children to sustain a project, but they have worked with boundless enthusiasm, commitment and passion and their dedication and real enjoyment of this project has been admirable.
We all look forward to enjoying a story involving an Island, the creatures living on it and an evil character who changes them into Cyphers to become his minions – great holiday reading!
On Friday 3rd July at 18h30 the School will hold its Graduation and Farewell Ceremony. On this occasion we will be bidding farewell to our 35 graduating students who will be embarking on further education. The Ceremony celebrates our students' achievements and gives members of the School community the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to those who are moving on. This event is restricted to members of the School and their families and ex-students who regularly visit Mougins School.
On Friday 6th March we will celebrate World Book Day. Students will be able to come to School dressed as their favourite character in a book. There will be prizes for the best costumes, stories and illustrations.