Mougins School

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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’.


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.


Primary - Nettoyons la Nature


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!

Graduation Ceremony 2017

On Friday 30th June at 18h30 Mougins School celebrated its Graduation Ceremony, bidding farewell to thirty-five students who go on to higher education, mainly in England (for example: Imperial College, Kings, Leeds, Manchester), Canada and The International University of Monaco.


The Mayor of Mougins, Dr Richard Galy presented the Coupe de la Ville de Mougins to the student who has made the most progress in French and other special awards were offered by COVICO, La Musée de l’Art Classique de Mougins and Bluewater Yachting.

Two Médailles d’Honneur du Travail were also presented by the Mayor, one for twenty of years of service to the Accountant, Corinne Hajek, and one to Primary Teacher and Nurse, Marian Leonard, for thirty years of service. As usual the capping of the Graduates followed by some thanks and farewells were emotional moments, particularly as this year saw our Art teacher and Deputy Head, Jane Hart, leave after thirty-two years for an enjoyable and active retirement.


After a final rendition of ‘Songbird’ by students, guests were invited to partake of a cocktail and bid fond farewells to families and students leaving the School. We look forward to following the progress of our graduates.

Sophia Games

Once again Mougins School participated in the Sophia Games, an annual competition, held this year between 300 enterprises and 5 educational establishments on Sophia Antipolis. Among the results the following participants were particularly successful:

Female staff out of 650 participants
3rd Michelle Kimberley-Johnson
7th Josephine McDonnell
30th Annie Achilli

Male Staff out of 1,840 participants
37th Jerome Hebant
115th Jim Farrell
201st Marc Petrequin

Male students out of 143 participants
34th Skander Larfaoui

Female students out of 69 participants
5th Sofia Pimenova
11th Chiara Hoppner
14th Viviana Padrazzi

Overall Mougins School came 2nd out of the five educational establishments, just behind the University of the Côte d’Azur and 10th out of 300 enterprises.

Current News

On Friday 9th June Mougins School students saw the completion of their chain of Nespresso capsules with which they hope to enter the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS. After months of fastidious work removing the coffee from the capsules, which was then used to fertilise the vegetable garden, the 2,167 capsules were formed into a chain of 6.77 metres and then counted by two independent witnesses and checked by a ‘surveyor’. Whilst this was happening, a number of animations concerning respect for our environment, recycling and upcycling were organised for Primary students under the watchful eye of Florence Paris, the French teacher behind this initiative. The witnesses’ report will be submitted and qualification into the Book of Records should follow – watch this space!

On Friday 23rd June Forms 4a and 4b had the privilege of participating in the Festival of Gastronomy held in Mougins Village. Students from several schools were invited to watch demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and sample their dishes. In the afternoon the students donned their chef’s hats and took part in the creation of a giant ‘domino’ cake which was included in the box of samples and they all happily clutched these gourmet delights on their return to School.

Thank you to the Senior Student Council for their gift of 110€ which has gone to Kenyakids and will be used to purchase a second dress for each girl, they only have one and this sometimes has to be worn damp after washing, which has led to some unpleasant chest infections. Your support of this Association throughout the year has truly changed lives.

The Primary Student Council have also been very active this year and their activities were reported in the April issue of the Newsletter (to be found on the School website). A big thank you to all students who participate in the Councils. Your contribution, not only to School life, but also to our charitable endeavours, is very important and appreciated by all those whose lives you improve.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an excellent summer break. To students who have graduated, may your paths to success be paved with memorable experiences and lifelong friendships. To those of you who move onto pastures new, relish all the wonderful opportunities change can bring and to those who come back to us in September, we look forward to your return and sharing precious moments with you.

Guinness Book of Records Challenge

On Friday 9th June Mougins School welcomed two witnesses and an evaluator for the serious task of counting the coffee capsules, collected by Primary students, emptied of coffee which was used to fertilise the vegetable garden and formed into a chain, in the hope of entering the Guinness Book of Records.

The final total was 2127 capsules (the present record is one thousand) and the chain measured 6.77 metres. The paperwork and film of the process have been submitted and we await the response. Whilst the counting took place numerous workshops were organised, with the assistance of some senior students, concerning recycling and respect for the environment.

A number of students made short presentations regarding our need to respect our planet, together with some thought-provoking poems they had written.

A hearty thank you to the French Department for their work throughout the year and the organisation of such a successful challenge.





Ringing the Changes with Nespresso Capsules

On Friday 24th March Mougins School was represented at the Ecoparc in Mougins during the Floral Art exhibition called "Tous au Jardin".


This exceptional demonstration of floral creations, mini gardens and presentation of tables dressed for a meal using only natural elements, was organised by the Association líArt Floral de Mougins. As part of their ongoing work regarding re-cycling/upcycling, students made beautiful bird houses out of recuperated material.

The School will also have a stand at the Fête Eden, organised by the municipality of Mougins, which takes place at the Etang de Fontmerle on Saturday 20th May.

Tous au Jardin

Mougins School Thank you


Dear Sue

Please will you thank everyone for choosing Kenyan Kids and its Familia project to be the beneficiaries of your Red Nose Day event held at the end of March.

When we started this project two years ago, none of our ten young girls were in school and our aim then, as it is now, was to return them to school, keep them safe and provide them with a nurturing and caring environment.

As you can imagine, it is a challenging job to raise sufficient funds to ensure they have a roof over their head, there is enough food on the table, they have clothing, their medication needs are met plus their school fees are paid. I am stunned each time I remember - there is no free education (nor free health care) in Kenya!

Without the generosity of your donation, life for sure, could be taking a significantly different path for these ten ‘ex street’ girls. Such a significant donation helps them to stay in school providing each of them with a safe and secure ‘family’ environment to return to each evening. What must it be like for those girls to have been given their childhood back!

Our vision over this coming year is to find individual sponsors for each of these girls, not only financial sponsorship but to show them that people are willing to invest emotionally in helping them build their future lives.
I would love to visit Mougins again and give you a further update on exactly how your donation is working!

With warm thanks.

Julie Hellon
President and Founder


Red Nose Day - UPDATE

Red Nose Day

*** UPDATE ***

As a result of the sale of Red Noses to enthusiastic students we were able to send 1,200 euros to support Red Nose Day and 1,500 euros to the Kenyankids Association, which was raised by a very successful Cake Sale and the raffle of a beautiful cake, representing both Red Noses and the Kenyankids.

*** UPDATE ***

On 24th March students and staff of Mougins School will, once again, be supporting Comic Relief, by participating in Red Nose Day.

The campus will be awash with audacious hair styles, red outfits and, of course, this year's example of Red Noses. Together with the sale of the Noses, money will be raised with tasty bake sales, sponsored aerobics and other activities.

Enthusiastic participation always culminates in a very healthy donation to alleviate childhood suffering around the world.

Kenyan Kids

Having changed the design of their sports tee shirts, and as a heart-warming example of positive upcycling, Mougins School recently sent the remainder of their stock of original tee shirts to the Association Kenyankids which supports vulnerable girls, providing a safe home, school fees, clothing and food.

“Sue, here are my girls in some of the Mougins tee shirts - they loved them - even carro my house mum.”

Recycling and the Environment

Mougins School students will be attempting to enter the Guinness Book of Records with the longest chain to be made out of Nespresso capsules. As part of their work on recycling and the environment, the French department have been consuming vast quantities of coffee in order to collect a sufficient number of capsules to create the snake. These capsules are then emptied of coffee by a number of enthusiastic students and the coffee is used to fertilize the vegetable plot at school. Results of this challenge will follow.