Students, staff and parents at Mougins School regularly give their support to national and international charities. The School undertakes to develop a student awareness of the needs of those less privileged than themselves and, over the years, support has been given in many areas: the purchase of a Guide Dog for the Blind, aid to Haiti to rebuild a school, aid to the Philippines, support of Sidaction, Les Pièces Jaunes, children in hospital, Red Nose Day, books for India etc.
For the next two years one of our projects will be to support educating Cambodia, a project developed by a school teacher from Australia who has now made it his life’s work. Please take a look at the website as this will provide full information on the aspirations and achievements of this wonderful charity.
The project has commenced with the 212 students in Primary School sending cut outs of hearts, each with the child’s photo and a message, to the school children in Cambodia. They have also each enclosed a blank heart in order that their might be a return gesture. It is hoped that this will then create a ‘pen pal’ relationship between the children and let those in Cambodia know that children in Mougins are thinking of them.
In the Spring the School will organise ‘a bowl of rice’ day in the Café des Amis. The chef will prepare a lunch consisting of a bowl of rice with an accompanying sauce, a yoghurt and a piece of fruit, with an added protein for the younger children. All students will be encouraged to participate and the difference in the price paid and the cost of the meal will go directly to educatingcambodia.
Mougins School will also organise a theatrical evening open to the public in collaboration with Hilary (King) Lemaire who, for many years, directed the Red Pear Theatre in Antibes and now produces professional musical and theatrical evenings in her home raising money for the cause.
In 2015 our next Red Nose Day will be devoted to fund raising for educatingcambodia after the purchase of the Noses from Comic Relief.
Mougins School will be presenting three performances of SISTER ACT on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st Feburary. An annual winter musical/pantomime is showcased at Mougins School with the participation of students, staff and parents. Nearly forty performers will take to the stage with the support of technical staff, costume, make up and scenery. This will be the first major production to be shown in the recently refurbished Performing Arts Hall and part of the theatrical and musical celebrations of the School’s fifty year anniversary.
Following a concerted effort by students, staff and parents, Mougins School has already raised 3,012€ for those people whose lives have been tragically affected by the recent disaster. A School Bake Sale organised by students, with the assistance of the Parent Teacher Organisation raised 1,862€, and generous donations from families at the School raised 1,150€. After careful selection, the School has chosen to donate this money to the local Philippine Association of the Riviera (VISAYAS).
On his return from the Philippines the President of the VISAYAS Association brought in a film telling the story of the distribution of food bought with the money raised by Mougins School. The film told a very touching story and the students were delighted to see exactly how the money had been used. The Association had subsequently been offered a container and transport to take food, clothes and school items to the Philippines, so Mougins School went into action once more and a collection was initiated. The response was heart-warming and a large delivery of the required goods was subsequently made to the Association.