Mougins School

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Head Master's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

A Month Already
It seems incredible, but we have already been back at school for a month and the summer vacation seems something of the distant past. The School year has started well and the students have settled well into their subjects and timetable. The Form 7 students have just returned from their activity week on the Ile Ste Marguerite, in the Bay of Cannes, having had a great time and bonding at the beginning of their secondary school education. Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time and looked after the children for the five-day residential visit.

Café des Amis – New Chef
We are pleased to welcome our new chef – Ana Maria Cordido Gasperi. Ana is Venezuelan and apart from her excellent cooking skills, speaks English and French in addition to her native language. Students and staff have already noticed, and commented on the change, and we look forward to trying out some of her new ideas for the cafeteria over the coming months.

Security Barriers at the End of the Day
The entrance barrier at the end of the day is programmed to lift at specific times. Some parents are arriving 25 mins before that time, which is therefore 45 mins before the end of School. This presents a security issue. May I remind you that the barriers were installed as part of a number of security measures to increase the protection of your children at School. The barriers open 20 minutes before the end of the School day. Please do not arrive before.

If you have a driver or chauffeur, please make sure they understand the following times:

Mondays and Fridays 15h10 (end of School 15h30)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 15h50 (end of School 16h10)
Wednesdays 12h45 (end of School 13h05)

Secondary Sports Day
Our annual Secondary Sports Day takes place tomorrow – 29th September for all students from Forms 7 – 13 at the Stade Eric Estival in Mandelieu. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible to support the students on this exciting day.

School Photographer
The School photographer will be in School on Tuesday and Wednesday 17th & 18th October. He will take individual and class photographs of all students and classes, which will be prepared into packages for you to purchase.

External Examination Results and Graduate Destinations
Full details of both of these are to be found elsewhere in this newsletter. Please study them carefully – they are both excellent and we should be very proud of our students and their teachers. On our website, you will find the same details for the past five years or more so you can compare year on year. It is a better way to be informed than listening to over the dinner table inaccuracies.

Secondary Homework Timetables
The homework timetables for the secondary school will be posted on the school website from next week onwards. You will find them under the drop-down menu ‘Academic’.

Half Term Break
Already looming up is the half-term break. The last day of the half-term is Friday 20th October at 15h30. We return on Monday 30th October at normal start times. Please note that Wednesday 1st November is a national holiday. I strongly advise you not to extend your vacation by taking the Monday and Tuesday off. Teachers will teach throughout the two days and they will not be going over the work for students missing school.

Have a good month of October.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore
Headmaster

Examination Results 2017

(I)GCSE
There were 370 separate (I)GCSEs taken last summer. Grades A*, A, B & C are accepted by universities and are necessary for a student to continue a particular subject to AS and A level.

Results for (I)GCSEs are given for Form 11 only. The A*-C pass rate this year was – 88.4%. (UK 66.3%) Of the 46 students in Form 11, 84.8% achieved at least 5 (I)GCSEs with A*-C

Notable performances:
Daria Baltag (9xA*)
Lucy Davenport (8xA*)(1xA)(1xB)
Alexia Netcu (8xA*)(2xA)
Léon Griffoul (7xA*)(2xA)(1xB)
Leo Dudley (7xA*)(1xA)(1xB)
Luca Goldig (5xA*)(3xA)(1xB)
Kamilla Sadekova (5xA*)(4xA)(1xC)
Rafael Clark (4xA*)(1xA)(3xB)
Keisuke Ito (4xA*)(3xA)(2xB)(1xC)
Keeley Smyth (4xA*)(2xA)(3xB)
Jiashan Ye (3xA*)(4xA)(2xB)
Anastasia Belenova (3xA*)(2xA)(4xB)(1xC)
Lisa Lombaard (3xA*)(2xA)(3xB)(1xC)
Sviatoslav Piskun (2xA*)(6xA)(1xB)(1xC)
Michele Pellegrino (2xA*) (5xA)(2xB)
Nina Gugerli (2xA*)(3xA)(2xB)(2xC)
And many more !!

AS Levels
Students at Mougins School generally study between 4 and 6 AS levels. This year, 95 AS levels were taken. Grades A to E are pass grades and U is unclassified. The results are for Form 12 only. The pass rate was 89.5%

NB There are no results for English as this is a linear course, examined at the end of Form 13. There are 11 students in the group

Notable performances:
Hector Jones AAAA
Rachel Wood AAA
Emilie Quillet AAC
Rebecca Desbordes ABBC
Kit Derriman ABB
Charlotte Emmott ABB
David Hallett ABCC
Louise Dellerman ABCD
Emanuelle Rafferty ACCC
Liam Renar BCC

A Levels
Students generally take 3 or 4 A levels. This year 112 separate A levels were taken. Grades A* to E are pass grades and U is unclassified. The results for A Levels are for Form 13 only. The pass rate was 98.2% this year.

There were 370 separate (I)GCSEs taken last summer. Grades A*, A, B & C are accepted by universities and are necessary for a student to continue a particular subject to AS and A level.
Results for (I)GCSEs are given for Form 11 only. The A*-C pass rate this year was – 88.4%. (UK 66.3%) Of the 46 students in Form 11, 84.8% achieved at least 5 (I)GCSEs with A*-C

Notable performances:
Chiara Hoppner A*A*AAA
Maxim Hunt A*A*AAA
Simon Zolotarev A*AAB
Niklas Warschkow A*AAC
Connor Rainey AAA
Marine Guiglion AABD
Charlotte Wormser AAC
Max Sloyan AAE
Philip Sjunnsesson A*BB
Chris Cembran ABBC
Vasily Pivovarov ABBC
Nicolas Kobouloff ABB
Elliot Poublan ABB
Luc Tersiguel ABB

From Sue Dunnachie

You will find a School Calendar on the School website in which we endeavour to provide as much information as possible regarding key events in the School. Please take the time to consult this on a regular basis in order to stay informed. Secondary School Parents’ evenings are now confirmed and posted.

Apart from School stationery, equipment and Tee Shirts, I should like to remind you that you can also purchase a Mougins School umbrella, yes it does rain in the South of France, for 25€. This is an automatic golfing umbrella in black and silver, large enough to shelter the family. For those students who wish to put their work on a USB Key, this can be purchased from the office for 10€. Please note that, if you wish to print out anything using School printers, your work will need to be on one of these keys used uniquely for that purpose.

Following the catastrophic events in the Caribbean, inhabitants of those islands which have been severely affected are sorely in need of clothing and toiletry items. If you wish to donate any items, clean, suitable and in good condition, please bring them to my office and they will be dispatched for delivery to the Association Foyer, Social, Educatif working in conjunction with the Collège de l’Eganaude in Biot.

Please note that there will be a Meeting of the PTA on Thursday 12th October at 09h00 in the Café des Amis (School restaurant). The meeting will be chaired by the Headmaster and we hope to have nominees for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Should you be interested in filling any of these positions please pass your candidature to the Office. There is already a well organised team of sub-committees dealing with the majority of events organised by the PTA for both students and parents, and this will certainly ease the arrival of any new faces. The PTA has an important role in the preparation of social and fundraising events as well as supporting staff and students with various projects. This institution is invaluable as it will enhance both your children’s experience at school, as well as providing parents with a means of discovering the region and forging new friendships. It should not be an onerous task but an enjoyable way of integrating in the community. We look forward to seeing you on the 12th.

On Friday 13th October a group of Primary School Choir students will be entertaining senior residents of the Victoria Emera residential home in Mouans Sartoux as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations. This is the second time we have been to the home and for twenty years previously we visited the Foyer de Font de l’Orme in Mougins.

These visits are always enjoyed by both the residents and students and the bi-lingual community of the Victoria Emera are particularly appreciative of the songs that Ms Rosie Dixon prepares in English and French.

A REMINDER that on 29th October we revert to Daylight Saving Time and you will need to put your clocks back by one hour, a welcome extra hour in bed.

Secondary Parents’ Evenings

Secondary Parents’ Evenings—Autumn Term 2017

The following Parents’ Evenings will take place, this term, for students in Form 7—13.

  • Tuesday 3 October, Form 11
  • Tuesday 10 October, Form 9 & 13
  • Monday 16 October, Forms 8 & 12
  • Thursday 2 November, Forms 7 and 10

All Parents’ Evenings take place between 18h00 and 21h00 and are held in the Examination Room and adjacent classrooms upstairs in the Rosanna Building.

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!