Mougins School

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From Sue Dunnachie

At Mougins School we encourage students to think of those less fortunate than themselves and this particularly applies during the festive season. Once again Primary School students will be encouraged to bring a gift for a sick child. These new unwrapped gifts will go to children who have to stay in the Lenval Hospital in Nice during the festive season. Primary School parents will be receiving a letter regarding this but, should you be in Secondary School and wish to participate, please do not hesitate. All gifts should be taken to Primary School classrooms before Monday 9th December and I would like to thank every family in advance for their kind generosity.

Our students, staff and parents were quick to react to the disaster which hit the Philippines recently and, thanks to the incredible generosity of all concerned, the School has, so far; raised 3,012€. The cake sale raised 1,862€ and donations raised 1,150€. This money will be going to the Philippine Association of the Riviera and a representative of the Association will come to School in order that we may present the cheque. A member of the Association will be going to the Philippines in December and we know that the money will immediately be used in order to bring the necessary aid. Thank you to everyone for their support of those in need.

On Tuesday 3rd December at 18h00, GCSE drama students will present a performance evening in the Hall. Parents and students are very welcome to attend. The International Competition, which is an annual event between competing international schools in the region, will be held on Thursday 5th December at EBICA School. This year Sarah Heiberg in Form 7a and David Hallett in Form 9b will be participating. These two students won the elimination stages of the School’s internal speech competition, which was held for all members of Forms 7, 8 and 9, and we wish them the best of luck on Thursday. A big thank you to our English Department for their support and, particularly, Vicky Bryan who had the difficult task of making the final selection.

This year the Winter Concert will be held on Monday 16th December and Tuesday 17th December at 19h00. The Concert is free but if you wish to attend you will need to collect a ticket from the Office from Thursday 12th December. (Performing artists should collect their two tickets from the 9th to the 11th) The PTA will be providing a bar on the two evenings and, on presentation of your ticket, you will be offered a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink, other drinks will be available to purchase. There will be no interval during the Concert so come along a little earlier in order to partake of the refreshments.

We have had a request from the delightful octogenarian with whom we collaborate for the gifts to Lenval. She regularly supports local families in need and a baby will be born to one of these families in January. They have no equipment or clothing for this child so, if you have any material for a newborn, please bring it to my office, it will be a welcome gift.

With both local and European elections coming up next year, I thought it would be helpful to let you know that as a foreigner (coming from a European Community country) who is residing in France, you need to register for each before 31st December 2013 (separate registration forms) if you want to be able to vote in either or both elections. This can be done at your local town hall.