Mougins School

Prepare for tomorrow's world with an education worthy of today

From Sue Dunnachie

Our thanks to the PTA team for their organisation of the Christmas Market, so appreciated by the students and, eventually, by the happy recipients of all the Christmas gifts. Hot chocolate flowed, as did the mulled wine later in the day and the musical interlude was delightful. Well done to all who participated.

More thanks to parents and students for their generous support of our various charities. We ask a lot of you and your positive response to all the demands is heart-warming. A wonderful selection of new gifts has been sent to the Lenval Hospital for Children to brighten up their festive season and an impressive amount of clothing has gone to La Chaine de l'Espoir which takes care of children from Africa who come to France for urgent medical treatment and stay with host families.

For the third consecutive year a student from Mougins School has come first in the International Schools' Speech Competition held at the International School of Nice on Wednesday 10th December. Five schools competed with two students from each school. The subject of the first speech was ëHow to make the world a better place by the end of the 21st century'. The students' speeches showed a profound awareness of the challenges facing all of us if we wish to construct a healthier and safer world for their future. After this elimination stage, four students remained, two of whom were from Mougins School. These participants presented a speech on ëTechnology', once again showing a surprising awareness, not only of the advantages, but also the pitfalls of the technical world in which we live. Our congratulations to both Alexia Netcu (Form 9b) and Zara Blakey (Form 7b) for reaching the final stage and Isabelle Wood (Form 8b) our reserve competitor, and particularly to Zara who came first in the Competition.

Please note that the next open PTA Meeting will be on Thursday 15th January at 09h00 in the Café des Amis.All parents are welcome to attend and some change in the principal positions will be confirmed.

It is time to turn off the telephone, shut down the computer, close the agenda and savour the festive moments to be spent with family and friends.

Heat up the oven, chill the champagne, sprinkle the table with glitter, light the candles and, wherever you are, indulge yourself.

May the advent of a New Year bring you joy and, above all, the time to share the making of memories with those you love.

Happy Holidays