Mougins School

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Headmaster’s Notes

A Busy Three Weeks
The three remaining weeks of the Autumn Term are always very busy, with many different events happening across the whole school. Please keep an eye on the calendar in order not to miss out. However, it is important to point out that academic lessons will continue well into the last week of term, so please avoid the temptation to leave early.

More Help in the Office
We are pleased to welcome Manuela Garutti-Foley to the Administrative Staff of the School. It could be that either Elisabeth or Manuela answers the telephone or greets you when you call or pop in on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays and Elisabeth or Sue on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unless you have a specific need to speak to a particular person, they are all able to pass on messages to the teaching staff and generally answer your enquiries.

Sporting Successes
Congratulations to the four Relay Marathon teams who took part in the Nice-Cannes Marathon – you can read a full report elsewhere in this newsletter.
The Alpes Maritimes UNSS Cross Country Championships also took place last week and the students from Mougins School performed extremely well. Here is a summary of the team results:

Girls: Benjamines 29th/85 Minimes 34th/53 Juniors 3rd/29
The Junior girls’ team, invited to the podium to receive their bronze medals, included Laerke Rasmussen (9th), Jessica Davis (12th), Anastasia Vladimirova (14th), Darja Berga (16th), Marianne Ray (18th), Kana Fujiwara (20th) & Alycia Class (25th).
Boys: Benjamins 16th/130 Minimes 7th/52 Juniors 4th/52
Two notable performances in the boys’ results – Dushan Popov 11th/52 in the Junior Boys and an outstanding result from Alexander MacFadyen 2nd/403 in the Minimes Boys.

Well done to all our runners — regional Championships on Wednesday 11th December in Frejus.

Performing Arts Centre and Events
The new floor in the Hall is now finished and other improvements to enhance performances and lessons have been completed. You will have the opportunity to appreciate the “mini transformation” at some of the events taking place over the coming weeks:
Foundation (E.Y & Reception) Winter Assembly

Winter Concert
Monday 16th December at 19h00 Winter Concert
Tuesday 17th December at 19h00
Forms 1, 2 & 3 Winter Assembly Thursday 19th December at 09h00
Forms 4, 5 & 6 Winter Assembly Friday 20th December at 09h00

A Couple of Do’s and Don’ts
1. We would be grateful if any dogs that are brought on to the campus are kept on leads. If your dog unfortunately makes a mess on the School Campus, you are responsible for cleaning up - thoroughly!
2. Can we remind parents that class lists and e-mail addresses are for internal communication only and under no circumstances should be used for commercial purposes?

End of Term
The final day of School this term is Friday 20th December and both Primary and Secondary pupils finish at 12h00. Your child(ren) will receive their end of term report on that morning. Reports will not be released before that date and those not collected will be available after the winter vacation in January. Enjoy the last weeks of term.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore Headmaster

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.

Nice Cannes Marathon Relay Results

This year’s Marathon relay competition proved to be the toughest and most exciting to date. With 120 km an hour headwinds on the second half of the course, even the Kenyans struggled to get close to their best times!
The biggest battle of the day, however, was seeing which one of the 4 Mougins school teams would cross the line first.

For those unfamiliar with the marathon relay, it is a full marathon split into 6 slightly more manageable stages. Starting in Nice, the first runner completes 8.7 km passing to their 5 fellow team mates waiting along the coastal route to Cannes, completing distances of 3 km, 5.2 km, 8.1 km, 10.8 km and 6.4 km respectively.
In 2012 a combined male staff/student team overtook the staff ladies in the final stage, beating them by 1 min and 30 seconds overall. This year, the Ladies were out for revenge and with the additional competition from a student girls’ team and a student boys’ team, plus a male staff team, the ‘seasoned’ ladies staff team had their work cut out.

The ladies got off to a great start, getting an early lead by some 8
minutes after the first 2 legs. The student boys’ team were hot on the heels of the Men’s team and the girls were keeping a steady pace 9 minutes behind them. At the start of stage 5, the wind was whipping up and so was the adrenaline! With the ladies team setting off 7 seconds ahead of the men’s team, who were in turn 12 seconds ahead of the boys, it was still very much all to play for!

As predicted the final stage would be a sprint finish and with male and female staff teams setting off hand in hand (not for long!!!!), it was to be just that. Out of 394 teams the final results were:
Mougins Ladies 3h 27.34 finishing 50th team overall and 2nd in the ladies category.
Mougins Men 3h 28.57 finishing 52nd team overall and 27th in their category.
Mougins Boy students 3h 36.06 finishing 76th team overall and 33rd in their category.
Mougins Girl students 4h 08.30 finishing 275th team overall and 14th in their category.
Congratulations to all those who took part! It was a fantastic day and we are already planning our team tactics for 2014!

PTA News

I attach a short update of upcoming PTA activities. Please also visit our website for the latest news.
The Outdoor Learning Classroom now has a fence! On Wednesday 27th November a group of parent and teacher volunteers will paint it. The next stages are to lay paths and to install a raised bed. Mrs. Bearman is currently seeking quotes and David Sidney is assisting with overall coordination. We have around 1000 euros available funds - all donations of either time, materials or money are greatly appreciated. For more details contact Rachel Aspegren (PTA lead) or Chris Bearman, Head of Primary.

The next Coffee Club event will be the popular festive Cookery Demonstration on Tuesday 3rd December. The catering company ‘Bridie Simple Food’, run by Bridie Roberts, a school parent, has volunteered to provide a cooking demonstration and tasting. A fee of 20€uros will be charged to cover the cost of the ingredients, refreshments and recipe handouts. Places will be limited; so if you would like to attend, please RSVP to coffeemorning@mougins- as soon as possible, and secure your place with payment into the PTA box in the school office.

Please also support the Primary School Christmas Market, 11th December, details in a separate article.
The PTA will organise a school wide Festive Cake Sale on Friday, 13th December. Parents from all school years are asked to donate cakes to be sold at break and lunchtime, and after school at afternoon collection time. We would particularly appreciate traditional festive/seasonal cakes and biscuits. This is a super opportunity to show off your national delicacies (mince pies, Lebkuchen ...).

Finally, the November Culture Club’s visit to Old Nice had to be cancelled due to demonstrations in Nice, but will be rescheduled in the new year.

Thanks for your Support! PTA Committee

Scarecrow Competition

Form 4a were delighted to come joint first in the Scarecrow competition on Sunday 10th November at the "Partage et Nature" day in Bar sur Loup. We received some lovely prizes, including games, an owl light, daffodil bulbs, cacti and bedding plants. Our scarecrows, Rosie and Bob are now in the garden area behind the Primary Building and we shall be looking forward to see them surrounded by daffodils in the spring!

School Productions

The School’s next drama event is Sister Act, with 3 performances on January 30, 31st and February 1st. We would like to involve more parents and students in this and future events - there are two per year - one in late January and one in June.
Here are the areas where help is being sought:

Publicity: It would be nice to advertise events more widely in order to have more support updating PTA meetings and sending out updates such as this one!

Costumes: The next event has about 45 children. Kaisa Torma has a number of mums who help with costumes. For Sister Act, Eva is leading the costume team. But we need more helpers - to create, source or modify costumes. This can be done throughout the school day in school, or at your own home and help is needed from now onwards. Helpers don't need to be an expert on the sewing machine (but this would be nice!) as costumes often involve hand made items, too.

Scenery: Kaisa works with Margot to understand exactly what is required but needs help to turn ideas into reality. Help can be regular or just occasional and people don't need to be creative. just willing to give up some time and do whatever is required.

Script: one person is required - ideally from now on - to follow the script at rehearsals working alongside Margot. This role requires regular commitment, as there are rehearsals each Wednesday afternoon and then on a couple of Sundays just before the shows.

The bar: This runs each evening of the show and works best with 3 to 4 people helping. It is a great fundraiser for the productions, as it helps to raise the money to buy the things needed to put on great shows that are not funded by the school. If anyone can help out on one of the evenings, or on one of the days just before the event to help shop please get in contact. Working on the bar is always busy but good fun.
The show in January needs a few more men to be extras. So any husbands or male students who want to be on stage, dressed in suits and holding (fake) guns, please let us know.

Stage Hands: Ideally 3 strong people are required for each night of the performance and for the two Sunday rehearsals just beforehand to help set up the stage and then move scenery around.

Filming: Any budding film- makers are sought to film the 3evenings and from the footage create a film of the show. This can then be sold as a lovely memory for those involved, but also again to help raise funds.
If you, your partner, grandmas or grandads, aunts, uncles or children can help - or simply want to find out more about any of the above roles - please contact Margot or Kaisa.

Thank you!

Primary School Christmas Market - 11th December

Each year we organise a Christmas Market to allow our younger children to do their own shopping before the end of the term. This year it will be on Wednesday 11th December during school time from 09h00 to 12h30. All the children of the Primary school will be able to find presents for their family from 50 cents to 8 Euros. Those items will be wrapped for you to have a real surprise.

Of course we can’t do that without your help. We need donations from everybody, even if you don’t have any children in primary school. We all have things at home that we don’t use anymore and which are in a very good condition. It can be toys, decoration items, candles, soaps, ties, etc... We need gifts for mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers (especially fathers and brothers). There will be a box in Elisabeth’s office after Half Term where you can put your donations (unwrapped). All the benefit will go towards the Outdoor Learning Centre.
For the parents who have children in Primary school, please send them to school on the Wednesday 11th with some money (in change please) and a bag to carry their purchase. The kids love it and we have very good time doing it. If you want to help or if you need any more information please let us know and contact:

Marie Claude : 06 15 16 89 39 or Kaisa: 06 20 43 85 39

Thank you in advance for your help.

Headmaster's Notes

Already Half Term!
Today is the start of our half-term vacation. I would like to remind parents that we do not follow the calendar for French schools at Mougins School, although we are fairly close. The major differences come in the October and February half term breaks. In fact, we work more, but shorter days than the French System resulting in only one week ís vacation for these two holidays. Please take care to check your school calendar when planning family holidays etc. You will find a copy of the 2013/2014 calendar in your Family Guide and on our website.

The provisional calendar for the next academic year 2013/2014 is available, but as the ìEducation Nationale has not yet published its calendar, we may have to make some minor adjustments at a later stage. A copy of the provisional calendar for next year can be picked up from the School Office.

Access to the School from behind the campus
We have received a number of complaints from the residents of the domain behind the School, including the Kennels and Riding Stables that parents are driving through this private property to deliver their children to School. Obviously as it is private, it is not a usable access to School and I would ask those parents currently passing through there to deliver their children to School by the normal entrance (or bus stop drop off) Thank you for your consideration.

New Car Park
I am delighted to inform you that we have finally signed for the adjacent land to the present car park. Work will soon begin to create an extension of our parking facilities, which will hopefully be ready for the Spring Term in January. The extension will give us considerably more spaces (approximately 70), which will mean that no parents will have (or be permitted) to park in the road before and after school.

Old Car Park
The organisation of the car park will not change with the additional parking and the spaces with the red paint along the curb will remain for the exclusive use of the school ís personnel. The yellow marked spaces are for buses (and marked bus). If you see that these spaces are empty, please do not be tempted to park in them ñ it probably means there is a bus full of children about to return to School. Thank you.

The Return
As we only have a one week ís break, we looking forward to seeing you all back on Monday 4th November at the normal start times. Enjoy the week!

Lost Property
We have already accumulated an enormous amount of lost property. Students need to check that they take all of their possessions home each night. Objects left outside are put in the nearest building by the maintenance/cleaning staff especially in Winter time. Lost items are kept in the wooden box under the stairs in the Administration Building or in the blue box in front of the Primary Building. The contents of the box are displayed on the covered area, in front of the office, on Friday evenings after school.

From Sue Dunnachie

Please note the change in date for the Winter Concert which will now be on 16th and 17th December at 19h00 in the Performing Arts Hall.

A very big thank you to Primary parents for their kind generosity at the Harvest Festival. An impressive amount of food was duly delivered to the home run by the Petites Soeurs des Pauvres in Nice. This food is a welcome contribution to the elderly with no means, who are able to live in excellent conditions due to the charitable work of the nuns who care for them. Students in Forms 4, 5 and 6 went to the senior citizens home at the Font de l'Orme and enchanted the residents with their joyful singing. Instead of the usual offering of flowers, we took delicious chocolates and oriental cakes which were much appreciated. Thanks to all the lovely voices and Chloe Amsellem, our pianist and Mrs Martin who led the choir.

Wishing you all an excellent and relaxing half-term break.

The Riviera international Singers

The Riviera international Singers will present their Christmas †concerts onThursday 12 and Friday 13 of December at 8 pm and Saturday 14 at 6 pm at St. Blaise Church in Valbonne village.
The concert will provide a wonderful variety of Classical and Traditional Christmas songs and carols.
Entrance 10 EUR adults, 5 EUR for children. Benefits will go to Charitiy .Come and sing and have a glass of free mulled wine after the concert. More information available on the website:

PTA News

The PTA has relaunched its website ( The site is continually updated with news and photos on PTA activities, and should be your first point of information. We will also continue to send out a monthly PTA update by mail. If you do not receive this email currently, please contact your PTA Class Rep (details on website).

The October Culture Club spent a sunny day in beautiful Grasse. The programme included a tour of the International Perfume Museum, a workshop where participants created their own perfume, followed by lunch and a walk around the town. The next Culture Club will take place on Thursday the 14th November and will visit old Nice.

Over 20 parents participated at the Coffee Club at the home of school parent Caroline Higgs on Tuesday 23rd October. The next Coffee Club event will be the popular festive Cookery Demonstration on Tuesday 3rd December; The catering company ëBridie Simply Foodí, run by Bridie Roberts, a school parent, has volunteered to provide a cooking demonstration and tasting. A fee of 20Äuros will be charged to cover the cost of the ingredients and refreshments. Places will be limited, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP to as soon as possible and secure your place with payment into the PTA box in the school office.

The next Open PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday 28th November, at 19h00 in the School Cafeteria. This will also be the Annual General Meeting. An agenda will be distributed in advance of the meeting.
A team of parents were pleased to support Middle and Upper Sports Day through the provision of sandiches, fresh tea and coffee and other refreshments.

Finally, the very popular Primary School Friday cakes have restarted. Contributing parents are reminded not to used any nuts in cakes, due to the allergy risk.

A1 big thank you to the many volunteers who have helped out with all the above activities. You are too numerous to mention, but your efforts are very much appreciate!
The PTA Committee

Primary School Christmas Market

Wednesday 11th December
Each year we organise a Christmas Market to allow our younger children to do their own shopping before the end of the term. This year it will be on Wednesday 11th December during school time from 9.00 to 12.30. All the children of the Primary school will be able to find presents for their family from 50 cents to 8 Euros. Those items will be wrapped for you to have a real surprise.
Of course we canít do that without your help.

We need donations from everybody, even if you donít have any children in primary school. We all have things at home that we donít use anymore and which are in a very good condition. It can be toys, decoration items, candles, soaps, ties, etcÖ We need gifts for mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers (especially fathers and brothers). There will be a box in Elisabethís office after Half Term where you can put your donations (unwrapped). All the benefit will go towards the Outdoor Learning Centre.

For the parents who have children in Primary school, please send them to school on the Wednesday 11th with some money (in change please) and a bag to carry their purchase. The kids love it and we have very good time doing it.

If you want to help or if you need any more information please let us know and contact:

Marie Claude : 06 15 16 89 39 or Kaisa : 06 20 43 85 39
Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Form 7 Sur le Chemin de L'Ecole

The French department organised a lovely cinematic experience for the whole of Form 7 on Thursday 10th October during local studies. The students learnt how the children from the four corners of the globe courageously travelled to school, so that they could acquire knowledge to help improve their lives. The spectactular landscapes of Kenya, Argentina, Morocco and India and the dangers and difficulties the young students confronted each day going to school were truly inspirational.

Primary Departrment

We are collecting drapes/material that we can use for displays.

Do you have any old material/curtains/tablecloths etc that you can donate to the primary department?

If so, please send them in with your children.

Many thanks for your help and support.

Headmaster's Notes

An Excellent Start to Go with the Excellent Results
“La rentrée” is now four weeks behind us and the students are well into their studies for this academic year. We hope they will all work hard and strive to achieve their full potential. Indeed the graduating class of 2013 (Form 13 last year) did just that and achieved a superb set of A Level results, giving them all access to their first choice of college or university world-wide.
For the fifth consecutive year, they achieved a 100% pass rate at A Level. Full details of the GCSE, AS and A Level results are printed else-where in this newsletter. Please study them carefully and feel free to shout them out loud – the School and their parents are very proud of their achievements!

Important Information
This edition of the Newsletter is a “bumper edi- tion”. Not only does it have the above mentioned results, it also contains the University Destinations of last year’s Form 13 – an impressive list, the Homework Timetable for the Secondary School, dates for Primary and Secondary Parents’ Evenings this term and the Extra-Curricular Activity Programme for this Term. Please keep this newsletter as a point of reference.

Sponsors Needed – Can You Help
As you know, we strongly promote a healthy active lifestyle at the School, including a healthy diet, good sleep pattern and exercise. Beyond our close relationship with Fitlane Fitness Centres, staff, parents and students are becoming more and more involved in sporting events and competitions in the area. For many years, senior students and staff have been involved in the Sophia Games, competing against over 300 companies in the Sophia Technology Park. Marathons, semi-marathons and relay marathons have all attracted members of our community. Entering teams in these events is becoming more and more expensive and so we are hoping to find some help from a sponsor(s) who would be prepared to cover such entry fees and possibly clothing and other equipment. If you are able to help in any way, please let me know – thank you in advance.

Car Park Issues
It is going fairly well before and after school, but there are improvements to be made. Firstly, things are moving forward with the car park extension (approx 70 more spaces). We should be signing the final purchase act over the coming weeks and work will commence as soon as possible after. I will share the final plans with you in the next
Please remember that secondary school students are to be dropped off in the morning in the bus stop in front of the School.

Primary School parents must not park in the bus stop, as it makes dropping off dangerous.
The spaces on the left and right as you enter the School slip road are reserved for staff. Please do not park in them as you stand a good chance of finding yourself blocked in. Parents should park (Key Stage 1) in the large car park at the end of the slip road.

Secondary Sports Day
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the Secondary Sports Day, to be held all day at the Stade Eric Estival, Mandelieu on Friday 4th October (next week). The Primary School day is as normal at School. All Secondary School students are expected at the stadium.
Kindest regards, Brian G. Hickmore Headmaster

Examination Results Summer 2013

Click here to see the Examination results for summer 2013 page with all the information.

University Places Graduates 2013

Click here to see the Graduates 2013 page with all the information.

From Sue Dunnachie

On the Mougins School website: you will find current information concerning the school organisation. The School calendar will keep you informed of the organisation of School trips, parent meetings, School and PTA events and any other essential dates in the School’s diary. You will also find the daily menu for the Café des Amis. Should a parent wish to discover the Café des Amis, you are welcome to come any day, except Wednesday, and have lunch with your child. If you wish to do this please see our accountant (Corinne Hajek) the morning of the day you wish to come and she will prepare a badge for you. The cost of a parent meal is 8€

The School accumulates an enormous amount of Lost Property each year and we would like to endeavour to reduce this. Please ensure that your child’s sports tee-shirts are marked with their name, as well any other items of clothing you do not wish to lose. The Lost Property box will be emptied the first week of each month and items in it will go into the collection bin at the exit of the School. This bin takes clothing and shoes so please feel free to use it if you are clearing out your cupboards.

In 2012 Pâcome collected 2,700 kilos of clothes and shoes from our container and they anticipate 3,000 kilos this year. All the clothes are transformed into industrial phonic insulation as well as being used in the automobile industry. Shoes are crushed and used in the fabrication of the special finish for sports pitches.

Parents often ask if the Library would care for some books and this sometimes lead to boxes of rather dusty and inappropriate books being left in the Office. We certainly do appreciate the offer but would appreciate it if you could speak to the Librarian (Denise Aughton) beforehand, in order that she may tell you if your donation would be welcome – English books only please. Many thanks.

Just a reminder that on 26th, 27th and 28th September Mougins celebrates Gastronomy with an International Gastronomy Festival in the village where internationally renowned chefs work in tented kitchens to produce some mouth- watering delights. Discover more at

Secondary School Parents Evening

The following Parents’ Evenings will take place, this term, for students in Forms 7 – 13:

Thursday 10th October - Form 11
Monday 14th October - Form 9 & 13
Thursday 7th November Forms 8 & 12 Tuesday 12th November Forms 7 & 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.

Parents will receive a letter and an appointment sign-up form prior to each Parents’ Evening, where they are asked to indicate which teachers they would like to see. It is not obligatory to see all teachers.
Parents’ Evenings are an opportunity to meet your children’s teachers and to discuss pupil progress. All parents are encouraged to attend.

From the Desk of Christine Bearman

The Parents’ Evenings for the Primary School this term will take place on Thursday 7th November 2013 and Tuesday 12th November 2013.

Your child's teacher will send a letter to you before half term to confirm the night of your appointments and lists will go up outside the building as usual for you to put your name into a time slot. Please be aware that both of these evenings will begin at 18h00.

Earlier appointments will not be available this year.


The PTA has got off to a busy start in September, with a full programme of events to start off the new school year.
Over 40 parents got together for the first PTA Coffee Morning in Valbonne Village, a super chance to meet and chat. The next Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday 22nd October, location to be confirmed. The Faces to Names Picnic on Sunday 22nd September was a very relaxed event where teachers, parents and pupils got together on the school grounds to chat and play games.

The first PTA Meeting on Thursday 19th September also had a strong turnout of over 50 parents plus a strong teacher representation. As well as updates on events, finances and fund- raising, we used the meeting to preview our updated website, which will be your first stop for all PTA information. The new website will be launched shortly.

Finally, the First Culture Club will be on Thursday 17th October to Grasse to the international perfume museum and a guided tour in English of the old town of Grasse. More details of how to sign up with the organiser, Marianne Vos, will be distributed shortly.

Finally, the next Coffee morning will be on Tuesday 22nd October. If you would like to attend, please contact either Suzanne McClelland or Dena Doulavaris for details on coffeemorning@mougins-school-
Thank you!

Your PTA Committee

Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

End of Term and Reports
We are there – today is the last day of term and Secondary School students have their school report with this newsletter – Primary children have already had their reports.

National Championships for Orienteering Results
Congratulations to all four teams who competed in the French National Championships this year. The Collège Filles and Garçons performed well in Reims. The boys finished an excellent 14th/32 and the girls 32nd/39. In the Compiegne, the week before, our older students also performed extremely well. On the second day, the girls were 9th, the boys 6th, both out of 28. Added to the first day, where there were some technical hitches, the overall positions were Lycée Filles 19th/28 and the Lycée Garçons 14th/28. Congratulation too, to the two young officials, who did an excellent job at their respective competitions.

The Science Building
I am pleased to announce that the building is on schedule and will be ready for the beginning of the new school year. I remind you that it contains four laboratories – Science (for Key Stage 3), Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It also houses a preparation room to serve all the labs, plus a second Computer Room and a further classroom. The portacabins, used for a year by primary classes and this year for secondary science, behind the Rosanna Learning Centre, will be dismantled and removed in the first week of the holidays.

Summer Fair
A very big thank you to Dorothy Forbes and the PTA teams who made the Summer Fair such a big success. The “Mougins School’s Got Talent” was great fun, the food stalls amazing, and the barbecue a huge success. Thank you all.

Kind Donations
I would like to extend a special thank you to a number of parents who have made generous donations to the Garden Fund, the second Computer Suite fund, PTA funds and School Funds during the year. These very generous donations make it possible to provide those extra things that are outside of our budget and therefore benefit the children sooner rather than later. As a result, the Garden is well on its way, we already have half the money we require to equip the Computer Suite plus we will be installing two solid ping pong tables and an outdoor chess set in front of the new Science Building. So once again, thank you for your fantastic generosity.

Great Vacation and Great Summer
As always, a number of families are leaving us at this time including, of course, those who are graduating today in From 13. We wish them all the best for the future as we do all those moving on to new destinations. To the majority who are returning, the new school year begins on Tuesday 3rd September, although we will be welcoming new students the afternoon before. On behalf of all at Mougins School, thank you for your support and I wish you all an excellent vacation and summer.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

As the organiser of the Car Boot Sale, Michele Fraser worked very hard to ensure that funds were raised for the PTA, but she also had another goal, this was to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Archet 2 Hospital in Nice. This is the unit in which Violet Fraser was treated with such care and the family wished to show their appreciation. The 1,000€ which was raised on their stand, (220€ PTA contribution), will go towards the purchase of a portable respirator. This assists with children’s breathing when they are asleep or when they have a general anaesthetic. It will be particularly useful during radiotherapy treatment of young children, aiding their sleep and helping them to move less during treatment, thus ensuring that the rays directly target the right area.

Thank you once again to all who contributed to this gift. During the year parents and students have given generously to our charity fund-raising and we were able to send 250€ to Sidaction, 2,470€ to Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) and 600€ to Pandrata Circle in India. Our thanks to you all for your energy and generosity.

The School has accumulated amountain of LOST PROPERTYthis year – it amazes us that students actually leave the School fully clothed at the end of the day! We will be obliged to put any items that have not been claimed by 15thJuly in the re-cycling bin. The Office is open from 09h00 to 15h00 during that period.

28th June sees the end of yet another year in Mougins School. It seems that time slips through our fingers with increasing speed so my message to our graduating students would be, grasp every opportunity life offers you and do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today – sometimes tomorrow never comes. I wish you all every success in your chosen professions and hope you will stay in touch with the School and inform us of your progress.

To those families who are leaving us, I hope you will take happy memories with you and to those who will be returning, we look forward to making more memories together next year. A very happy summer to you all.

PTA News

Dear Parents,
We hope you enjoyed the Summer Fair 2013 and the variety of activities and refreshments of offer. It was a day filled with fun and laughter. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to a super new school year starting in September!

Kind regards,
The PTA Committee

Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

The Science Building

The Building is still on schedule! The tiled floors are finished and the various companies involved are putting the final touches to the paintings and fittings. The furniture is due to be fitted during the first two weeks of June and the temporary science classrooms, behind the Rosanna Learning Centre, will disappear in the first week of the summer vacation. I will publish a few photographs in the final newsletter on the last day of term. The building will be fully operational for the new school year.

Medical Forms
On entry into Mougins School, most parents provide a full medical history of their children using the medical form provided by the school. Some parents still need to do this for the welfare of their own children. Also every 2/3 years, a full physical examination given by your doctor is necessary to keep these records updated. This will ensure that any problems with vaccinations, hearing or eyesight are detected at an early stage. I will have sent out new forms to all concerned by the end of June. Please update and return the form for September 2013. Feel free to come and see Nurse Marian if you have any questions.

An Evening of Entertainment
A number of Margot’s pupils will be giving an outdoor performance on Monday – 3rd June at 19h30 in the amphitheatre in front of the Rosanna Learning Centre. The evening will consist of songs and short sketches, reflecting the work the students have been doing in their voice lessons and drama workshops.

Book Return Day and Cafeteria Badges
Tuesday 25th June is book return day for Secondary School students. Books brought back before that date, by students who have finished their external examination, must be given to the subject teachers personally so they can be marked in. The cost of missing books is deducted from the students’ Book Deposit. Students will be able to return their lunch cards on the same day.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

My thanks to all the students who participated in our ‘Bowl of Rice’ lunch on Friday 17th May. Thanks to your support of this action, we are able to send a cheque for 600€ to the Pandrata Circle Association in Gokarna in India, where the money will pay local artisans to make wooden shelving for the 150 kilos of text books which we have sent to the Cultural Centre, created by the Association. Students in the Primary School have made a wonderful selection of ‘flash cards’, to be used to assist with the teaching of English to the Indian children, and I would like to thank them and all their teachers for their enthusiastic support of this project. Here is a copy of the response received from the Association:

Toute l'association ''Pandrata circle" vous remercie, vous et tous les élèves et les professeurs qui ont participé à cette journée "bol de riz" et a la création des "flashcards" Il est peu probable que nous passions dans la région avant le mois d'Aout, donc nous serions ravis de recevoir les fruits de cette journée et de ce travail des élèves. Avec toute notre gratitude, merci de votre formidable soutien qui contribuera à mener à bien le projet de bibliothèque a Gokarna, et dont les premiers bénéficiaires sont les enfants de la région.

If you have collected a copy of the Riviera Times, you will have seen the journalistic efforts of Luca Goldig in Form 7a. Luca won first prize at the International Schools Speech Competition and had the privilege of being a journalist for the day at Riviera Times. As you will see from his article, his time was well spent so our congratulations to him once again.

In this copy of the Newsletter, you will have received an invitation to the Graduation Ceremony and End of Year Farewell which takes place on Friday 28th June at 18h30. This is a special evening which celebrates the achievements of our graduating students as well as the presentation of Special Awards for secondary students. All parents are invited to the Ceremony which is followed by a cocktail which gives students, staff and parents an opportunity to participate in emotional farewells. A professional photographer will be present and can deliver photos on the evening, should you wish to have a souvenir of these special moments.

Alycia Class, one of our students in Form 12p, is undertaking a project with the NGO Volunteer Corps Organisation in Ghana. In order to raise funds which will permit her to participate in this project, she is undertaking a sponsored kayak challenge in July. Students in Business Studies have organised several fund-raising efforts to help Alycia and I would be grateful if you could take a moment to read the following presentation of Alycia’s project.

I will be going to Ghana in August to work on a construction project with a local NGO, Volunteer Corp Organization ( in order to create a building that will house both a women’s empowerment centre and a Computer Education centre in a rural area. The goal for the women's empowerment centre is to create employment specifically for the disabled and widows through skill acquisition and training. The organisation would also like to focus on counselling for abused and battered women, child abuse, HIV/Aids, and teen pregnancy. The purpose of the Computer Education centre is to provide those rural students with the real experience of working on computers rather than learning about them through a book and drawings on the board. Providing students access to computers is a key step in bridging the gap between education in urban and rural schools.To finance this trip I will be doing a sponsored kayak challenge in July. I will be crossing Scotland coast to coast, from Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen canal, loch Lochy and Loch Ness. This 95 km trip is normally completed in 5 days, but to make it a real challenge I will attempt to do it in just 3 days! Please support me by sponsoring this challenge, either online at or in the box which you can find in Elisabeth's office.

From Hilary Lecoy

Mougins School participates in the 24th Didascalies, Grasse on Wednesday 15 May, 14 Drama students from Years 9 and 10 performed an original work called ‘Sketchbook’ at the Théâtre de Grasse as part of the 24th Didascalies. This prestigious international school theatre festival has until this year accepted only pieces performed in French, so it was a great privilege to be invited to perform in English. The piece was composed of ten short interlinking sketches on the theme of ‘Play/Interplay’, and included mime and mask-work.
Mougins School’s students received the congratulations of the Didascalies organisers for the excellence of their performance.

PTA News

Car Boot Sale, 5th May
The Car Boot Sale was a great success, with 40 places filled, dry weather and lots of contented bargain-hunters. The event raised over €1500 for the PTA, and as a sign of appreciation of Michele Fraser's work in organising the event, the PTA voted at the OGM to donate €220 to Michelle’s chosen charity. A big thank you to Michele Fraser, Sarah Green, Marie-Claude Fox, Sue Dunnachie, Brian Hickmore and all other volunteers for their help in organising and running this event.

The PTA will decide in the new term if there will be a Car Boot Sale in 2014. School Summer Fair, 15th June 2013A big and fun event run by parents for school families to finish the school year with a bang ! Put a note on your day timer as you want to make sure not to miss it ! The draft program is as follows:

15:00 Fair opens, including refreshments and Artisanal Fair
15:00- 17:00 Children’s Games
16:00 - end ‘Mougins School Has Got Talent’
17:00 - 18:00 Football Tournament
18:00 - 18:30 Fashion Show

Evening: Music, Food Stalls, Artisanal Fair Auditions for the Fashion Show will be held at 13:15 on Wednesday the 5th of June. Female students aged 14 years and over who would like to be involved should come along to the casting to show off their catwalk walk! We have lead persons for most of the stalls for the Food Stands. If you would like to contribute a dish or to help out on any of the stalls, please contact either Dorothy Forbes ( or the lead persons directly. Stall holders should confirm how many tables they require from the school (60 cm x 120).

Asian Shan Rose British Michelle Fraser BBQ Loren Goldig Russian To be confirmed Mediterranean Monica Pellegrino Cakes & Desserts Barb Heise We still have a few Artisan Stands available: if you would like to take one, please contact either your PTA Class Rep or the PTA President, Dorothy Forbes by Friday 25th May. The cost is 15€ for parents and 20€ for externals, with priority given to parents.

The last Coffee Club of the school year was held at the Hotel de Mougins .We had a great turn out of over 20 parents and the sun was also part of the event ! Thank you to Anna Percy Davis (with support of Alisa Yocum) for all your hard work and commitment to the PTA for many years ! We will have a new team next September with Dena Doulaveris and Suzanne McClelland. We hope to see all of you again as well as many new faces !

Our Curriculum Garden is moving along; Rachel Aspegren is leading this project on behalf of the PTA, working closely with Mrs. Bearman, Head of Primary. A number of parents including David Sidney and Shan Rose have already offered their support and advice. Updated plans and a work plan are being developed. If you would like to be involved, or to find out more details, please contact Rachel at

Lastly, at the 2013 OGM meeting all our open Committee positions for 2013-2014 were filled, we have a super team in place for the new school year. Thank you to all parents for your help and support to the PTA, we are looking forward to seeing you at the Summer Fair, Saturday June15th !

Kind regards,

PTA Committee
Diane Pinchart-Deny
09 53 95 00 59 Domicile/Home
06 27 66 54 23 Portable/ Cell France

Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Final Term
The final term of the school year is underway and, if previous years are anything to go by, we will soon find ourselves talking about the summer holidays as the weeks slip by so quickly.

Car Park Fire Access
The extra spaces in the car park are relieving the pressure to a certain extent, but may I remind you not to park in the fire access, next to the big bus, in the corner of the car park.

Car Boot Sale
This event, organised by the PTA, is taking place this weekend on Sunday 5th May in the School Car Park. For those who have reserved stands, access is from 07h00 and the Sale itself starts at 09h00. Refreshments are available throughout the day in front of the Administration Building.

LAMDA Evening

Congratulations to all the students who performed their LAMDA examination pieces last Friday evening
in the School Hall. Once again, the standard of acting and singing was very high, providing an excellent evening’s entertainment. Thank you to Hilary Lecoy and Margot Renssen, who prepared all the students for these prestigious LAMDA examinations.

Off to the North of France
National Championships As mentioned in the last newsletter, a number of students have qualified for the French National Championships in Orienteering. This month, the two Lycée teams will be competing. The girls’ team consists of Alycia Class, Marianne Ray, Sophie Telfer and Esmeralda Ypsilanti. The boys’ team is Sam Beard, Humphrey Hamilton, Fraser Swindell and Tim Winter. Our “young official”, travelling with the teams is Robert Mueller. We wish both teams a very successful competition.

Science Building

Things are still moving according to schedule. The under floor heating is installed, the doors and windows are in and the interior walls nearly finished. The next step is the final floor finish (tiles in the labs and a lino finish in the main corridor) and painting.

Internal and External Examination
The external examinations began yesterday and go on until 20th June. We wish good luck to all those involved. The Primary SATs (internal assessments) will be in the week beginning 27th May and the Secondary end of year examinations will take place between the 5th and 14th June.

Days off this Month
Just a reminder that next week, there is no school on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May. However, any (I)GCSEs, AS and A levels scheduled on those date will take place in School, as normal. The School is also closed on Monday 20th May.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

A Bowl of Rice
On Friday 17th May Mougins School will be organising a lunch with a difference. For two years we have supported an Association in India called Pandrata Circle. This Association has been responsible for the creation of a library and cultural centre in Gokarna and its goals are to preserve and protect rare and valuable books, favour reading and intellectual practice, and help researchers and students. Mougins School has sent 130 kilos of text books in order to offer support to children who are not in education. Naturally, the books which have been sent need shelving to house them and we would like to raise money to pay for the construction of this furniture by local artisans. Our goal is 1,500€, a portion of the 14,000€ which will be raised with the help of other partners in this project.

In order to achieve the required sum, we are proposing that, for one day, students who normally pay for their lunch will have a ‘bowl of rice’. This will be accompanied by a curry or tomato sauce and vegetables, a yoghurt and a fruit. For students in Reception and Form 1 there will also be an added protein. The difference in cost for each meal will go directly to Pandrata Circle.

We would also like to open this meal to students who normally bring a packed lunch. The cost of the meal would be 7€. Students who wish to participate can purchase a ticket for the meal in the Office from Monday 13th May. This is an opportunity for our students to have some understanding of living conditions for children less privileged than themselves.

Members of Pandrata Circle will visit the School on the Friday and Primary students will be able to see a film about the Association and present the ‘flash cards’ they have made to assist with the teaching of English in India.

I hope that you will give your support to this very worthy effort and explain to your children why they are having a more basic meal than normal. Many thanks for your collaboration.

From Elisabeth Ward

Mougins School Summer School 2013
3 weeks of fun and sport activities offered for ages 3 to 13 in July 2013. Every weekday from 9h00—12h00.
If you would like more information, come and get a brochure from the office.

PTA News

Staff Apreciation Lunch 2013
A record 90 families contributed to the 2013 Staff Appreciation Lunch—a true feast that was greatly appreciated by the 60+ attendees. The staff were most appreciative of the generosity of the parents and were also happy to go home with generous take-aways of food and wine! The event kicked off with glasses of champagne and nibbles for all, followed by a splendid savoury
buffet and then a dessert buffet. Dishes came from all over the world—Africa, India, Vietnam, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Italy, Russia, Spain, the US and the UK and even more besides. The event, slogan competition, produced a range of multi-lingual entries, including « Don’t Digress, Digest » and « Les Saveurs du Monde un Regale » and « Tutto l’amore delle mamme nie nostri piatti! » and « The Melting Pot: Relax, Rewind and Rejoice ».

Thank you to the PTA organising team (Anna Percy-Davis, Myriam Larfaoui and Tamra Hooker), all the helpers on the day and contributors, for a truly super event.

Work will shortly begin on the Primary Outdoor Classroom. A Planning Meeting will be held on Friday 3rd May at 15.45 in the School Cafeteria. Over €2000 has been raised to date through the Primary School cake sales and all proceeds from the weekly ice pop / cake sales will go towards this project.

The Car Boot Sale takes place on Sunday 5th May, 10:00-16:00. Please note that the sale is open to members of the public, not just to Mougins School parents, do not hesitate to mention it to friends and acquaintances. Cake donations should be dropped off either late afternoon on Friday at the Cafeteria, or brought along on the day.

The PTA Ordinary General Meeting will be on Thursday 16th May at 9am in the School Cafeteria. The invitation to this meeting will be
sent out shortly, including details of open PTA committee positions for the school year 2013/14.

12 Artisanal Stands will be available at the June Summer Fayre at a cost of €15 for parents and €20 for externals, with priority to
given to parents. If you would like to take a stand, please contact either your PTA Class Rep or the PTA President, Dorothy Forbes
( by Friday 25th May.

Thank you for your support!
PTA Committee

Headmaster's Notes

Spring Concert
Congratulations to all who participated in the annual Spring Concert last week. Once again the standard throughout was excellent, as those of you who at- tended were able to appreciate. A special well done and thank you to Nicki Elcome for all her hard work and enthusiasm in planning and directing the concert.

Staff Appreciation Lunch
On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to send a huge thank you to the PTA for organising the Staff Apprecia- tion Lunch on Wednesday of this week. Many of you sent in dishes and other contributions to the lunch, making the “Café des Amis” into the finest restaurant on the Côte d’Azur! Thank you so much.

A Slight Change in Reports
This newsletter is accompanied by your child/ren’s end of term report. There is a slight change in structure from previous years. This mid-year report up to Form 10 is slightly smaller, containing information that fits onto one sheet. The reports for Forms 11, 12 and 13, who are all preparing for external examinations, are full reports, as usual. At the end of the summer term, the system will be reversed – students up to Form 10 will receive full reports and those in Forms 11, 12 & 13, the shorter version.

A Few Extra Spaces
After the vacation, you will notice that the fence has been removed at the end of the car park, liberating 10extra parking spaces. We still have to maintain a passage way for the fire services to access behind the campus. This passage is now next to the big bus in the corner of the car park and must not be blocked by cars. If we constantly find cars blocking the emergency passage, we will be obliged, by law, to put back the current fence and lose the extra spaces.

Back to Both Entrances
Now that the crane has disappeared from our skyline and all the “heavy work” has been completed on the New Science Building, we will return to using both entrances to the campus in the morning and after school. Entrance to the campus during the day will only be through the sliding gate, next to the Administration Building. The gate in front of the Hall will be locked at 09h10 every morning and opened when the bell rings for the end of each day.

Science Building Update
The Science Building is moving on at a fast rate and is on schedule to be ready for the end of May. The outside wooden cladding is currently being fixed, all the doors and window frames are installed and most of the inside walls finished. The under floor heating will be installed during the vacation.

Outstanding Results in Orienteering
Once again, our teams in the Regional Championships for Orienteering, had an exceptional competition. The event, held in St Vallier, resulted in gold medals for our Benjamin(e)s team and qualification for the French National Finals for the Collèges Garçons and Filles, and Lycée Garçons and Filles. These teams will be competing in the North of France at the end of May (Lycée) and beginning of June (Collège). Full details of their results will be published in later newsletters.

Days off in May
As always in France, there are a number of national holidays in May, so please note carefully when we are closed. Wednesday 1st May is the first of these, followed by the 8th, 9th & 10th May (VE Day and Ascension). The last of these “jours féries” is Monday 20th May (Pentecost). From then on, it is straight through until the end of June. Please do not extend these days off, after all you have nine weeks of vacation at the end of the school year!

External Examinations
On our return from this vacation, our older students will begin the very intensive period of external examinations. The (I)GCSE start at the beginning of May and the AS & A Levels follow shortly afterwards. The last examination is on 20th June, so you can see that the summer term is largely concerned with examinations for these senior students. We wish them every success in their exams.

Spring Break
This is an odd year, where the Easter weekend is separated from the main spring vacation. So here we go for a two-week break – to relax or work hard on revision – or however you wish to spend it. We wish you all a good break and look forward to seeing you on Monday 22nd April at our normal starting times.

Kindest Regards

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our parents, students and staff, a grand total of 2,600€ was raised for Red Nose Day. Congratulations to all those who helped to make this fund-raising effort such a success, including the hard working members of the PTA who organised the cake sale.
Three tons and still counting - that is the amount of clothing which has been retrieved from the recycling bin in the School car park since it was installed. All the clothing which cannot be distributed to people in need is used to make insulation panels for building.

PTA News

Dear Parents,
the PTA Committee would like to warmly thank you for your generous contributions to the Comic Relief cake sale, which raised over 900€ for charity.

Planning is underway for the Car Boot Sale on 5th May and the Summer Fayre on Saturday 22th June. If you would like to support in any way, please contact your class rep or any of the PTA committee members.
The March Coffee Club met at Le Mas Candille Hotel in Mougins, a lovely setting in which to gather on a cold March morning.

The Culture Club trip to Menton had to be postponed, more details to follow.

PTA Car Boot Sale update— Sunday 5thMay 9h00—16h00
STOP PRESS - due to last minute cancellations, we have 2 spaces available - please contact Michele at as soon as possible if you are interested. Thank you.
To make the event a real success, we still need volunteers on the day— mainly to help with the refreshments which are offered all day and provide most of the PTA profits. So if you can spare any time at all—even one hour—to help on the day, please let Michele Fraser—, or Sarah Green—, know as soon as possible.
Additionally, we are advertising on French and English websites and in the local English shops. However, if you know of any other places which might be willing to display a poster, or you would like to put one in your car, please could you let Michele know.

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,
Pièces Jaunes
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this an- nual collection for charity. You will remember that last year we collected 65kg and that the all time re- cord was 86kg. I am delighted to say that we have moved the record up by weighing in last month at 88.5 kg! If you keep a pot at home and put the coins in throughout the year, we may be able to top the 100kg next year. Once again, thank you all for your contributions.

Primary Sports Day (Forms 3 to 6)
This traditional Sports Day of track and field events for all children in Forms 3, 4, 5 & 6 will take place on Monday 18th March at the Complex Sportif de Roger Duhalde (formerly Les Oiseaux) in Mougins. The events will begin at 09h00 and finish at 15h00. Par- ents are very welcome to come along to watch and have received all the necessary details in a separate letter. Please note – parking is very limited so a good idea to car pool. A road map to guide you to the venue is available in the entrance hall of the Primary Building.

Science Building Update
As you will see from the photograph, the building continues to grow and is still on schedule. The huge crane that dominated the sky line has been removed and the zinc roof is finished. Work is now concen- trated inside where electricians and joiners are work- ing hard.

Form 9 Parents’ Evening
There will be an important meeting for parents and students in Form 9a & 9b on Monday 25th March at 18h00 in the Examination Room (Rosanna Building). The purpose of the meeting is to present the subject options for the next academic year when Form 9 students move into Form 10 and begin their (I)GCSEs. Please make every effort to attend this essential meeting.

Performing Arts
Spring Concert
This year’s Spring Concert will be held in the School Hall on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March at 19h00. Once again, tickets will firstly be available to performers’ families before going on sale to the public from Wednesday 20th March.

GCSE Drama Evening
Students in Form 11 who are com- pleting their GCSE Drama this year are required to perform in public as part of their assessment. The stu- dents will be putting on two per- formances in the last week of term – Wednesday and Thursday 3rd & 4th April at 19h00. Entrance is free and light refreshments will be provided. All parents and students are wel- come.

LAMDA Examinations
The LAMDA performing arts exami-
nations for a number of our students will take place in School on Tuesday & Wednesday 2nd & 3rd April. We wish them every success in which- ever aspect of performing arts they have prepared.

Sporting Activities
Regional Championships for Orienteering
Following highly successful per- formances in the Alpes Maritimes Championship for orienteering, a large number of our students (over 60) have qualified for the next round – the Regional Champion- ships to be held this year in St Val- lier on Wednesday 20th March. Winning teams in the Collège Garçons, Collège Filles, Lycée Garçons and Lycée Filles will qualify for the French National Champion- ships in May. We wish all the com- petitors a good competition.

Competing Now
We would like to wish Mrs Michele Johnson, one of our PE teaching staff, the very best of luck in the French National Championships for Swimming, currently taking place over this weekend. We will have to wait until Tuesday for the result.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

It is that time of the year again, when Mougins School students turn red, have fun and buy Red Noses. The big day is Friday 15th March and we need all your support for this worthy cause. This year Red Nose Day (part of Comic Relief) is celebrating 25 years of helping over 50 million people in the UK and Africa. At Mougins School we have been raising money for Red Nose Day for over 14 years and this year we would like to do better than ever. We will be selling Red Noses for 2€ and the PTA have kindly agreed to help with a bake sale.

Michelle Kimberly-Johnson will be organising the Red Nose Day workout for students and staff and there will also be a raffle. In order that your children can participate in this fundraising day, please ensure that they have a few extra €uros with them on the Friday. Thanking you for your generous support.
PS The sale of cakes will continue at 15h30 on Friday so why not take home a weekend treat of culinary delights.

The PTA is organising a Car Boot Sale on Sunday 5th May from 09h00 to 16h00. Space will only be available to Mougins School parents and their friends, but the event will be advertised in order to attract purchasers. This is an opportunity to have a Spring clean and endeavour to sell those items you no longer wish to keep – your clutter is someone else’s treasure. Anything from clothes to furnishings, toys to tools. Each reservation will give you two parking spots, one for the car and one for your tables etc. and the price is 25€. If you wish to reserve, please contact Michele Fraser (the organiser) on 04 97 21 07 57 or

We also need volunteers to assist on the day with the making and serving of refreshments, general help throughout the day and cleaning up at the end of the day. If you are able to offer assistance please contact Michele or Sarah Green (refreshments organiser) on 06 22 565218or

News from the Library.

On Thursday 28th March Mougins School is hosting its annual book fair and author’s visit.
This year we are extremely pleased to welcome award winning children’s author JULIA GOLDING.
Julia Golding has sold more than half a million books worldwide and they have been translated in over fifteen languages. She has won numerous prizes both in the UK and abroad and her books are among the most popular in the school library.

Book Box International will be here all day, offering a wide range of children and young adult books in English at UK prices.

Prior to the visit, primary school children will be given an envelope in which they can put money they can then spend on their class visit to the fair.

It’s a great opportunity to buy or browse. After school Julia Golding will also be available either for a chat or to sign your personal copy of her books.

Denise Aughton (librarian)

PTA News

March 2013 Culture Club—Nice Cimiez Thursday 21st March— Guided visit in English to the COCTEAU museum and a tour of the beautiful old seaside town of Menton on the Italian border. We will also visit the St Michel Archangel basilica and a citrus grove in Menton.
We will meet in the school car park at 8h45 and leave soon after

Please reserve your place by e-mail to Marianne Vos at cultureclub@mougins-school- or phone 06 86 85 83 39 by Friday 15th March—and put 25€uros in an envelope in the Culture Club box in the office, with your name, e-mail and mobile number, so that I can contact you if necessary.

Lunch is NOT included in the price. You are welcome to bring a visitor with you, but please let me know and include their fee in the envelope. Do not turn up on the day without a reservation.

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Wicked and Cats
Congratulation to all who were involved with the production of “WICKED” in the first week of term. Thank you to the cast, backstage crew, including make-up, smoke machine and dragon operators, sound and light technicians, scenery and costume makers and front of house and bar managers. Wicked, a story built around the famous Wizard of Oz, was once again superbly directed by Margot Renssen. Indeed, our outdoor summer production will be the Wizard of Oz, performed in the last week of the school year.
You will undoubtedly remember the wonderful production of “CATS” last summer. It has taken a little time, but we are pleased to let you know that the DVD of the production is now available. Copies can be bought for just 5€ from Mr Hickmore.

Pièces Jaunes
Every year, Mougins School joins this fund raising campaign to raise money for children in hospitals in France. Mrs Alice Miller, who organises our collection, has distributed all the boxes to every class so that we can add our “pieces jaunes” (coins under 1€). Some classes are already on their third or fourth box! Please have a look at home and send in your pieces jaunes as soon as possible. Last year, we collected 65kg, but our all time record is 86kg! Help us to beat the record. We will be weighing in on 15th February, so you still have time to send in your coins. Thank you in advance of your help.

Private Property
I have received a concerned call from our neighbours behind and next to the School. It appears that quite a few families are cutting through the Argeville Domain to avoid the traffic at the roundabout at the top of the school road. The Chemin du Defends leading to the riding stables behind the School is a private road and should not be used to deliver or collect children from School. Of course, if you are doing that on foot, no problem. If you are using the road by car, we would ask you to stop doing so. I am sure if this continues, the domain owners will close the barrier and you may find yourself locked in!

Science Building Update
As you can see from the enclosed photograph, the Science Building is moving on very quickly and the roof is nearly finished. The weather, apart from some heavy belts of rain, has been kind and we are currently still on schedule.

Mock Examination Results
After a two-week intensive examination session, the mocks are now over. The results will be sent home to the parents of Form 11 next week and on Monday 11th February at 18h00 there will be a meeting for all parents of From 11 (plus the students). There will be a short presentation and then parents and students will
have the opportunity to discuss the results with subject teachers. We will also be starting to explain the option system for A levels at this meeting.

Time Off for Extended Vacations – Warning
Despite our very clear policy on vacations, there are still far too many pupils absent at the beginning and end of each term. I would like to remind you that we do have 15 weeks vacation and the calendar for every school year is available in advance so that you can book flights early. Indeed, you can pick up your copy of the 2013/2014 calendar from the office any time or ask for it to be e-mailed to you. As you will have noted in your Family Guide, School policy is that staff will not set work for children extending their holidays.
Please note that this year, the Easter weekend is not within the school vacation. This means that we have a day off for Easter Monday, but the two-week vacation does not start until the following Friday. Please do not be tempted to extend your vacation, by being absent, to the four days in between. Teachers throughout the School will teach a normal programme until the end of the week. No replacement lessons will be organised and the School will make an official note of such absences in student files.

Half Term
We break for our mid-term break in two weeks’ time. School finishes on Friday 15th February at 15h30 and resumes for pupils on Tuesday 26th February (Monday is a training day for staff) at the normal start times. Whether in the mountains, in warmer places or simply at home, enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 26th - “injury free” if you’re off to the slopes!

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

The Director of the Lenval Hospital for Children in Nice has sent a letter to the School expressing his thanks to all those who so generously donated new gifts for children who spent Christmas in hospital. Many thanks, once again, for your kind support. In the same spirit, we have received a letter from Sidaction thanking the School for our generous donation.


Culture Club
On Thursday 24 January, the Culture Club headed off to Nice to visit the Matisse and Archaeological museum, which included the Gallo-Roman city Cemenelum, a vast area showing the remains of the thermal centre and the arena amongst the olive groves of Nice, Cimiez. Your children would love this place and I highly recommend a visit if you haven't visited it already.

The afternoon was spent on a special visit to the Russian church in Nice where Pere Nicolas gave us a tour through the history of this beautiful cathedral and the highlight, of course, was our picnic in the basement where Pere Nicolas joined us for wonderful stories and interesting discussions. There will be no Culture Club event during February as it is a short month which includes our half term break.

Our next Culture Club gathering in March will visit the beautiful town of Menton, including a visit to the Cocteau Museum. Details will be distributed to you via your form/class reps in due course.


From Sue Dunnachie

Dear Parents and Students,

End of Term Reports
Included in the envelope with this Newsletter, you will find your child’s end of term report. Please read it carefully, including the teachers’ comments.

Inside the front cover, you will find a full explanation of how the grading system works in our School, which follows national guidelines for our curriculum. It is important to read it carefully, particularly if you have joined us this year, as it may differ from reporting systems in other countries.

Winter Concert
Congratulations to all the participants who performed in the Winter Concert last Thursday and Friday evenings at School. The performances were excellent throughout. Thank you to all behind the scenes – technical crews for sound, light and stage management. Also to the peripatetic music teachers – Bojana, Margot, Rick, Tony and Jaren and to Stuart Barham, who accompanied on the piano for the two evenings. A special thanks to our Music Department – Rosie Dixon and Nicki Elcome for all their hard work and particularly to Nicki, who planned and directed the concert. A wonderful night out!

Science Building
Although we have had a few days of heavy rain, here and there, the weather has been favourable and the Science Building continues to grow (see photograph). We are still on schedule and within a week of the beginning of the Spring Term, the roof beams will be put into position. From that moment, you will be able to appreciate the final shape of the building.

As is tradition in our School, we will be performing a musical, in pantomime style, immediately after the Winter Vacation. This year, it is “Wicked”, a musical based around, and on, the characters of the Wizard of Oz. The performances will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10th, 11th & 12th January 2013. Tickets will be available as soon as we return to School after the break. It’s a great production – don’t miss it!

Enjoy the Break
It just remains for me to wish you all, on behalf of us all at the School, a fantastic winter break, whether at home or away. To those of you who celebrate Christmas, have a very merry one! We return to School on Monday 7th January 2013 at normal start times. A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you all.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

School Trip

A Level Art Trip to Paris
At the end of November Ms Hart and her students travelled to Paris for a long weekend to visit Exhibitions and Museums. In the two and half days they managed to fit in 5! The highlight was the Edward Hopper special exhibition at the Grand Palais where they had the opportunity to see paintings by this American artist that have never been exhibited in France before.

Other museums visited were the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and the Orangerie, where the students were amazed by the enormous paintings of waterlilies by Claude Monet. It was a most rewarding experience for the students who obtained valuable information for the extended project that they have to complete for their A level examination.

The students (and Ms Hart) arrived back in Nice late on Sunday evening, tired and footsore but happy they had managed to see so many famous artworks ‘in the flesh’!

School Trip

Year 12 Geography Coasts Fieldtrip

The AS geographers went to the Camargue at the end of November to carry out the fieldwork for their Geographical Investigations exam. Despite some blustery weather they managed to complete plenty of data collection and learn about the risks to the wetland area and seaside resorts from coastal erosion and flooding. Much of the Camargue is either at or even below sea level so it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect this stretch of coast from winter storms and rising seas.

The students bravely waded into the sea to gather information on wave characteristics and interviewed local business owners to find out their opinions on the efficacy of coastal defences and the role of tourism on the economies of La Grande Motte and Saintes Maries de la Mer. They also learned about how the different ecosystems of the Camargue are under threat from human activity, such as pollution from intensive agriculture and the heavy industry at nearby Port St Louis.

Highlights of the trip included following wild boar tracks through a nature reserve, seeing pink flamingos in the wild, driving past the white ‘mountains’ of salt at the salins near Aigues Mortes and eating takeaway pizzas in the mobile homes we stayed in!

The students worked hard throughout the two days and had lots of fun too.

School Trip

Trip to Barcelona with Form 13 Spanish Students


During the past two inset days and the following weekend, Wednesday 28th of November till Saturday 1st of December, the Spanish class of Form 13 visited Barcelona, Spain. The educational trip, organised by the Spanish teacher Carmen, was integrated as part of the A2 course learning about Barcelona’s culture, economy and its environmental and social problems.

Trips included; a conference about Barcelona’s tourism and its industry, a visit to the famous ‘Sagrada Familia’ and ‘Palau Guell’ by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, a trip to a water purification plant to learn how the city uses its river to purify as there is a shortage of water and lastly a cultural trip to ‘ El Gran Teatre del Liceu’ - an important theater and opera house. A walk down ‘Las Ramblas’ and ‘Passeig de Gracia’ was not to be missed either. The successful trip ended with a typical Spanish 2 hour lunch with tapas. ¡Muchas gracias Carmen!

PTA News

December has been another busy month for the PTA , with PTA volunteers busy at the Primary Christmas Market (a big thank you to Kaisa & Marie-Claude), the Friday Cake Sales, and organising the refreshments at the Winter Concerts and Speech Competition. The Coffee Club and Culture Club held their monthly events at the Manoir d'Etang in Mougins and Biot respectively, super opportunities for parents to network.

An important upcoming date in the next open PTA Meeting, which will be held on Thursday the 17th January at 9am in the School Canteen. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the new PTA Committee, to discuss plans for events and for fundraising, and generally to discuss topics on the minds of teachers and parents. We look forward to a strong turn-out!

Culture Club

Nice Cimiez
On Thursday 24th January—a guided visit in English to the MATIISSE museum in the Villa des Arenes and then to the Archaeology museum to discover the Gallo-Roman city of Cemenelum with the remains of the thermal centre and the Arena in the olive grove on the hill of today’s Cimiez area. We will have lunch in the area and then visit the St Nicolas Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox Churches outside Russia dedicated to the son of Alexander II.

Meeting point to be discussed nearer the time.
Please reserve your place by e-mail to Marianne Vos— or mobile 06 86 85 83 39 by Friday 18th January and put 20€ in an envelope in the Culture Club box in Reception with your name, e-mail and mobile number on it so that I can contact you if necessary.

Lunch is NOT included in the price. You are welcome to bring visitors with you, but please let me know and include their fee in the envolope. Do not turn up on the day without prior booking.