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From Sue Dunnachie

In September 2015 Refugee Aid Côte d’Azur was created on Facebook in order to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Iraq. In collaboration with the Trois Collines School at Mougins le Haut, parents were asked for donations of clothes and other items which would help the refugees to face the deplorable conditions which they anticipate this winter. No-one could have imagined the response. For two days volunteers from both schools sorted the donations and put them in boxes and on to the 21 palettes provided by sponsors. These were then transferred to Antibes Yacht Chandler who transferred them to Paris and then on to their final destination in Iraq by lorry. On Friday 13th November a sale of hot chocolate and cakes at Mougins School raised 500€ which was donated to Refugee Aid. Those items which were not suitable for Iraq were transferred to the Chain of Hope. This Association supports children from Africa who come to France in order to receive medical treatment. They are welcomed by host families.

A heart-felt thank you to all those families who donated so generously, and to the enthusiastic team of volunteers who worked with such energy. It is really gratifying to know that our community always responds with such kindness to those who are less fortunate.
Following the theme of our charitable work at the School, I would like to draw your attention to a letter received from Madame Gentil, a wonderful elderly lady with whom we have collaborated for several years. When the festive season approaches we are aware that there are many children who will, sadly, pass the time in hospital and it is with this in mind that we ask Primary families if they are able to donate a small child’s toy, suitable for a hospital ward. These gifts are distributed to the Lenval Children’s Hospital in Nice. Here is the letter:

Dear Parents and Friends of Mougins School,
I would like to thank you with all my heart for your generosity.
I know how willing you have been whenever I asked you for help for those who find themselves in poverty and in despair. Your generosity moves me deeply, as you are often solicited, and the reputation of Mougins School is in your image. Thank you for the trust you have shown me, and for everything you do.
Yours sincerely,

Mme Gentil

MUSIC 3000, a music store in Mandelieu, has kindly offered to give our students a reduction of 10% on all their accessories and their musical library. Should you wish to take advantage of this offer, their address is: Z.I. Les Tourrades, Allée Dieudonné Costes, 06210 Mandelieu, 04 93 49 00 00
Although we may live in troubled times, there is much for which we should be grateful, and the festive season is a time to celebrate all that is positive in our lives. May I wish you a multitude of moments creating magic memories with loved ones, and a New Year filled with energy and success in all that you undertake.

Sports News

From Michelle Kimberley-Johnson

This year’s Nice to Cannes marathon was run in glorious sunshine, perfect conditions for producing best time. This year, Mougins School entered 4 teams, Staff Ladies, Staff Men, student girls and a mixed team.
The Staff Ladies team once again proved to be super strong, finishing in 31.12’.36’’. This team was comprised of Michelle Kimberley-Johnson, Elisabeth Ward, Steph Glyde, Karen Keeling, Lois Downes and Jo McDonnell. This was the 3rd fastest ladies team and 23rd team overall. The Staff Men’s Team had a great race with newcomer Glen Horsefall starting the course well.

Nikita Jessaibegjans (Form 13) also helped the team to a great finishing time of 3h25’56’’. This team was also comprised of Brian Hickmore, Rob Cooke, Andy Keeling and John Hooker.
The Student Girls’ Team were as reliable as ever, running fantastically with smiles on their faces all the way! They managed an excellent 4h11’53’’. Their team was comprised of Carmel Van der Weide, Eva Soutoul, Charlotte Dean, Chiara Hoppner, Darja Berga and Anastasia Vladimirova.
Our mixed teams this year took a bit of a battering beforehand with illness and injury, but thanks to Kurt and Zoë Roberts stepping in at the last minute, we managed to get a team over the line in an incredibly fast time of 3h44’30’’! An excellent result. Also running in the is team were Lara Scott, Carmen Burgues and Caren Keeling.

Spanish Trip


From Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th of November, four Y12 students and one Y10 student went on an extraordinary trip to practice their Spanish language skills to the capital of Spain, beautiful Madrid, accompanied by Carmen and Elena. It was a particularly special time of the year in Madrid, since we got to see the set-up of the Christmas decorations in the city and we witnessed the turning-on of the spectacular Christmas street lights.

On the first day, we went to our hotel, located right in the centre in one of the most charismatic avenues, la Gran Vía de Madrid. We had a dinner that included a salad, an empanada and a paella! On Friday, the students took a three-hour Spanish lesson in a prestigious Spanish language centre and then had lunch in the breathtaking Plaza Mayor de Madrid. We then visited the monumental Palacio Real and we saw plenty of historical buildings and learnt about their history.

In the evening, the students had free time for shopping and then there was the annual Christmas concert in the Plaza Mayor, featuring Spanish singers and bands and which was broadcasted on national TV.

On Saturday, we set off early for another walk from la Puerta del Sol, going through el Congreso de Diputados, la Fuente de Neptuno, la Fuente de Cibeles, the famous Puerta de Alcalá, to end up in the ‘lungs of Madrid’, the majestic Parque del Retiro, where the ancient monarchs used to go for Sunday walks. The weather was gorgeous, so we had a picnic on the grass and took the opportunity to row a boat on the lake, which was simply sublime.

After the Retiro, it was time for a bit of art, with a visit to the classic Museo del Prado, where we saw classic works of art such as ‘Las Meninas’ by Velázquez and other works by Goya and Murillo. And as if a visit to el Prado was not enough for our art enthusiasts, we took another walk to visit the Reina Sophia museum, where we saw Picasso’s masterpiece, ‘El Guernica’, full of symbolism of Spanish history.

On Sunday morning we enjoyed the most succulent ‘chocolate con churros’ in the traditional Chocolatería de San Ginés which first opened its doors in 1894. It was simply yummy : )
All in all, it was an unforgettable experience which everyone enjoyed and we would strongly recommend a visit to this amazing city, especially at this time of year. So, what are you waiting for?

The Spanish Teachers

PTA News

It has been a busy first term for the PTA, and we are now ready for a nice winter break.

We had a great turnout for the November Coffee Club meeting at the Royal Mougins Golf Club. "THANK YOU" to Cath Roberts and Sue Dunnachie for organizing such a nice venue.

The Weekly Friday Hot Chocolate Mornings have been a huge hit with the kids. With three teams of parent volunteers, we've really tried to make these mornings fun and about the kids. After all, everyone enjoys a nice warm drink on a Friday morning. As we will start again in January, any parents with a spare 90 minutes on a Friday morning are warmly welcome to join the volunteer teams. Lastly, a very big 'THANK YOU' to the amazing volunteer teams and Moya Story, their fearless organizer.

We had a great Primary Christmas Market on 9th December. Parents really came through with great 'like-new' donations, giving the kids many gift choices for their family members. Festive decorating, setup, and market volunteers, made the event really come together. You were amazing!!

Headmaster's Notes

Headmaster’s Notes

A Short Break and On We Go
I hope your half term break was restful and you were able to profit from the generally good weather on the Cote d’Azur. The month of November contains another couple of mini-breaks and a number of events. There are six weeks remaining before the Winter break.

Nice To Cannes Marathon Relay
Once again, a number of teams from Mougins School will compete in this annual event, Sunday, 8th November. We have a Student Girls, Staff Ladies, Men and Mixed Team. Good luck to the 24 runners involved. Results in the next Newsletter.

County and Regional Cross Country Competitions
Still on the running theme, many of our secondary students will be competing in the County Cross Country Championships for the Alpes Maritimes on Wednesday afternoon, 18th November at the Hippodrome in Cagnes Sur Mer. Competitors will be notified by letter beforehand. Parents are welcome to come to the event to support our runners. The Regional Championships will be in Fréjus on Wednesday 9th December, for the teams that qualify in the County Championships.

Parents’ Evenings next week
Just a quick reminder that Forms 8 and 12 have their Parent/ Teacher interviews on Monday 9th November – (students should have already made rendezvous with teachers) and Forms 7 and 10 have theirs on Thursday 12th November – (should be fixing rendezvous at the beginning of next week.

Days off in November
Next Wednesday 11th November is a French national holiday (Armistice) and so there is no School on that day.
On Thursday and Friday 26th & 27th November, the School will be closed to students for Staff Training Days. Enjoy the long weekend.

Dogs on Campus
If you bring your dog on campus at the end of the day, please take care that it is not in a position to take care of its ―natural necessities‖ whilst there. We have had recent problems where we have had to clear up after dogs have left their ―message‖ and the owners have not cleared up. This is of course a serious hygiene problem if it is on the grass playing areas in the middle of the campus. Thank you for your consideration.

Car Park
Thank you for your cooperation following my last Newsletter. However, there are still some parents and drivers not respecting the very simple rules. Letters in English, French and Russian will be put on windscreens, or given to offenders, in a drive to bring parent behaviour up to the level of their children.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore Headmaster

From Sue Dunnachie

Our sincere thanks to parents who have so generously donated to the victims of the recent apocalyptic storm which had such catastrophic consequences locally. Not only did the organisation of fund-raising events by the PTA permit us to donate financially to the local community, but parents have also donated clothes and food during the Harvest Festival. These items have been collected by several parents who have delivered them to the Red Cross in Ventimiglia in support of the refugees who exist in intolerable conditions.

During the Harvest Festival celebration, a group of our musical Primary students visited the senior citizen’s home at the Font de l’Orme in order to offer a musical interlude to the residents. The pleasure of this gift of music was shared by both the residents and students. Our thanks to Mrs Martin and Mr Horsfall for their support.

PTA News

The PTA is off to a great start and has already been very busy planning for upcoming events as well as supporting our school activities.

Sports Day was a fun and exciting day for all ! Lots of parents helped out preparing sandwiches and serving drinks, fruits... to a hungry crowd of students and families who stayed to watch and support their children.
700 € were raised during this event.
A big thank you to all for their amazing help!!!

Coffee Club: Tuesday 24th November, 9h00
Make sure to enter into your diary the date for our next Coffee Club which will be held at the Royal Mougins Golf Club. More details with directions will be posted on Facebook and on the Mougins School PTA website after the break.

Hot Chocolate Fridays are starting Friday 13th
November. This event will run during morning break time through the winter months with the last one Friday 12th February. We will serve hot chocolate as well as lactose free milk and honey milk for students with allergies.
Would you be so kind as to please make sure your children have money for the morning hot chocolate, 1€, should they want to warm up. The proceeds from the Friday 13/ 11 sale will be going towards the Syrian & Iraqi orphans.
Thank you so much to all the helpers, children and parents participating!

Flood Relief Fundraiser Hot Chocolate and Cake Sale.
Right before the half term break, we asked for your help raising money for our impromptu fundraiser to support our community which was so badly hurt during the previous weeks flood.
The kids loved the treats and you brought lots of cakes for the sale.
Some students also made donations of money.

The PTA wants to thank you all for your kind donations! We raised 590€ in a short half hour !

The Christmas Market, Wednesday 9th December
Each year the PTA organizes a Christmas Market to allow our younger children to do their own shopping before the end of the term. This year it will be held in the mini Hall and run all day. All the children of the Primary school will be able to find presents for their family from 50 cents to 8 Euros. The gifts will be wrapped for a great Christmas surprise!

Of course we can’t do that without your help. We all have things at home that we don’t use any more 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. There will be a 'holiday' box in the office where you can drop off your kind donations (unwrapped).

All the benefits will go towards the PTA.
The kids love it and we have a very good time doing it.
If you want to help or if you need more information, just contact any of us or your class representative.
Thank you for your support !

Diane Pinchart- Deny: secretary@mougins-
Myriam Larfaoui: vicepresident@mou
Devin Smith: president@mougins-

Wishing you all a great and successful month!

Riveria International Singers

Get into the spirit of Christmas by joining in the Riviera International Singers’ Christmas Carol Concerts that include traditional carols and Christcharities.

Entrance: Adults €10 (wine incl.); Children under 12: €5
Dates to note in your diary:
Thursday 10th December at 20h and Saturday 12th December at the earlier time of 18h00.
Venue: Valbonne Church, rue de la Paroisse, 06560 Valbonne. Tel. contact numbers: 06 17 81 15 08 & 06 14 95 71 27

For more info.visit the website

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,
A Positive Start to the school Year
The settling into the new school year was very short and within a day or two, students and staff were in the rhythm and working hard. As near as possible to the end of the month, you will receive a School Newsletter via your eldest child. Please take the trouble to read it as it contains valuable information for the month to come.

The Beginning and End of the Day
After four weeks of School, it is clear that we can improve the drop off, and particularly the pick up in front of the School at the end of the day. If all parents try to pick up exactly when the bell rings, it is clearly mathematically impossible for you to park – result – chaos!

I would like to remind you that our battle with the authorities to build the large car park was on the strength of parents not parking in the road at the bus stop. This is happening for two reasons: a) everyone is trying to pick up at the same time and b) the people parking in the road are too lazy to walk from the new car park.

Before School :
This is generally better than the evening, but there are still secondary school parents driving into the School Slip Road and slowing the flow of traffic. We would ask that all secondary school students are dropped off in the bus stop – a kiss and fly system. There are members of staff to see the students safely across the road. This takes the cars of 300 students out of the slip road!

After School:
Please use the car park and not the road – take advantage of a bit of exercise! If parents of Secondary School students delay arriving until 15/20 minutes after the final bell, they will find space to park if they need to. It makes for a longer afternoon for you before you pick up and the students get a chance to talk to their friends for 20 minutes before they go home.

This requires consideration for each other and the children’s safety, rather than selfish actions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Secondary Sports Day
Our annual Secondary Sports Day for students in Forms 7 to 13 is next Friday 9th October at the Stade Eric Estival in Mandelieu. Full details will be forwarded by letter soon, including a map of how to get there. Parents are welcome any time during the day to support the students.

School Photographer
The official school photographer will be in school on Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th October. He will take individual photographs of every pupil in the School plus class photographs. If you would like brother and sister photographs, please let Elisabeth know as soon as possible, and certainly before Tuesday 20th.

A Break Coming Up Already!
Our half term break is already only a few weeks away. Please note that we break up for a short vacation on Friday 23rd October to re-start on Monday 2nd November. For those of you familiar with the French vacations or who have children in French schools, we only have one week’s vacation and not two.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore


From Sue Dunnachie

Harvest Festival - Humanitarian Aid
Friday 9th October

Each year the Primary School celebrates the Harvest Festival with an Assembly to which parents are invited and which will be held in the Performing Arts Hall at 09h00 on Friday 9th October.

For over twenty years we have taken a group of students in the Choir

(Forms 4, 5 and 6) to the Senior Citizen’s Home (le Foyer de Font de l’Orme) where they entertain the residents with their singing. This is an important moment for both our students and the elderly and permits a delightful exchange between the ages. The songs will be performed during the Assembly.

We have, in the past, supported Les Petits Soeurs des Pauvres in Nice. This is a home for elderly people who have no financial support. However, exceptionally this year, we will be donating foodstuff to those immigrants who are existing in deplorable conditions at Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border. The food will be taken to them directly after the Assembly and will really make an appreciable difference to their lives. Clothing is also needed, essentially men’s clothes and shoes. If you wish to donate clothes you can drop them in the Office any time before 9th October. The following foodstuffs are required: Coffee/tea, olive oil, milk, conserves – tuna, sardines, chick peas - pasta, rice, flour, fruit juice.

These items can be brought to the Hall of the Primary Building during the week commencing 5th October and will be displayed in the Assembly.

Thanking you in advance for your support and generosity.

Secondary School Parents Evenings

Autumn Term 2015

The following Parents' Evening will take place this term for students in Forms 7 to 13:

Monday 12th October Forms 9 & 13
Tuesday 20th October Form 11
Monday 9th November Forms 8 & 12
Thursday 12th November Forms 7 & 10

All Parents' Evenings take place between 18h00 and 21h00 and are held in the Examination Room and the 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 be present.

Examination Results

Summer 2015

There were 324 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, including any subjects they took a year early in Form 10. The A*-C pass rate this year was – 84.9%. Of the 41 students in Form 11, 92.7% achieved at least 5 (I)GCSEs with A*-C

Notable performances:
Chiara Hoppner (9xA*)(1xA)
Vivianna Pedrazzi-Baldi (5xA*)(6xA)
Maxim Hunt (5xA*)(2xA)(2xB)(1xC)
Nicolas Kobouloff (5xA*)(2xA)(2xB
Philip Sjunnesson (5xA*)(2xA)(1xB)(1xC)

Luc Tersiguel (4xA*)(2xA)(2xB)
Natalia Papalamprou (4xA*)(2xA)(4xB)(1xC
Niklas Warschkow (3xA*)(2xA)(3xB)(1xC)
Boston Plowman (3xA*)(1xA)(3xB)(2xC)
Edward Dixon (2xA*)(4xB)(2xC)
Alexis Chiaramonte (1xA*)(2xA)(4xB)(1xC)
Lisa Marie Landry (2xA*)(1xA)(4xB)(1xC)
Marine Guiglion (1xA*)(4xA)(2xB)(1xC)

AS Levels
Students at Mougins School generally study between 4 and 6 AS levels. This year, 162 AS levels were taken. Grades A to E are pass grades and U is unclassified. The results are for Form 12 only, including any AS Levels they sat last year. The pass rate was 89.5%

Notable performances:
Nikita Jesaibegjans AAAAB
Fraser Douglas AAAAB
Darja Berga AAABB
Laurence Kobrock AAABB
Anastasia Vladimirov AAABBC
Charlotte Dean AABBC
Oliver Bennett AABB
Said Akhmeev AABCCD
Oscar Barris AABC
David Tersiguel AABC
Vincent Cardella AABE
Liv Steinsland ABBB
Romeo Kerbrat ABCC
Camille Pechart-Deny ABCC

A Levels
Students generally take 3 or 4 A levels. This year 116 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 and include any A Levels they may have taken in Form 12. The pass rate was 96.6% this year.

Notable performances:
Sidney Voerman A*A*A*A*
Tymothy Severgnini A*AAAB
Vivianne Jakobsson AAAB
Kiki Vierdag AAAB
Dominic Roberts AAAB
Jean Luc Mourey AAAC
Stylianos Mavrotas AAAC
Shadan Mirzaei A*AB
Sophie Dean A*AB
Alexandra Nasobin AABB
Lea Amsellem AABB
Dmitry Nikonov AABCD
Laerke Rasmussen ABBBB
William Ward AAB
Artus Barris AAB
Daisy Petrequin ABB
Robert Mueller ABB
Esmeralda Ypsilanti BBBC

GRADUATES 2015 - University Places

United Kingdom
Lea Amsellem - Kings, University of London, English and Linguistics
Mika Baretta - York University, Accounting, Business & Finance
Ahmad Chaudary - City University, London, Actuarial Science
Sophie Dean - Kings, University of London, English & Film Studies
Vivianne Jakobsson - Kings, University of London,Chemistry & Biomedecine
Katriona Johnstone - Bath Spa University, Business & Management
Stylianos Mavrotas - University College, London, Biochemical Engineering
Jean Luc Mourey - Southampton University, Computer Science
Robert Mueller - Glasgow University, Product Design Engineering
Dmitry Nikonov - Loughborough University, Sport Management
Daisy Petrequin - Oxford Brookes Uni. Animal Welfare & Management
Dominic Roberts - Salford University, Aeronautical Engineering
Tymothy Severgnini - City University, Banking & International Finance
Ines Tabakkalt - University of the Arts London, Media Studies
Kiki Vierdag - Kings, University of London, English & Film Studies
Esmeralda Ypsilanti - Queen Mary University, London, Financial Mathematics

Artemiy Bulkanov - Ringling College, Game Development & Design
Shadan Mirzaei - University of California, Santa Barbara, Pre-Law
Alex Nasobin - University of California, Santa Barbara,
Willian Ward - Brown University, Physics
James Gorman

Artus Barris - McGill University, Business / Management

Florent Balvay - Académie des Arts, Avignon
Hugo Malien - Atelier Sèvres, Paris
Varvara Andrioutchenko - Schiller University, Paris, Govt. Relations & Diplomacy
Victor Pellerin - Paris American Academy, Interior Architecture

Romy Poolman - Amsterdam University, Theatre Studies
Sophie Valcour - Amsterdam University College, Liberal Arts

Kyra Lemmens - University of Monaco, Communications Management

Gap Year
Tilly Hutchinson, Paula Gjerde, Pierre Van Bogaert, Anastasia Kuramzhina, Laerke Rasmussen, Fraser Morgan

PTA News

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) welcomes both returning and new families to school. We look forward to meeting you very soon, if we have not already.

As PTA members, all of us, parents and teachers, are automatically part of the PTA, and you have many different ways to participate in your school community. One great way is to support and/or volunteer for one or more of our wonderful events scheduled during the school year. It is also a great way to meet new friends!!!


  • Coffee Club: La Pergola at Le Mas Candille , Mougins Thursday 1st Oct at 09h00
  • Dad's Curry Club: dinner Thursday 1st Oct (more info soon)
  • Car Boot Sale: Saturday Oct 3rd from 09h00 to 16h00
  • Sports Day (secondary Form 7 to 13 ) : Friday 9th Oct all day
  • Hot Chocolate Fridays: 13th Nov, then Dec and Jan (to be scheduled)
  • Entrepreneur Raffle/ dinner (Nov ?)
  • Christmas Market: Friday 11th Dec
  • That Kid’s Got Talent (March ?)
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch: Wednesday 6th April
  • Prom/Form 12 & 13: April or June
  • Summer Fair : June

For more information make sure to follow us on Facebook by connecting to our Mougins School PTA page, then share it with your Mougins school friends so that everyone stays informed .

It is also a good idea to go on a regular basis to the Mougins School PTA page at

Lastly, if you are looking for more information and/or would like to volunteer, feel free to contact any of us at the PTA board :

° Devin Smith, PTA President
° Myriam Larfaoui, PTA Vice President
° Diane Pinchart-Deny, PTA Secretary
° Isabella Pedrazzi Motta, PTA co-Treasurer
° Svetlana Pivovarova , PTA co-Treasurer

Thank you,

PTA Committee

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Winter Concert
Well done and thank you to all students and staff who were involved in this year’s Winter Concert. They were fantastic and festive evenings, enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you, too, for your generous donations made on the two evenings towards the ever growing need for musical instruments. A huge and special thanks to Nicki Elcome, our Music subject leader and Concert Director, for all her hard work and expertise.

A New Year’s Resolution?
I am sure the smokers amongst you are about to give up for the New Year, but in case that doesn’t happen, can I remind you that smoking anywhere on School premises (including the car park) is forbidden. This is requested by the School and demanded by the law. Thank you for observing our policy.

Côte Poets
The 7th edition of Coté Poets is now available for only 3€ from the School Office. Congratulations to Ruchie Kawakita (Form 12) and Romeo Kerbrat (Form 13), who’s artwork appears in the magazine. Well done, also, to Chiara Hoppner who’s students’ poetry competition entry appears in this Newsletter.

Calendar 2016/2017
I know it sounds a little in advance, but parents have asked if the school calendar for the next academic year is available and the answer is – yes. Please contact the office if you would like a copy.

A Break – With or Without Festivities
If you celebrate Christmas, then Merry Christmas. If not, I trust you will enjoy the Winter break to the full. Whatever your beliefs, remember that affection, kindness and love for each other are more important than anything else.

Our traditional pantomime will be ALADDIN and performed on three nights 28th, 29th and 30th January at 19h30. More information later.

On behalf of all at Mougins School, I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year 2016. We return to School on Monday 4th January 2016 – normal start time.

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore

Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Already at the Final Fence!
We have just five weeks until the end of the School year and, as always, it is an extremely busy time. Please take care to note down all the events that involve you and your family to avoid missing something important and exciting!

External Examinations
Whilst a large majority of the (I)GCSEs are finished, the AS and A2 examinations continue throughout the month of June. We wish the students in Forms 12 and 13 continued success in these very important exams.

End of Year Secondary Examinations
For Forms 7 to 10, internal end of year examinations will begin on Monday 8th June and finish on Wednesday 17th June.

Form 12 - Return to School
At the end of their examinations, all students in Form 12 are due back in School from Monday 15th for a two-week period - mornings only. During this time, we will be looking at A2 options for next year (missing students' options will not be taken into account), personal statements and letters of motivation, CVs and applications to the UK and USA.

There will also be presentations from external agencies dealing with further education (for example Business Schools in the area and abroad) and career advice.

Senior Prom
We are also looking forward to the first ever Prom Night on the School premises with students from Form 12 and 13, on Friday 19th June - organised by the School and PTA. Hopefully, all 85 students in those classes will be able to attend.

Les Miserables
You will be able to read later in this edition information about our annual outdoor musical production - this year - Les Miserables. Make sure you have the 26th and 27th June in your agendas - you will regret missing this spectacular production!

French National Championships for Orienteering
Congratulations to the team of four Form 10 students who competed in the above championship just over a week ago. Celine Hoeie, Christine Sanglier, Artjoms Jesaibegjans and Hector Jones competed over two days to finish a very creditable 19th out of 41 academies throughout France. Joshua Rhode was also greatly appreciated as our (young official). Thank you all for your skill and commitment and being excellent ambassadors for Mougins School.

End of Year Prize Givings 2015
Please note (and as written in the Family Guide) the end of year celebrations of this academic year will be as follows:

Early Years and Reception
Monday 29th June at 09h00
Forms 1, 2 and 3
Tuesday 30th June at 09h00
Forms 4, 5 and 6
Wednesday 1st July at 11h00
Forms 7 to 12
Friday 3rd July at 10h30

The end of term is at 12h00 on Friday 3rd July. Form 13's Prize Giving and Graduation Ceremony is that evening at 18h30. All parents are invited to this important celebration, which also gives us the opportunity to finish the school year in style and say farewell to those families moving on and (have a great summer) to the rest.

Kindest regards,
Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

The Summer musical this year is an ambitious presentation of Les Miserables on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June at 20h00. Tickets will be on sale in the Office from Monday 8th June: 5€ for students 10€ for adults.

Enclosed with this Newsletter is an invitation to the Graduation Ceremony and End of Year Farewell which takes place on Friday 3rd July 2015 at 18h30. This is a special occasion when our graduating students receive their diplomas and we celebrate their accomplishments. Although it is a Ceremony for our older students, all parents are invited to attend, as this is also an occasion to say a fond farewell to friends who are moving on. The Ceremony usually takes about two hours and is followed by a cocktail.

PTA News

The school year is already reaching its last few weeks before the summer and the PTA with the help and support of our wonderful parents are keeping busy organising the last events of the school year.

As you may already know ( an email was recently sent out by Devin Smith PTA President ) , the Summer Fair has been moved to September (Autumn Fair) with the intention to offer new students and parents an event to enjoy before school starts as well as a great occasion to re-connect after the long break for returning families .
A Summer Fair is planned for the Primary School Thursday 2nd July,lead by Ms Bearman. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in helping the Class representatives,making it an even more fun and successful event for the children.
More information to come.

The last PTA ( OGM) meeting is planned for Tuesday 9th June, at9h00 in the cafeteria.
All parents are welcome!
We will be nominating and voting in the new PTA board members as well as discussing our fundraising goals for next school year.
Right afterwards, we will be going to the Manoir de l'Etang in Mougins(a few minutes away from school)for our last Coffee Club of the year.
If you would like to join us for coffee, please RSVP to Cath Roberts

Prom Celebration are being planned for the Form 12 and 13 students, Friday 19th June , 20h - 23h, in the Performing Arts Center at Mougins School.The Student Council is organising the evening with the support of the PTA.
The ticket fee of 20€ will go towards drinks (non-alcoholic) with any remaining funds to be given to the Student Council for future events.
Parents will be asked to donate finger food which can be easily eaten during the course of the evening.
The security will be held by the Form 12 and 13 tutors and the PTA board.
Due to the very low interest and rainy weather forecast, theCulture Club to the goat cheese farm above Vence had to be cancelled.
Caroline Higgs is working hard on organising our future events for next September / October.

A warm Thank You to Caroline for hosting the last Coffee Club at her house and to Cath Roberts for organising the event.

Lastly, a kind reminder:
Please don't forget to take a minute and"LIKE" Mougins School PTA on Facebook. It is the easiest and most effective way to communicate daily or weekly updates and you will make sure you won't miss anything,

Warm THANKS to all parents (mums and dads) who kindly dedicate a part of their busy lives to volunteer and support our School!

We wish you all great success for the final and super busy weeks ahead!

PTA Committee

Year 8 Science

Year 8 recently carried out a cooling wax investigation as part of their studies of 8I Heating and Cooling topic. Wax was used as the substance to measure changes in temperature as a liquid state form changes to a solid state form. The students did well on what can be a difficult physics based concept to grasp.

Advice for upcoming June 7/8 Summer Science exams: the Year 7 topics to be revised are: 7A, 7B, 7E, 7F, 7J. And for Year 8: 8A, 8B, 8E, 8F; 8I, 8J and 8K. There will also be a week of revision by Mrs Keeling prior to the exams week.

Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Keep a Close Eye on the Calendar!
May is always a confusing month with regards to the calendar, because there are a number of National holidays or “feriés”, the first of which is tomorrow, Friday the 1st May. They follow, this year, in regular succession, the next being the Friday after, 8th May. The week after that, Thursday and Friday 14th & 15th May are days off for the Ascension and the “pont” or “bridge” that make a four day weekend. Finally, after only one full week, Monday 25th May is another day off for Pentecost. Keep the calendar close at hand!

External Examinations
Next week also marks the start of the external examinations, principally for Forms 11 to 13 (one or two for Form 10). The examinations begin with the (I)GCSEs, which go on throughout May. They are joined by the AS Levels further into May that last until the middle of June. Finally the A Levels start generally near the end of May and go on until the end of June. We wish our students the very best of luck in their examinations and look forward to some excellent results (middle of August).

Important Note: The national holidays marked above are not necessarily days off in the UK, where our examination timetable is created. Students may well have examinations on these days, which, of course, cannot be moved.

Year 8 Science
Year 8, this month, used plastic bottle models to scientifically investigate if sweat does really cool the body down via the evaporation of heat energy. The students had to do a full investigation to include their initial prediction, generation of data, drawing a line graph of results, conclusion and final full evaluation of their work. They are truly developing into brilliant young scientists.

A reminder that all Form 12 students will return to School from Monday 15th June until Friday 26th June (mornings only). During this time, we will be looking at options for their final year, have guest speakers relating to further education and careers, working on personal statements and letters of motivation etc. Remember, applications to institutes of higher education are made in the coming Autumn Term 2015. These two weeks are compulsory for all Form 12 students.

Security Officer
I am sure you have noticed that, following the presence of the Police Municipal for the period of three weeks prior to the Spring Break, we now have a regular security officer at the beginning and end of the day, throughout the week, to ensure the safety of the children at drop off and pick up and generally keep an eye on the driving and parking through the campus. In view of the fact that we do not qualify in the same way as schools in the Educational Nationale for the presence of the Police Municipal, we will work with the security company on a permanent basis.

A Short and Intensive Term
This term always goes fast – there are only two months and they are packed with all sorts of activities, residential trips in both Primary and Secondary, the above mentioned exams, summer fairs, a musical etc etc. Be involved wherever you can and enjoy the term.

Kindest regards,
Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnachie

Unfortunately, I have to announce that the proposed fund-raising dinner at the Royal Mougins Golf Resort did not take place due to lack of response. I would like to thank all those who offered tombola gifts or sponsorship of the event and Nicki Elcome and the students who would have entertained us on the evening. We have, however, been able to donate 1,400€ to educatingcambodia, money raised during Red Nose Day so grateful thanks to all those who contributed through the sale of cakes and participation in the aerobics challenge.

PTA News

The Staff Appreciation Lunch (SAL) was a huge success…again ! Shan Usher Rose has organized this event for the past two years, but will be stepping down. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication to this event !

The Car Boot Sale went smoothly. We doubled the number of selling spaces, and sold quite a few refreshments. Will report the money raised shortly.

The two computers purchased by the PTA have been added to the Learning Center. Thank you to Nigel Wright for building each computer. Chess pieces have also been replaced on the outdoor board.

Our next PTA Culture Club is May 12th at La Ferme Des Courmettes. Situated in the hills above Tourettes sur Loup, this is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes production of delicious cheeses. €15 includes coffee and visit. To RSVP, please contact Caroline Higgs at or

The final PTA Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the year will be on 9th June at 9h00. We will be nominating and electing new board members, and discuss spending of money on new projects. A full agenda will be sent via email. As Dena will be moving, we are looking for a 2nd person to help Cath with organization of Coffee Club events.

Next PTA Coffee Morning is Tuesday May 5th @ 9h. Caroline Higgs will be hosting at her house. Please RSVP to confirm your place and to receive the directions.

Lastly, I was inspired to join the PTA, and ultimately become President, after witnessing the dedication to volunteerism by many at our school. My hope is that all parents (both mums and dads) can find their own way to help support our school.

Thank you,
Devin Smith
PTA President

A Walk of Flavours

What a spectacular and colourful array of international culinary delights, drinks, chocolates and prizes! Thank you so much for making this lunch so special for the staff.

The support and help for the day were overwhelming, so thank you to everyone who contributed and helped out. Special thanks to Biggy Wolff, who, as in previous years, transformed the ’Café des Amis’ with her artistic skills into a decorative dining hall with a wonderful ambiance ; to Cath Roberts, who organised all the « drop and go » mornings ; to Tamra Hooker, who made everyone laugh while they had their photos taken with the « camel prop »! and, of course, to Myriam Larfaoui, who always gives so much time, effort and enthusiasm towards every school event.

To fit with the day, April Fool’s Day and Poissons d’avril, there were bowls of goldfish on the tables, colourful fish designs by the primary school for teachers to write their jokes on (thank you, Mrs Bearman), a competition for the most comical wig or hat, and, a competition for the name of next year’s lunch.

Congratulations to all of the winners ! Most comical wig or hat :
1st Prize : Caz Petrequin
2nd Prize : Jérôme Hébant
3rd Prize : Jonathan Hallet;

Best joke :
1st Prize : Robert Cook
2nd and 3rd Prize : Mel Nightingale 

The name for the Staff Appreciation Lunch 2016 – « Aromatastic »: 1st Prize : Kate Valentine, runners up : Neelam Makkar and Jeremy Daynes.

We would also like to thank Sophie Dean, who took photos of all your dishes These, together with photos taken by Vicky Lombardo of last year’s lunch, will be used to create a Mougins School International Cookery Book. If you are able to share your recipes with us, for inclusion in the book, please send them to : Thank you. Meanwhile, some of the photos of the lunch will be posted on the PTA website :

With my daughter, Kali, leaving at the end of this school year, I will no longer be heading up the organisation of this event. It has been a wonderful experience, with a great team to work with, and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the varied international dishes that you have brought to the lunches. Thank you so much. Tanya Schmiedel will head up next year’s lunch, supported by the experienced existing team. If you would also like to get involved in helping to organise next year’s event « Aromatastic » , please contact Tanya :

Reminder : Any dishes that have not yet been collected have been stored in the PTA room. Please contact Tanya, Myriam or myself if you need to collect your items.

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Sharing Excellence
Examinations – In last year’s external (I)GCSE examinations, four students at Mougins School achieved top marks world-wide. Both Kana Fujiwara and Ruchie Kawakita shared the highest international subject mark in Art and Design, and Melissa Boyce-Hurd and Lisa Marie Landry achieved the same accolade in English language and French respectively. These awards are highly prestigious throughout the world, so a huge congratulations to all four students.
Cross Country - Alex MacFadyen, in Form 10, participated in the French National Championships for cross country at the beginning of this month. Alex travelled to Les Mureaux, near Paris to compete and achieved an excellent 98th place out of 360 students in his category (cadets). A fantastic performance – bravo, Alex.

Regional Championships for Orienteering
Another highly successful competition for our orienteerers! At all three levels – Benjamins, Collèges and Lycée, our teams won gold medals and the latter two categories have qualified for the French National Championships to be held near Geneva toward the end of May (there are no national finals for the Benjamins age group). The gold medallist were:

Benjamins: Michael Aspegren, Alexander Pivovarov, Arseniy Sa- kach & Samuel Soutoul
Collège: Céline Hoeie, Britte Van Die, Artjoms Jesaibegjans & Alexander MacFadyen
Lycée: Darja Berga, Vivianne Ja- kobsson, Robert Mueller & Artemiy Bulgakov

Well done to all of our competitors, as there were also many silver and bronze performances and of course, special congratulations to the gold medallist, named above.

Spring Concert
By the time you read this newsletter, there may be only a few tickets left for the Spring Concert, which will be on Monday and Tuesday, 30th & 31st March at 19h00. Check with the office as soon as you can on Monday, if you intend to join us, so as not to be disappointed.

Gala Evening – Royal Mougins Golf Course
Tickets for this great evening on 24th April (the Friday after we come back to School after the Spring Vacation) are selling, but there are still places available. Come and enjoy a super night out, including dinner and entertainment by our students – cost 65€ - see you there.

Car Stickers
To give you a little background to these little round stickers, destined for the back window (if not too heavily tinted) of your car. For some time, we have had the impression that our car park is being used by the offices over the road and by people going up to the medical centre and clinic. The idea is simply to be able to check who is using the car park and put a polite note on cars that are parked there without a sticker. If they are members of the school community, they will be invited to pick up their sticker from the office, if not they will be asked not to park in our car park.
We deliberately did not put the name of the School on the sticker, but if you are worried that the logo might draw attention to your car, one parent has come up with the solution: put the sticker on a small piece of card, which you keep in the glove compartment away from the School, and place on the dash board when you arrive in the car park. After a time, the stickers will be replaced with different ones – the design can be virtually anything. Thanks for your help.

The Roundabout is a Roundabout
There are still cars driving the wrong way around the roundabout, despite the very clear white arrows on a blue background and no entry sign preventing you going the wrong way – in theory. Just a question of discipline – thank you!

Your intentions 2015/2016
Just a quick reminder that the forms to let the school know that your children will be here in September 2015 or not are due back today. If we do not have it yet, please ensure that it comes into the office next week. Thank you!

Spring Vacation
Our Spring Vacation begins next Friday, 3rd April at 12h00. We return after a two-week break on Monday 20th April at 08h45. With any luck, the Spring weather will have kicked in, too. Have a great break and see you in the Summer Term.
NB - Don’t forget to put your clocks forward tomorrow night – Saturday 28th March!

Kindest regards,

Brian G. Hickmore Headmaster

From Sue Dunnachie

Once again Red Nose Day was celebrated in School on Friday 13th March. A sea of red invaded the campus with students sporting very Red Noses, some crazy costumes and lavish hair styles. The day commenced with a Primary Red Nose Assembly, followed by a cake sale and a Boxing match between Turgut Toprak in Form 7b and Mr Cooke and at 12h50 Michellle Johnson managed to produce even more red faces with her Red Nose Day Workout. 1,200€ was raised by the sale of the Red Noses and goes directly towards helping to get 300,000 children in Africa into education and Learning.
Another 1,100€ was raised for educatingcambodia. On behalf of both causes, thank you to all those who helped with the organisation and participated, particularly Mr Cooke who is the driving force behind this fund-raising challenge.

In collaboration with the Royal Mougins Golf Resort, Mougins School is organising a fundraising dinner for educatingcambodia, the proceeds of which will go towards the construction of a High School in Preh Vang. The event takes place on Friday 24th April at 19h30 at the Royal Mougins.

The cost per person is 65€ and this will entitle you to a champagne welcome, a three course dinner (vegetarian option available), with half a bottle of wine and coffee, musical interludes presented by senior students of Mougins School and dancing to a professional DJ, together with the opportunity to win attractive gifts by participating in the tombola and a surprise auction gift.

Mougins School has supported numerous charities over the years and has changed the lives of many, so we hope you will be able to join us in this fund-raising effort for a celebratory evening which can further improve conditions for children worthy of a better future. To book a place, or for more information, please contact me on To avoid disappointment – this is open to the public and members of the Golf Resort - please ensure that you book early. If you wish to make up a table, this can be for eight or ten people. Thank you for your generous support of this worthy cause.

The School Library now has a blog which will enable you to stay in touch with events organised by the Librarian, new books and any other information pertaining to this oasis of calm. In order to access the
blog please go

Our Scientists

Our Year 7 scientists studied the controversial process of 'Fracking' as a future source of energy for tomorrow's world as a means of applying their scientific knowledge to everyday life and decision making.
Super balanced research into the pro's and con's of this drilling method was carried out with the overall consensus by both 7A and 7B groups, being that they were not in agreement with it for the overall wellbeing of our planet.

Hadia and Nina being carbon and oxide atoms connecting arms, whilst being attacked by the hydrogen atoms. (Zac, Anton, Henrick)

Promoting Science in Year 5!
A big thank you to Mr Marius Grundmann (father of Isabella Grundmann in 5A) who gave a fascinating talk on Gases, atoms and molecules.
The children and staff enjoyed it tremendously and he really ' Brought Science to Life!'.
Also thank you, from Mr Jim Farrell, Mrs Paula Byles and members of 5A and 5B, to members of the secondary science department Mr Johnny Jones and Mr John Hallet, for giving up their free time to given some exciting Science demonstrations to year 5 in the Science laboratories.

PTA News

Our spring holiday is around the corner and the PTA has been keeping very busy again this month!
First and foremost a warm THANK YOU to:
- Catherine MacFayden and her Refreshment team during the Lower School Sports Day: Caroline Higgs, Katie Cashman, Sarah Red- ding, Catherine Saponara, Isabella Motta, Dena Doulaveris and Brigida Pound
- Shan Rose for organizing the Staff Appreciation Lunch with her team
- Dorothy Forbes, for kindly hosting the Coffee Club
- Pascale Barris for a donation of 1000 coffee cups and 400 glasses
Well done ladies!!
Hopefully we have not missed anyone out!

A kind reminder:
Please don't forget to take a minute and "LIKE" Mougins School PTA on Facebook. It is the easiest and most effective way to communicate with daily or weekly updates.
• The PTA Meeting Minutes will be posted on the PTA website very shortly.

Coffee Club:
Dorothy Forbes kindly hosted the Coffee Club this month.
This event is such a great occasion for all to socialize and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, biscuits and cake with other parents from all classes.
Caroline Higgs will be our host for the next Coffee Club on May 5th.

Culture Club
A great calendar of outings has been prepared by Caroline Higgs for after the Spring break:
We continue to interpret our remit as the Culture Club, widely embracing all aspects of French life, so next term we have cheese, wine and Impressionism. In April, a visit to a cheese farm in Le Rouret; in May, a return to the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet, where there will be an English speaking guide to take us through a special exhibition of the work of Pierre Bonnard entitled LES COLLECTIONS -NOUVELLE AC- CROCHAGE OEUVRES INEDITES - a must for those who were disappointed not to see more of his work in the Belles Endormies exhibition; and to celebrate the end of term, we hope you will join us on the always enormously popular day out at a vineyard.

Dates and full details to be announ- ced at the beginning of next term.

Car Boot Sale:
Our popular event is coming back this spring on Saturday 25th April.
It is an opportunity to bring along and sell unwanted/ no longer needed items from your home... including children’s clothes and toys, sports equipment, kitchen items, books...anything you think might be of value to someone else.
If you are thinking of participating and signing up for a stall (the fee is 20 Euros), please contact Myriam Larfaoui at my-

On behalf of the PTA Committee we wish you all a successful and fun end of term!

PTA Comittee

Staff Appreciation Lunch
Thank you so much to everyone who has offered to contribute something to, and/or help at this year’s staff appreciation lunch « A Walk of Flavours » which is being held on Wednesday 1st April, and to all the class representatives who have helped to coordinate all the contributions.

It is not too late! If you want to bring a dish, dessert, a delicacy from your home country, chocolates, biscuits or even a prize for one of the competitions planned, please contact your PTA class representative or contact us by email: to let us know.

There will bea« Drop & Go » area at the gates of the school from 8h until 9h on Wednesday 1st April, so that you can pass on your dishes to our volunteers. Please ensure that you attach the name of the dish, country of origin, your family name, and the class(es) of your children. If you would like a label, please collect one from Elisabeth’s office, or ask your child (ren) to collect one.

If you are unable to bring your dish until later in the morning, then please could we ask you to let us know in advance either by email, as shown above, or by calling Shan Rose (06 16 03 31 96). Thank you.
We would also like to thank Ms Hart and the pupils of Form 8 who created wonderful, colourful and imaginative designs for the invitation with the theme of the lunch, « A Walk of Flavours ». The 6 winning designs are shown below, but all the designs will be enjoyed by the teachers as they will form part of the display in the cafeteria during the lunch.
A big thank you, too, to Mrs Bear- man whose pupils have also taken part in designing something for the lunch.....but you will have to wait until the next Mougins Newsletter for more details !

Happy April Fool’s Day !

Headmaster' Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

Finished Car Park – Finally!
During the half-term break, we will finally re-mark all the lines in the car park, making it clear for all where you may and may not park - and which way you have to go around the roundabout. There will also be signs at eye-level to make it even easier.

Campus Security
Thank you so much for your cooperation during the high security alert period. Unless there are further problems, the level should be dropped the day before you come back to School. However, in the interest of safety and focusing on the children’s education, the day will continue to start at 08h45 for both Primary and Secondary School children.

The teaching staff will also continue to “man the gates” in the mornings and afternoons, as at present, and adults will only be permitted on campus 15 minutes after the final bell in the afternoon.

Some parents have asked me about internal procedures and so without going into detail, for obvious reasons, I would like to inform you that we have both “evacuate” and “lock down” procedures. All staff are fully briefed for both.

This month, the Year 8's matured into young would-be chemists by greatly raising their level of terminology as used by real life chemists. They undertook various experiments where they had to discuss and write about formulae, atoms, molecules, reactants, nitrates versus nitrites, chlorides versus chlorine. The picture shows Lea and Marie-Celeste forming precipitates (solid-like substances) from a reaction of two separate liquid starting reactants. The future of chemistry at Mougins School looks bright with such upcoming chemists.

Regional Championships for Orienteering
Firstly, congratulations to all the teams who participated in the County Championship earlier this month. We achieved gold, silver and bronze positions in Collège and Lycée and gold and silver in Benjamins. Two days ago, we competed again at regional level and our teams did extremely well. We are not able to give the exact positions at the time of going to print, but will announce the results in the next edition of the newsletter.

Enjoy the Break
However you intend to spend the short vacation - on the slopes, visiting family in other regions, or simply having a calm break – enjoy yourselves! School resumes on Tuesday 3rd March at 08h45 for all pupils, as the Monday is a staff training day.

Kindest regards,
Brian G. Hickmore

From Sue Dunnache

Heartfelt thanks to the team of PTA ladies whose initiative to sell hot chocolate during recreation was much appreciated by our students and, I believe, a number of staff. A total of 410€ was raised and this will go to PTA funds which are used to enhance the lives of our students.

It is never too early to think about Spring cleaning, particularly when it is for a good cause. Mougins School is supporting the Association, the Chain of Hope, which provides urgent medical care for children in Africa. These children are brought to France and stay with a host family during their medical care. They arrive with nothing and are in urgent need of clothing, shoes and, eventually suitcases and smaller bags. They can take up to 40 kilos of baggage on their return to Africa which permits them to help their families. The School is organising a collection of the above articles and you can bring these to the Office, clean and in bags (clothes and shoes).  Thanking you in advance for your generosity.
Once again the School has participated in the collection of Pièces Jaunes, (yellow coins), and we have collected 63 kilos which will go towards the care of children in hospital. Form 5a in Primary and Form   in Secondary won the weight challenge with the most coins, so special congratulations to them and a big thank you to all those who contributed.

On Friday 13th March Mougins School goes red for Red Nose Day. This is a bi-annual national fund-raising event in England, part of Comic Relief. The goal is to place 300,000 children in Africa in education. In support of this campaign, the School will be selling Red Noses and the profit from sales will go directly to the cause. However, within the School Michelle Johnson will be organising an aerobic fund-raising effort and there will also be a cake sale and the money raised from these events will go to the School charity which is

Fund-raising dinner at Royal Mougins Golf Resort in partnership with
 Mougins School
24th April 2015 at 19h30

The Royal Mougins Golf Resort has generously offered to host a fund-raising dinner in collaboration with Mougins School. It is hoped that, as a result of this event and other fund-raisers throughout the year, Mougins School will raise the necessary funds to construct a High School in the village of Prey Vang in Cambodia

This is part of a long-term project led with enthusiasm and devotion by one man; it has already resulted in giving over one thousand children the right to education and health care. Every centime raised goes directly to improving lives.
The generosity of people across the world now gives the village and its children access to three school buildings, a clinic and a guest house for visitors. However there is no access to further education and this is the present goal.

Your support of the event could help with the success of this project. Tickets cost 65€ per person for a cocktail, three course dinner and half a bottle of wine, musical entertainment by students of Mougins School and dancing to a DJ and a tombola with highly desirable gifts to be won.
For ticket reservations please contact:
Tuesdays and Thursdays Sue at Mougins School: 04 93 90 15 47

PTA News

The PTA committee was very busy starting with the amazing Sleeping Beauty pantomime performance presented by the Drama Club: we had a great Refreshment team at the bar every evening selling drinks and cakes to families enjoying the show. All proceeds raised helped to cover drama department costs for this production.

Then we started these past 2 Fridays our Hot Chocolate sale during the morning school break: it was an incredible success; pupils were crowding the tables happy to order their warm drink with chantilly, marshmallows etc ... We also served a few happy teachers or members of the staff during these cold mornings. Proceeds are going towards the PTA fund. 

Last week some of us participated in a big clean up and re-organization of our PTA room... Still more to sort but the major part is done!! 

A huge Thank You to all who dedicated some of their precious time during these events for their hard work, kindness and smile; it was much appreciated!  
Devin, Dorothy, Myriam, Fofi , Diane , Isabella Pedrazzi Motta , Catherine MacFadyen , Katie Cashman, Katie Wood, Maryia Tsentser, Dena

Doulaveris, Caroline Higgs, Svetlana Pivovarov , Bridie Roberts , Florence Sanglier , Catherine Saponara , Tom the kitchen chef, for his kind help in the morning for the hot chocolate preparation and Mr. Cooke  at the bar during the Sleeping Beauty evenings.
I truly hope I have not forgotten anyone. 

Just “LIKE "'us and receive up to the minute information from your PTA, is to "LIKE" us. Just search " Mougins School PTA " et voilà!! You will see reminders of upcoming events, generated funds totals, and goal updates. 

Our next PTA  MEETING date is not yet set, but will be some time mid-March. There will be some exciting changes to the meeting format, and plans to discuss
- Fundraising goals (visibility)
- Staff Appreciaten Lunch update
- How to make Prom a special event
- Possible parents 'entertainment evening' in May/June

13/3 - Red Nose Day 
01/4 - Staff Appreciation Lunch (next preparation meeting 12/03) 
24/4 - Educating Cambodia Charity @ Royal Mougins Golf Resort 
25/4 - PTA Car Boot Sale

The PTA Committee
Following the great success of « The Melting Pot » staff appreciation lunch last year, thanks to all your generous contributions and help, we are in the process of organising a lunch for staff on Wednesday 1st April, to thank them for all the support that they give our children. We hope that you will once again prepare your favourite international dishes for staff to enjoy. If you are not a keen cook, then contributions of wine, champagne, chocolates and other non-perishable items are also very welcome.

This year’s lunch is entitled « A Walk of Flavours ». Congratulations to Neelam Makkar, for her winning entry in the competition for staff, which was held at last year’s event, to determine this year’s name.

Any recipes that you are able to share with us will be added to last year’s recipes, to create a Mougins School International Recipe book, which will be for sale later in the year.

If you wish to make a contribution to the lunch, and/or would like to volunteer to help us out for a couple of hours on the day, please contact your PTA class representative or contact us by email :

PTA Coffee Club

Thank you to everyone who attended the February Coffee club at Cafe Latin in Valbonne, it is good to see some new faces.  Our next outing is on Friday 27th March 9am; Dorothy Forbes has kindly offered to host us at her home. Details of the address and directions from school will be given nearer the event to those who have replied. Please RSVP to by March 25th. Dena, Cath and Dorothy look forward to seeing you in March.

PTA Culture Club

The last outing last Thursday was at the Huilerie Sainte Anne in Grasse.
Parents started off with a warm coffee/tea followed by a private tour of the olive oil factory, then shopping in their lovely boutique for tasty gifts. To end the day, they enjoyed lunch in Grasse.The next event will be announced very shortly.

A warm Thank You to Caroline Higgs for organizing.

Valentine Disco

Valentine Disco - Forms 7, 8 and 9

Friday night was the Form 7,8 and 9 Valentine Disco. It was so much fun. The music was great. Thank you Boston. We all participated in the ‘dance off’, which was won in the end by Oskar, Mackenzie, Luca and Kilian. The ‘limbo competition’ was so funny and the winners were Jules and Petrea.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves. On behalf of the students, thank you very much to the Student Council for organising and supervising the event. Thank you to Mr Cooke, Mr Hallett, Mrs Achilla, Mr Petrequin and Mr Jones for keeping us all under control and thank you to the PTA for the refreshments.

Headmaster’s Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

A New Year
I think I am just in time to wish all the families at Mougins School a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. No sooner do we finish one vacation than we start to talk about the next one and, of course the half-term break is looming up already. Please remember that we have one week for half-term and it is the final week of February starting on Friday 20th at 15h30. Students return to School on Tuesday 3rd March at the normal start times.

Form 11 Post Mock Parents’ Evening
Following the two-week mock (I)GCSE examination period at the beginning of the month, may I remind all parents of students in Form 11 that there is an important feed-back evening next Thursday 5th February at 18h00 in the Examination Room (1st Floor of the Rosanna Learning Centre). It is vital that students and parents attend this meeting.

Sleeping Beauty
Our traditional pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, had its highly successful opening night last night and will be on again tonight (Friday 30th) and tomorrow night (Saturday 31st) at 19h30. Don’t miss this excellent production of the traditional fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty (slightly revisited!)

Alpes Maritimes Championships for Orienteering
Next Wednesday, 4th February, over 60 students from School will compete in the county championships for orienteering in Mandelieu La Napoule (San Peyre). We wish them luck and hope they will qualify for the regional championships in the Parc de la Valmasque on 18th February.

Campus Security
Thank you for all your positive comments with regards to the letter sent out last week and for your cooperation in complying with its requirements. We sincerely hope that the government is not pushed to move the alert level higher.

Kind regards,
Brian G. Hickmore

A Level Art Trip to Paris

Planned for several months, little did we imagine that terrorist attacks would impact our visit to Paris. Of course, parents were concerned but we decided to go ahead. Meeting early on the Friday morning at Nice Airport our first sight was of all the airline computer terminals illuminated with the message ‘Je suis Charlie’. The aim of our trip was to visit museums in order for the students to gain information for the Personal Study component of the A level exam where they have to write a 3500 word, illustrated essay on an aspect of the history of art. We succeeded in visiting the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, l’Orangerie and the newly re-opened Musée Picasso – all relatively quiet, no doubt because of the recent tragic events. The students continuously took notes and did drawings – one of my most vivid memories is of one of the students, sitting cross-legged in the middle of the floor of the Musée d’Orsay, sketching details from a Renoir painting, totally oblivious to the people around her. The trip was most successful and, in fact, quite emotional – to be in Paris at such a time is something the students and I will never forget.

“Our Art trip to Paris was an incredible experience and greatly influenced me for my A level. It gave me lots of new ideas and inspired me to try new techniques. It was also incredible to visit the beautiful city and to be there at such a difficult time.”
“I loved the Art trip to Paris, visiting all the museums really helped towards my sketchbook and inspired me to experiment with new techniques.”
“Our trip to Paris was very helpful for our A level project. As well it was very special to be there at a historic moment for the ‘Je suis Charlie’ march.

From Sue Dunnachie

The Directeur Géneral of the Lenval Hospital has sent a letter to the School in order to thank our parents and students for the numerous gifts we were able to offer to those children who passed the festive season in hospital. In his words ‘Ces initiatives sont à saluer, car elles nous permettent d’apporter un grand rayon de soleil à ces enfants dans un moment difficile de leur existence’.

Although we have enjoyed some gloriously sunny days this month, rain is also to be anticipated at this time of the year. Mougins School is delighted to offer its parents the opportunity to purchase a ‘family-sized’ automatic umbrella in black and silver for the moderate price of 25€. These are quality products that have been tried and tested. If you wish to shelter from the storm please do not hesitate to purchase an umbrella from the School Office (supplies are limited).

Fund-raising Dinner at Royal Mougins Golf Resort

At Mougins School we have always considered that an important part of our students’ education is their participation in local, national and international fund-raising. Unfortunately there are still many children in the world who do not have an automatic right to education and it has been our privilege, over the past two years, to endeavour to improve the conditions of the children of Prey Veng in Cambodia.

Due to the commitment of one man, over one thousand children now have a future which would have been denied to them. John Mann was visiting Cambodia and asked the children of village in which he stayed what they needed. The reply was ‘a school’. Faced with what could have seemed an insurmountable task, and with the help of friends the world over, John has devoted several years to this challenge and the village now has three school buildings, a Clinic and a Guest House. However, there is no High School to which the more gifted children could graduate and Mougins School is collaborating with John in order to provide the building and the necessary teachers.

The Royal Mougins Golf Resort has generously offered to host a fund-raising dinner (24th April 2015) at which it is hoped that the necessary funds for the future project can be raised. There will be both an auction and tombola and entertainment will be provided by the musical talent of Mougins School.

In order ensure the success of this evening we are looking for gifts for the tombola as well as special offers for the auction i.e. a holiday in a luxury destination, a piece of artwork or jewellery, a gourmet or unusual experience etc. Should you or your Company wish to participate in this worthy cause, I would be delighted if you could contact me. Any participation will be acknowledged in the evening’s programme. Naturally, you are also invited to join us at the dinner which promises to be a celebratory event with an opportunity to enjoy the excellent cuisine at the Royal Mougins Golf Resort. Further information regarding the evening will be available in the March and April issues of the School Newsletter.

Please contact me on: 06 80 02 57 52 or
Sue Dunnachie

PTA News

Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to you and your families!

Here are a few reminders regarding our upcoming events. Make sure to add these to your calendar.

Coffee Club—Tuesday 10th February
This next coffee club will be at the Cafe Latin in Valbonne after school drop off. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

It was unfortunate that the cooking demonstration for January had to be postponed; we have not forgotten about it and are hoping to confirm a date very shortly.
If you would like to host a coffee club at your home, we will support you with the event; please contact Cath or Dena,

Culture Club
The Culture Club is on Thursday 19th February 2015. Coffee followed by a guided visit to ‘Huilerie Sainte Anne’ in Grasse, including a dégustation of their delicious oils. For further information contact Caroline Higgs on 06 80 93 32 25 or look on the website. To secure your place put 10€ in a marked enveloppe in the PTA box.

Staff Appreciation Lunch Wednesday 1st April
Planning led by Shan Usher Rose is very much underway for the annual lunch offered to the staff and school body to show the parents’ and students’ appreciation of everything that they do for our children.
They will be looking for volunteers to help out.
If you wish to get involved, here is Shan Rose's email:

Car boot Sale—Saturday 25th April
Following the great success of last fall’s event, we have rescheduled another one for spring.
More information will be sent out as we get closer to the date.

Summer Fair—Saturday 13th June
A fun all-day family event organized by the parents for all the Mougins school families.

PTA Committee Next event to be announced shortly.

La Chaine de L'Espoir / The Chain of Hope

The PTA was pleased to pass on a large quantity of children’s clothes, toys, books and games donated by school parents before Christmas to the charity La Chaîne  de L'Espoir / The Chain of Hope (  This charity brings children aged 4-16 years old to France from very poor countries to treat life threatening medical conditions, in particular heart diseases. 

The children are hosted by local French residents, often retired couples.  As the children come with very few possessions, all donations of second hand clothes, shoes, toys, books, DVDs, pens, pencils, bags and luggage are highly appreciated by the host families.  

Both winter and summer clothes are highly appreciated.  Post surgery and recuperation, each child can take up to 40kg of luggage back to his or her home country.

The PTA plan to host another collection in Spring, an ideal time to clear out unwanted (to your family) children’s items.

Thank you Catherine Rémy-Saponara, a school mother, for introducing the PTA to this charity, and for helping with the collection and distribution.  

From Nicki Elcome

A message for all performers in the upcoming Christmas Concert:
Please make a careful note of the following dates and times of concert rehearsals and performances. This is a short and busy term, so it is important that attendance at all lunchtimes and extra weekend rehearsals is as full as possible and that you are punctual and organised if we are to maintain the excellent standards of the recent concerts.

Saturday 7th March,
9h30-11h00 Year 7—9 Girl’s Choir
10h30—12h30 Year 10—13 Girls’ Choir
12h00—13h30 Suitably Dressed Men’s Choir
Wednesday 25th March
10h15—13h05 Rehearsal in Hall—All
Sunday 29th March
9h30—14h00 Technical Rehearsal—All
Monday 30th March
10h15—13h05 Final Rehearsal in Hall—All
Monday 30th March
Tuesday 31st March

19h00 Spring Concert

For AS and A2 Music Students and members of Les Voix Crystales please note that you that you will be performing at The Royal Mougins Golf Club on Friday 24th April in the evening—please keep the date free—more information to follow).
Thanks to all of you for your ongoing hard work and dedication to the musical life of Mougins School. As mentioned above the recent concerts have been excellent and highly regarded by both parents and visitors from out of school. Let’s keep up the energy and enthusiasm!

Science News

This term the Year 7 Science groups have been considering different forms of energy used to power our world. They were challenged to come up with ways we could all reduce our usage of the world's limited energy resources such as coal and oil. Some great suggestions brought forward were: when watching TV, how much additional lighting is required in the room with possible use of candles in place of mains lights and in the school lesson times, for all students and teachers to turn off their mobile phones so requiring less recharging at night. Well done Year 7's on some inspiring and thought provoking discussion on this area.

The Year 8's made their own magnets in recent lessons. Pictured here are Boston and Yves in the process of successfully using their magnets to lift up a good number of paper clips. Mr. Jones can look forward to some talented physicists in his future lessons!