Mougins School

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Headmaster's Notes

Dear Parents and Students,

The Winter Break
After a long term, we have arrived at our Winter break. It has been an excellent term with many events and activities across the whole School both within the curriculum and beyond. Thank you all for your contributions and support for all that we undertake at Mougins School.

In Front of the School Issues
I am delighted to announce, after much lobbying and correspondence with the authorities, that we have now two “educative radars” on the approach to the school from both Mougins and Sophia Antipolis. These radars pick up the speed of approaching cars and indicate if they are under or over the speed limit, which is currently 50 km. You may have noticed that they do not seem to be functioning correctly at the moment, but they will.

Slip Road and Car Park
Unfortunately, I seem to be receiving more and more complaints from parents, students and staff about the behaviour of some drivers in the car park. I will be sending an e-mail to you all in the New Year, in several languages, in an attempt to return to the correct use of the bus stop, slip road and car park and demonstrate the respectful behaviour that we would like our children to witness.

For your information, the School has the legal obligation to provide parking for the staff and students (yes, even the motorised sewing machines). Parents with children up to Form 2 have the right to park and drop off and then leave. All other parents have no legal right to park.

Primary Winter Assemblies
The three Primary Winter Concerts – firstly Forms 4,5,&6, followed by the Early Years and Reception and ending with Forms 1,2 & 3 were an absolute delight. Well done to all the children for their performances. Thank you to the class teachers, who worked extremely hard to produce such smooth running and enjoyable shows and a special thanks to the Music teachers for their commitment and expertise.

Secondary Winter Concert

Once again, the Winter Concert performed last Monday and Tuesday was of an amazing standard. This annual event, which involved nearly one third of the Secondary School students and many staff members, contained excellent performances from individuals, choirs and bands in a non-stop festival of music. Bravo and thank you to our three music teachers – Mrs Rosie Dixon, Mr Glenn Horsfall and the overall Music Coordinator, Nicki Elcome.

Regional Cross Country Championships
On 7th December, 46 students from Mougins School competed in the above championships at the ‘Base Nature’ in Fréjus. The competition involves the best teams from the Alpes Maritime and Var and the races are tough. We had a total of 8 teams (4 girls and 4 boys) across the secondary age range. An outstanding performance came from Zara Blakey in the Benjamines age group. Zara was at the top of the podium – 1st out of 308 runners – exceptional (see photo in this newsletter). The teams’ results were as follows:

Benjamines (girls) - 32nd/47
Benjamins (boys) 32nd/46

In the Minimes races, whilst the girls ran separately from the boys, the results were obtained by mixing the results – five runners to count (2 boys / 3 girls or 3 boys / 2 girls)
Minimes Team 1 - 37th/63
Minimes Team 2 - 54th/63

In the Lycée section, teams had to be a mixture of ‘Cadet(te)s’ and ‘Juniors’ students:

Lycée Filles - 6th/12
Lycée Garçons - 6th/14

Well done to all the runners for their commitment and determination to do their best.
Have a Great Break
On behalf of my colleagues, I wish you a great Winter vacation, and if you celebrate Christmas, have a merry one. A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2017 to you all – we’ll see you on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at the normal start time of 08h45.

From Sue Dunnachie

I would like to thank all parents and students who generously donated a gift for a child in the Lenval Hospital during the festive season. We have been collaborating with the wonderful octogenarian, Madame Gentil, who has organised this for several years, and it was a joy to see how the Primary students welcomed her on Wednesday and how touched she was by your kindness.

Madame Gentil also assists families in need and she has asked if our parents would be able to donate any of the following:
Clothing for a boy of eight
Clothing for a woman size 40 – 44 or 44-46 and shoes size 38
Child’s car seat

Should you have any of these articles please bring them to the office in January. were delighted to receive several bags of unsold green Mougins School T-shirts and sweatshirts and we are thrilled that this small gesture will bring such joy to children who, in many cases, have never received a new article of clothing.
May I take this opportunity to wish all of you a peaceful and serene end to what has been a somewhat turbulent year with regard to world events, and may you face 2017 with renewed energy and optimism.

UNNS Volleyball Competition

On Wednesday 30th November 2 teams (a girls’ Form 7 & 8 mixed & a boys’ Form 8) went to play in round one of the UNSS volleyball competition in Cannes La Bocca. My team consisted of me, Jules-Amir Margot, Oscar Partouche and Ghislain Demeester. The other team consisted of Aurora Pedrazzi, Amalie-Rose, Sarah Baird, Aalisha Byles and Anastasia Dubovik. The competition consisted of 4 pools. The girls and boys were placed into 2 different pools and there were 4 teams in both. It was a really great day and ended with both of our teams emerging victorious having won all of our games. After Xmas we will play in round 2.

Ateliers de Recycl’art

Form 3 & 4 November 2016
« Learning by doing » : two up’cycling workshops in French provided both a context for learning the language and an opportunity to become aware of the amount of waste by doing something practical.
Our birdhouses and birdfeeders look so « sweet » that some of them are currently exhibited in the library.

Merci to all those who helped us to collect the « materials » for our workshops and enabled us to start our « grand serpent » (an « ongoing « activity every Monday lunchtime

We should now have enough capsules and suspend collecting materials in general by the end of term.

Madrid Trip 2016

On Wednesday the 23rd of November we arrived in Madrid. We were a group of eight Spanish students and our teacher, Carmen. In the evening, we met the families that would host us during this trip. My friend and I were delighted to be allocated to a very friendly mom and her daughter. The two lived in an apartment only a few minutes away from the city center.

The next morning, the students from Mougins School reunited in the Estudio Sampere Spanish school. There we participated in a three hour Spanish class. Afterwards, we picnicked in the beautiful El Retiro park. In the afternoon we visited the Museo Reina Sofía. It was very impressive to see Picasso’s masterpiece, the “Guernica“.

The next day, we took part in our second Spanish class. After exploring the city center and eating some delicious churros with hot chocolate, we were guided through the Museo del Prado. The highlight of the evening was to see the huge golden Christmas tree and the colorful lights that illuminated the city’s main square.

We spent our final day in Spain in the ancient city of Toledo, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a guide we walked through the medieval streets of the city and visited its most important historical monuments. That evening, our host family even organized a little pizza/goodbye party for us. I was quite sad when we had to leave our new Spanish friends the next day.

We all had an amazing time in Spain. It was great that we were able to practice our Spanish with native speakers. Living with extremely hospitable and kind local families was my favorite part of the trip. ¡Hasta pronto Madrid!

Marathon Relay Results

Marathon Relay Results
The last column indicates the overall times and the overall positions out of 416 of men/women or mixed teams
The boys came 11th out of 42 all men’s teams.
The Ladies came 2nd out of 44 all ladies’ teams.
The Men came 13th out of 42 all men’s teams.
The girls came 22 out of 44 all ladies’ teams.
All four of our Mougins School teams performed incredibly well. It may well be easier for some of us ‘seasonal’ runners to cover this distance ‘in a fashion’! However, for some of the students, this is the longest race and biggest event that they have ever taken part in, so to not only complete the distance but to run extremely competitive times was a fantastic achievement. We always enjoy our in house battle across the finish line which this year the student boys won!! beating the staff ladies by 5 minutes who narrowly beat the men’s staff by 2 minutes.
This year Mougins School were in partnership with the ‘Mimosa’ Cancer Charity. PE teacher, M. Kimberley-Johnson, coached runners for the 8 weeks prior to the race, including runners from the other 22 teams who participated for the Mimosa Charity. Mougins School are very proud to have forged this partnership with the local charity and are extremely grateful to everyone who sponsored, donated and bought cakes etc. All these contributions helped the team to raise in excess of 24.000 Euros.
Bravo tous!