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PTA News

Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and are ready for a new term.

Firstly a very big 'thank you' to all the parents who helped out in 2016, it was overwhelming how many parents offered their precious time and shared their ideas. We truly appreciated it and hope that all of you and many more will help out during the new year, so that great events will take place in favour of our children, the teachers and parents.

As many of you already know.... hot chocolate sale is back on. Every Friday a lot of brave volunteers serve a hot treat for the children, so please remember to give them a €uro. Thank you to Moya and all her helpers for taking up the challenge once again.

For more information about upcoming events and ways to get involved , please take a look at our website or visit our Facebook page and don't forget to read the PTA newsletter which is sent out every Friday.

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Welcome back, we hope, you have enjoyed the break. The Car Boot sale was a huge success. All stalls were sold out, the sun was shining and we had a large number of visitors. Thank you so much to all the parents, who volunteered during the day and to Myriam for organising the event. We raised over 2000€.

The hot chocolate sale is on every Friday during the cold season. The children loves this little Friday treat. The first sale is a charity sale going towards the Lifeboats in Antibes. Thank you to Moya and her team for taking up the challenge once again and don't forget to give your child 1 €uro to school the following Fridays for a warm treat. We are still in need off donations for the Christmas market, so if you have any kind of unwanted items, new or used, please bring it to Elisabeth's office.

Finally don't forget the next coffee club. Join us on Tuesday 15th November 9am at the Hotel de Mougins. Coffee and pastries for 5€. All parents welcome. RSVP by 11th November please. The next PTA meeting takes place in 'Cafe Des Amis' November 16 at 9:00 am. For more information regarding the PTA and the upcoming events please go to the PTA website and have a look.

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A warm welcome to a new school year to both new and 'old' parents. We hope you all have enjoyed your summer holidays. The PTA are looking forward to sharing a lot of fun moments with you during the year and to welcoming new faces on board. If you are interested in taking part in a specific event or have something you want the PTA to discuss, do not hesitate to contact us by email or in person.

Our first coffee club of the year at Le Mas Candille was a huge success with over 60 parents attending. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Le Mas Candille for hosting this event. And we hope that many more parents will be able to join us for our next Coffee morning.

For more information about upcoming events and ways to get involved, please take a look at our new redesigned website or visit our Facebook page.

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As we are all ready to move on to the holiday mode, the PTA wanted to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for your support during the school year! All the events could not have happened without you kindly offering to help.
The last event the "Summer Fair " was a great success with very tasty foods, fun games for the young ones, artisan stands etc.... A huge thank you to all the parents who participated.

For the families who will be coming back to school in September, we wanted to present you the new PTA board who just got voted in during the last PTA meeting this Wednesday .

- Tanya Schmidiel will become the new PTA President as Devin Smith is stepping down .
- Line Wolff-Peterson will fill the Secretary position left by Diane Pinchart-Deny whose daughter is graduating
- Myriam Larfaoui is staying as Vice-President and Isabella Pedrazzi with Svetlana Pivovarova are also keeping their position as co-Treasurers .

Congratulations to the new team and best wishes!

If you are thinking of volunteering, we would love to have you; please email ei- ther one of us and we will contact you when school resumes.

The first Coffee Club next year will be:
Thursday 22nd September 9am at La Terrasse Pergola, Mas Candille in Mougins .
More information in September.
Thank you Cath for your wonderful work organizing each event !
We wish you all a fantastic , relaxing and fun holiday break with family and friends !

The PTA committee

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We are fast approaching the end of the school year and your PTA board supported by its numerous committees is getting very busy with the planning of the last events for June.

Friday 27th to Friday 24th June at 15h30 Ice Cream stand
A nice treat of ice creams (without colorants) will be sold to students and families to end the week on a sweet and fresh note!

Friday 6th June -Battle of the Bands
The PTA refreshments team will be selling drinks during this school event. More details shortly.

Thursday 23rd June 9h00 at the Manoir de L'Etang
The last coffee club of the school year!
A warm thank you to Cath Roberts for having organized with great success these coffee mornings throughout the year! Come along and join us by rsvp to:

Saturday 18th June: Summer Fair at 15h00
Another fun way to get involved and help us making this event a success!†

There will be artisan stands, food stands (international, Italian/ Mediterranean, Russian, desserts, BBQ, Ice cream & refreshments bar), primary games and live music (please contact your childs’ music teacher Glen Horsfall if your child is interested in participating) .

If you or you know of someone who would love to hold an artisan stand, please contact us at

It is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the school year, meet up with old friends and make some new ones!

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'll 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 with the goal to make our children’s’ life more fun!

Lastly we wanted to give a warm thank you to Myriam Larfaoui for her great organization of the Carboot Sale (a sold out event) as well as to Brian Hickmore and Nigel Wright for coordinating and Christophe for his kind help . Beautiful weather attracted a great crowd and the refreshments stand stayed very busy, thanks to Isabella Pedrazzi, Svetlana Pivovarova, Oxana Kroll, Olga Kokota and all other parents who so kindly gave a bit of their precious time .We raised nearly 2000Ä. Bravo!

The PTA board is looking for someone interested in filling the position of Secretary which will become open at the start of the next school year.

Feel free to call or email us at the PTA board for more information.

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

The PTA Committee

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Right off the top, the PTA would like to thank Moya Story and ALL of the moms and dads who braved the cold and served hot chocolate almost every Friday since mid-November. The kids loved it. Over €1,200 in funds were raised. Great job !!

There's been quite a bit of discussion during the previous two PTA meetings about how to spend PTA funds to best benefit the school. The discussion continues, and we welcome any comments from parents and teachers. You can best stay up to date on the conversation by joining the Mougins School PTA Facebook page.

Six light and sound projectors have been purchased for the Performance Hall. Two of these units are used. The total cost of €4,000 was split between the school and PTA.

The annual Staff Appreciation Lunch (SAL) will be Wednesday, April 6th. We always need a lot of volunteers to help with both organizing, and on the actual day of the event. If you have an hour or two to spare, please email

Want to make a difference ? The PTA's looking for a new Secretary. This is a board position, with responsibilities including PTA Meeting notes, draft of newsletter text, and communicating with the school for website updates. Its a great way to get involved in your school. You can email Devin at

Hey dads!! Want to join other dads for our 'Mens PTA Curry Club' dinners. These are not your typical PTA events (for sure). If you want to be on the mailing list, email Devin at

Thank you,
Mougins School PTA Board

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The PTA would like to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year !

We are now well into the 2nd term with lots of exciting activities either underway or planned,

The Weekly Friday Hot Chocolate has restarted with continuing great success and will be held until mid-February. Students are very much looking forward to break time especially this month with the arrival of the cold weather .This wonderful group of parents has raised about 1100€ up to December 2015 during 5 'Hot Chocolate Fridays' .
A huge ‘Thank You’ for the volunteers' communicative enthusiasm and to Moya Story for organizing!
Any parents who would like to join the team and help out are more than welcome!

Coffee Club, Thursday 4th February, 9h00
The upcoming get-together will be held at L'Olivier which is located right across the school; very easy to just park at school and drop by for as long as you wish and enjoy a warm drink while spending some time with friends old and new. Everyone is welcome! Another big ‘Thank You’ to Cath for her continuing support in organizing this wonderful event!

Next PTA meeting Monday 8th February at 9h00
We look forward to seeing you at Le Café des Amis, the school cafeteria.

Staff Appreciation Lunch (SAL), Wednesday 6th April,
Planning lead by Tanya is very much underway for the annual lunch event prepared for the staff and school body and organized by the PTA to show the parents’ and students’ appreciation of everything that they do for our children.
We will be looking for a contribution to the lunch – a dish or dessert from your country of origin (preferably cold as we have limited resources to keep food warm), cheese selection, chocolates, wine, champagne, water, etc. and/or if you would be able to help out for a couple of hours on the day.

If you wish to get involved please contact Tanya....
A big ‘Thank You’ to Tanya for taking over the lead for this big event.

Car Boot Sale, Saturday 21st May, in the school car park .
More information will be provided in the next newsletters.

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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!!

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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!

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 :

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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.

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Christmas Market
A very warm Thank You to all the families who kindly donated for the Christmas Market whether they were items for the children to do their holiday shopping or for the wonderful and tasty seasonal cakes, cookies and all kinds of sweets from many different countries .
This all day event held in the Hall, was a great success! Pupils loved the hot chocolate at break time and all Primary School children had a wonderful time choosing gifts for their family and getting them gift-wrapped.
Right after school, parents enjoyed mulled wine and other refreshments as well as seasonal sweets from the baking stand. Santa made an appearance to the surprised young ones and we all enjoyed the very special singing of Christmas carols to end the day beautifully!

A big Thank You also to the awesome team of about 30 parents who helped with all the tasks, to organize and put together this event, either a few hours or the whole day .
We are so grateful as it would not have been possible without you!

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A warm Thank You to the families who have already kindly donated to the Primary School Christmas Market!!

We need your help and support to make this special event a very successful one and to give our younger children the opportunity to do their own holiday shopping during school time Friday 5th December. Items need to be in a very good condition, toys, books,

games, candles, soaps etc....a gift idea for each member of the family, sister, brother, mother and father ( especially father and brother )
There are 2 very festive boxes decorated by Biggy in Elisabeth's office, waiting for your generous donations.

During the day, starting close to lunch time , a team of mums will offer typical seasonal cookies and cakes from many countries ; a great way to show and appreciate how each of our Mougins School families celebrates this festive time of the year!
Then at 15h30 until about 17h, we will also have mulled wine for the parents, and hot chocolate for the children after which you can join and sing along festive and well known songs with the kind help of Mrs Elcome .
This event will benefit the PTA .

We had a great turn out for our AGM Open Meeting !
We want to thank everyone who attended as it is the best way to know what is happening in your school and therefore one of the best opportunities to support and get involved in your child(ren)'s education .
You will find the Minutes on the PTA website

The Coffee Club is going really well ; we have had three coffee mornings so far, the first at the Mas Candille, which was a huge success, then at the Café des Arcades in Valbonne and lastly at L'Olivier both witha great turn out. It¥s always very pleasing to see new faces joining us !
We are also already hard at work planning coffee club dates for 2015!
We welcome any suggestions you may have for different venues.
Thank you for your support- we look forward to seeing many of you for the next event :
Manoir de L'Etang in Mougins , Tuesday 16th December from 9am,
coffee and pastries 4Ä.
For more information, please contact Cath or Dena:

This month's Culture Club event was a very interesting guided visit of the permanent collection at the MUSEE PICASSO, in ANTIBES .Then everyone enjoyed a great lunch Chez Marguerite et Vincent.
The next Culture Club , visit and date will be sent out soon .

For more information please contact Caroline Higgins

Thank you Ladies for organizing these wonderful events !!

A big thank you to all the PTA members , pupils and parents for their support and kind help !
We couldn't do it without you !!

Your PTA Committee

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The next Open PTA Meeting will be the AGM / Annual General Meeting, Thursday 6th November at 9h00, in the School Cafeteria ' Café des Amis.
All parents are warmly invited to this meeting at which Dorothy Forbes/ PTA President will report on the year's events and Fofi Vassilopoulou / PTA Treasurer on the accounts.

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2014 Summer Fair
Parents, pupils, school staff and friends came in large numbers to join in the fun at the 2014 Summer Fair. Participants enjoyed a packed programme of Children's Games, Art and Outdoor Leaning Centre Exhibitions, Battle of the Bands, Mougins School has Talent and the Fashion Show. There were opportunities to shop at the Artisanal Fair and sample international cuisines at the Asian, BBQ, British, Dessert, Mediterranean and Russian Food Stands. Drinks were on offer from the Juice Bar, the Champagne and Pimms Bar, plus the usual selection of soft drinks and wine.
The Fair was busy from 15h onwards with families turning up promptly to take part before the rain.

The weather was unfortunate, but our guests really enjoyed themselves and felt proud to be part of such a fun occasion for the entire school community. It was a lovely note on which to end the school year.

A big thank you to all the parent, teacher and pupil volunteers who helped make the Fair happen - too many to mention individually, but your contribution was really appreciated!
2014/15 PTA Committee
The following Committee members were voted into the new committee at the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) on the 5th of June.
-Lower School Representative:
Isabella Pedrazzi (we are still looking for a co-lead)
-Middle School Representative
Mary Ward
-Upper SchoolRepresentative:
Tamra Hooker (previously Middle School Representative)
- Refreshments: Francesco Astengo & Mariya Tsentser
- Coffee Club: Dena Doulavaris & Cath Roberts, with assistance from Diane Pinchart-Deney & Isabella Pedrazzi
- Culture Club: Elisabeth Hachem, Elena Gueret, Caroline Higgs & Romney Thompson
- Communication: Devin Smith, focusing on the PTA website and other electronic communications.

The Executive positions remain unchanged for one final year:
- Dorothy Forbes: President
- Myriam Larfaoui: Vice-President
- Fofi Ypsilanti: Treasurer
- Diane Pinchart-Deny: Secretary

Shan Rose will continue as the lead for theStaff Appreciation Lunch.Myriam Larfaoui volunteered to coordinate music at PTA events such at the Talent Show and the Summer Fair, replacing Kaisa Torma. We would like to thank Kaisa for her tremendous contribution to the school over many years, as well as her organisation of the Christmas Market, together with Marie Claude Fox.
A bigThank Youto the leaving Committee Members (Ignazia Severgnini , Marianne Vos,Suzanne McClelland & Rachel Aspergren) for all their hard work and dedication over many years .Rachel Aspegren will step down from the Committee but will continue to focus on managing the Outdoor Learning Centerproject.
The full minutes for the OGM are available on the PTA Website,

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PTA AGM Meeting, 5th June
The PTA Annual General Meetingwill take place onThursday June 5th at 9am, School Cafeteria: All parents are warmly invited to this meeting at which the 2014/15 Committee will be nominated. The following positions become vacant in the new school year (i.e., from September):
- Lower School Representative
- Culture Club (to organise with Elisabeth Hachem )
- Coffee Club (to organise with Dena Doulaveris)
- Refreshments
- Communications
If you would like to stand for a position, please contact the PTA President, Dorothy Forbes: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on the roles.

Your support for the PTA activities is very much appreciated!

Coffee Club, Wednesday, 4th June
The final Coffee Club of the year will be held on Wednesday,June 4 at 09h00 atHotel Le Mas Candille,Boulevard ClÈment Rebuffel,06250 Mougins. Therewill be a charge of Ä3,50 per coffee or tea.Le Mas Candille will offercomplimentary cakes and pastries. To RSVP or for more information, pleasecontact

Summer Fair 2014, Saturday 14th June
The Summer Fair will take place on Saturday, 14th June from 15h00 onwards. The programme this year will include a Battle of the Bands, Mougins School has Talent, Childrenís Games, Football Tournament, Fashion Show, Artisanal Fair, and a super selection of food and drinks stands (Asian, Anglo-American, BBQ, Desserts, Juice Bar, Champagne Bar, Soft Drinks, Wine & Beer, Northern European, Scandinavian and Russian at the last count).
As always, we count on your support both in the organization and in participation ñ this really is a joyful way to end the school year.
Some specific ways you can participate: Fashion Show models: Biggy Wolff: is actively recruiting models aged 6+. To take part, please forward Biggy a recent photograph of child with date of birth and height. There will be a casting on Wednesday, 4th June at 13h00, after school, plus dress rehearsals on Wednesday 11th at 13h00 and Friday 13th June at 15:30.

Mougins School has Talent: An opportunity for singers, dancers and performers of all kinds to get on stage and show off their talent. This is informal entertainment (not a competition) with no rehearsals or auditions. Simply sign up and join in. Application forms are available in the School Office and will be distributed by PTA email. Alternatively email either, or with details of act.

Artisanal Fair: Some stands are still available. Contact for more informationDonate to, or help run a food or beverage stall: A super opportunity to showcase regional dishes Ö think Staff Appreciation Lunch for parents and pupils!Volunteer to help with the various activities and organization: from Fashion Show glamour to site clearing up at Fair close.
Looking forward to seeing you on the day,
PTA Committee

Tuesday 17th June 2014: A guided tour in Engish to the fascinating LAND ART project created by artist Spencer Byles, followed by a lunch in the charming village of St Paul de Vence.

We will start the day with a tour into the magical forest of La Colle sur Loup, where artist Spencer Byles has created a unique universe of sculptures out of all natural sourced materials; called ëA YEAR IN A FRENCH FORESTí. After discovering his artwork, we will walk through the cobbled street of St Paul de Vence and have lunch in this historical village, before we all return to school in time for pick-up.

We will meet in the school car park at 8h45 and leave soon afterwards.

Please reserve your place by e-mail to: or by phone to Elisabeth Hachem on 06 25 50 29 29 or in an envelope in the mailbox in the schools office with your name, mobile number and email address, so we can contact you if necessary. Please note that lunch is NOT included in the price.

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Some important upcoming dates:
Thursday 15th May: Culture Club Trip to Chateau de Berne. See details further on, or contact
Wednesday 4th June: Coffee Club at Mas Candille Hotel, after drop off. For more information, please contact
Thursday 5th June at 9h00: PTA Annual General Meeting in the School Cafeteria. As well as a general review of activities and finances, new committee members will be elected at the meeting. An invitation with all details will be distributed in advance.
Saturday 14th June: Summer Fair. If you would like to be involved (e.g. Host an artisinal stand, help out with games or at the food stalls, general organisation), please contact Dorothy Forbes,
More information to be distributed shortly. The minutes of the April PTA Meeting will be available shortly on the PTA website, along with information on all the above events.

Finally, a big thank you to the SAL Team for making this years lunch such an amazing celebration of our appreciation of the staff.
The PTA Committee

Thursday 15th May - Guided Tour in English of the Chateau de Berne
Located right in the heart of Provence, off the beaten track, we will discover the mysteries of winemaking as we make a 2 h1/2 tour of the vineyards and the cellars of the 300 year old castle, including a commented tasting session of 6 wines. We will then continue on to la Bouscarelles de Chateau de Berne, where we can enjoy our lunch in the shade of the olive trees, on the terrace of the ancient cellar. The lunch is not included in the price.
Mougins School has very kindly agreed to lend us their school bus and driver for the day. Places on the bus are limited, so we will act on a first come first serve basis. Please confirm your reservation by placing 28Euros in an envelope with your contact details (name, number, e-mail) in the culture club letter box in the reception office, by Monday 12th May and e-mail
We will meet in the school car park at 8h45 and leave at 9h00 and return by 16h00. Please do not turn up on the day.

The PTA Staff Appreciation Lunch organisers would like to thank all the parents whose generous contributions towards this years lunch for staff of Mougins School made it such a success. All your contributions were greatly appreciated. What a tremendous spread of culinary delights†!

The lunch began with a champagne and caviar table, a wonderful and special way to start, and continued with a colourful array of dishes from across the globe, alongside a great collection of wine and soft drinks which were all thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff, who give so much support towards our childrenís education and wellbeing. The lunch ended with coffee and a sachet of delicious chocolates to take home with them.

We would also like to thank the staff themselves, for their enthusiastic participation in the competitions. Congratulations to Jerome Hebant for winning the competition to dress up with an item of clothing from a country of the teacherís choice, to Tanya Marsanik for winning the competition to Guess the Herb in the biscuits on the Tasting Table, and to Neelam Makaar for winning the competition for the name of next years lunch ´Walk of Flavours.

And, of course, a special thanks too, to all the parents who helped with all the preparations and clearing up on the day, and to Tom and Sandra who prepared the Cafe des Amis ready for the students for the following day. The lunch could not have gone so smoothly without all of you.

We are hoping to put together a collection of international recipes for a Mougins School International Cookery Book. Thank you to those who have already shared your recipes, and a big thank you to Vicky Morgado, who spent her break-time taking some lovely photos of some of the dishes to go in the book. If you, or your children, would like to contribute a recipe to the book, or a small description of a typical mealtime in your home country, please could you contact Shan Rose (

We look forward to seeing you all at the Summer Fair on Saturday 14th June, to share another international culinary experience, and enjoy all the entertainment planned for the event.

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The next PTA Meeting will be on Thursday 3rd April at 9am in the School Cafeteria. The agenda will be posted on the PTA website in advance of the meeting.

The Staff Appreciation Lunch 2014 (SAL) is on Wednesday 2nd April.

The Coffee Club will meet at CafÈ Latin in Valbonne (beside the central parking area) at 9am on Thursday 10th April.

During the Sports Day for Forms 3 to 6 the PTA raised 500€ for the Outdoor Learning Center. We would like to thank everyone who brought in water, oranges, cakes and pop corn, but also those parents who helped with the stand and the tidying up at the end of the day.

As we go to press, the Cookery Workshops with Jean Montagard are taking place (Friday and Saturday, 28th and 29th March). This is a unique opportunity to cook with the first French chef to be internationally recognised for his organic vegetarian dishes. Many of his dishes are also gluten free. Thank you to Shan Rose for organising.

Finally, a big thank you to Kaisa Torma and Marie-Claude Fox for organising the Talent Shows last week, a great opportunity for our children to show off a wide range of talents. Kaisa and Marie-Claude have supported the school community over many years through the organisation of numerous events, including the Christmas Market and the Talent Shows, but this comes to an end as the last of their children leaves Mougins School in June. Thank you ladies, you will be missed!

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As in previous years, the PTA is organising a lunch for all staff to show them our appreciation for all their hard work, enthusiasm and encouragement towards our children. The lunch, known as "The Melting Pot", will take place on Wednesday 2nd April.
The theme is "International Cuisine" and we hope that you and your children will help us by cooking your favourite dishes from your country of origin, for the teachers to feast on. This year, we would like to ask you to share the recipe of your dish(es), so that we can put together a Mougins School International Recipe Book, which will be for sale at the Summer Fair. Hopefully this will be a great way for us all to experience the vast range of international culinary delights and give all the children a wonderful mémoire of growing up in a truly international school.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day, so if you have a couple of hours free on 2nd April, please contact your class rep, school council rep or a member of the organisational team: Shan Rose - or 06 16 03 31 96; Myriam Larfoui or 06 07 37 27 43; Tamra Tamra Hooker or 06 14 46 38 25 or Frances Dixon - or 06 75 16 35 76.

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A big thank you to all the families who have supported the Christmas Market and the Festive Cake Sale. Together these events raised over Ä2000 (mostly from the Christmas Market) - a fantastic result. And just as importantly, our children were very happy to be able to choose and have gift wrapped inexpensive gifts for family and friends. Also for the first year ever, the sale was extended to a second day, to allow the Middle and Upper School to shop. Another new feature was that the Student Council organised photos with Father Christmas.

The Market was truly a joyous event, with many happy faces. A big thank you to Kaisa Torma and Marie-Claude Yaghil for organising, to the parents who helped out on the day (Myriam, Helene, Jo, Nadia, Diane, Dena, Marina, Natsuko, Catherine, Florence, Yvonne and Tamra - apologies if any names are missing!) and to the Student Council for their support.

The annual Christmas Cookery demonstration hosted by the Coffee Club was a lovely occasion attended
by 14 parents. Attendees made and sampled delicious duck spring rolls, tofu and sesame sticks, and a mango and raspberry desert. Thank you to Bridie Roberts for the demonstration, to Sally Kenchington for hosting, and to Dena Doulaveris and Suzanne McClelland for organising.

The Minutes of the PTA AGM are now available on the Internet ( As noted in the Minutes, the PTA is actively in discussion with the Student Council and the School to find areas in which we can support Middle and Upper School activities.

Finally, the PTA Committee wishes all parents a very Happy Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy 2014!

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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

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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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.


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.


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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!

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November has been a particularly busy month for the PTA, with volunteers active in a number of areas.
The PTA organized Talent Show provided pupils with a wonderful opportunity to show off their skills across a range of art forms, a truly enjoyable evening of family fun. A big thank you to Kaisa Torma, Marie-Claude Yaghil, Michele Fra- ser, Sarah Green and Tamra Hooker for organizing the shows and running the door and refreshments on the first evening, raising over 1,500 €uros for the PTA.
The Culture Club trip to the Fragonard perfumery in Grasse organized by Marianne Vos benefitted from both an excellent programme and stunning blue skies. Please note that the next Culture Club trip will be to the Tasse de Couleur paint your own ceramics cafe in Biot on Tuesday December 11th.

Over 20 parents participated in the November Coffee Club festive cookery display organized by Anna Percy- Davis. The demonstration was by Bridie Roberts, assisted by Julie Bennett. The food was delicious, Bridie was clear and fun to listen to and all the ladies had a good laugh while learning some top cookery tips! Alisa Yocum will host the next coffee club at the Christmas Fair at the Manoir de l'Etang in Mougins on Thursday 13th December at 9.30am.

Back at the school, the Lower School Coordinators Rachel Aspergen and Suzanne McClelland have organised a programme of weekly Friday cake sales, with each lower class having the opportunity to show off their baking skills, starting immediately. A Mougins School take on the Great British Bake Off!
On an organizational note, the newly formed PTA Committee is working hard to finalise the programme of key events for 2013, including an Art Auction, Staff Appreciation Lunch, Car Boot Sale, and a Summer Fair.

We are also working in close consultation with the school to develop a proposal for key fund-raising tar- gets. Full details will be presented to parents at the next open PTA Meeting planned for Thursday 17th January, where we will also introduce the PTA Committee and ex- plain some changes to the Committee structure.
Finally, we are always looking to reinforce the Committee with energetic volunteers. If you are interested in helping out with events, communications and fund- raising activities please do not hesitate to contact your PTA class representative or any of the committee members.

Thank you!
Your PTA Committee

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The PTA voted in a new Committee at the meeting on 18th October. The new PTA officers are Jean Debney (President), Hanna Schaer (Vice-President) Fofi Ypsilanti (Treasurer) and Dorothy Forbes (Secretary). We thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work and effort over the past year, and look forward to fresh ideas and enthusiasm from the new officers.
The new committee is currently working on the programme of events for the next 24 months, to be communicated shortly. Parental input via the survey distributed by the PTA class reps is very much appreciated.
October PTA events included a very popular Introductory Coffee Morning on the 3rd October in Valbonne attended by over 30
parents and organised by Anna Percy-Davis.

The October Culture Club trip to Villefranche and Villa Kerylos, organised by Marianne Vos, was an interesting and informative day out, again strognly attended by over 20 attendees.

Upcoming events inlude a Culture Club trip to the Grasse Perfumerie on the 8th November. On the 21st November the Coffee Club will organise a cookery demonstration. Please sign up at coffeemorning@mougins-school-
The PTA Refreshments Table at the School Sports Day on the 5th October raised a total of 410€uros. Thank you to all the parents who helped out. The PTA have agreed to sponsor drinks and snacks at the Inter School Speech competition, Thursday 6th December, and the Winter Concerts on the 13th and 14th December.