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.