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19
October
2017

Term 1

With the students on holiday, we are preparing the school again for their arrival. After a busy six weeks, the team will clean from top to botttom, cut the grass and prepare the classes for the children who return next week. The second half of the term will be a very busy one with the  return of Year 9 from their school trip, the Halloween party, the trip to Europa Park and not to mention four weeks later sitting the first of the year's exams in December. We pride ourselves on working hard whether it be the students or the staff who always do their best to make sure the school upholds the values we pride ourselves on.

Term 1

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

19
October
2017

The last week

The mid-term break is already upon us and the students are very excited to have a short break before returning for the second half of the term. It has been a very quick start to the year and we have not seen the time fly by. The students have enjoyed the start to the term and as usual, the in-school competitions have been very popular. This week we had the final of the pool competition and the ping-pong as well. We are looking forward to the winter sports starting to introduce many other competitions which we will be able to organise with the snow and activities outside. I wish all the students an excellent break.

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The last week

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

18
October
2017

Meet our Student Council Class Representatives

Meet our Student Council Class Representatives - Maya, Anastasia, Ella, Ludovica, Marousia, Tony, Mathieu, Rio

Student council is a group of students elected by their peers. Our school council members will bring ideas, requests, and feedback to the meetings. Students who participate in student councils learn about the democratic process, leadership, problem solving and teamwork.

The student council is the voice of the student body.

 

Express Yourself

As part of Express Yourself week each class decorated their door based around the book they have been reading. The winning class was announced in assembly this morning - well done to Year 3 & 4!

 

Meet our Student Council Class Representatives

Written by: Mrs Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

17
October
2017

Exploring the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’

This week, as part of our special ‘Express Yourself’ celebrations, we have been focusing on reading. We decided that it is fun to read everywhere. Take a look where we took our favourite books!
The Reception children have been thinking about the initial sounds in words. We looked carefully for words beginning with different sounds and used our special Spotter Glasses to help us!

Exploring the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ has been lots of fun. We acted out the story and took on the roles of the pigs and the big bad wolf.

In the role play we worked on The Three Pigs’ Building Site and in The Architect’s Office. We were designing houses and then using the construction equipment to help us build our models.

The Reception children have been investigating the properties of different materials. We wondered which materials the big bad wolf would be able to blow the furthest. We used an air pump to help us gets lots of ‘huff and puff’! It was lots of fun and we found out that a house made out of leaves would blow much further away than a house built of stone!

By Kirsty Madison, Reception Class Teacher.

 

Exploring the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’

Categories: Academic

13
October
2017

Academic Blog: Week 5

What a busy week this has been for the Juniors! Along with the Minis, the children in Year 7, 8 and 9 all took part in drama workshops on Tuesday, loosely based around the book ‘The Island at the End of Everything’.
Their work was presented to the rest of the school in a special Assembly on Wednesday morning.

We have also launched the new Challenge ‘Reading Ahead’ which focuses on the children reading six new titles of their choosing, then writing a simple review with a rating in their logbooks. Our Librarian Sue, along with the teachers, is always happy to recommend books to the children.

On Friday Derek judged the Minis’ door decoration competition. All the entries were of an amazingly high standard, the winner will be declared in the Mini Assembly next week.

The Usborne Book Fair was held in the Minis Lounge in La Garenne, and was a huge success with children and parents buying books of all genres.

Friday also saw the Year 7 and 9 children travelling with our Art teacher Donna, by train to the gardens in the local village of Bex where they admired the open-air sculpture exhibition that takes place every three years.

Next week is a short one, as we finish for the Half-Term holiday on Wednesday. During the break, the lucky Year 9 children are heading off with Derek, Mélanie and Baptiste on a cruise of the western Mediterranean, visiting sites connected to their studies, in Italy, Spain, Malta and France. We wish them bon voyage!

 

 

Academic Blog: Week 5

Categories: Academic

11
October
2017

Express Yourself - Drama Day

Each class spent a session with Jodie and Emily from 'Limelight Creative Learning' yesterday.

The Reception and Year 1 & 2 class enjoyed their workshop which was linked to the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 classes participated with enthusiasm in their session, their inspired book was, 'Journey to the River Sea'. Our Junior children demonstrated their super acting skills, 'The Island at the end of Everything' was their chosen book.

This creative, interactive experience made the learning accessible for all.

Each class performed to the rest of the school this morning. The children enjoyed the experience and our visitors complimented the children on their excellent behaviour and participation.

Thank you Emily and Jodie!

 

Express Yourself - Drama Day

Written by: Mrs Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

10
October
2017

Boarding Discipline

Discipline within the boarding school has always been a subject of conversation, whether it be over a coffee with the boarding staff, a meeting with parents or a 'fun' meeting with students who forgot how to behave and what was expected of them! Discipline within La Garenne is first and foremost dealt with in a family manner, in other words, as with our own children, we discuss the situation at hand. Once discussed, we are able to decide what measures, if any, need to be taken and in the long term, how the student is expected to change and what is expected of them.

It is never easy for a group of students from different backgrounds to adapt and understand what is expected of them so to help, we provide guidance in the School Rules book as well as posters in the rooms with clear instructions concerning how to leave a room neat and tidy, as well as a score sheet for the housekeeping staff to award smiley faces if five days in a row, the room is tidy.

At the end of the term, the room with the most smiley faces goes out for dinner with their house parents! It is difficult for a student to understand what we expect of them unless we are clear, just saying,'You must tidy your room," or ," You need to behave," means many different things to different students so clarification is always needed. Discipline is the backbone to any structure and students appreciate knowing what is expected of them and striving to do their best to do so.

 

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Boarding Discipline

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

09
October
2017

Express Yourself Week

Express Yourself is an exciting opportunity for children to work together to express themselves using their imagination through reading, writing, speaking and listening. We have organised a range of activities and events this week to inspire the children.

What happened here?

The children found something unusual in the playground today. Very mysterious! The children wrote about the scene. Their work will be displayed in Academia.

 

Express Yourself Week

Written by: Mrs Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

06
October
2017

Reading time

During the school term, the students have designated reading evenings. This helps them to focus on the task at hand as well as learn a new skill whether it be time management, improving their reading skills or just learning about how to make use of their time and of course, the importance of reading within the school week. In order to help the younger students, some of whom who do not have these skills as yet, the older Junior students visit them during the week in order to read together and help them to appreciate reading. It is also an important time for the older and younger students who are able to spend time together as in any other family. The students enjoy the time together and it is always very popular whether it be with the younger students or their older visitors.

Reading time

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

05
October
2017

Reading needs to be an everyday part of our lives

Recent research by the UK organization the Reading Agency states that the benefits of reading are more likely to be felt when children have a free choice in what they read.
Reading is not just something to be done in school, but it needs to be an everyday part of our lives, something we choose to do at all ages. There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure and educational outcomes. We know that academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout our lives.
During the summer holidays all our Juniors, including those who were new to La Garenne in September, were given a recommended reading list and many of them really rose to the challenge of putting away their screens and picking up a book:

In Year 7 Yanli, Sofia D, Toku, Rio, Pablo and Arsenii all read three titles each – with Arsenii stretching himself by reading both the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist!

Year 8 students Anzhelika, Evgeniya, Marousia and Katya deserve a special mention for tackling classic titles including Little Women, Swallows and Amazons and Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Many of the Year 9 students read classics such as Treasure Island and Jane Eyre, but contemporary fiction including The Hunger Games, the Cherub series, Holes and If I Stay were equally popular.

The summer challenge for our Juniors wasn’t just about reading – they also took part in an international online Maths challenge, and thanks to some very enthusiastic mathematicians, La Garenne finished a very respectable 32nd out of 220 schools across the world!
Well done to everyone who took part.

Next week is our Literacy week and many activities are planned, including the launch of the Book Challenge as well as Drama workshops and presentations. The Literacy Week will end with a Book Fair on Friday 13th October, and we hope that this gives our children an additional opportunity to choose their own books to read for pleasure.

 

Reading needs to be an everyday part of our lives

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

05
October
2017

Assembly - Cubs & Minis

Assembly - Cubs & Minis

This week in assembly we learnt all about the Ancient Greeks thanks to Year 5. The students had prepared an informative powerpoint which they presented to us. We enjoyed decoding some ancient Greek writing in groups and the students proved that the cylindrical buildings, which were used by the ancient Greeks, are very strong.

Thank you Year 5 & Jenny!

Last week it was Year 6's turn to present. Their IPC unit this term is 'Champions For Change'. Throughout the tasks in this unit, the children are working in teams to develop political party and campaign for change in their school and local area. The purpose is for the children to experience the campaign process and to learn about the systems of government in their home and host countries, as well as the varying types of government around the world.

During the assembly, the children split into two teams. The yellow team presented an argument to finish school at 15:15 each day and the blue team gave the opposing argument. Each spokesperson took it in turns, they spoke with confidence and clarity and delivered a very convincing point of view. We were then invited to vote for the team that gave the best argument.

Well done Year 6 & Gemma!

 

Assembly - Cubs & Minis

Categories: Academic

05
October
2017

Family life

At La Garenne the students arrive from many different countries and, of course, many different cultures. They have to adapt, learn, study and understand what is expected of them. In order to do so they receive a lot of care and attention but most of all, we live and learn as one family.

This is the most easiest and natural way of growing up with a good solid foundation and excellent social skills not to mention that it creates strong bonds between the students and staff and the students usually continue so once they finish their studies with us. It is important that the students help each other when need be and that they take care of each other, no matter their age. Some of the children come from families with many brothers and sisters, others may not. What is important though is feeling part of a big family. It is very easy to say to a child that they are expected to be responsible but it is a skill which cannot be transferred orally, it has to be learnt and most of the time, through trial and error, this usually continues throughout our lives as adults as well.

We shouldn't though forget that getting it wrong from time to time is also important in order to learn that we have to pick ourselves up and start again, we help the students to understand that achieving a goal can sometimes be more fulfilling if the pathway getting there was a difficult one, that is sometimes an achievement in itself. When joining La Garenne as a student or member of staff, it is first of all joining a big family with a variety of characters, attitudes, beliefs, opinions and some madness as well, just as any normal family!

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Family life

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

03
October
2017

Boarding week

It has been a very busy start to the year and I am happy that all the students are finally settled and have been able to make new friends as well as meet up with their friends returning from last year. The after school activities have been very popular and the noticeboard is full of choices and clubs that even the most energetic of students would find it difficult to keep up with! It is important to offer the widest range and an extensive list of choices in order to meet the needs of each individual student. The boys and girls football teams were very popular once again and their new uniforms will be ordered this week in preparation for the future matches. The new clubs such as basketball and robotics are also very popular and have generated a lot of interest within the other sections of the school. Even though the students have a very long day with classes, after school clubs, evening activities and reading time, they still seem to have a lot of energy left over at lights out, the opposite of the staff after a long day. The boarding houses are a hive of activity at the weekends when the students are not in class and of course we shouldn't forget the weekend expeditions when the students are camping in the mountains!

A wonderful start to a new school year and I hope that everyone continues to enjoy their time at La Garenne and all the activities on offer!

Boarding week

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

02
October
2017

Week 3: Reception & Year 1 & 2

Reception & Year 1 & 2
 
We are feeling very proud of our youngest students. The Reception class have been very creative this morning, they did some fantastic finger painting and wrote their name, they explored with shapes and colours to construct houses, they reinforced their knowledge of numbers by ordering them on the interactive board and they enjoyed sharing books with their friends.
 
Year 1 & 2 had a super Literacy lesson describing their favourite toys. They then created a class story path for `Whatever Next` and they planned their own stories, changing the characters ad events.
 
Week 3: Reception & Year 1 & 2

Written by: Mrs Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

30
September
2017

Fire drill

Fire drill this week again. It is very important that our students understand what to do, where to go and how to react should need be.

Fire drill

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: School Life

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