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17
January
2019

Morning walk

The ski season is well under way and in a few weeks we will be going for a morning 'walk.' Starting at 2am, we leave with touring skis, walk from 1300m to 2100m to the top of Grand Chamossaire, have breakfast and then ski back to school. The question now is, who is up to the challenge? Available for eight students in the higher age range and intermediate skiers and above. When asked, the children only answered one word, which they repeated again and again,.... 'Walk?'

Morning walk

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: Boarding Life

17
January
2019

IPC Term 2

This term our students will be learning through exciting new IPC units.

Reception will be learning about ‘Patterns’ and then ‘Animals’.

Year 1 and 2 will be ‘Seeing the Light’ with a Science based unit about light and shadow.

Year 3 and 4 will be comparing the lives of children in different countries in their unit called ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’.

Year 5 will become ‘Space Explorers’ and learn about the solar system.

Year 6 will be studying 3 ancient civilisations starting with the Maya in their new unit AD900.

IPC Term 2

Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

17
January
2019

Years 7, 8 and 9 began their new IMYC Units

For Year 7, the unit is based on Risk.    

‘Progress involves exposing ourselves to and considering the impact or forms of danger, harm, uncertainty or opportunity’.

As their Entry Point, the students took part in an exercise involving safety in the mountains when doing outdoor activities and winter sports.

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For Year 8, Competition is the theme for their curriculum unit.

‘Trying to beat others has good and bad consequences’.

Their Entry Point took them to the European Curling Centre in Champéry. After an hour of instruction with qualified trainers, the group took part in a curling competition  - with a pizza meal as a reward for the winners.

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For Year 9, The Big Idea is based on Interpretation.

‘Only a very few things are true for all people’.

Vevey is the headquarters of Nestlé and home to their food museum - the Alimentarium. Recently refurbished, this is highly interactive museum based on all aspects of food and nutrition. The focus was on the social aspects of food - particularly on our varying opinions on what is good food or not, relating to such elements as culture, religion, age and lifestyle.

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The Entry Point for an IMYC Big Idea provides a springboard into the unit of study, focussing the students’ attention and stimulating interest in the subject-based topics that will follow.  

 

Years 7, 8 and 9 began their new IMYC Units

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

17
January
2019

First Week

The first week back is going well and the students have been very lucky with the good weather and fresh snow. It has been a very busy week and the students have not had a minute to stop so far with the activities, lessons, sports and a couple of birthdays as well! We are happy to welcome the new house parents to the La Garenne building, Alex and Sara are enjoying their start to the year and I am sure they will adapt quickly to boarding school life!

First Week

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: Boarding Life

21
December
2018

Academic Blog

The dust has settled on the first term and everyone is now enjoying a well-earned winter break. The IMYC and IPC Exit Points marked the close of the term. The students’ work was showcased at the Academic Exhibition, which was greatly appreciated by the students and parents. We all then went our separate ways for the winter holidays. 

Just before the end of term, celebratory assemblies were held during which the students received their e-Praise awards for the term. The students in Years 7, 8 and 9 with the highest number of e-Praise points will be receiving a special award. They will be spending an afternoon and evening in Geneva in January. With sustainable living in mind, the group of 18 students and accompanying staff will travel to Geneva by train.  They will see an afternoon performance of the play ‘Pygmalion’by George Bernard Shaw. The Hollywood musical and film versions of the play are better known under the name of ‘My Fair Lady’. The play will be performed by the TNT Theatre group from the UK. This theatrical company is renowned for bringing the theatre alive for young people. The evening will end with a meal at a well-known Italian restaurant in Geneva. Well done to the top scorers on e-Praise!    

May I end by wishing you all a very happy family holiday!      

Academic Blog

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

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