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04
March
2019

Ski Expedition Weekend

This weekend the students will be participating in the long ski expedition weekend. They will leave on Friday afternoon after lunch and return on Sunday at the end of the day. The adventure is reserved for the older students in Years 7,8 & 9 and I am sure they will thoroughly enjoy themselves. It has been a busy term for all the students and staff and this weekend should be a lot of fun. Next week, the students will have their ski competition on Tuesday as well!

Ski Expedition Weekend

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: Boarding Life

26
February
2019

La Garenne is to launch the MYP

MYP at La Garenne School

 

La Garenne is in the process of becoming a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). This will be completed by the end of March and from September 2019, Year 10 will begin MYP 4 and the five-year MYP programme will be phased in steadily across Years 7-11. 

In September 2021, the current Year 9 will be the first group of La Garenne students to begin the world-renowned IB Diploma programme. Below is some information on the MYP from the website of the IBO. This is an exciting new development for the school, paving the way for the opening of the new Le Roc campus next year.   

 

What is the MYP?

‘The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. 

It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. 

 

What the MYP offers students

The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.  

 

Why offer the MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • out-perform non-IB students in critical academic skills 
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel 
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

The MYP was revised in September 2014 to provide a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with local educational requirements.  New industry-leading onscreen examinations and ePortfolios offer exciting opportunities for reliable, robust digital assessment of student achievement.’ 

La Garenne is to launch the MYP

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

26
February
2019

Studying Patterns and Animals

This term in Reception we have been studying Patterns and Animals. We have identified patterns in our environment and located these on a map of the school. We have created our own patterns using a variety of objects and artistic techniques. After reading the story of Elmer, the multi-coloured patterned elephant, we worked together to make our own Elmer using lots of patterned materials. We thought about the fact that Elmer was different to the other elephants because he was colourful. We though about our own differences and how these make us special. 
 
We have also been finding our about animals, identifying our favourite animals and finding out lots of interesting facts about them. We have looked at the patterns on their scales, feathers, skin and fur and thought about why these might be there. Finally we have worked together to build an incredible Zoo Role Play Area in the classroom where we can read and look after and sort the animals. We have been very busy!
 
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Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

25
February
2019

Choir Club travelled to Manchester

On Sunday 10th February 2019 our Choir Club travelled to Manchester along with Samantha, Jean-Seb and Kirsty. 

As part of the IPC topic 'Different Places, Similar Lives', we visited a school in the UK, shared lessons, assembly, playtime and lunchtime  and had a choir rehearsal together. Everyone had lots to learn from each other and both children and staff made new friends. Later in the day we travelled to the Manchester Arena to take part in the Young Voices Concert. We had been busy rehearsing for months and were very excited to be part of the largest children's concerts in the world. Everyone sang and danced all evening and the atmosphere was amazing!
 
The next day we went to the Blue Planet Aquarium and enjoyed a fascinating workshop. Looking at all the different creatures was really interesting and we especially liked travelling through the Underwater Shark Tunnel which is home to Europe's largest collection of sharks. Afterwards we went to Freedome, an aerial freestyle park where we jumped on the trampolines, crawled across ladders and swung into cargo nets. It was a brilliant challenge and everybody had lots of fun!
 
Later in the evening we shared a delicious meal at a lovely restaurant in the City Centre and then made our way to the Manchester Opera House to see a fantastic performance of the West End hit musical, 'Annie'. It was a wonderful end to our visit to Manchester. 
 
We hope you enjoy watching our Manchester movie!

Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: School Trips

19
February
2019

Mountain dinner

The students have enoyed the activities this term and the evening activities have been a lot of fun. Last week the students enjoyed going up the mountain by ski-do and having dinner with their friends, before driving back down and returning to school. It has been a busy term so far!

Mountain dinner

Written by: Mr. Barry Fitzgerald Categories: Boarding Life

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