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17
May
2019

Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Year 5 and 6 went on a visit to an art museum (Fondation Pierre Gianadda) where there were many amazing art pieces. The guide told them about the beautiful French Impressionist paintings by famous artists such as Auguste Renoir, Paul Gaugin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne.  The day was sunny so the students enjoyed a picnic and then took time to sketch many of the pieces in the sculpture garden.  Finally, it was a real treat for the students to visit the wooden models of the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci.  It was a beautiful day where the art truly made an impression on the students.  They were so excited to talk about the art on the way back in the bus. What a pleasure!

 

 

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Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Categories: Academic

01
May
2019

Reception Class visit the Train Station

The Reception Class have a new student!

His name is Theo Bear and he arrived from Norway last week and will stay with us for the rest of the term. He is really interested in transport and likes to travel and see new places so we decided to take him on a little train trip to Barboleuse. Firstly we had to go to the train station to buy him a ticket and whilst we were there we spoke to the Station Master about how trains and train stations work and what different jobs people do at the train station. It was great! Then we took Theo on the train to Barboleuse where we had delicious cake and played on the playground.

Theo was very well behaved but we did have to rescue him after we left him behind in the toilets at the cafe! Keep looking out for future posts about Theo’s adventures with the Reception children at La Garenne!

 

Reception Class visit the Train Station

Categories: Academic

27
April
2019

All The School’s a Stage!

Over the 23rd and 24th April, all of our students participated in an inspiring drama project. The students, aged 4 to 14 and their teachers worked with drama practitioners Abie Walton and Diana Christie from the UK to produce a fantastic performance of fairy tales.

Abie and Diana taught our students how to warm up their voices and bodies and use facial and body movements to enhance their acting skills. They learned how to use the space effectively and to create different levels during the performance.  Every student showed great resilience in learning and practising their lines and they cooperated brilliantly in groups to prepare and perform each tale.

The final performance was to a ‘packed house’ and our audience of staff and parents loved each tale.  

Huge congratulations to Reception, Years 1 and 2 for ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, to Years 3 and 4 for ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, to Years 5 and 6 for ‘Cinderella’, to Year 7 for ‘Hansel and Gretel’, Year 8 for ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ and to Year 9 for ‘Rapunzel’.  

Here are some comments from the students about the day, written to the two animators, Abie and Diana - it was hard to choose which ones to put here as they were all so positive.

  • When they told us what we were going to do I thought that was going to be a disaster and that it wouldn’t work. However, after the two afternoons with Diana and the real performance I was so surprised because it worked and it was really good. I enjoyed rehearsing and performing. I had a really good time with you. It was challenging but funny. Thank you so much for coming here and making us have a really good time. I really liked it. I enjoyed this activity a lot. It was an incredible experience. Once again, thank you: the show was amazing.’
  • ‘I really enjoyed the Drama days, Thank you so much for coming to our school. On the first day I thought that it was going to be difficult and hard to remember our speeches, but we did it. I never thought we would make it. I was really happy to see what we did. You spent so much good time with us. It was really hard for me and challenging for me because I am Chinese and not very confident at speaking English, but you helped me to do it! Thank you very much for preparing this Drama for us. I hope we can make another Drama together in the future.’
  • ‘Thank you very much for coming to Switzerland. I really enjoyed what we did in the drama and it was a very good experience. I never thought that we could make a play in 2 days but we did it so I was really happy and proud of our school. It was really hard for me to speak in front of people and my English is not really good so it was difficult for me, but I tried my best so I’m very happy with that. I hope we can do more plays in the future. It was really fun when we were all together and we laughed and had some fun. It was really fantastic and I think we couldn’t have made it without you. Thank you so much. I hope I can see you again.’
  • ‘Thank you for the amazing experience that you brought to La Garenne. The challenge you set was difficult, fun and I think it has helped us all improve on a lot of very important skills that we will use throughout our lives. I am grateful for all the hard work you guys put into making such an amazing play for us to perform. I am sure it took you several days to come up with such a brilliant idea. Your play had a perfect balance between childish for the younger kids and more mature for the older students which was one of the things I was most concerned about. Something else that I was concerned about, that you absolutely nailed, was the amount of time we had to be ready for the play. We only had 5 hours with you in total to learn all the movements and lines and you made it work out perfectly. All in all I think this was a fantastic performance and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for all of your fantastic work we really appreciate it.’
  • ‘Thanks a lot for coming and teaching us a play in only two days. I learned so much and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated you coming to help us. I am in awe because of how well the play went with so little time. Thanks again’.
  • ‘A GIGANTIC THANK YOU!!!!!!! I thought that I would fail really badly but you guys had so much faith and patience for us and I really thank you for that. It was a really good time for me and I really enjoyed it’.
  • ‘I really appreciate you for spending a lot of time with us and helping us to complete the drama. Honestly, I was really scared for the drama, because I hate acting and it’s really not my thing, and I just wanted to be something in the background like a tree or something. But it turned out awesome and thank you for being patient when we were completely confused on the first day!!! I actually never expected that it would turn out that good!! (⁎⁍̴̛ᴗ⁍̴̛⁎) ’
  • ‘Thank you for coming to La Garenne school and spending 2 whole days teaching and doing drama with us. It was really fun and the end result was very impressive and I enjoyed it a lot. I never knew that in 2 days we would be able to actually put the performance together but we did, and it was very good. Again, thank you for an amazing experience!’
  • ‘Thank you for making time for us and all the madness and stress of all of the students and thank you helping us make a wonderful play for the parents. And I would like to say that I am AMAZED by how much effort you made to make the BEST play in just 2 DAYS WOWW!!! I really appreciate how much you really helped us do our best for the play. I loved the fact that you were patient with us and it was really fun to be with you guys. ( I loved the warm up we did before we went to act)’
  • ‘Thank you so much for everything you guys have done for us for the past two days. It was a phenomenal experience and we had so much fun learning and acting. I truly appreciate your efforts and everything you did to teach us this wonderful play. It was amazing to be with such freelance professionals. Once again thank you for everything you have done for us’
  • ‘It was really amazing acting with the whole school. I want to thank the teachers who showed us what to do. The play turned out to be really good. Thank you to all our class teachers for being there to guide us and to help us to practise’.
 

Written by: Alison Househam, Denise Myers Categories: Academic

19
April
2019

Learning Walks

This term, as well as planned lesson observations, I am going on frequent 'learning walks' to see what is going on around the school at any given moment in time. This involves spending a short time with a class or group just to see what is happening. Over time, these 'snapshots' help to build up a broad picture of teaching and learning across the school on a day-to-day basis. 
 
During a single period, I saw Year 8 during an outdoor Art class, drawing local mountain landscapes with charcoal, and building on some monochromic work they had experimented with last year. Some Year 7 students were in an intensive English class for newly-arrived ESL students. The teacher was providing individualised learning related to each student's needs. Year 6 students were in a PSHE lesson. This was a whole class activity, based on an ‘Agree or Disagree?’ exercise about boyfriend-girlfriend relationships. This took place in a setting outside the classroom and the students participated with great enthusiasm. The students were asked to agree or disagree with a series of questions or observations about relationships.

Year 9 were in a busy Mathematics class, which involved a series of learning activities based on box plotting, related to quartiles and interquartile ranges. Years 1 & 2 were also working with numbers in a mental maths lesson. The class was subdivided for small group work, using flashcards to identify odd and even numbers, with a range of digits. The teacher was able to monitor the students’ understanding, by way direct observation and the accuracy of their explanation of why the number was odd or even.

It was a genuine pleasure to see the variety of learning activities that were going on simultaneously, the expertise of the teachers and the high level of engagement of all the students.

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Learning Walks

Categories: Academic

17
April
2019

Entry Points for the final IMYC units of this year

On Tuesday the students in Years 7, 8 and 9 went to Montreux for the Entry Points for the final IMYC units of this year. The students were required to complete a quiz and a photo challenge, as well as a task specifically related to their Big Idea.   
 
The Big Idea for Year 9 is based on Leadership. The students were putting their own leadership skills to the test. They had to make their own way to and from Montreux using public transport, accompanied by two 'passive' teachers who shadowed them for security reasons and also to observe and feed back on their leadership skills. In Montreux, their main task was to examine why and how Montreux maintains its position as a leading tourist centre. 
 
Year 8 were at looking at Communication - 'when information is shared accurately and clearly, the end result is more effective.' Their main task was to produce a group presentation on Communication in Action, based on their observations over the course of the day. They will be presenting this in a future assembly, communicating to their peers and teachers. 
 
Collaboration was the main theme for Year 7 - 'When people work together, they can achieve a common goal'. Collaboration in Action was the central idea of their main task and a future presentation at a Junior Assembly. They were also required to organise themselves and collaborate effectively in order to complete their tasks successfully.
 
The students and the accompanying teachers had a very enjoyable day, learning a lot about themselves, their peers and, of course,  Montreux!
 
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Entry Points for the final IMYC units of this year

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