The International Day of Peace is celebrated every year on September 21st by nations all across the world. The Coronavirus has added a new dimension to peace day. For the first time in history, all nations across the world are sharing the same concerns on how to rebuild the world beyond the pandemic. The United Nations has asked that this day be focused on listening and dialogue. This year our pupils spent part of their school day talking about what peace meant to them. In addition, our elementary pupils were asked to mime what peace is for them.
Photo (below): 6-8 year old pupils miming peace in the school's pedagogical gardens
We were excited to welcome back all our pupils in September 2020. School takes place as normal apart from the extra health protocols that we have put into place which we have listed below. In addition, we also follow the strict governmental guidelines:
- taking of each pupil's temperature before our pupils enter the school
- all adults are required to wear masks within the school grounds and within 50 metres of the school entrance.
All children wash their hands upon entering the school and at regular intervals throughout the school day
-all adults use hand gel before entering the school and at regular intervals throughout the school day.
This is just the new normal and we are now very much used to these extra precautions in order to keep our children, staff and families safe.
With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, we have been discussing ways in which we can look after the planet. Some of us have been making reusable items out of old rubbish. Our elementary class have been looking at how to re-use, reduce and recycle our rubbish.
We have been learning about our planet as well as the importance of keeping our land, air and water clean and free of pollution.
We have created our own land, air and water jars and have been finding images that match our land, air and water jars.
We are learning about the different things that make our body healthy at the moment. We are learning how to eat a balanced diet which includes plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as what exercise we need to keep our body healthy.
All of our pupils treated us to a wonderful end of year show. A big thank you to all our students for their efforts as well as our teaching team who helped to prepare them. We are also grateful to parents who both played the piano and the guitar during our show. We wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year.
Our focus is on helping children not only to achieve their potential in the classroom, but also on providing them with tools they can use in the future to help maintain balance in their lives and reduce stress. Children in our 6-12 class recently participated in a "MonMomentMagique" which taught them ways in which they can tap into their inner potential through yoga, breathing, laughter, meditation and other techniques.
Thanks to all parents and children who have been helping with the big leaf clean up that we carry out each Autumn. We have been having lots of fun playing, jumping in, raking, admiring, wading through and watching the leaves falling.
We all had a very yummy day on the Friday before the holidays celebrating United Nations Day. Thanks to all parents who brought delicious food with them and for many of our children who came in costume representing the country of their choice. United Nations day is celebrated to commemorate that 51 countries came together to promote peace throughout the world post World War II. We work together with pupils in our classrooms to also promote the importance of peace and non-violent communication.
Children have been hard at work in the elementary classroom during this first half of the year.
As we are surrounded by trees being next to the forest, the children were inspired to create 'suffix' trees to explore how they use the French language.
We were excited to see our pupils back at school this year and to welcome new families to our school. We marked the occasion by celebrating peace day at the start of term and by planting some shrubs which now adorn the front entrance to the Orangerie. It was a beautiful day.
We had a wonderful end of year show presenting the musical "The little red train", a special musical made for our school in partnership with the American Children's Theatre based on the story of "The Little Train that could". Thank you to all the teaching team who worked hard to prepare the show and to all the children who were magnificent!
Our annual family picnic and sports day was very well attended and we were so lucky with the weather after a very rainy June. Well done to all our participants including all the dads and mums who took part in the races including the egg and spoon as well as the sack races.
Thanks to all the children from both our Children's House (3-6) and our elementary school who joined in with our music day.
A special shout out to Thomas, our stagiaire for playing the drums!
1st year children in our Children's House (3-6 class) were very proud after making these gorgeous picture frames for their mummies!
Our pupils have been very busy at work over this first half of the year. It's been a joy to observe them.
Children in our elementary (6-12) class enjoyed a special afternoon learning about the brain with a specialist in neurocognition.
After learning about the different parts of the brain, they explored how a 'growth mindset' is really the only way to think about one's brain....that is that we are all capable...and may not know everything 'yet'...but with practice, mistakes and challenging our brain, we an achieve what we set our mind to.
Pupils in our elementary (6-12) class have recently been exploring materials related to learning about balanced nutrition and how to put together a healthy shopping list.
We had a wonderful parade for carnival day. Thank you to all the parents and children for dressing up in their fantastic 'human body' related costumes. Many of the different medical professions were represented...doctors, dentists, surgeons, nurses...and several teeth and skeletons joined us also along with parents for our 'skeleton dance'!.
Children in our elementary (6-12) class spent time to share all the things that they are grateful for.
We respect the Theme of thanksgiving by making this a day of giving thanks.
We also shared a lovely meal together.
We were treated to a lovely Christmas show on the penultimate day of the Winter term. Pupils in our elementary (6-12) class put on 'The little Christmas tree' and children from our Children's House (3-6 class) sang and danced as snowflakes. Thank you for a lovely show and to all parents for helping to clean up at the end.
The United Nations was created to "preserve peace, advance justice and constitute a permanent structure for international cooperation." It acts as a world forum to help countries work together to achieve peace and human rights.
We believe that we can adhere to many of the values associated with the creation of the United Nations within our small but culturally diverse school community. For example, we support positive, peaceful and collaborative play and work in the playground and in the classroom. We actively learn techniques for resolving conflict when it arises including learning how to recognise our own emotions as well as the emotions of others.
Every October, we come together to celebrate United Nations day by sharing food from different regions and cultures. We use this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity and richness that each and everyone of us brings to our community thanks to being part of different cultures. Thank you to all the parents and children who went to great lengths to allow our pupils to explore a "taste of different food cultures"!
....some of the food cultures represented this year included... Italy, Norway, Holland, United Kingdom, Turkey, Algeria, Poland, France, Bavarian region of Germany, Iran, Spain, USA, Morocco, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Australia ….representing the countries or regions where our pupils and/or their parents are originally from.
In keeping with our theme on the human body, we were excited to welcome Carla, a local nurse who visited our school yesterday. She showed us some of the equipment she uses with her patients during her house visits and also demonstrated how she bandages up an injured person.
We look forward to experimenting with some of the bandage kits she gave us to help us to improve our bandaging techniques!
We are looking forward to exploring "this is my body" during this school year as our core annual theme.
We will be inviting people who look after our bodies (and minds) to come to visit us and to tell us (and show us) about their work.
A big thank you to Damien's family for the generous gift of a new skeleton!
It has been wonderful to invite all of our pupils back to school for an exciting 2018-2019 school year.
We enjoyed seeing many families old and new at our back to school BBQ last week.
Our theme for the year is the human body and health. In keeping with this theme, some of our pupils made a cut-out paper chain of themselves in celebration of peace day today!
Everyone shared their view on what peace meant to them including 'friendship', 'helping others' and 'armistice'. HAPPY PEACE DAY!