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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Scouts de Chavagnes online

Mr Crawford is starting to put some interesting material about our independent scout troop online at http://scouts.chavagnes.org/

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Going to school in France - blast from the past

Here's a little documentary film made by BBC Kent about Chavagnes International College a few years ago. Enjoy ...

(If it doesn't work, you can also watch at http://gloria.tv/?media=89445)

The boy featured in this clip was with us for five years (2002-2007) and left us with some great GCSE grades (A*s in French, German and Spanish, B in Latin and As in most of his other subjects, plus a B at AS-level Spanish taken early.) He was one of our founder pupils, so we are especially proud of him.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A truly bilingunal and bicultural education

At Chavagnes we are really beginning to experience now the originality and creativity that spring from the meeting of two cultures. This year three of our pupils (and this is the fifth year we have been doing this) sat for their French 'brevet' exams, validating the end of their Year 10 studies. We are pleased to tell you that all three passed the exams, one with a commendation : "Mention bien". Two of these boys also sat a number of GCSE subjects and will sit a few more next year.

Two of our young Frenchmen going rather early into our Lower VIth, one at 15 and one at 14 (!) this coming September are both looking into applying for Cambridge, but will hedge their bets by sitting the French Bac as well as the UK A-levels ... A visitor recently described one of these two as 'a perfect English gentleman'.

Meanwhile, of our English pupils, a number of them sat French GCSE early this year (boys from Year 9 or 10) and we expect some good results from them soon.

Another one of those bicultural moments was when our scouts ('Les Scouts de Chavagnes' as they call themselves) distinguished themselves by their gusty singing of "Rule, Britannia" on the Pentecost Chartres Pilgrimage ...

Floreat Chavagnes !