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SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ST.GEORGE’S SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND SEPTEMBER, 2007 Volume 3, Issue 2 School Website: www.st-georges.ch. School Office: 021-964-3411 School Hotline: 021-989-2189 Newsletter Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org Autumn is here! Inside This Issue : The weather may be cooling down, but my oh my, is the Note from the Academic Dean schedule heating up! We’re three weeks into Fall Term Note from University Guidance Counselor Sports Report from Mr. Hill and October half-term break is just around the corner; Students in the Spotlight autumn is officially here, which means winter can’t be far A Few Words from the Librarian behind. Be sure to keep your term calendar handy and Baby Sitters List check it often. There are sporting competitions and Senior School Trips social events planned nearly every week, and you don’t SATs Dates want to miss a one! Note from the Languages Department Uni News – From Across the Pond New Feature: From St. George’s Kitchen Hiking Days A Note from the JD Who’s Who in the Senior School For anyone interested in seeing our PLG Team 2007-2008 region from a different perspective, and And Much More! having a fun, active morning or day, with a lot of fresh air, then please join us! Calendar of Events We will always leave from the school Sunday, September 23rd parking after dropping off the kids, so Play rehearsal around 08:45. Return is expected to be around 12:30 – Monday, September 24th 13:00. Morning assembly: Social Services Meeting Dates and Destinations: Thursday, September 27th Tues. Sept 18th – Dent de Jamal („the nose‟) Burier excursion Thurs. Sept. 27th – Les Pleiades Friday, September 28th through Wednesday, October 3rd Thurs. Oct. 4th – Lutry Year 12 trip to UK Thurs. Oct 11th – to be determined Monday, September October 1st through Wednesday, October 3rd Here‟s what you need to bring: Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 fieldtrips Good walking shoes! Friday, October 5th Water/Snack Newsletter distributed Hat Raincoat Changes to the Calendar Sun cream Tuesday, October 9th Money Piano Concert performed by Mr. Louis Schwitgebel- Phone Wang. Please note that the date has been changed. For any information you can always contact: 19:30, School Hall Lynda Coughlin – 021-943-3570 or 079-468-3501 Friday, November 30th Manon Dudink – 021-964-1017 or 079-256-3551 Piano Recital 18:00 - 20:00 in the School Hall, organized by Mrs. Kubacek. More details to follow. SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 2 Who’s Who in the Senior School? Principal: Mrs. C. Steinson Ps sst ... Have you heard? Vice Principal: Mr. S. Shaw Academic Dean: Mr. J.L. Aupoix The new PLG booklet "BY WORD OF MOUTH" is Student Head of School: Victoria Di Napoli hot off the press and its reviews have been Deputy Head: Patrick Scully really positive. Using information and recommendations collected from parents at Boarding school Housemistresses: St. George’s, this book is a handy reference Ms. J. Bolton guide to the Vevey and Montreux areas. It Ms. S. Zahnd contains emergency telephone numbers, Mrs. L. Struba and all kinds of information on shopping, Mrs. Jupp restaurants, doctors, activities for kids, and various services available in the area. If you are new to Office: Ms. Lomazzi the St. George's community, this book will prove to be a Admissions, Principal’s Secretary: fountain of invaluable information, saving you time and Ms. Perbos-Parsons Accounts: Mme Momberger, Ms. Helmich legwork as you learn about your new surroundings. Travel and Student permits: Ms. Fellay Housekeeping: Mme Moledo Even if you are a seasoned and settled member of our community, you will want a copy of ‘By Word of Mouth’ Atlanta House (Red) for your home, not only because it contains all the Head of House: Mr. Gillan – available Fridays * information you need in just one book, but because it Tutors: also has information on all those new resources, services Mrs. Schibler and places you didn't know about. At 20ChF, this book is Mme Bodenmann a useful investment. Be sure to look for it at any upcoming Mrs. Brown events such as inter-house sports, the parent/teacher Mr. Potts conferences, or the school play – if supplies last that long! Mr. Gray Copies can also be purchased by contacting the "BY Dr. Lain WORD OF MOUTH" team directly. Copies are limited so please, spread the word! After all, the best tips and Diana House (Yellow) information almost always come ‘by word of mouth’. Head of House: Mr. Katz – available Thursdays * Tutors: Namhee Barreau email@example.com Ms. Aminot Orie Marchionne firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Chapuis Virginia Scully email@example.com Mr. Jones Carey Turner firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Devereux Mrs. Jakobsen Mrs. Onslow Minerva House (Blue) Piano Concert Head of House: Ms. Eastham – available Tuesdays * Tutors: There will be a Piano Recital given by Louis Schwitgebel- Mr. Onslow Wang on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 19h30 in the Mme Chambovey Sports Hall. He is a winner of the Second Prize, the Breguet Mr. Ward Special Prize and the Public Prize in the 2005 Geneva Mrs. Sanford Mr. Jupp International Music Competition, and First Prize winner of Ms. Babolat the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in January 2007 we are privileged that Mr * Heads of House will be available in school one evening per week if Schwitgebel-Wang has agreed to give a private concert at parents would like to speak with them. Appointment sheets will be put St. George's School. on the parents’ notice board every week. A complete staff roster, including photos and e-mail addresses, will be available on the website shortly. SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 3 A Note From the Academic Dean … Dear Parents, The accreditation process "forces" us to review and My name is Jean-Luc Aupoix and I am the new assess all aspects of the school (huge task!) in order Academic Dean here at St.George’s. This position to devise a way of working (teaching your children) may sound strange or unfamiliar to you, but it comes which will be coherent with our philosophy and with logic and coherence, reflecting St George’s new today's world. A lot has already been done in the organization and profile. past, which has given St Georges its reputation as an excellent International Educational Institution. A lot I am a Frenchman and I have been working in is going on at the moment. The Curriculum International Education for almost 15 years in Committee for instance is doing tremendous work in various IB schools such as, St Clare's College Oxford generating and organizing all the Curriculum (UK), ICARDA International School of Aleppo documents we need, to meet the Accreditation (Syria), and British School of Lomé (Togo), where I Criteria and to be able to have the necessary held various administrative positions beyond my traceability to review on a regular basis the content beloved teaching duties: Head of Department, Head of our Academic programme. of Year, Exam officer, Deputy Head. As IB Coordinator I have to make sure that we are Also, from very early on in my teaching career, I choosing the best combination of options for our have been working for the IBO (International students to enable them to progress at the right pace Baccalaureate Organization), first as an external and find the most suitable University course. This examiner for IB Diploma French B (French as a requires a lot of paper work (the administrative side foreign language), and then as Deputy Chief of the position) but also a lot of discussion and Examiner. This means that I am involved in all the exchanges with students, teachers and tutors. aspects of the subject ‘French B’, from Exams This is team work, and I will try my best to make it settings to Grade Awards, from Papers successful together with everyone here at St Georges. Standardization to Curriculum Review. There are also a lot of other areas (IGCSE, Exams administration, transcripts...) where I need to be The combination of my natural inclination for new present. challenges and experiences made me look at St Georges' development. The school is now in a But I do not forget why after a few years in Industry transition period, moving from A Level to IB, I came into teaching, the "school world". I love expanding in term of student intake and going being in the classroom seeing children learning, through an Accreditation (CIS- Council of thinking, progressing, facing difficulties sometimes. International Schools) process. Everything I will do, together with my colleagues, will revolve around the child to make sure we are My role as Academic Dean is to coordinate those giving him or her, with the help of his or her parents, various elements in order to give coherence to the the best start in life. delivery of the best and most appropriate Curriculum. I will of course rely on my colleagues I am happy to be in Switzerland and I will make the who are all highly qualified and committed teachers, most of its beauty, not forgetting that life outside to put the students at the centre of our objectives. school does exist and that my two children who are unfortunately far away from me will get to know this beautiful country. . ~ Jean-Luc Aupoix SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 4 A Word from the new University Uni News From Across the Pond… Guidance Counselor… Some recent St. George‟s graduates have been letting us Although many of you know me already, allow me to know how they are doing since starting anew at Universities introduce myself and my role in University across the world. Bradley Stark was our first correspondent Guidance. and he has this to say about his first few weeks at the University of Michigan (with a population of 40,000+ I have been here at St. George’s for 10 years now, students and 6200+ teachers!): teaching Sciences throughout the school, but have now taken on the role of University Guidance Homework! The subject every student dreads, no matter Counselor. With this position, I hope to help our what age they happen to be. At St.George’s Senior School, students, your children, find the most appropriate the assignments are handed out in class and the deadlines are place for them at the end of their time here at St. stated aloud and repeated, to ensure the class understands. George’s. This includes helping find both courses It’s a whole different story over here! In the first lecture, and universities that suit your children’s interests and maybe, a homework assignment is given verbally, but on the capabilities, as well as helping directly with the whole, the only mention of homework in class is what application process. happens if it is turned in late or missing. It’s up to you to check each of your class’s websites for impending tasks and Between M. Aupiox, Mrs Melnick and myself, we deadlines. Not only are you responsible for checking the have a good knowledge of universities in Britain, the websites, but professors reserve the right to issue more United States and Europe, and this should allow us to cover the widest range of options possible. homework at any time, meaning you had better have a Furthermore we hope to bring to the school several careful checking procedure of websites and email, looking for guest speakers to discuss a range of career options, the odd one from a prof, saying “And by the way… FOR and we will seek help in this area from both parents TOMORROW!” I am in no way exaggerating; I have personally and the Georgentians. received two emails so far at midnight regarding homework for the next day that had not previously been stated. Predominantly, my initial role is to act as a facilitator, Procrastination is by no means an option for anything. directing your child to sources which will allow them Get it and get it done! to make informed choices later. In conjunction with We‟ll be hearing from Bradley again, as well as other recent graduates about their experiences. Got a question about life at Uni? M. Aupoix, we will look at option choices made in Send an e-mail to email@example.com and we‟ll find a Uni student Year 9 to ensure future aspirations are not excluded to answer it! due to choices made early in their school careers. Aptitude testing already takes place for Years 11 and 12, which will help to direct student’s choices more effectively. In Years 12 and 13, I will be available to Reminder of SAT DATES assist fully in the application process, from advising A reminder to all those who are interested in taking on personal statements to co-ordinating references. their SAT Tests, which are required for any U.S. Success in university placement is an important and university applications, to be aware of the following stressful time in a student’s career and I hope that dates: between us we can reduce this stress to a minimum. Test Dates 2007: Register By: Tests: Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone, Oct. 6 Too Late Now SAT/ Subjects either to make an appointment to discuss your child’s Nov. 3 Oct 2 SAT/ Subjects application, or for further information as to how I Dec. 1 Oct 30 SAT/Subjects can assist in the process. firstname.lastname@example.org Please see www.collegeboard.com for more details ~Stephen Jones SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 5 Sports Report from Mr. Hill Fixtures: Inter-House Cross-Country: The children seem to be enjoying training twice a The first inter-house of the year usually sets week for their chosen sports team. Although we the tone for the next twelve months and it still don‟t have enough boys to make a senior was great to see a large turn-out of both football team, the senior girls kick off the first participants and supporters at the cross- of seven league games in the ADISR country. The scores in the junior event ran “Championnat” on Monday at home against CDL 158:157:156 between the three houses and it (start 1700) and the “moyen” boys (Yrs 9-12) couldn‟t have been closer. travel to Monthey on Wednesday for the ADISR Atalanta were the overall winners. Championships. With three games next week, it will be a busy time for the girls. So parents, gently (or otherwise) please encourage them to be disciplined about completing their homework. Both teams will be sporting the new school strip, and it would be great to see some crowds cheering our Triathlon: students on. On the first Sunday of term the weather was perfect for a great day out at St George‟s Triathlon. Six students took part, four girls, two boys, and all enjoyed the experience greatly: Water Bottles: talking to them afterwards each seemed to have Happy to report that the majority of pupils are grown in self-knowledge in some small way. It‟s coming fully prepared for the school day and great to see that all of them have now set bringing their water bottles with them. The themselves new goals (many will be taking part in children have been particularly good at the Lausanne ¼ or ½ marathons) and will continue remembering the correct kit for PE lessons so far. with their training. Libby Urquhart-Ducharme Just a reminder of what that kit is: was the fastest out of the water; Olivia Perrin White St. George‟s T-shirt won the girls‟ event; and Dylan Pilarski was the Plain navy blue shorts overall winner setting a new record in the process. White or navy sports socks But somehow, and I‟m sure these people won‟t indoor sports shoes mind me saying this, it was about so much more outdoor sports shoes than just the result. Many thanks to all the water bottle parents and senior students who came out to rain jacket support. St. George‟s Sweat Top plain navy long sweat pants Tennis: And finally, just a quiet footnote here as I promised I wouldn‟t make too much fuss: Adelaide Wood entered the Vaudois Tennis Championships in the summer holidays and became the Under 16‟s singles champion. BRILLIANT!!!! An exceptional achievement. Well done Adelaide. SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 6 A Few Words from the Librarian Students SS in the Spotlight OOOPS! There is a large gap in the Junior Fiction section. In June there was no room to add even one more book, so this means that students who Prefects: took books over the summer holidays have not Olivia Perrin returned them. Would all mothers please look at Dylan Pilarski home in bedrooms and bookshelves to see if there Libby Urquhart-Ducharme are any books which belong to school. School books are covered, have spine labels and „St George‟s Monitors: School‟ written on the front cover. The students can Sarah Anderson just put them inside the library on the trolley Tharika Fuhrer (without fear of reprisals!) and the librarians will do Adam Hutton the rest. If we do not receive the books, then clearly Simone Koopmans any future book lending over the holidays will have to Mariel Luna come to an end. Brita Midness Nikolai Nikitenko Janelle Paquin Personalised Pencils and Crayons Juliet Pearce Two years ago approximately 150 sets of personalized Charne Roux pencils and pencil crayons, were ordered for our Allison Schmidt students or for Christmas and birthday presents. Megan Stark Leaflets explaining how to order will be given to the students before half term, so if you wish to order, please put the correct money and the leaflets with Atalanta House Captain: Dylan Pilarski the required names written in capitals, inside an Sports Captains: Adelaide Wood Mariel Luna envelope and hand to Mrs Baerfuss. The name of the person making the order should be written clearly on Diana House Captain: Olivia Perrin the outside of the envelope. These pencils and Vice Captains: Janelle Paquin crayons are always well received by the students and Nikolai Nikitenko really do return to their owners throughout the Sports Captain: Nikolai Nikitenko school year. This has always been a very practical Vice Captains: Dudley Langelier (Senior) solution to wandering pencils, and is not a profit Martina Oganesyan (Junior) making venture. Should there be any money left over Shannon Kilmer (Junior) after the postage is paid, it will be offered to Fond Minerva House Captain: Libby Urquhart-Ducharme Action Contre le Cancer, for the Margaux Vice Captains : Hippenmeyer Fund. Alex Barrios (responsible for sport) Sophie Bentham (responsible for new Day Students) Tharika Fuhrer (responsible for new Boarders) BOOK DONATIONS Lastly, it seems a while since the Library has received Sports Captains: Brita Midness (Senior) any book donations, books in all languages and for Jenna Caira (Senior) ages 11 and upwards will be most welcome. Adult Genio Caira (Junior) books of suitable content which have been bought Nathalie Rey (Junior) Robin Cowie (Junior) during the past year will help to refresh our selections. Please make sure all donations come with a There are many other positions of responsibility for name, so we can say thank you. They can be left at each of the three Houses that we will feature in future the Reception for Mrs Baerfuss. Many thanks, and issues! may your books be gripping! ~Mrs Baerfuss SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 7 Living in Lausanne and the Canton Vaud St. George‟s Address Book Hosted by the American Women’s Club of Lausanne, the Each autumn, Mami Schmidt, annual ‘Living in Lausanne’ course provides newcomers (and (one of our hardworking parents!), publishes the St. not-so-newcomers) of all nationalities with valuable tips and George‟s address book. This directory is only distributed information for living in the area. This year’s course is within the St. George‟s community, and both the School and scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 – Friday, September parents find it to be an invaluable resource. It is an 28th. For more information about the course and the excellent way to find out which families are part of your resources offered by the AWC, please visit their website www.awc-lausanne.org or send an e-mail to child‟s year group (and find babysitters!) E-mail addresses email@example.com. Many St. George’s families can are especially useful for the PLG reps to keep everyone attest to the effectiveness of this course; some local informed of changes to schedules, provide notices of social companies also pay the course fee for new expat families. events, and help you meet new friends, and mobile phone Check with your Human Resources department and sign up numbers are essential to disseminate information in the soon – spaces are limited! case of emergencies. To be included in this year‟s book, please send the following information directly to Mami before the end of September, so that she will be able to finish it before the half-term REMINDER: Valid Passports for Day Students break. Returning families: please let us know of any changes to your information from last year. The contact Parents of Day Students are reminded that all information for the Directory should include: students need valid passports, and, if necessary, Visas, in advance of the October field trips outside Family name of Switzerland. Be sure to carefully read all Parent(s) name(s) information sent home with your child regarding the Child(rens) name(s) and school year(s) deadlines for submitting passports to the Office. Home telephone and Mobile telephone numbers Travel, passport and visa questions may be directed Home address (if you are living in temporary to Ms. Fellay in the Office, and questions housing, we will make a note of it in the directory, but please try to provide a reliable contact specifically about the trips may be directed to the address; remember then to provide Mami with your Staff members who will be accompanying each Year permanent address when available) group. We hope everyone has a great time! E-mail address (Senior School newsletters will soon be distributed only via e-mail, so a working address is very important!) English library in Vevey Passage St. Antoine 7, Vevey - 021/922.05.24 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or Opening hours: e-mail! Mami Schmidt 021-971-1143 079-298-8902 Morning sessions: Monday/Wednesday/Friday and firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday from 9.30 till 11.30 hours Afternoon sessions: Tuesday 12.00-13.30 After Dark Party! Thursday 14.30-16.00 The Junior Department Year 6 class is once Saturday 14.30-16.00 again hard at work organizing an After Dark Party for our JD families. We hope that The Library does charge an annual „membership‟ fee to use Senior School students will volunteer to help their resources. Please contact the Library for more out with the evening – it’s a lot of fun and a great way to earn CAS hours! November 2nd information. is the date – more information to follow! SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 8 Did you know? ……… Private art and creative lessons are now on offer from Mrs. Bartlett (St. George‟s Visual Arts teacher) Vevey On Ice for both adults and children. Mrs. Bartlett has a small The town of Vevey is planning to open an ice rink studio space in central Montreux and can offer drawing, (30mx15m), located at the lake end of the Place du painting, silk painting, sculpture, and jewelry making. Marché (where the old Pergola used to be before Evenings and Saturday mornings. Call for details: Elton John came to town). It is due to open from November 13th, 2007 until March 2nd, 2008 and the 21-921-3967 078-785-3160 entrance is rumoured to be FREE! 21-921-3968 14 Rue de Centre, Montreux 1820 Creative Drama For Children C is for Chagall If anyone is interested in an alternative option for after school activities, our creative drama classes There is a wonderful might be what you are looking for. Our classes are Chagall Exhibit at specifically intended for young children where they Gianadda in Martigny. can benefit from a positive creative experience when Make sure not to miss it; there is no pressure to perform. it runs until Nov.4th In our classes your children will develop their http://www.gianadda.ch. Even very young children‟s eyes imagination and their confidence by acting out stories, will open wide, as they notice the magical details and improvisation, role playing, imagination journeys, explosive colours of flying animals, cheerful clowns and theater games, music and movement. musicians. If it‟s nice weather, why not take a picnic and To ensure your child gets the most from these enjoy the garden at Gianadda; with a good dozen classes, we both work together with every class. Class interesting sculptures to see, children are sure to enjoy size is limited so enroll your child today! Autumn term themselves. The visit at the Stain Glass Museum in Romont begins September 10th. www.vitromusee.ch is a good way to complete and enhance ~Mags Sheldon & Mary Morlino the Chagall experience. An excellent children‟s book called, “C Comme Chagall” can accompany the visit. All classes are Monday afternoons at THEATRE DU CHATEAU, Rte du Chateau 7, 1814 La Tour de Peilz 180ChF per child (10 sessions) Class Dates: English Radio From Switzerland September 10th, 24th On Nov. 1st 2007, WRG, the only English speaking radio October 1st, 22nd, 29th station in Switzerland will become World Radio November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Switzerland (WRS) and be fully integrated into the Ages 5 to 7 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Switzerland‟s public Ages 8 to 11 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15p.m. broadcaster. Mary.email@example.com WRS is a Swiss national media outlet in English for all the expatriates in this country as well as the „Anglo- professionals‟ (Swiss who use English in the workplace, There‟s a „New‟ Doctor in the house… school or simply to communicate), and Swiss Anglophiles Dr David Seld, general practioner in Blonay, Route de who enjoy listening to English language content and Village 10, 021 943 23 23 has handed over his surgery to music. Dr Kristiana Nesa on 3 September 2007. English Radio on 88.4 FM – www.wrgfm.com Dr Nessa speaks English and Russian. Many SG‟s families have used Dr. Seld in the past, and he is listed in the PLG‟s reference book „By Word of Mouth‟ SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 9 BABY SITTERS LIST From St. George’s Kitchen… Sarah ANDERSON Charné ROUX 16 years old (Year 12) 16 years old (Year 12) Do the kids need a little inspiration to get them started on 3 years experience Some experience homework? Well, here‟s a quick after school treat to English English/Afrikaans help with those homework Blahs: (fluently) Romina BARRERA It's a Dunkable Brownie - a cookie for brownie lovers, or a French (not fluently) 16 years old (Year 12) brownie for cookie lovers. Either way, just be sure to have 2 years experience Lucy SCRIVENER enough milk. It can be made in just one bowl and you can get Spanish (mother tongue) 16 years old (Year 11) from prep time to dunking time in just 30 minutes or less. (Fluently) Experienced English Ingredients: Simone KOOPMANS 300 g baking chocolate (use your favorite, I like to 16 years old (Year 12) use a combination of about 180 g semi-sweet with 120 Experienced g bitter or dark chocolate) Megan STARK 6 tbsp butter Dutch (mother tongue) 16 years old (Year 12) 1 ¼ cup sugar English, French 4 years experience 3 eggs (younger siblings) 2 tsp vanilla Brita MIDNESS English (mother tongue) 16 years old (Year 12) 1 cup flour French (fluently) 1 tsp baking powder 3 years experience German Child CPR and First Aid ¼ tsp salt Certificates 2 cups toasted chopped walnuts, optional English (fluently) Directions: For contact information, French (not fluently) 1. Heat oven to 165 C please see the St.George’s 2. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter until Address Book, available chocolate, stirring until chocolate is completely melted and from the PLG. smooth 3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until blended. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in y nuts, if using. Dough will be soft Senior School Field Trips 4. Drop by rounded tablespoons, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto ungreased, parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 Year 7 - to Interlaken minutes or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 5 minutes Year 8 - to Zurich and remove from cookie sheet to completely cool on wire racks. Makes 3 dozen. Year 9 - to Basel Year 10 - to Paris ~From the Kitchen of Orie Marchionne Year 11 - two local day trips to Geneva and Valais Year 12 - to the Lake District, UK If you have any favourite quick recipe or snack ideas Year 13 - to London that help you satisfy your family‟s appetites, or any tips that might make your time in the kitchen more There will be more information regarding each trip from the efficient, why not share them with us? Please send staff members involved. Please note the deadlines for turning your information to firstname.lastname@example.org, in items such as passports and visas; departure and return attention „From St.George‟s Kitchen‟ times; and suggested packing lists! SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 10 From the Languages Department… Modern Languages at St. George’s School - a progressive bilingualism A guide for parents Primary School French is introduced gradually from Pre- Pre-reception Reception. Reception Different sets for Foundation or Higher year 1 students are offered from year 2. year 2 An additional bilingual French set is offered year 3 from years 3 to 6 year 4 year 5 year 6 Secondary School year 7 Foreign language Section and French Bilingual year 8 Section year 9 German introduced in year 8 From year 9, students choose either German year 10 IGCSE* programme or Spanish year 11 IGCSE programme IGCSE certifications offered for French Foreign Language as well as French First year 12 IB** programme Language students year 13 IB programme French First Language students follow an IB *IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary French programme A2 designed for bilingual Education candidates **IB International Baccalaureate FAQ Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is St. George’s language of instruction? All non language subjects are taught in English. 2. My child does not speak very much English. Can he/she still attend St. George’s? EFL English as a Foreign Language lessons are provided from Primary to Secondary School. The EFL programmes offered take into account the needs of those students who will be at SG throughout their studies, as well as the needs of those who come to Switzerland for a shorter length of time. An initial assessment is made through a placement test and an interview with the Head of the EFL Department. 3. Although we are happy for our child to study all subjects in English, we urge him/her to speak French as we live in “Suisse Romande”. When is he/she going to be able to start French? French is a compulsory subject at St. George’s. Exception is made for students who have not yet reached an elementary level in English (level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). ~Continued on next page SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 11 From the Languages Department… FAQ Frequently Asked Questions ~ Cont. 4. My child has studied some French in the past. Will he/she start a beginner’s course again? Students are placed in different groups according to proficiency levels. Assessment is conducted by the Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Leader before the beginning of the school year. A placement test is given when relevant. 5. My child is francophone. Is he/she going to lose his/her level of French at St. George’s? There are two different French Sections at St. George’s. Basic users follow a Foreign Language programme leading towards Foreign Language IGCSE French at the end of year 11. Bilingual students or students who have reached level 3 (B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), follow a bilingual programme leading towards IGCSE First Language French. In years 12 and 13, bilingual students choose either IB French A2 or IB French A1. 6. What is the difference between the Foreign Language and the Bilingual French programme? In Foreign Language, the emphasis is placed on communication. Students learn to communicate in the target language. Specific objectives are defined in order to develop the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The Bilingual French programme is designed for students whose mastery of French allows them to cope with an advanced course which also includes the study of different literary genres. Interdisciplinary modules are also part of the curriculum. The course complements other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application such as analysis, synthesis or drawing of inferences. 7. Apart from English and French, will my child be able to study another language? German is introduced in year 8. At the end of year 8 students are asked either to continue with German or to start Spanish from year 9. These courses lead towards the IGCSE Foreign Language German or Spanish certification at the end of year 11. In years 12 and 13, the IB programme offers the possibility to continue the study of any of these languages. ~ Mme. Bodenmann, Heads of House Modern Foreign Languages, Curriculum Leader email@example.com Atlanta House (Red) Mr. Gillan – available Fridays * Diana House (Yellow) The Parents’ Notice Board has returned! Just Mr. Katz – available Thursdays * inside the Students’ entrance, next to the lift, is Minerva House (Blue) a notice board especially for parents’ and Ms. Eastham – available Tuesdays * * Heads of House will be available in school one evening community news. If you would like to post per week if parents would like to speak with them. something, please send it with your child to the Appointment sheets will be put on the parents‟ notice Office and we’ll be sure to find a place for it! board every week. SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 12 A Note From the Junior Department (a.k.a. the JD) Warm Welcome to all in the JD from the PLG The “Red House International School Book Club” Junior Department Co- Coordinators: that has been a part of St George‟s for many years is undergoing a procedural change. The Book Club will no Now that two weeks has flown by, we hope that all longer be handled directly by Mrs. Jeannin and the the children, old and new families are settled. As you Junior Department, but from now on, will instead be can see by the calendar this time of the year is very organized by the PLG. busy, with school trips, school plays and off course all the different Inter House competitions. The procedure will be slightly different from previous years and will be as follows: By now, all the year group coffee mornings would have happened and that hopefully you have met some new Parents will receive the brochure in their JD people and found out a little of what‟s going on at child‟s folder. With the brochure will be an order form with school. The main aim of the PLG is to act as a prices in Swiss Francs. communication vehicle between the parents, teachers Prices have been increased from the listed and school administration. We have parent volunteers brochure price by 20% to cover postage and who take the role of class representative for each customs charges. year and, usually, 2 coordinators; one for the Junior Orders must be returned together with the and one for the Senior department. These people correct amount of money to the child‟s teacher. facilitate the communication back and forth. If money is not included, the order will not be processed. If a parent would prefer that their child not know The PLG also play a role in supporting the school with about the order (for example, if the books are for activities like after school clubs and sporting events. gifts), please clearly notate this! We are always looking for volunteers, so please let Approximately one week after the brochures are your class rep know if you are interested in becoming distributed, the order will be placed with the Book involved, or if you have ideas for fundraising, social Club; the deadline will be noted on the order form. events and running after school activities. Any orders received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank Children will receive their book orders approximately two to three weeks later. you to all the volunteers who make it all happen, the class representatives, the newsletter team, address We would like to remind everyone that the School book coordinator, second hand uniform shop benefits from the sale of books by receiving between coordinators and our Treasurer. 20% and 50% of the total value in free books for the Library. For the first brochure of this school year, Best wishes the School will receive 50% in free books. Lynda Coughlin and Danusia McDonald We hope that parents continue their support of the PLG Junior Department Co – Coordinators School Library as in the past. On our side, we can assure you that the PLG is taking over this task with enthusiasm. Please contact Mrs. Dudink with any questions. Don’t forget to check out the Baby Sitters ~Mrs. Dudink (PLG representative) List on page 9 of this Newsletter! Mrs. Jeannin (JD Year 1 teacher) Miss Daly (acting Head of JD) SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 13 Parents’ Liaison Group (PLG) Team for 2007-2008 Melinda Morris Year 8: Sarah Nimmo Pre-reception Melinda Morris 21-961-9953 firstname.lastname@example.org 021-943-4072 email@example.com Year 9: Sue Elsworth Reception: Karin Semon 021-921-1477 firstname.lastname@example.org 021-964-7973 email@example.com Jane Dunn 921-4157 firstname.lastname@example.org Year 1: Marita Mellos 021-791-2313 email@example.com Year 10: Jo Hodding 021-799-3779 firstname.lastname@example.org Year 2: Tricia Besson Mary Kilmer 021-943-1174 email@example.com 021-943-5644 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra Schlaepfer 021-921-2167 email@example.com Year 11: Kyoko Ichijo 021-312-2178 firstname.lastname@example.org Janice Bramston Year 3: Stacey Savant 021-922-9477 email@example.com 021-943-4164 firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia Campedelli Year 12: Margaret Hutton 021-961-2409 email@example.com 021-943-3958 firstname.lastname@example.org Year 4: Alison Simpson Year 13: Victoria Bentham 021-921-1871 email@example.com 021-961-9359 firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Kubacsek Orie Marchionne 021-943-6677 email@example.com 078-800-8545 firstname.lastname@example.org Year 5: Beth Davis JD Coordinator: Danusia McDonald 021-922-0282 email@example.com 021-784-0679 firstname.lastname@example.org Manon Dudink 021-964-1017 email@example.com Senior Coordinator: Margaret Hutton 021-943-3958 firstname.lastname@example.org Year 6: Liz Castillo 021-921-0733 email@example.com Maryanne Chauvel Newsletter Editor: Cindy Stark 021-944-6788 firstname.lastname@example.org 021-943-3088 email@example.com Lynda Coughlin Newsletter Copy: Christine Barnsley 021-943-3570 firstname.lastname@example.org 024-498-2036 email@example.com Newsletter Layout: Orie Marchionne Year 7: Maria Drury 078-800-8545 firstname.lastname@example.org 021-922-5434 Robert.email@example.com Judith Wright 021-922-1869 firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy Stark This updated 2007-2008 list will be available in the 21-943-3088 email@example.com PLG section of the School’s website shortly. Please contact your PLG representative with questions or comments. And, please be sure that your representative has your email address for important updates and distribution of our newsletter!
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