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                                                                                       2010 ISSUE 3

                             Mrs Mary Maccaud is awarded Honour by
                                 His Serene Highness Prince Albert II

                                                 Mrs Mary Maccaud, Director of ISM , has been
                                                 honoured with a very special award, the
                                                 « Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel » by
                                                 His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, in
                                                 recognition of her outstanding contribution over
                                                 the past twelve years to the International School
                                                 of Monaco, and in particular          to promoting
                                                 international education in the Principality.
                                                 The award was presented to Mrs Maccaud
                                                 personally by Her Royal Highness the Princess of
                                                 Hanover, at a special ceremony in the Palace on
                                                 Thursday November 18th as part of Monaco’s
                                                 National Day celebrations.
                                                 Speaking afterwards, Mrs Maccaud said:
                                                 « I was greatly honoured to receive this award,
                                                 not just for myself but for ISM. It represents the
                                                 combined efforts of us all—teachers, students
                                                 and parents—to make our school what it is today,
                                                 and I am, as always, especially grateful to the
                                                 support shown to us over the years by both His
                                                 Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Her Royal
                                                 Highness the Princess of Hanover. »
Mrs Mary Maccaud at the Palais de Monaco 2010

Madame Mary Maccaud, Directrice de l’Ecole Internationale de Monaco, a été nommée “Chevalier
de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel” par son Altesse Sérénissime le Prince Albert II, en reconnaissance de
sa contribution exceptionnelle à l’ISM depuis douze ans et en particulier pour la promotion d’une
éducation internationale en Principauté.
La médaille a été remise au Palais à Madame Maccaud par Son Altesse Royale la Princesse de
Hanovre, le jeudi 18 novembre dans le cadre des cérémonies de la Fête Nationale Monégasque.
Ensuite, Madame Maccaud a déclaré : « Je suis très honorée de recevoir cette distinction, non
seulement pour moi mais pour l’ISM. Elle représente les efforts conjugués de tous – professeurs,
élèves et parents – pour faire de notre école ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui. Je suis particulièrement
reconnaissante du soutien apporté au cours de toutes ces années par Son Altesse Sérénissime le
Prince Albert II et Son Altesse Royale la Princesse de Hanovre. »

Important Dates
Please note in your agenda the following dates for the first trimester of 2010/2011
Please also note that school will now close for the Christmas vacation at 12 noon
on Friday December 17th, and not after school as previously advised.
Wednesday November 24th            PTA Monthly Meeting—Cafeteria
Wednesday November 24th            “The Big Debate” at the Association des Jeunes Monégasques
Thursday November 25th             IB Art Class to Paris (until November 27th)
Friday November 26th               International Schools Speech Contest
Sunday November 28th               LAMDA speech and drama exams
Wednesday December 1st             Cocktail Party for Mrs Mary Maccaud
Tuesday December 7th               School Council Meeting
Wednesday December 8th             Monaco Religious Holiday—School Closed/Staff Training day
Thursday December 9th              Model United Nations delegation to Paris
Thursday December 9th              Model United Nations group to Paris—Classes 11 & 12
Thursday December 9th              Secondary School reports sent home
Thursday December 9th              Gingerbread House decorating parties
Friday December 10th               Gingerbread House decorating parties
Tuesday December 14th              Early Years reports sent home
Wednesday December 15th            PTA Monthly Meeting—Cafeteria
Wednesday December 15th            Parent-Teachers meeting for Middle & Secondary Schools
Thursday December 16th             Early Years Christmas Party
Thursday December 16th             Middle School Christmas Prom
Thursday December 16th             Primary School Christmas Party
Thursday December 16th             Board Meeting
Friday December 17th               Term ends – at 12 noon

                                                                 Books for Africa
                                       We are delighted to report on the results of last year’s
                                       Giving Project, to collect books for a school in Africa.
                                       At the initiative of ISM students Autumn and Roman
                                       Rose, over 750 books were donated by ISM students,
                                       each child being asked to donate, initially, just one
                                       “special” book.
                                       The books were delivered to the Tlhagene Primary
                                       School in Molatedi in South Africa and the library there
                                       (now known as the Rose Library) was inaugurated on
                                       November 28th 2010 in a special ceremony attended by
                                       the Rose family.
                                       The children there have sent many hand written cards
                                       of thanks, one wrote “I will be a writer one day “, another
                                       wrote “ I want to be a poet, thank you!”, yet another
                                       wrote “You are our heroes, thank you”. These cards will
                                       be on display in the Primary School until the end of this
                                       This is a wonderful example of reaching out to others
                                       where it will truly make a difference and where our
                                       students can become directly involved.

                                                                            NOVEMBER 2010 ISSUE 3

                          ISM Re-Accreditation—Opinion Survey
                        We would like to thank all parents, staff and students who took the time to
                        complete the on-line Opinion Survey just before the half term break. Over
                        190 parents responded, representing 80% of the student body, and well over
                        200 ISM students completed their own survey, as well as the majority of
                        teachers. Your input is very valuable and the C.I.S. now have sufficient data
                        to make the survey valid; results are being analysed and we will keep you
                        informed as to the next developments.

            ISM student in French television talent contest
                               Grace Convert, who joined Class 10 this year, has won a place in the
                               semi-finals of the French television talent show “La France a un
                               incroyable talent”, on Channel M6. Using the stage name of Grace
                               Rose, she sang “Me and Mr Jones” by Amy Winehouse.
                               The next round will be on Wednesday December 1st on M6 at 20h40
                               when the public will have a chance to vote directly. We very much
                               hope ISM students will support Grace by voting for her on the night
                               and we wish her the best of luck!

                                                          Charity greetings cards
Once again, Beatrix (Class 8C) and Hadrien (Class 5C)
Pratte-Ness have designed and produced a range of
charming greetings cards; the space inside is left blank for
you to write your own message and the cards are on sale
at both Reception desks for 20 euros per pack of 10 cards
and envelopes. Proceeds will go towards supplying
mosquito nets in developing countries—please do support
this worthy cause and student-led initiative!

                                                     ISM students selected for
                                                        debating competition
                                     Congratulations and good luck to Class 12 students: Maria
                                     Bergamasco and Anna Nassar who were selected, after a
                                     difficult qualifying round, to represent ISM at “The Big Debate”
                                     sponsored by the “Association des Jeunes Monégasques” as
                                     well as the Jeune Chambre Economique and the British
Association of Monaco. The theme is “This house believes that men and women were created
equal”. The final debate, involving several schools and institutions, will take place on November
24th—results in the next issue. Alina Veladini, who graduated from ISM in June 2010, will be
representing the International University of Monaco.

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                                                BOARD COCKTAIL PARTY OCTOBER 12TH
                                                             Salle Empire, Hotel de Paris

                    Over 200 parents and staff enjoyed the annual Welcome Cocktail Party hosted by the
                 Board of Trustees, at the Hôtel de Paris in October. After a short presentation by Mr Gerard
               Cohen, Board Chairman, Mr Andy Hill, newly appointed Director of ISM from January 2011, was
                        formally introduced to ISM parents and staff, and made a short address.

                                                      It’s raining babies at ISM!
                                              Congratulations to our Receptionist,
                                              Fayanne Harper, and her partner Johan,
                                              on the safe arrival of baby Emma (left) who
                                              was born on October 16th 2010. All are
                                              doing well and we look forward to seeing
                                              Fayanne very soon!
                                              Félicitations aussi à Arnaud (Enseignant de
                                              l’Ecole Primaire), et Sophie Delambert
                                              (Enseignante aux Early Years) !
                                              Leur fils Hugo est né le 15 novembre, un
                                              petit frère pour Sam.
                 Fayanne & Emma                                                                                          Sam & Hugo

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