CHAPTER TWO - CIV in Scotland, June 11-19, 2019
Day One: Dollar Academy and Castle Campbell - Our first day at Dollar Academy began, appropriately, with a tour of the school. We could easily have spent half a day visiting the many department buildings, sports fields, auditoriums and halls, but time was limited! Our group was then treated to a special pottery class where students created their own versions of - who else? - Old Nessie. Then on to biology where we were invited to partake in various experiments, most of them involving mini explosions of one kind or another! After lunch we braved strong winds and threatening clouds on our short hike up to Castle Campbell, where we steeped ourselves in over 600 years of history, in all its Scottish splendour.
Day Two: St Andrews - Today we challenged ourselves with some Scottish character building: we spent a day in the rain! Although our visit to St Andrews was a wet one, we enjoyed a walking tour of the famous university (recently ranked 2nd in the UK, thereby breaking the Cambridge/Oxford duo for the first time in many years)... the historical cathedral ruins and the castle.Most appreciated by the group was the free time, the shopping, and the ice cream!
Day Three: Deanston Distillery and Loch Katrine - Today we hopped on the minibus and headed to one of the many renowned single malt whiskey distilleries of Scotland, called Deanston. We enjoyed a tour where we learned all about whiskey-making (no tasting!). We then headed to beautiful Loch Katrine, enjoying the scenery of lush hills and passing sheep – and a couple of highland cows – along the way. After a picnic lunch, we boarded a steamship that is over a century old and took an hour-long ride on the loch, enjoying a bit of sun and a lot of wind, and appreciating the breathtaking views.
Days Four and Five: Host families - Day trips to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, hikes in the countryside, and one or two parties and sleepovers were among the highlights of the weekend!
Day Six: Dollar Academy - Monday was an in-school day. Our Dollar exchange organiser Mr Young conspired with fellowteachers to provide the CIV students with tailor-made classes. Students went to woodshop and created souvenir Dollar-engraved pencil holders, and learned about bagpiping with the Academy’s outstanding piping band – Dollar Academy is UK Champion again this year! Students also studied the poetry of much-loved Scottish poet Robert Burns in English class…and then ended the day with some excellent Scottish country dancing! Click below to watch them in action: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pC51DwChTtuYtHyj6
Day Seven: Edinburgh - Today the rain took a blissful break and the sun was shining for our day trip to Edinburgh. We took a tram into the city centre and walked up to the fascinating National Museum of Scotland, where we spent the morning and had our lunch. Then on to a walking tour of the city, where we learned much trivia, from Protestant preachers to famous criminals, castles to cathedrals, tartan heritage to celebrity dogs! After some free time for shopping, we boarded the minibus and headed to a bowling alley and restaurant, where the students and their correspondents enjoyed pizza and bowling for their final evening together. Time to go home and pack!
Day Eight: Back to France - On our final morning at Dollar Academy, students gathered for the much-awaited and feared Scotland quiz, where they and their Dollar correspondents were challenged with questions on Scottish trivia and lore from over the week. Bravo to winners Jamila and Lily! It was then time for farewells ...and off to the airport. All in all the exchange proved to be a resounding success on both sides of the Channel. A warm thank you to Dollar organising teachers Mr Young and Miss Clarke for taking such good care of us, as well as to students and parents, for making our exchange such a positive and memorable experience.
CHAPTER ONE - Dollar Academy in Valbonne / May 29-June 5, 2019
The Scots arrived with perfect timing, bringing the sun and the warm weather with them. Between school days, excursions and time with host families, the week flew by without a hitch. Click here for the Dollar Academy blog: https://www.dollaracademy.org.uk/news-and-events/trips-visits/fiii-french-exchange-to-valbonne
All the students of Trois Collines primary school travelled through various anglophone countries for their very first Anglo Day on May 17th. More than 40 parent volunteers stepped up and planned this event. 12 classes went through 12 different stands during the day and had a taste of the UK, Ireland, Canada, India, South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Some of the activities included baseball, aboriginal dot painting, country dance, Irish dance, yoga, totem making, country quiz, haka dance, and all of this with a bit of food tasting and Q&A for each country.
Emilie Sarkissian & Virginie Bernon
In March of this year, two unassuming but hopeful Aseica students went to Paris for a Poetry competition: one of them came back to Valbonne as the competition's overall winner. Emily Cart Grandjean, in 3e at Cesar, probably one of the most unassuming of all the approximately 100 candidates combined, triumphed over candidates from 15 OIB, IB and bilingual schools from around France in 3e, 2e, 1ere and Terminale. She, and we, can be proud! How did she do it? Judges commented on her capacity to make her recitation "all about the poems and not all about her". In her rendition of "The Witch" by M.E. Coleridge, she sent shivers down our spines ... indeed, she was the witch"! She has expressed her thanks to teachers and coaches Karen Jones and Kirsty Yuill. Lembda Soldini, currently in 2e, also gave two powerful poetry recitations.
Click on the video below to see more on the competition, and to get a glimpse of both Emily and Lemba.
Emily and Lemba's performances, and the participation of the other Aseica candidates back in December, were the first of, hopefully, many Poetry by Heart competitions to come. We hope to see many aspiring poets in next year's competition!
Summer is the perfect time to get lost in a great book! Later this month our recommended summer reading lists will be handed out in class and made available on the ASEICA web site. In the meantime, our new Scholastic Book Club (ex Baker Books) is up and running!
Go to http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/aseica to browse the latest books and order online. For every €1 you spend in the Book Club, our schools will earn ¢20 in Scholastic Rewards which we will spend on reference books for the classrooms or English novels for the school libraries.
Please place your order online by midnight May 22nd, 2019.
Your books will be delivered to your children in the classroom.
Head of ASEICA Collège English
The 5th Annual France edition of the ELSA Poetry by Heart Contest took place this last month, on March 23rd. After our own in-house Aseica contest in December, two level winners were discerned: 3e candidate Emily Cart-Grandjean from César, and 2e candidate Lemba Soldini from the LIV. Both candidates were invited to Paris to compete in the France finals.The finals took place at Ecole Jeannine Manuel. The contest this year was graced with the high profile presence of the UK organisers, Tim Shortis and Julie Blake, who were extremely supportive, and thankful for international support of the project. Over 40 candidates from 15 OIB, IB and bilingual schools from across France performed their poems, many of which were outstanding. Both of our contestants, Lemba and Emily, gave superb performances, full of maturity and sensitivity. The competition was extremely tough… despite this, ASEICA is very proud to report that this year’s overall winner was Emily!!
An immense BRAVO to her!
Stay tuned at the rentrée in September for news about next year’s contest!
Coordinating Teacher, ELSA Poetry Contest
Twenty 2nde students went to London for a wonderful theater experience, accompanied by Ms Yuill and Mrs Bethell. We stayed at St Paul’s Youth Hostel, an ideal location in central London. The trip is aimed at giving students an immersion into a variety of theatrical genres, from comedy to West End musical to more classical drama.This year we saw a fabulous new musical about identity, Everyone’s talking about Jamie, an hilarious slapstick Comedy about a Bank Robbery, an Arthur Miller play, set during the great depression, The American Clock, and finally a mixed media piece performed in the Natural History Museum, The Wider Earth, which told the story of a young Charles Darwin, through acting, puppetry and projections, using a revolving set. In addition to our theater visits, the whole group took part in two days of exciting workshops with a Director and Choreographer from The Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School. During the full day workshops the students learned group choreographies and devised an innovative piece of dance/drama based on the story of Jekyll and Hyde. They gave a fantastic performance at the end of the two days. We also managed to fit in a visit to Goldsmiths University, including a drama workshop, campus tour and Q & A session. Other activities were a walk along the Thames to The Globe Theatre, where we saw an exhibition and demonstrations of sword fighting and how to wear Elizabethan costumes. The trip was a huge success and the students who took part commented it was “incredible”, “memorable”, “amazing” and the “best trip ever”.
The theatre trip for 2ndes has been running for seven years, and long may it continue!
Kirsty Yuill, ASEICA theatre
(Trip from the 19-23 February, 2019)
The ASEICA lycée theatre production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, was performed on the 12th and 14th of March 2019. In addition to these two evening performances, 5ème students from the different collèges attended the dress rehearsal and there was a performance to all 2nde students on the Tuesday afternoon as well. I chose to produce this play this year because, besides being a text all our students study in 5ème, it is a fun, fast paced story of LOVE, CONFUSION and MAGIC. It also has quite a large cast of 21 characters: there are the Athenians, four young lovers, the mechanicals (a group of workers rehearsing a play) and the fairy world, reigned over by the King and Queen of the fairies. Rehearsals took place every Wednesday afternoon and some Saturdays.
The actors, all from our lycée, played their roles magnificently, speaking Shakespeare’s language fluently with understanding and conviction. The group also worked hard on mastering the comedy and creating exciting, quirky characters.There was great music by Ms Syran who modernized Mendelssohn's melodies and created additional songs using Shakespeare’s original text for the different character groups. The fairy group had a punk/rock feel, the mechanicals a hippie feel; this was also reflected in their costumes and make up. Mr Duffy and his tech crew created and constructed a fabulous set; Athens was reflected as a white world of order with neon blue lights and the ‘magic forest’ was reinterpreted as an urban jungle, of graffiti, platforms on different levels with ladders, old tyres and oil drums.
The tech students worked hard to create some wonderful visual effects with fluorescent paint and UV light.The show demanded energetic performances from all the actors and culminated in a chaotic rave scene with singing and dancing, for our finale.The play appealed to audiences of all ages, who were all very complimentary and enthusiastic about the talent of our young performers and this dynamic production.
Well done to all involved!
Kirsty Yuill, ASEICA Lycée Theatre Director
Some extracts .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_f2PH3rkaY
On January 21st, Mrs. Jones’ 5emes came down to the Sartoux primary school, to visit Mrs. Guez’s CM1 class. They were paired up and the 5eme students interviewed the CM1s in preparation for a creative writing project. The goal was for the 5emes to gather enough information on their younger partners to make them the main characters in their stories. They worked hard to complete their stories and the results were impressive! It was later the CM1s’ turn to visit the 5emes in their classroom at the CIV. The reading session was a tremendous success. Mrs. Jones’ class proudly shared their stories. The CM1s were thrilled to find themselves as the main characters. Some traveled through time, others battled evil dragons!All were impressed and congratulated the 5emes for their wonderful work!
Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Guez