Teaching time is divided 50/50 between English and French. The children spend approximately 12 hours in each language per week and the program has been shared to give a good balance depending on the time necessary to teach each subject effectively. The usual division of core subjects is as follows—
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Art, sport and music are evenly divided between the two language groups, and are generally taught by the teachers who are most capable in each of the disciplines, or by external specialists in either of the languages.
The French and Anglophone teachers work closely together, and the different teaching styles complement each other. Concepts taught in one language are automatically transferred to the other language by the children, allowing the division of the program to merge.
The French program is followed with the general intention being the integration of the children into a French secondary school system. The program is very similar to current Anglophone curricula and would not hinder later integration into another Anglophone education system.
The International Parents Social Committee (IPSC) brings together parents from the international primary sections at Sartoux and Trois Collines. We aim to support the community of parents and children in these sections. We meet regularly at social events organized in cooperation with the school and the teachers. When funds are collected, our committee supports children in their academic and social development. Like any committee of volunteers, we always welcome enthusiastic new recruits.
From CM2 to collège—CM2 pupils in the Anglophone sections in Sartoux and Trois Collines are offered a place in an international section sixième class in one of four collèges running ASEICA programs. This place is awarded subject to the approval of the "Conseil du Cycle", a committee of teachers and the school head, that pronounces on each pupil's ability to further their bilingual education at collège level.
During the CM2 year several meetings are organized with parents to discuss the transfer to collège and both parents and students are given the opportunity to visit the collèges and to meet the ASEICA collège staff.
The four collèges, Eganaude, Niki de St. Phalle, César and the CIV, take students according to their catchment areas, i.e. the "Inspection Académique" allocates students a place according to where they live.
All Anglophone Section primary classes have a weekly Drama/Theatre lesson. The first part of the year is devoted to drama skills. Students learn to co-operate together and communicate effectively as members of a team, through the use of games and exercises. The second half of the year is dedicated to theatre production, where students work towards a show.
Throughout the year basic voice and movement skills are taught, along with improvisation techniques in order to help boost students' confidence, self-esteem and creativity. There is a strong emphasis on ensemble building and sharing.
Pictures, photos, music, songs, poems, children's stories and scripts are used as resources. When appropriate, the Theatre teacher will explore an area which the children are studying with their class teacher as part of the curriculum.
At the end of the academic year, each class is involved in a short performance which is shown to parents. This performance is an essential part of the curriculum.
Parents help with the making of costumes for the show and on the night. A real sense of fun and community spirit is shared by all.