Message from the Principal
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Message from Mrs Del Federico
The first half term of 2016 flew by, and we face an even shorter term ahead of us. With every passing week I am increasingly impressed by the amazing strength of spirit and determination shown by our students. I hope that you will enjoy reading about some of the events and opportunities of the past month, and sharing with me, a great sense of pride in the accomplishments of our community.
From scaling our local mountains in the dark, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at sunrise, working with local disenfranchised communities, to helping develop new infrastructures in the Dominican Republic, the scope and courage, of our young men and women is truly remarkable. So too, their dedication and talents, as is clear from the extraordinary art work I see around the school, the music I hear in performance and the triumphs I witness on the basketball court, the ski slopes and in classrooms. (Continued...)
This term is incredibly important for our examination year students, who are now in the final weeks of their courses. In order to support them and to help establish a strong culture of independent and focused study, we have made some changes to the after school routine. By increasing the quiet study time in the evenings, students will all benefit from a more structured approach which I hope will help them to devote the necessary amount of time to their learning. Our younger students will make the most of extended Quiet Time for independent reading: one of the best ways that they can extend their vocabulary and improve their linguistic skills. We have also introduced Tea at 4 pm so that everyone can pause with a drink and a snack and enjoy some informal time shared between staff and students.
We have many exciting things to look forward to in the short half term ahead. We have already hosted our first Business and Entrepreneurship week and coming up we have the Night Ski Challenge, our whole school Ski Race Day and a superb range of speakers and visitors coming in to the school. This is an aspect of school life that I am keen to develop and I like to would extend a warm invitation to any parents or alumni who would like to participate in our speaker programme. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to give a presentation or host a visit.
Laced as my words have been, with a sharp awareness of time passing, and the interconnectedness of past actions upon the present and indeed, the future, I would like to leave you with one of T S Eliot's musings on the complex relationship we hold with time.
I hope to see many of you at our IB Art Exhibition or at the Parent/Teacher meetings which mark the end of the Winter Term on Tuesday March 22nd (for 6-8 Grade 6ème 4ème). Otherwise, as ever, should you wish to discuss any aspect of the school, do not hesitate to get in touch with me at Principal@beausoleil.ch
Grand Chamossaire Challenge
Grand Chamossaire Challenge
The evening of Saturday February 6th saw our winter Grand Chamossaire Challenge take place. This involved running or walking from Villars to the top of the mountain. It was encouraging that so many staff and family members were present to give their support. All of the participating students completed the event in excellent times. Congratulations must go to Othman H, the boys' winner and Sofia U, winner of the girls' race.
However, events such as this do not just celebrate winners. Many students enjoyed their own personal achievements. For example Louis M made it back on time to compete after a local ski race and ran the whole challenge and Anna B completed the event despite being medically dispensed. Louis F-S showed great encouragement for others by running up and down the final hill helping others to finish and Rika Y showed great determination to complete the challenge in an excellent personal time. Amaya R even celebrated her 18th Birthday during the event, certainly a birthday to remember!
A feat such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should not be rushed into, which is why the 30+ students and staff started their ascent slowly. This would increase to 200 metres per hour, but time was given to acclimatise and to offer the best chance at reaching the summit.
In Beau Soleil spirit, students created a great atmosphere and helped each other through the difficult times. It allowed chance to reflect on and be grateful for those behind the scenes who were supporting, including the porters, guides and those who provided a delicious meal each night.
The day of the summit itself began early. At 1.00am it was time to gather head torches and start walking. The body at altitude can be unpredictable, and it is impossible to know how it might respond to the conditions. This unfortunately meant that some had to return despite their best efforts. For the rest, they would reach the summit between 7.30-8.00AM and celebrated at the top before the descent.
The experience ended with the team enjoying a safari and a well-deserved rest. This was a truly amazing experience and epitomised all of the values of Beau Soleil.
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Astrid Ihle - UN Interpreter
Theatre in London
Middle Eastern Cruise
Beau Soleil had the great pleasure to welcome and interview Astrid Ihle (a professional conference interpreter for the European Union) about her experience of growing up in the ex-GDR and the impact the reunification had on her life. This was particularly insightful for the students who could apply this to their studies at the moment.
Theatre in London
Students had a packed programme. They saw five shows in four days; attended an acting workshop at the National Theatre with the lead actor from 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'; had two backstage tours - one at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the other at the Globe Theatre. They saw the Theatre and Performance exhibition at the V&A Museum; took in China Town at Chinese New Year; did a quick shop in Harrods; wrote reflections on what they had experienced; and ate and slept well indeed!
Middle Eastern Cruise
Over Half Term, ten students and two members of staff arrived in Dubai to meet our cruise ship, the Costa Fortuna.
After an overnight sail to Oman, the group had chance to drive 4x4s to Wadi Al Arbeieen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The following day was spent enjoying the beach, dipping toes in the Arabian Sea, before sailing to Khasab.
There they boarded a traditional dhow for a cruise through the Omani limestone fjords and were lucky enough to see wild dolphins. (Video by Elizabeth Y.)
The relaxtion stopped here as the next part of the trip was to Abu Dhabi, home to the fastest roller coaster in the world at Ferrari World!
The next day was a tour of Dubai by day and by night, ending with dinner on the desert. Arabic foods were sampled with male and female dancers and the entertainment continued with hands being decorated with henna and holding falcons! The final item on the agenda was a trip to the red desert dunes for dune driving, camel riding and sand surfing. This amazing trip ended with some intensive shopping therapy at the Dubai Mall or the Gold Souk.
During the months of January and February, our Alumni Director travelled to Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Miami and Mexico, gathering our alumni from different years and generations for dinner. These reunions allow us to stay in touch with our former students and find out about their current activities. It’s always a very intimate and fun event, everyone sharing their unforgettable school memories.
Following Scottish tradition, we hosted our first Burns Night celebrations, which is traditionally held to remember the life of poet Robert Burns. The Juniors tasted food such as haggis and took part in a Ceildih, learned celtic dances and songs to the accompaniment of bagpipes.
Preparations for our Summer Camp are under-way, so if you are interested in experiencing a summer of awesome activities and excursions and fun with friends from around the world, join us from July 2nd to July 31st. Contact email@example.com
IB CAS - Creativity, Activity and Service
Miss Pipe, IB CAS coordinator, has been impressed with the service activities undertaken by Grade 12. The following students have been presented with awards for their efforts and should be congratulated:
Kevin Kolb who summitted Cotopaxi a 5986m peak in Equador, went to teach English in India, took a full part in all school challenges, volunteered for the handi concept ski trip and also learnt to play the guitar.
Emilie Obayda who volunteered at Lourdes with elderly and disabled people and has continued to learn the violin.
Camila Rivas who took art courses at Barnard University (USA) and taught English in Jordan during her summers and at an Indian primary school. She has participated in the Model United Nations club, was involved in with the school literary magazine and has assisted at the local refugee centre.
Kevin at Cotopaxi, Emilie in Lourdes and Camila at Barnard University