Message from Mrs Del Federico
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In this month’s Newsletter, you will read of some outstanding Sporting successes, most notably, that of Othman Harakat, who recently completed the notoriously challenging Marathon des Sables. Othman’s participation in that race sums up the spirit of Beau Soleil and the values which we hold dear. His ambition to attempt one of the hardest races in the world has proved inspirational to the whole school community. He trained relentlessly through winter, never allowing his busy schedule to impact negatively upon his academic work. During the actual race, he endured extreme conditions yet maintained his characteristic good humour throughout. He is testament to what can be achieved with the right combination of a good attitude, careful planning and determination to succeed. We are all in awe of his achievement and look forward to him leading the field when we participate in our final school Challenge of the year, the Ollon to Grand Cham Challenge, on June 22nd. I would warmly invite any parents or alumnae who are in Villars at that time, to join us for the race.
In next month’s Newsletter, we will have a special feature introducing you to the new staff who will join our team next term. I am delighted to attach here a video message from Mr Foyle, so that you can start to get to know him in advance of his arrival in August. He and I are working closely together to ensure that there is a seamless transition into his leadership of the school and we are well underway with planning for the coming year.
I would like also to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Mrs Jane White, who will replace Dr Thurston as Deputy Head, Pastoral, from September. Dr Thurston and his family are moving back to the UK where he will take up a position at Magdalen College School in Oxford. We will miss him greatly and wish him and his family all future success and happiness. Mrs White is currently Head of Social Sciences at an international college in Cambridge. She has spent much of her career in UK boarding schools, finishing with 6 years as a boarding housemistress before moving into international education. She spent a year as Head of Economics and Business Studies and a Deputy Houseparent at Aiglon College before moving to BISS Puxi in Shanghai where she was Head of Humanities before joining the Senior Leadership Team, initially as Head of Key Stage 3 and then as Head of Sixth Form. She is married and has three children, two at university in the UK and one who will join grade 10 at Beau Soleil in September. She is very much looking forward to returning to Switzerland and joining the Beau Soleil team.
Finally, you will shortly receive the formal invitation to our Graduation Ceremony on Friday June 24th and to a special Leavers' Reception at the RoyAlp on the evening of Thursday 23rd June. I look forward very much to seeing many of you at these events and celebrating with you, the hard work and achievements of our students and Faculty. If you have any questions about the end of term arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Finally, congratulations must be extended to our newly elected-prefect team for the next academic year. Please see overleaf for the full list.
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Marathon des Sables
Othman Harakat, 17, was one of the youngest runners in the 31st MARATHON DES SABLES and the youngest Moroccan participant in the history of the event. MDS is considered to be one of the toughest running events in the world.
In his own words: "I was indeed looking for a sporting event out of the ordinary, and I saw this one... because it takes place in my country, the choice was quickly made!"
To prepare for this event, Othman, had to train all winter and followed specific exercises and benefited from the guidance and advice provided by Miss Bruce, Mr Peltier, the Sports Department and previous runners of the MDS. He achieved the remarkable place of 207th out of 1109.
We have moved into the Summer Sports season and have started with great success. Gloria H won the SGIS Senior Girls tennis championships, Victoria W competed in the ADISR Horse Riding Competition in Geneva and we won 4 medals in the ADISR cross Country Competition. Elizaveta K won the moyen girls category, Natalia U and Andrea U came 3rd and 2nd respectively in seniors and Sergio L finished in 2nd in the senior boys category.
There are many more events to come, with swimming and tennis tournaments and the final instalment of our Challenge series which will take place in the last week of term where the overall winner will be crowned.
S. O' Hara
Grade 6 & 7s enjoyed a trip to Vevey to see Chaplin's World as a part of their drama curriculum.
The museum has just opened, and is extremely interactive: students had fun dressing up in the costumes of characters from Chaplin's films, and playing within the film sets. Hopefully, the trip will have inspired them towards creating their own silent movies, which you will be able to see at the end of June!
World Book Night
World Book Night celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death, and the 130th anniversary of Victor Hugo’s death.
Students cut a cake to celebrate the two literary icons' birthdays. We are also thrilled to introduce the first of a series of College Beau Soleil Podcasts, which was recorded during the Printemps des Poètes and on World Book Night by our Students to share their love for poetry and reading. Click here for the playlist.
Open Air Film Screening - Entrepreneurship Programme
31 students in Grade 9 are reaching the culmination of 8 months of work. On Friday 20th May, they will hold Beau Soleil's first ever Open Air Cinema screening. This cinematic experience will include a social with food, drink and music followed by a screening of one of the latest films on a professional outdoor cinema screen. There will be two sessions. The first will be aimed at Juniors and will start earlier in the evening with an age appropriate film. The second will be a more mature film, aimed at Middle School and Seniors.
The team have been working hard to make sure every last detail has been properly organised, from budgeting and finance, to fundraising, marketing, and venue organisation. The event will be the result of the students' hard work with minimal guidance or help from staff. So far they have been very successful, including raising over CHF1000 towards the event and presenting a convincing case to Mrs Del Federico and the school's finance office in order to secure the financial backing they need to run the event.
Now they are in the final run-up to the day itself and tickets will go on sale to students from Beau Soleil and neighbouring Swiss schools this week. We wish them every success in this ambitious entrepreneurial project.
K. McNicol, Beata S and Sofia C
The Beau Soleil Maths Competition took place recently and it was a great event in which 11 schools from all over Switzerland participated. Unfortunately, Beau Soleil's teams were not able to get on to the podium this time but the event was, nonetheless, a great success with all participants having had lots of fun and having had to engage their brains to solve some really tricky Maths problems!
As part of the event we were able to raise 950 CHF which we will be donating to local causes.
NAU Leadership Programme
Applications are now open for Nord Anglia Education’s Summer Leadership Academy in Oxford!
Students aged between 16 – 18 years are invited to join Balliol College, from July 31- August 13 to experience diplomacy in action.
Students will participate in leadership development activities, lectures by prominent scholars, and excursions around Oxford and London to learn about politics, history and economics. The two week programme will culminate in a final symposium modeled on the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, to develop effective solutions for real-world problems.
Spaces are limited, so please do book soon if you are interested. For more information, please visit http://www.nae.school/leadershipsummercamp Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Trip to Greece
After the IGCSE exams are over, as part of their Pre-IB course, Grade 10 students will be visiting Greece on a CAS Trip. As part of the IB, students have to show commitment to activities that cover Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). This trip to Greece will get them off to a flying start, with a range of activities from photography around the ancient Acropolis of Athens, to learning about the local food and culture on Zakynthos and exciting water sports on the island of Santorini. The itinerary is jam-packed with activities that will give them a true taste of the IB Spirit and plenty of opportunity to log their activities in anticipation of starting their IB courses in September
There is still time to join us for the Summer Camp!
An exciting summer of adventure, activities, new friendships and experiences awaits Beau Soleil summer campers!
The summer camp team are hard at work putting the final touches to a programme rich in variety and making the most of the beautiful surrounding region. From rafting, to stand up paddleboard, mountain biking, paintball, theatre, cinema special effects, rock climbing, overnight trips, cultural excursions, music, arts and crafts and much more, campers will leave with just one wish: to return!
The IBDP Examinations began on May 2nd. I would like to congratulate the students on the seriousness with which they have faced these examinations and wish them every success in the coming weeks. All 12th grade students will have finished their examinations by 20th May. On May 22nd, the Grade 11 Biology and Environmental Systems students will head to France for an intensive fieldwork course at The Eagle’s Nest in the Cevennes National Park.
Acclaimed Artists to Teach at Summer Performing Arts With Juilliard.
Leading the music programme is renowned violinist Annaliesa Place. Annaliesa is the director of strings at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey and has performed across the US, Europe and Asia. She has also performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Roots and Michael Bublé, among many others, she has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and David Letterman.
We are also privileged to have Hilary Easton as Dance Lead. Hillary has been part of the Juilliard faculty since 2012 and has previously taught at Princeton University and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to her own contemporary dance company, Hilary has choreographed for companies/artists including the Talking Band, Joffrey II, and Headwaters Dance Co.
Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is a unique opportunity for your child to study music, dance and drama with exceptional artists from the world’s leading performing arts educator, The Juilliard School. The two week programme is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 9-22 July, and is suitable for beginners to more advanced young artists.
A special discount of 10% will be given to Nord Anglia families and their friends so we encourage you to sign up now!
For more information and to register your interest, visit www.naejuilliard.school/summer-arts