For the third consecutive year, a student from Mougins School has come first in the International Schools’ Speech Competition held at the International School of Nice on 10 December, 2014.
Five schools competed with two students from each school. The subject of the first speech was “How to make the world a better place by the end of the 21st century”. The students’ speeches showed a profound awareness of the challenges facing all of us if we wish to construct a healthier and safer world for their future.
After this elimination stage, four students remained, two of whom were from Mougins School. These participants presented a speech on “Technology”, once again showing a surprising awareness, not only of the advantages, but also the pitfalls of the technical world in which we live.
Our congratulations to both Alexia Netcu (Form 9b) and Zara Blakey (Form 7b) for reaching the final stage and Isabelle Wood (Form 8b) the reserve competitor, and particularly to Zara who came first in the Competition.
12 December, 2014, was the day that Christmas commenced for Mougins School, but rather than receiving gifts, this was a time of giving.
Students in the Primary School have been bringing in new toys to be taken to the Hospital Lenval for Children in Nice, where they bring joy to those who are less fortunate and will be in hospital during the festive season. Assembled together in order to hand over the gifts to Madame Gentil, the incredible octogenarian with whom the School has collaborated for many years, the students heard Madame Gentil remind them how privileged they are and also thanked them for their generosity.
As many of our students live far from their families and often have little contact with their grandparents, this was a particularly precious moment reconciling two generations, particularly when the children spontaneously sang a Christmas song in French and brought tears to Madame Gentil’s eyes.
The previous day, Mougins School gave a car load of clothes to La Chaine de l’Espoir, an Association which provides clothes for children from Africa who come to France in order to receive vital medical treatment and arrive with little more than the summer clothes they are wearing.
As a final gesture of giving, the Headmaster of the School has taken on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in order to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Hospital Archet in Nice.