This is the biannual LCS community newsletter. You are receiving this newsletter because you have either submitted an enrolment application for your child (or children), or because you have signed up for one of our Open Mornings. Our next Open Morning will take place this Friday, November 4th at 9.30 am. Please register here should you wish to attend .
We are pleased to share some news of what has been happening at LCS since we spoke last.
We are particularly happy to share the news that our new wing has been officially completed and inaugurated on October 13th, with new learning facilities now being used by the whole school.
We hope you will be able to visit the school soon to see all these wonderful changes. Until then, please enjoy a little insight via this newsletter, which we are glad to introduce as a new semesterly send-out.
Please feel free to contact the Admissions Team at any time should you have any questions or queries.
Thank you for your time.
Crazy Days Each year, on the last day of school before school holidays, we celebrate by doing a “Crazy Day” that consists of dressing up according to a silly theme chosen by the teachers. This year we have celebrated Crazy Hair Day, Crazy Sock Day and Pyjama Day. Have a look at some of the photos!
November 2022 Science Fair
November 2022 French Schools Abroad Week
3 December 2022 Christmas Market
Janvier 2023 Asia-Pacific Badminton Championship in Singapore
March 2023 School Fête
March 2023 Ambassadors in the Making
April 2023 Asia-Pacific Swimming Championship - CAPN
June 2023 End-of-year Concert
EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL, ARTISTIC AND SPORTS FACILITIES
These new facilities were inaugurated at a beautiful ceremony on October 13th and will offer our students and teachers a modern, sustainable and enjoyable learning environment, including:
– A welcoming entrance and "Esplanade" sporting a coffee cart, Café de Flore, which has become very popular with LCS parents at drop-off time.
– Maternelle and Elementary classrooms and expanded playgrounds.
– A new physical exercise room for Maternelle students to develop their gross motor skills.
– A new multipurpose gymnasium.
– A learning kitchen for the culinary education of the students.
– Nap room for the youngest students.
– New offices, meeting rooms, storage and maintenance workshops.
– Underground staff parking lot.
These new facilities complement the work carried out during the past four years to renovate our classrooms and facilities to provide students and teachers with a sustainable, comfortale and functional learning environment.
FRENCH NATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD
As a member school of the network of French Schools Abroad (AEFE), our students regularly participate in events, projects and competitions with other schools in France as well as other network schools abroad. This year, our year 11 students participated in the French National Mathematics Olympiad along with over 22 000 others from schools across France and the AEFE.
Two of our students, Omar and Didier, did so well that they placed among the top 50 finalists and were invited to attend an awards ceremony and mathematics conferences in Paris at the Institut du Monde Arabe. Didier was unable to make the trip, but Omar, accompanied by his maths teacher, attended the ceremony where it was announced that both he and Didier placed among the top 25. Omar received a silver medal from the Minister of Culture, Mr Jack Lang, and was asked to address the audience and speak about his experience abroad.
OUR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS CREATE A HUMANITIAN ASSOCIATION
7 of our IB1 students have taken the initiative to create a humanitarian association, Pages for Change, as part of their CAS program: Creativity, Activity and Service. The association aims to collect and categorise books - novels, textbooks, comics, dictionaries, and encyclopaedias - in French and English from primary, junior secondary and senior secondary school, and to donate them to organisations in Australia or abroad that need them.
After a heated discussion about what to call the association, the students set about creating a logo that would best represent the association and its purpose. Next the students had to find associations and organisations in need, sort and box the books, carry out fundraising, organise the transportation of the resources and make sure that they arrived safely.
In June, the Pages for Change association delivered twenty boxes full of books to the Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy who will distribute them in the different penitentiary centres across NSW.
AMBASSADORS IN THE MAKING
Each year our school, along with all French primary and high schools around the world, participates in the AEFE public speaking contest, the Ambassadors in the Making. This competition aims to promote both reflection, analysis and oral expression, as well as to raise awareness among our students and communities about important global issues. In 2022, the theme was “Seas and Oceans: the Challenges of Our Planet” and our students prepared speeches and performances with the help of their teachers and classmates, as well as an incursion by Tristan Salles, a geoscience teacher and marine biologist from the University of Sydney.
The children participated in LCS semifinals followed by an LCS grand finale in front of an impressive list of judges including the Consul General of France to Sydney, and their performances were then sent in to the international judges of the AEFE. One of our students, Mary in year 5, was selected as one of the global finalists invited to perform in Paris this summer (Australian winter). The students and teachers were very excited and proud to have a global finalist among us, and we wish Mary the best of luck!
CÉDRIC JANVIER, AUTHOR & STORYTELLER, AT LCS TO WORK WITH OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Cédric Janvier spent his childhood exploring the banks of the Rhône, giving free rein to his imagination as he wandered through the forest of the Table Ronde island, populated by ash trees, maples, clematis as well as beavers, frogs and foxes. Janvier’s exploration of the incredible fauna and flora inspired stories that encourage children to reflect about our place here on earth, and that is how a natural park officer came to begin writing children’s books that are read and loved around the globe.
Mr Janvier began working with AEFE schools in 2013 when he was invited to visit the French school of Shanghai. He then began looking into ways of integrating reading, animation and class interaction, and this integration can be witnessed in Janvier's passion for Kamishibai, a Japonese method of bringing books and stories to life. Cédric Janvier has worked with dozens of AEFE schools and in 2019, he won the Azimut prize. During his time at LCS, Mr Janvier will carry out different workshops with the students:
With the year 2 and 4, Cédric leads workshops to create stories that will be read to other students.
With the year 3 and 5 classes, the aim is to develop creative writing around the theme of the Knights of the Round Table. While other year 5 classes experience adventure with Jack Bright, one of Janvier’s characters, and will then do radio interviews.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES : LEARNING TO WORK TOGETHER IN LEGO CLUB
LCS offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities for students in Grande Section/Kindergarten and over. Each semester a new programme is put together that includes something for everyone’s taste; a sewing club, hip hop dancing, soccer, cooking, yoga & mindfulness, game design, chess club, theatre, and more.
Last year saw the introduction of Lego Club, where children aged 5-8 learn to work together, to take on different roles and to manage their time, to be patient, resilient, and most of all to have fun!
A LOOK BACK ON THE PAST SCHOOL YEAR
Year 6 Camp
Camp got off to a great (albeit wet) start. After some bonding and icebreaker activities, the students filled their bellies with lunch before groups went off to giant swings, go karting and vertical cluster. The first set of activities were amazing and seeing how much fun the students were all having, the teachers couldn't resist joining in while the kids cheered them on. Late afternoon was filled with a very lively game of grab the tag and insightful information sessions on clear and kind communication, and purposeful and safe technology use. In the evening 6ème danced the night away at a silent disco.
The next couple of days brought more physical activities, an LCS ‘survivor’ challenge, strategy, teamwork and wellbeing activities, pom pom making and knot tying, a movie night/sing-a-long and plenty of memorable moments shared.
Meet two former students of the Lycée Condorcet to talk about their career paths, their future plans and their best memories of the LCS.