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2016: A Truly Holistic Educational Year


2016 has been another action-packed year at Le Bocage International School. The year started off with some of our best IB Diploma and IGCSE results and has continued to be an eventful year with excellent sporting, academic and other lifelong learning experiences. Our Prefect Body has been exceptionally active and have been excellent role-models, while our Form 1 students have been as exceptionally lively and inquisitive a bunch as we would expect! We received our official CIS Re-accreditation status after the successful completion of our First Report on Planning and Progress, and we also received excellent and very supportive feedback from our IB Diploma Five-Year Evaluation.

Over the past year we have once again seen our students broadening their horizons and spreading their wings. This year was the first in which Le Bocage competed in football on an international stage. In March, the Under-20 team embarked upon a journey to Barcelona to play against three teams from the region. Two months later we took two Under-15 teams to the same area to play in the Barcelona Summer Cup. The experience was a truly exceptional one for all participants. Elsewhere, our Form 7s participated in the annual Model United Nations in Rome, and exceeding all expectations, brought home a number of special awards for their achievements. Our Form 6 students embarked upon a wonderful CAS experience in the UK, experiencing all of the learning outcomes of the programme. Our younger MYP students took an educational trip to South Africa focusing on the history, geography and culture of the country, while also squeezing in a paintball challenge! I look forward to hearing all about our Form 2 students’ experience when they return from India after competing in Geofest. As you can see, Bocage continues to support and sponsor these extra-curricular activities that help to develop and nurture the holistic education that we continue to promote.

As we continue to look outside of the classroom for some unique and excellent learning experiences, we have been fortunate to have been graced by some wonderful guest presenters at school. With the introduction of the first STEM Fair, we were delighted to receive the Honourable President of the Republic of Mauritius who delivered a wonderful speech and then exchanged in a Q&A session with our students. Some of our older students had the privilege to attend a conference and speech hosted by the UN General Secretary earlier in the year. We have had various government Ministers, ambassadors, scientists, and other leading professionals and experts in their respective fields, speak to our students. We have also welcomed various parent speakers, and we even had the Welsh National Football Team Coach, Chris Coleman, speak to our students.

This year also saw the completion of our new Mezzanine Level in the Library. This new addition has not only provided extra workspace for our students, but it has added significant aesthetic improvements, and we have seen a rise in the “popularity” of the Library. The next major capital project will be the restructuring of the reception area and also the completion of a covered walkway and waiting area for the students on the upper tarmac area.

2016 has indeed been a wonderful year and I am eager to see what 2017 has in store!

I thank all of the stakeholders for their input and support as we continue to strive to nurture an environment that provides a passion for lifelong learning.

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David Jenkins
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