Summer Camp 2019: The 'Elephants' interview the Head of Academics!

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Summer Camp 2019: The 'Elephants' interview the Head of Academics!

Two students from the ‘Elephants’ decided to interview the Head of Academics for this year’s summer camp. They chose 10 questions they wanted to ask and then used their written language skills to type up the answers correctly, with a little assistance from their class teacher. Well done!

Here is a transcript of the interview that took place this morning!


1.  What do you enjoy about Summer Camp?

This particular summer camp I’m really enjoying being able to organise everything, and have a change from teaching. It is nice to have different things to do. It is also a challenge to organise classes, making sure everyone is in the right place and helping the teachers. 

2. Why did you choose to work in “La Garenne”?

Originally, I decided I needed a complete change from where I was working in London. I was very busy and it was very noisy and busy. I wanted to change it and I liked the look of the mountains and really wanted to learn how to ski.

3. How long have you worked in “La Garenne”?

I have been here for five years. In September, it will be my sixth year.

4. Why did you move to Switzerland?

It’s completely different with London and I really want to learn how to ski and have a new adventure.

5. What kind of music do you like? And why?

I like lots of different types of music. I really like film music and love music from musicals. As I am a classically trained musician, I also like to play and listen to classical orchestral music but also any chart pop music on the radio.

6. What is the most difficult challenge for you during the school year?

The most difficult challenge for me during the school year is when new children join the class, because sometimes it can be difficult when they arrive and cannot speak English or French.

7. What is the most difficult challenge for you during Summer Camp?

On the first day, the biggest challenge is making sure that everybody is in the right class and that nobody has been left out or in the wrong language group!

8. If you could go back in the time, where would you go?

When I was in school and we learnt about the Tudors and I still love reading books about that era, although I do not think it was a very happy time to live in! Maybe the 1960s or 1970s with all the old fashion designs and music.

9. What is the worst job you’ve done?

Probably page turning in the piano festival. It was very stressful as I had to follow the music and make sure I turned the pages in time for the pianist to continue!

10. Do you enjoy spending time in the mountains? If so, what do you enjoy doing? 

Yes, I love spending time in the mountains. I do a lot of hiking and running. I haven’t done a lot of cycling in the mountains, because my bike is too big for me! In the winter I love to ski and snow-shoe walk.


While some students were away at Europa Park, those left here spent the day exploring new ways of learning! We’ve had: cooking, drama, treasure hunts, farm visits, art and plenty more, including a try at meditation!

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Relax!

Trying out some meditation and relaxation in the Giraffes.

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Creating 3D faces in the Bear Cubs!

‘We love art and crafts!’

We look forward to welcoming back all our travelling campers tomorrow, to enjoy the remainder of camp 2!

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Summer Camp 2019: Getting down to detail!

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Summer Camp 2019: Getting down to detail!

Today, the ‘Cheetahs’ class have been using drama to practise their oral and reading skills. They worked together as a class to act out a story in English, reading from a playscript.

The have also been reading information and finding out about London, using pictures and graphic novels.

The ‘Giraffes’ class have been developing their writing using adjectives and feeling words. They created their own monsters and wrote sentences about their appearance and personalities. The students in this class have also been using special ‘word’ dice to help them create sentences and write them correctly.

The ‘Tigers’ class have also been adding more detail to their writing, using the addition of literary devices, such as adjectives, adverbs, verbs, nouns and prepositions, as well as up levelling to improve sentences using higher order words.

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Summer Camp 2019: Using Our Brains!

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Summer Camp 2019: Using Our Brains!

Today, the Bear Cubs have been creating faces using the interactive board, moulding play-dough and cutting and sticking. All of these have enabled them to learn and revise how to say, read and write the different parts of the body.

They have also been painting beautiful watercolour pictures of farm animals and learning to identify sounds to help them spell simple CVC words - Well done Bear Cubs!!


Aujourd’hui le groupe des marmottes a travaillé sur la manière d’exprimer ses goûts. Ces aliments qu’on aime, qu’on aime bien, qu’on adore... et ceux que l’on n’aime pas, voir que l’on déteste!! Les petites marmottes de La Garenne sont bien gourmandes car on a pu remarquer beaucoup de friandises dans la case j’adore!

Pauline, our French teacher for the younger students!

Pauline, our French teacher for the younger students!


The ‘Lions’ have been using their navigational and problem solving skills to follow directions and answer clues in a treasure hunt, entitled ‘The Mummies’ Curse’. They learnt about the Egyptians in their English lessons, through oral discussion, videos, comprehension and listening activities. This is a super example of how languages can be taught through different topics and subjects to increase interest.

The Lions watching a video about Ancient Egypt and answer comprehension style questions along the way!

The Lions watching a video about Ancient Egypt and answer comprehension style questions along the way!

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Summer Camp 2019: Another new start!

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Summer Camp 2019: Another new start!

Yesterday we welcomed a new group of campers for the second two weeks of La Garenne Summer Camp. All the new students are settling in well and enjoying the chance to make new friends, reunite with old friends and beginning their academic language lessons!

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All new students have been taking part in ‘getting to know you’ activities, after they were tested in class to assess their language levels. The younger students have been finding out where each other come from, what food they like, their families and so on…

The more advanced, older groups have jumped straight into focused writing, reading and grammar tasks, delivered in exciting and interesting ways: drama, video comprehensions, cloze exercises and group work.


Introducing our French Teachers, showing the more crazy sides of their personalities!!

Top left: Christophe and last camp’s ‘Renards’ class.

Top right: Salima and last camp’s ‘Blaireaux’ class.

Bottom left: Pauline and last camp’s '‘Marmottes’ class

Bottom right: Hélène and last camp’s ‘Bouquetins’ class.

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Summer Camp 2019: Goodbye to our first two week campers!

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Summer Camp 2019: Goodbye to our first two week campers!

Today is the last day of classes for our first two week campers! Many children are saying goodbye to new friends and teachers, but they have made plenty of memories and learnt new skills that they will carry with them forever.

We hope you all have safe journeys home and enjoy the rest of your holidays or time elsewhere.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to La Garenne next year!


Two students from the ‘Elephants’ class have written about their time over the last two weeks.

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Time passes, as fast as streams run. The first two weeks of summer camp are ending and Friday 12th will be the last day for some of the campers.
This week in Elephants English class we had a lot of mini-debates. We had a warm up debate about which animal is more superior, cats or dogs? Then, we prepared a more serious debate about whether co-ed schools are better than single-sex schools. We had to write our arguments and use linking phrases to put everything together. It ended up that single-sex schools are better because the teams arguing for this were better prepared and more convincing.
We also had a discussion about the fashion industry after watching a documentary on the subject.
On Tuesday we went to the music room in Beau Site and performed a series of classroom scenarios from different countries. By sharing our classroom experiences at home we learned that in Russia there are grumpy teachers, but the students have fun all of the time. Classrooms in Bulgaria and Italy were similar (the only difference was that teachers are kinder in Italy.) The traditional Chinese classroom is basically very formal with strict rules (which turns out to be boring.)
The whole week in Academia was pretty interesting.
— Siya (China)
This week was really interesting and I learned many things. There were some parts of the lessons that I enjoyed more than others though. For example, on Tuesday our class went to the Music Room in Beau Site and had a discussion about the differences between our classes and lessons in our countries. Then Denise (our teacher) asked us to recreate a lesson at all of our schools. That was quite interesting because it is a way to learn about the different nationalities. We discovered differences and similarities between lessons in Russia, Bulgaria, China and Italy.
Another thing I found enjoyable and interesting was watching a documentary called, ‘The True Cost’. It’s about the truth about the fashion industry - where our clothes come from and their impact on the planet.
Both of these things were really interesting, however the best thing we’ve done in my opinion was a debate on the topic, ‘For or against single-sex education’. Other students probably found other things we’ve done through the week more interesting, but I personally have been really interested in debating for the past two years and I’m also really interested in the fact that we were discussing it because I think education is the thing that I should know about because it will be a big part of my life and I’m always happy to enrich my knowledge about it.
The really surprising thing about the debate was that at first everybody was against single sex schools, but because the people who had to argue ‘for’ keeping boys and girls separate made better arguments, they won!
— Monika (Bulgaria)

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Summer Camp 2019: Our young artists and bakers!

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Summer Camp 2019: Our young artists and bakers!

Art is a place for children to trust their ideas, themselves and to explore what is possible.
— MaryAnn .F. Kohl
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Plenty of creative work has been happening around Academia this week and as it says above, children are learning through exploration of their ideas.


The Lions have been exploring the geography of our local area and created beautiful landscape pictures of the mountains, using pastels.

The Giraffes read the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and after retelling the story orally and writing in sentences, they created their own caterpillars!

Ce matin le groupe des marmottes a appris le vocabulaire du corps humain. Les élèves ont ensuite réalisé de drôles de monstres - 3 yeux, 6 bras, 1 jambe.... effrayant!

The Bear Cubs read the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and then played some speaking and listening games, before baking their very own gingerbread men!

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Summer Camp 2019: Inside and Outside!

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Summer Camp 2019: Inside and Outside!

Week 2 got off to a super start on Monday, with academic activities taking place in the classroom and outside.

Les bouquetins ont eu la chance de regarder le film,  La vache  et d'en apprendre un peu plus sur le Maghreb et l'influence arabe dans la langue française!

Les bouquetins ont eu la chance de regarder le film, La vache et d'en apprendre un peu plus sur le Maghreb et l'influence arabe dans la langue française!


The Monkeys used their conversational and listening skills during some carpet time, before completing some work linked to this in their Summer Camp workbooks.


Et dans les Renards…

Entre ce que je pense, ce que je veux dire, ce que je crois dire, ce que je dis, ce que vous voulez entendre, ce que vous entendez, ce que vous croyez comprendre, ce que vous voulez comprendre et ce que vous comprenez: il y a au moins neuf possibilités de ne pas se comprendre... 

Que c'est amusant et compliqué de communiquer entre nous!

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Summer Camp 2019: Learning something new!

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Summer Camp 2019: Learning something new!

Our first week at La Garenne has been awesome! We have really enjoyed class time and it has been more interesting than we imagined it would be! We have a really nice teacher and when we study, learning new things, she makes us laugh and we have fun!
— English Section - Lions Class
English Section - Lions Class

English Section - Lions Class

Our first week of Summer Camp has been great! Lots of new friends, plenty of learning and fun in all classes!

From the more traditional academic learning to more a holistic teaching approach, through games and art, all children have learned something new!


Et dans la section Française…

Cette semaine j’ai adoré toutes les chansons, ça nous réveille avant de commencer la leçon! Nous avons appris à compter et les couleurs.
J’ai appris à compter jusqu’à 20, je savais déjà compter jusqu’à 10!
Je sais dire les mots pour être poli : bonjour, merci et s’il vous plait.
— Section Française - Marmottes

Après une longue discussion sur le thème de l'amitié, les 14 bouquetins se sont préparés à un débat: Peut-on rester meilleur toute la vie?". S'en est suivi un débat acharné de 30 minutes pour répondre à la question...!

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Summer Camp 2019: Working Hard!

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Summer Camp 2019: Working Hard!

All students, in both the French and English Sections, have been working extremely hard today. The familiar sounds of happy group work and collaboration can be heard as you walk around the Academic building, and can be seen when you look through the classroom windows.

The students have been working on tasks ranging from vocabulary-based learning, to oral interview tasks, all of which are engaging the children and enhancing their language skills.

The students in the younger classes have started developing their basic reading and writing skills through the introduction of phonics and some of the other students have had an opportunity to use our interactive resources to improve their language on the interactive whiteboards, through games and exercises.

Another super morning has been had by all!

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