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Summer Camp 2018 Week 1 - Day 1

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Summer Camp 2018 Week 1 - Day 1

Welcome! Bienvenue!

The students spent a busy morning getting to know one another and their teachers. They took a tour of the school and enjoyed using the school games and equipment at break time. The students each completed an assessment to check that they are in the right class for their level.

Class starts at 08:30 each morning, there is a break from 10:00 - 10:30 and then class from 10:30 - 12:00. Students who have signed up for one-to-one private lessons will begin tomorrow and these take place before or after their lunch.

Students can spend each morning improving either their English or French with our enthusiastic teachers. This year we have 7 English teachers and 5 French teachers.

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Week 6 - Day 5

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Week 6 - Day 5

Final Friday!

We hope the students have had as much fun as we have! A big THANK YOU to all the children who joined us this year and to their families. We hope the students have made lasting memories while here at La Garenne. 

If you fell in love with Switzerland and would like to return to La Garenne, why not experience life here in the snow, admissions to our Winter Camp are now open! 

This is what some of our students have said about their LG experience over the last 6 weeks.

Jennifer Lakah, Eygpt
 `I love the new boarding house, Beau Site, it is like staying in a hotel. I definitely want to come back to summer camp next year.`

Salma Jalbout, Lebanon
`La Garenne is the best camp I have been to, it has become like a second home to me. Some of my best memories are spending time with my roommates who will become lifelong friends.`

Kehinde Egbaiyelo, Nigeria
 `I learnt a lot while at La Garenne. My favourite activities were ice skating and exploring in the trees. I also love the cake here.`

Royce Tong, Hong Kong
`I have had a happy time here at La Garenne, I would love to come back next year!`

Zinaide Iksanova, Russia
`It is a very good school, I love the lessons in the morning and all the afternoon activities, I want to return.`

Hana Farshici, Iran
`I love the activities in the afternoon. I enjoy writing in class and my English teacher is great. Also the lunches are yummy!`

Ka Yik Zong, China
`I really enjoy class, some of the games we play are fun and we learn a lot. I had lime ice cream which was delicious.`

Lou Poulard, Swiss
`The activities were super good, there was a great ambiance and we laughed a lot with the monitors.`

Takahiro Ochi, Japan
`Each day we did a different activity so I was never bored. I am coming back in September to study during the year.`

Carlota Ruscica, Spain
`Everything is beautiful here. I have lots of friends. I love colouring in class.`

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Week 6 - Day 4

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Week 6 - Day 4

Thursday 10th August!

A big thank you to our fantastic students and super teachers. Here are some class photos from our third and final summer camp. Thank you to Philippe, our talented school photographer!

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Week 6 - Day 3

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Week 6 - Day 3

Happy Wednesday!

What have the children been up to this morning...

The children in the French section have been working in pairs, asking each other questions and answering one another using their new acquired vocabulary. The teacher filmed the children and they enjoyed watching themselves speaking in French.

Our youngest children have been reading and learning through the story, `Elmer the Elephant`. This provided many opportunities to revisit vocabulary about colours, size and shape, they also talked about different emotions.

This week the beginner English group have been learning to express preferences using the "I like, I don’t like" structure.  They have learnt the vocabulary for various fruits and vegetables by reading the books - Handa’s Surprise and The Farmer’s Vegetables. In the class they like lots of fruits and vegetables. Zilong loves strawberries and Leoto likes watermelon. Anna does not like mushrooms and nobody likes spinach! Everyone likes cheese!

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Week 6 - Day 2

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Week 6 - Day 2

This morning I took the opportunity to chat with Aya Kallas who is one of our summer camp students!

Aya is turning 12 in October, she lives in Lebanon with her parents and will have spent 4 weeks with us here at La Garenne this summer. Aya came to LG summer camp last year, she studied in the French section and this year she is in our advanced English class.

How does your life and school in Lebanon differ to life here at LG in Switzerland?

My school is much bigger than LG, it is a day school and not a boarding school. We have many facilities and it is a French/English bilingual school. Here at La Garenne in Switzerland, it is a lot greener, the air is fresh and it is very beautiful. I live in the city so there is a lot of traffic and pollution.

What do you enjoy doing at the weekend?

I love gymnastics and I also dance, I sometimes enter competitions. I specialise in hip hop. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends, we often walk to the shopping mall which is close to my home.

What would you like to do in the future?

I would like to be an interior designer or an architect. I think I would like to live in either Switzerland, France or Los Angeles. When I went on holiday to California I fell in love with it, there were so many activities to do there and I loved the beach and swimming pools.

Tell me something people don`t know about you?

All of my friends love Justin Bieber and sometimes I go along with them but actually I don`t like his music at all :)

What are your thoughts about LG summer camp?

I love the fact that there are so many activities involving water, my favourite activity was going on the banana boat on the lake, it was so much fun! Being in the fresh air surrounded by beauty makes me feel lucky. At La Garenne we are only allowed to use our phones at certain times, I actually like the rule as normally I am always on my phone and it can be very distracting. I also like having class in the morning and activities in the afternoon, it breaks the day up and I enjoy learning and working alongside my friends. The most fun happens in the evenings, when I giggle with my friends. I enjoyed working on the singing and video project, it is great fun and a good way to learn new vocabulary.

Please watch the video below, Aye features in: Believer, song created by singing club during summer camp

 

Thank you so much Aye, it was great getting to know you more.

 

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Week 6 - Day 1

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Week 6 - Day 1

Magnificent Monday!

It is another beautiful day! During the breaktime this morning, the children enjoyed playing and speaking with each other and also taking the time to bond with our wonderful teachers and staff. Learning doesn`t just take place in the classroom.

What have the children been up to this morning...

The children have been busy this morning. In the beginner English class, the children enjoyed reading the book, Handa`s Surprise. The book took them on a journey and was used to reinforce the new vocabulary learnt in class. En section française ce matin nous avons étudié les animaux puis chacun a parlé de son animal préféré et l'a dessiné.

Private Lessons

Some of the children have private lessons during the summer camp. Parents can sign their child up to have extra one-to-one support in English or French. The lessons take place for 30 minutes at lunchtime with our class teachers.

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Week 5 - Day 6

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Week 5 - Day 6

Sensational Saturday!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

Making learning relevant to children is fundamental. Giving children opportunities to contribute to an activity increases their motivation and confidence. We try to encourage the children to be actively engaged in the learning process, interacting with the teacher and each other.

En section française nous avons étudié le vocabulaire des cheveux et nous en avons profité pour changer de style !

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Week 5 - Day 5

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Week 5 - Day 5

Fabulous Friday!

The children have had a busy morning learning. Let`s have a look in the classrooms and see what the children have been doing today.

Each classroom at La Garenne has an interactive smart board. The classrooms all have beautiful views of the mountains.

 

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Week 5 - Day 4

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Week 5 - Day 4

Thursday

This morning I took the opportunity to ask Pauline some questions about her experience ofLG summer camp.

Pauline Chavelet is one of our summer camp French teachers. She also teaches French as a Foreign Language at La Garenne during the school year. Pauline has worked at La Garenne now for 5 years and she likes hiking in the mountains, skiing and swimming.

1)   How are students placed into the French summer camp classes?

The children who are 6 years old and below are in one class so that the activities can be planned around the younger ages. It is important to appeal to the children`s interests and so we prefer to keep the younger children together. The other children are all given a placement test at the beginning of the camp and using these results we separate them into the appropriate level for their needs.

2)   What kind of things do you do with the children in class during the summer camp morning sessions?

This year I am teaching the younger children and the majority of the children are beginners. We sing, learn new vocabulary, play games like bingo, use the interactive smart board, complete matching and sequencing activities, watch short clips and answer questions.

3)   How does learning French at summer camp differ to learning French in the school year here at La Garenne?

During the summer camp we teach French through topic-based activities, they learn the day-to-day and survival vocabulary that they may need and can use in basic conversations. We try to make it fun and interactive when possible. During the year we teach French everyday to each class at a differentiated level, it is more academic and we follow a programme. The children work towards taking the DELF exam when they are in Year 5/Year 6.

4)   This will be your fifth year teaching French at LG summer camp, what do you enjoy about summer camp?

Each summer it is always great to meet new children and see familiar faces from previous years. I always feel happy when a student has been in summer camp and then decides to join us for the school year. The children are always happy and motivated so we have fun while learning.

 

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Week 5 - Day 3

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Week 5 - Day 3

Wonderful Wednesday!

Look at the beautiful view from our classroom windows! The sun is shinning and the students are smiling, learning, making friends and having fun!

Let`s find out what some of the children have been doing in class this morning:

Today the children have read the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and they also watched a short video clip. They then sequenced the story using pictures before retelling the story in groups using story maps. The children finished the morning by sequencing the written story and answering comprehension questions.

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