Autumn Update by the Head of the British Section, Les Albiston

Autumn Update by the Head of the British Section, Les Albiston

Blog Post by Les Albiston

Each new school year brings the opportunity for new beginnings and for this rentrée “new” seems to be the major theme. We have new staff, a new website and a brand new partner school. Carrie Jack joins us from the International Lycée in Lyon, bringing with her a wealth of experience in teaching bilingual students. Carrie is working as the liaison teacher between our primary and secondary programmes ensuring for our pupils a smooth transition between the CM2 and 6ème classes. She also has responsibility for the delivery of the first three years of our secondary programme, which is known as Key Stage 3.

Sylvia Lozano is our new administrative assistant and many of you I am sure will come to know her in the British Section office. Sylvia spent several years working in London and in Paris prior to taking up her role with English 31.

Sam Backhouse also has a new role as the co-ordinator of the whole primary programme and she also brings not only her teaching expertise but also the wealth of experience and understanding gained in her years of service with English 31.

The English 31 Committee have been busily developing a new website for the Association with its official presentation and launch planned for the AGM in October.

Certainly the most significant new element to our programme is the transfer of our primary programme to the brand new school Lucie Aubrac in Ramassiers, Colomiers. The new site has been met with universal admiration and we are very fortunate indeed to have such a wonderful environment in which to develop our primary school programme. What is most encouraging is the very positive attitude and the levels of co-operation of all concerned in this partnership.

Of course as always at this time of year, we have new pupils and new families in our Association and on behalf of the British Section I wish you all a very warm welcome and successful school year.

I have written much about what is new this year. What remains the same is our commitment to organizing and delivering an excellent programme of English to all our pupils. Last year saw great success in examinations and a very rich programme of extra-curricular events, all of which I will present in detail in my annual report, which you will receive shortly before the AGM. I look forward to meeting you in person at the AGM, I congratulate all members of the Association on the excellent school year we have just concluded and wish you all much happiness in the year to come.

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