Iwo Wojcik, an 18-year-old Polish student at Chavagnes International College looks set to establish something of a tradition linking Oriel College, Oxford with his unique Catholic boarding school in France.
Chavagnes bases its educational philosophy on the teachings of the Blessed John Henry Newman who, before his conversion to Catholicism from Anglicanism, was a Fellow of Oriel College in the University of Oxford.
A former Chavagnes boy (2002-2005), now Father Stephen Morrison, began the latter-day cooperation between Chavagnes and Oriel when he gained a place and then Organ and Academic Scholarships there several years ago.
Then another Oriel man, Father Bede Rowe, was Chavagnes chaplain from 2010-2014.
And now another successful Chavagnes student begins his studies in French literature at Oriel in October. Well done, Iwo!
According to Nick Morrison in The Telegraph, support for boarding schools has stabilised at arounf 68,000 pupils; and the nulber is now on the increase.
Part of this, Morrison claims, is due to an improvement in extra-cirricular activities on offer, and also because busy parents find boarding can be a better solution than having children at home with insufficient parental input due to hectic to work schedules.
The boarding school renowned for its back-to-basics approach, Chavagnes International College, was featured on Vatican Radio a few years ago; the journalist then drew attention to its ‘chilly dorms’ …
But now students at Chavagnes will be able to look forward to a cosy winter; double-glazing and extra insulation is being installed in dormitories over the Easter holidays, according to Headmaster Ferdi McDermott.
Chavagnes on Vatican Radio
As this Daily Telegraph Journalist shows, the learning curve of schools that have turned ‘co-ed’ (taking boys and girls) has been a steep one: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10576886/A-school-trip-that-went-a-little-too-far.html
The article alludes to the sad outcome of a too close relationship between boys and girls at school, which is the mistreatment of girls by boys ‘just looking to have fun’ and the untold tale of schoolgirl abortions, which can then scar a young woman for life.
https://www.facebook.com/catholicboardingschools is the new FB page for Catholicboardingschools.org
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference 2015 takes place in Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA from 7 – 10 July 2015. More details: http://www.theibsc.org/page.cfm?p=1773
To find out about the heroic fight of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to keep his schools Catholic read this:
Chavagnes International College : http://www.chavagnes.org
Real Catholic education for boys.
There are more “boy geniuses” than “girl geniuses” and more boys are in the top 1 percent of the IQ scale than girls. Bue on the whole, boys are having a tough time … check out author Michael Thompson here: