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Parent-made new short film on life at Chavagnes, Catholic boarding school for boys

For information on Chavagnes international College: www.chavagnes.org


Another Chavagnes boy heads for Oriel

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!

Boarding Schools Are Good for Teenage Boys

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/boarding-schools-good-teenage-boys for an article by an American Headmaster on how boarding schools could be just what teenage boys need.

In Europe, visit http://www.chavagnes.org for a Catholic boarding school with similar values and ideals.

Triple-bac at Chavagnes : One school is blazing a trail …

One pupil at Chavagnes International College, an international Catholic boarding school for boys hailed as one of the 100 best schools in the world , is blazing a new trail in university matriculation. Its pupils routinely sit the French baccalaureate and English A-levels at the same time, but one of its pupils, 18-year-old Iwo Wojcik from Poland, is aiming to gain the French baccalaureate, UK A-levels and the Polish ‘Matura’ all in one go.

Ambitious Iwo, a keen trumpeter, actor and footballer, has already secured an offer from Oriel College, Oxford to read French this coming autumn.

Last year, Ambroise Julien Laferrière was the first French alumnus of Chavagnes to take up a place at the University of Buckingham, the university which has been top or near top of the National Student Survey (NSS) in student satisfaction every year since 2006. Ambroise picked up UK qualifications in French, Spanish, Religious Studies and Maths plus the French Baccalaureate in Economic Sciences at Chavagnes International College before beginning his degree course in International Business Management.

More information: www.chavagnes.org

Scotland and France both have all-boys’ boarding schools belonging the International Boys School Coalition

Research strongly indicates that most boys have different learning styles and needs when compared to girls. Most boys develop
mentally, physically, and emotionally at a different rate from girls.

It is our experience that boys’ interests, hobbies, and inclination to physical activity respond best to a male focused framework
to learning. We believe that boys who learn in such an environment tend to become more comfortable and confident, enabling
them to develop a diverse range of interests and talents.

The fact that boys in boys’ schools academically out-perform boys in co-educational schools is reaffirmed by a glance at league
tables. But, according to the website of Merchiston College (http://www.merchiston.co.uk/), near Edinburgh, boys also thrive under the outstanding pastoral care provided by staff who are specially experienced in looking after boys’ needs.

Merchiston is a member of the International Boys School Coalition, founded in the United States to promote the study and development of education for boys. Another  member school, which also teaches the English curriculum,  is Chavagnes International College, the Catholic boarding school for boys, situated in the west of France.

Catholic Independent Schools Conference

“The Joy of the Gospel in our Schools” was the title of the recent annual conference of the Catholic Independent Schools Conference, held 15-16 January 2015 at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge.

More details of CISC: http://www.cisc.uk.net

Double Diploma at Chavagnes International College

Congratulations to the two leavers this year at the small but respected Chavagnes International College who are now about to begin university studies.

Maximilian Micallef Eynaud (Chavagnes 2007-2014, their first pupil to complete all 7 years of secondary education at Chavagnes) has now gone to the Delft University of Technology (http://www.tudelft.nl/en/) to study Aerospace Engineering.

Ambroise Julien Laferrière (Chavagnes 2011-2014, and their first pupil to qualify for university with the French baccalaureate and British A-levels) is going to the University of Buckingham (http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/) to study Business and Management.

Well done for securing those places, and we wish you all the best in your studies.

Next year (summer 2015), the school expects 3 boys to sit the French baccalaureate and British A-levels, with 3 more sitting just A-levels.

Chavagnes opens ‘Double Diploma’ class : French Bac and A-levels!


Chavagnes International College Students

Chavagnes International College in France is the first school in the world to offer a class with the option of taking British A-levels and the French baccalauréate simultaneously. Other schools have offered hybrid qualifications with double validation between two education systems (French/Spanish; French/German most notably), but Chavagnes has this year a class of 7 boys, 4 of whom will be sitting the French Baccalauréat ES and a selection of British A-levels simultaneously.  The school’s mulitlingual environment, with native teachers of English, French, German and Spanish, makes languages a must for all students.

Most classes are taught in English, but special classes in the medium of French are offered to Bac candidates in Philosophy, French, Economics and History.

This coming June, the top class (Year 13/ Terminale), with just two students, includes one Frenchman who will sit the Bac, 3 A-levels and 1 AS-level; plus a Maltese student who will have taken 7 subjects at AS, moving on to 4 at A-level.

For more information, visit www.chavagnes.org

Living with the martyrs in a Catholic school

St. Edmund’s College, a small Catholic boarding school in Ware, England, is full of history. Not the usual type of history at the usual high school. St. Edmund’s actually traces its history back to 1586 and the founding of the English College at Douay, France. Cardinal William Allen started the college in order to educate young Catholics not allowed to exercise their religion under the harsh laws of Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603 …

for more on this , see: http://catholicexchange.com/2010/11/26/28810/

Capuchin junior seminary still fostering vocations

The Milwaukee and Wisconsin Journal Sentinel carries a report on St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.  Featuring interviews with boys, staff and former pupils, the article highlights the way in which St Lawrence has had to adapt to survive.

Although the focus has shifted from junior priestly formation to leadership training, the the Friars who run the school still encourage boys to think about the priesthood, and through community programs where students work with the poor and under-privileged, they keep alive the Franciscan ethos of poverty and simplicity. Thanks to St Lawrence’s financial aid scheme, the school’s intake, according to its headmaster, includes the sons of mulltimillionaires and former homeless people.