- 51different nationalities
- 32 languages spoken in our community
- 16 religious affiliations represented
- 19 schools in global network
Our children feel like they belong to this community instead of feeling like outsiders in a foreign country. Marymount makes them feel at home.
Elementary School Mom
“Learning takes place once very basic needs are met. Children need to build trusting relationships, have a sense of safety and security in their surroundings and know that they are not expected to fit into a mould.”Johanna Bambridge
Head of School
Marymount students kicked off Digital Citizenship Week with the Marymount Cardboard Challenge on Saturday, February 4th. The Marymount Cardboard Challenge was an opportunity for students (and parents too!) to build whatever they could dream up out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. We had tremendous fun fostering and celebrating our students' creativity.
The Cardboard Challenge comes hot on the heels of Marymount's FullSteamAhead movement launched with the opening of our digital fabrication laboratory last autumn. Marymount is proud to be the first international school in France to have a dedicated 'FabLab' on our school campus. Our FabLab team has collaborated closely with Jon Santiago, MIT graduate, who has also worked setting up FabLabs in Marymount New York, Marymount London, and Marymount Rome.
You can check out the photos below!
The Marymount Cardboard Challenge is also part of the Global Cardboard Challenge, a yearly event sponsored by the Imagination Foundation. Inspired by the short film, "Caine's Arcade," the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Since its launch, the Global Cardboard Challenge has impacted over 500,000 participants from 60 countries, and was named a Champion in LEGO's "Re-imagine Learning" Challenge.
The Global Cardboard Challenge gives kids an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills.
Click here to learn more about our FabLab: www.marymount.fr/fablab
Click here to learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge: www.cardboardchallenge.comClick here to learn more about the film and boy that inspired the movement: www.cainesarcade.com/
This year's editions of Marymount's Digital Citizenship Week and the Think Pink Anti-Bullying Campaign were combined into one, as the main focus of Think Pink this year is on digital citizenship! In the digital age, bullying has taken to the internet with "cyber-bullying," making this year's combination especially pertinent, and Marymount is committed to teaching our students good digital citizenship. A special thanks to our guest speaker, Jon Santiago, for participating in this year's events!
Digital Citizenship and Think Pink Week this year is all about encouraging our students to be respectful of others at all times, both in person and when on a device, and recognizing the important role of the upstander. Some of the events and activities from the week include:
- Assembly hosted by Jon Santiago and the IT Team, with a 15 minute Q&A Session at the end.
-You can take a look at Jon Santiago's inspiring presention online: http://prezi.com/cfxhjvuepxvc/?utm_campaign=share&...
- Drama performances of digital citizenship scenarios
- PINK SHIRT DAY
Students (and adults!) are invited to wear pink or red to support anti-bullying!
- Board games on digital citizenship with Grades 4 and 5 hosted by students in FabLab elective
- Think Pink Poster display and competition
- Classroom activities to reinforce the 'Pink Attitude' of respect for others, "be an upstander, not a bystander" anti bullying and prejudice awareness.
Check out our Flickr album for the week below!
Last spring, Marymount published an ad-seeking students for a movie in our parent newsletter and Marymount 5th grader, Amelie, seized the opportunity and got the part! She filmed over the summer for Madame, which is set to release in September 2017. Shortly after finishing her real life Hollywood experience, Amelie wrote a journal piece recounting the whole thing, and shared it with us on our Marymount Paris Authors blog: http://bit.ly/MovieMadame
This year, grades one, two and three have adopted a spelling program called Words Their Way. Lower Elementary School Team Leader and Grade 2 teacher, Yolanda Garnier, has been leading professional development workshops in assisting with the implementation of this wonderful differentiation-spelling program that allows students to work at their appropriate developmental level. Check out her awesome article on the Learning Leadership blog for more about this new program: http://bit.ly/wtway
Multiple Marymount teachers have recently been published in International Schools Magazine, a well-known resource for teachers working in international school across the globe. Marymount prides itself on our cutting-edge resources, and our biggest and brightest resource is of course our teachers!
Early Years Team Leader and Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susanna Almeida, and Technology Integrationist, Mrs. Ingrid Kay write about the benefits of using QR codes, opening up a multitude of possibilities for classrooms! You can check out the article in the online edition of International School Magazine, Autumn 2016, Vol. 19.1:
Keep calm and scan on, pg. 46
More recently, Mrs. Anna Stadlman reported on Cornelia Funke's inspiring visit to our school during last year's Author's Festival, which intersected two areas for our students: writing and service learning! You can check out her article in the online edition of International School Magazine, Spring 2017, Vol. 19.2:
Candles in the darkness, pg. 69