LYCEE FRANÇAIS DE SINGAPOUR3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Singapore 569928 No. of Company : 198004581HSchool Council – Thursday, February 7 th , 2013 – 3:45pmThe School Council was attended by :Teachers Parents Administration StaffMarie-Thérèse JEANNON - PSCPatricia ZHANBRECHER - PSBLaure KLUGHERTZ - MSBStéphanie CHAMALY - MSFSophie WONG - GSD Fr-Engl.Martine GUEDON - GSFMyriam DUCHENELaurent TRANIERAurore LEVARDVirginie RAGOTClaudia CONANJordane LIENARDBertrand CHAILLETSébastien GIBERTAdoption of the previous school council from November 19th, 2013Report of the School Council from November 19th, 2012 :http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/informations/2012/conseil_ecoleCR_191112.pdf- http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/informations/2012/ENconseil_ecoleCR_191112.pdfComments: nothing to report. The report is accurate and was adopted.NumbersThe numbers:- 420 students for a maximum capacity of 422 places (2 places available in bilingual MS)- 25 students per class for PS and MS- 26 students per class for GS- 22 students per class for bilingual MS- 24 students per class for bilingual GS- The waiting list consists of 20 to 30 students for PS and GS.
Beginning of school year in January:- Departures: 11- Arrivals: 13Pre-registration for the next school year: 134 students are already pre-registered for thenext school year.Comments: the available places in bilingual MS have not been allocated yet as there is nowaiting list for MS. A selection process in MS would be difficult and long to implement withadditional integration issues (when possible, we make transfers during the first term, notbeyond). These available places also allow to welcome potential students coming from abilingual system of another school of the AEFE network.For the students on the waiting list in Singapore, we would like to remind you that theAlliance Française has set up a daily program: Les Zouzous+, and also that “La Petite École”has opened in September 2012 for Kindergarten students.Project presentationA) Past projects:- Christmas week:Santa Claus, the choir of MS:https://picasaweb.google.com/114206687462544733989/NOELALAMATERNELLE?authkey=Gv1sRgCISC_aXllKLR9gE#slideshow/5824268902550273586Workshops and activities:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/MS/msb/lecture/index.htmlhttp://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/GS/gsb/av_noel/index.htmlThe “Goûter de Noël”:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/MS/msa/noel/gouter/index.html- Discovering Chinese New Year:Workshops and activities:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/PS/psb/decouverte/CNY/Photorecit12%20cny.wmvSchool Outings:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/GS/gsf/chinatown/Chinatown.wmv- Dental hygiene:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/MS/msf/dent/index.html
B) Current projects:- Carnival: costume day on Feb 15th, carnival parade on March 22ndhttp://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/MS/msd/capoeira/index.html- Swimming lessons:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/MS/msc/piscine/index.htmlComment: Last Wednesday, we had to cancel the swimming lesson for one of the classesof MS because 5 children present in class didn’t have their swimming equipment. Ikindly remind you that for security reasons, we can’t just leave children close to thepool. As for the class, we can’t offer an activity with 20% of the children not being ableto participate.C) Future projects:- The gardens in PS- The new aquarium in MS- Discovering horses in MS- Album writing in GS- Visit of bilingual classes at the Kovan Kindergarten SchoolComments : Ms. Zahnbrecher will also present the project « artiste en résidence »(”visiting artist”) which she leads for the LFS and some classes of the Kindergarten willparticipate: Joris Favennec www.atelier-outdoor.fr will be present at LFS for 3 weeks andwill work with classes ranging from Terminale to PS.1 - Disciplinary projects:The class of GS-E had its first bicycling lessons. The other classes of GS will follow later thisyear. They will finalize this project with a « bicycle driving license » after a ride at East CoastPark.2 - New technology projects:A pilot-project is being run in bilingual MS for the use of tablet PC’s.3 - Sustainable development projects:“One week without hard copies and paper files” starting March 15 th .
4 - Works at Kindergarten:- Extension of the playground- Modification of the entrance to the nursing station- Installation of interactive white boards/SMART boards (TBI = Tableau Blanc Interactif)in all classes of MS5 - Other projects:- A “Gazette” for the parents:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/informations/guide_pratique/gazette_2012.pdfEnglish version:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/informations/guide_pratique/ENgazette_2012.pdfThe next edition (in preparation) will deal about: the conference held by speech-languagepathologists at the parents’ coffee morning, children and screens, project « artiste enrésidence » (“visiting artist”).Comment:A warm thank you to the French-speaking and English-speaking mothers who help ustranslate all the documents in English.- Conferences with debates: 5 conferences with a total of approx. 200 parents. The nextconference will be held around the topic « teaching languages ».Reflections on LanguagesThe 2 committees met:- November 29 th , 2012:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/EVENT/cc-comite%20langue-%2029-11-12-V2.pdfhttp://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/EVENT/cc-comite%20langue-%2029-11-12_GB.pdf- January 21 st , 2013:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/EVENT/cc-comte%20langue-21-01-13.pdfhttp://www.lfs.edu.sg/maternelle/2012-2013/EVENT/cc-comte%20langue-21-01-13_GB.pdfPresentation of the newly proposed framework: see attached documentAt the upcoming AEFE seminar of Principals and Directors in March, this newframework will be proposed for implementation in September 2013. Terms anddesignations will be proposed for consistency in the zone.
A letter of support was issued to the schedule parity section. However the committeeminutes clearly show that there was no intent to eliminate this schedule parity section.The English and French teachers will start working together this year in order toprepare the co-teaching.As for the admission procedures into the schedule parity section, we will have towait for the results of the AEFE seminar of the Principals and Directors in March. We willthen propose meetings to explain to parents the essence of the changes.Preparation of the school calendar 2013-2014Still waiting for the AEFE note giving the guidance and rules for the 2013-2014 schoolcalendar.REMINDER: We have already voted at the previous school council with the followingoption decided for Kindergarten:Abstract from the minutes of the school council dated November 19 th“Version 3: schedule with 7 weeks of school followed by a 2-week break appliedconsistently throughout the year, with the school year ending on July 2nd, 2013: 10 votes infavor of this solution.Comments from the participants: this is the best solution to respect the natural learning/restrhythm of the children, and 2 additional days of school in July are not a significant sacrificecompared to the benefit in terms of rhythm for the children.Most scientists agree that a 2-week break for mid-term vacations enables the children to restproperly (the first week is to disaccustom from the school rhythm, the second one to restefficiently).”Update on the school uniformFrom September 2013 onwards, it will be compulsory for all students in Primary School(Kindergarten and Elementary School) to wear a uniform to come to school, as decided atthe school’s Annual General Meeting (Assemblée Générale) and the Board Meeting (Conseild’Établissement).The school uniform committee mentionned at the School Council on November 19 th hasmet twice and issued a list of specifications.The school uniform committee is now working on the Request for Proposals. A number ofcompanies have been contacted amongst which Mr Mabille, from the Haute-Couture labelMabille, who should participate in this RFP.
Questions from the parentsCan parents be consulted when the finalchoices will be made for the schooluniform?It is normally foreseen that a ranking willbe established by the school uniformcommittee, which is composed withrepresentatives from various stakeholders.The school uniform committee will issuerecommendations to the ExecutiveCommittee, which will then make the finaldecision.Other questions from the parentsAquathlon, uniform, languages, importantevents that concern the whole school:would it be possible to group allcommunications in order to avoidmisunderstandings, oversights, delays…e.g. Aquathlon medals in Kindergartenwith missing photos?Information (outings and events):can the parents be informed well inadvance, with perhaps a schedule so thatthey can participate?Summer camps? Can it be done?The school is putting together a monthly Newsletter,covering the big events.However, it would be complicated to groupeverything in one communication, considering thehigh amount of ongoing projects.Still, we have actually tried to do so with the wholeElementary school concerning the Christmas shows.Sometimes, an article is on standby because it hasn’tbeen validated yet: e.g. the handover of theAquathlon medals in Kindergarden:http://www.lfs.edu.sg/fr/actualite/2012-2013/201212/aqua_mat/index.htmWe are working on improving the communication atLFS in order to make it more efficient. The parentshave reported that they tend to read less and less theincreasing number of emails received from the LFS.It depends on the General Assembly, not the school. Itis not a project of the LFS.English:would it be possible to take exams likethose done at the University of Cambridgewith international acknowledgement ?Some parents ask if it is possible to allowbrushing/rinsing the teeth after thecanteen?The official certifications are detained by officialentities: we have agreements for the Secondary Schoolthat depend on each institute (conventions, approvals,controls etc…). They are sometimes very difficult toobtain.For Elementary School, the language coordinatorsoffer the equivalent of a « PET », but nothing official.We will not raise this issue in Kindergarten in order topreserve the spirit of the Kindergarten.But parents can make their own arrangements on apersonal level with institutes such as the BritishCouncil, the Goethe Institut, Institut Cervantès, etc…It is technically impossible: 420 pupils brushing theirteeth: where? how? The time allocated to enter thewashrooms and the mere organization of it, would be
The opening of the doors is rarely done at8:05amExtra-Curricular Activities (AES)Could we have ECAs for PS like Mandarin,Music and so on?Answer from Mr Gibert, Principal of theKindergarten.Preventing “bullying”.It has been reported that children areplaying a dangerous game at school. Couldall parents be informed and should it bemade a subject for widespread concern forthe whole school?very complicated.Every year, our nurse gives a session on dental hygieneto all classes.I am organizing this with the help of my assistant.Sometimes we can run a little late because of other,more urgent matters. But we are almost always ontime.We don’t think it would be appropriate to offer ECAsto the PS: the ECAs are not a child care moment, theydo require a lasting commitment from the children.This commitment to an activity, which is necessary forthe success and the interest of the ECA, depends onthe child’s motivation. The choice of the ECA must bedone with the child.We think it might be difficult for children aged from2,5 to 3 years old to choose or commit to an ECA.Moreover, a school day is exhausting for children ofthis age. This is the reason why we do not offer ECAsto PS, which are not the purpose of our school.All the schools observe that certain “trendy” games, inwhich children test the limits, are being playedregularly. Beside the teachers being alert, we havebeen working with the children on the concept ofrules within a game and, as you know, on the respectof differences.We urge parents to let us know as soon as they findout about any games that they consider dangerous.The school staff will then address the children directly,in the classroom setting, and explain to the childrenwhy the games are dangerous, where the dangers lieand also remind them of the schools rules.This is a sensitive matter and the school does not wishto alarm parents by making a general announcementabout a specific activity that may only affect aminority of children and that can be contained andmanaged within the school.The afternoon nap:is it compulsory? Do teachers havedifficulties with some children notsleeping?We have already answered this question.The school is setting up a separate, quiet rest room forthose children who no longer take a nap.The opinions that we have gathered on this matter,suggest that some parents would prefer their childrennot be offered a nap/rest time at all during the day.The school however will not set up a policy whichwould keep those children who are tired, awake. Thisdoes not follow the child's natural sleep patterns forthis age group.
School outings:Some parents have been disappointed notto be in charge of their own child's group.Following a couple of mishaps during school outings,the school felt it was necessary to establish a code ofpractice for those parents going on the school tripwith their child.A school trip is a huge responsibility for the teacher.He expects a huge amount of care and attention fromthe parents for all the children they are put in chargeof. It is imperative that they follow the set guidelinesso that all the children under their care remain safe.This is often more difficult when the accompanyingparents are also in charge of their own child.