Students benefit from a selective and rigorous bilingual programme but there are a range of opportunities outside the classroom for them to expand their skills and experiences. Lunchtime clubs include the choir, Debate Club, Theatre Club and the International Section Yearbook. The Association Sportive offers numerous sports activities, mainly on Wednesday afternoons, such as swimming, table-tennis, climbing, futsal and fitness/hip hop. IS students also regularly participate in Paris-wide competitions including Poetry by Heart, the YAFF creative writing competition and the French Debating Association high school tournament. The teachers work hard to find projects which will encourage the students to work in groups and be given the opportunity to speak in front of an audience. For example, for the past three consecutive years, the Beauville Arts group has been invited to the school to work with the 5ème and 6ème classes to stage the musicals Oliver Twist, Matilda and Mary Poppins.
Many teachers organise visits to exhibitions, performances and other educational activities in Paris. Past years’ outings have included creative writing at Festival America and the Salon du Livre de Jeunesse, a US presidential debate, the Oscar Wilde and Colour Line exhibitions, theatre trips and volunteering projects. International Section teachers also regularly organise trips. Over recent years students have visited England (London, Stratford, Bath, Canterbury, York), Scotland and Ireland.
Mrs Joubert runs an English theatre club for collège students. In 2022 the club performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year the club will perform Hamlet. Some class projects involve creative work and plays. Collège students also take part in an intensive 2 days musical theatre workshop and performance. In addition, the school has a theatre club for lycéens that does bi-annual performances (mostly in French).
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