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Chavagnes has a long and interesting history. Once the site of an important Roman villa, the land on which the College now stands was donated to the Church by a local noble family of English origin in the thirteenth century. For several hundred years it was the site of a Benedictine monastery dedicated to St Anthony of Egypt. After the French Revolution it was for two hundred years one of France’s most distinguished seats of Catholic learning, educating thousands of boys who went on to become priests, bishops, doctors, poets and leaders throughout France. Since 2002 this hallowed ground has been the home of an international Catholic college, offering an individualised, classical education to boys from around the English-speaking world. Our alumni, after study at the best universities in the UK, France, Spain and the USA have gone into a wide variety of careers, including the law, business, journalism, the Church, the Arts and university teaching. In a spirit of fidelity to the Church, we see our task at Chavagnes as the formation of the leaders of the future: young men with a profound knowledge and love of Christ and the Church, and a sense of duty and responsibility. Ferdi McDermott, MA, PGCE, MEd, MCIL, FCollT, FRSA. Principal

An international Catholic community Chavagnes International College exists for the Catholic education of boys aged between 9 and 18. We welcome boys from Britain and from the English-speaking world, as well as those from other countries, seeking an internationally oriented education in the British tradition. All pupils must be English-speaking, although extra language provision can be made for those whose English is less than fluent. The main languages of the College are English and French. All classes taught in English, with the exception of French for native speakers.

The Administration of the College The day-to-day business of the College is administered by the Principal who reports to the Board of Governors, of which the local bishop is a member. The College’s Principal’s responsibilities include strategic planning, development and external relations as well as the daily management of the College. He works closely with the Chaplain, Senior Master, Head of Junior School, Heads of Department and all other staff to ensure that the College achieves high academic standards, remains faithful to its Catholic ideals and successfully caters for the needs of individual pupils. The responsibilities and duties of all staff members are set out in written guidelines provided to them by the Board of Governors. All teachers strongly support the Catholic ethos of the College and are selected and appointed in accordance with standard good practice.

Aims and Objectives

The ultimate goal of our College is to form young men for eternity, by helping them to grow in holiness. Our immediate goal, as a Catholic academic institution, is the formation of the complete person, both spiritually and intellectually. Our belief is that such a rounded formation is the key to a deeper and livelier faith. It will equip the boys "for every good work" (cf 2 Tim 3:17) and enable them, when they leave us, to be witnesses of the Faith, men who can "give an account of the hope that is in [them]" (1 Peter 3:15). Chavagnes is a school in the great tradition of liberal education as understood by the wise men of pagan antiquity, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, as well as by more recent authorities in the matter, such as Cardinal Newman. We seek to challenge modern theory and practice which tends to reduce education to job training. We strive for that shaping of the mind in which the young person can more readily apprehend truth, seek the good and aspire after beauty.

We seek to guide our pupils away from that disordered pursuit of knowledge which St Thomas Aquinas called "curiosity" and towards the beautiful virtue of studiousness, the humble quest for truth and heartfelt love of wisdom. Because our academic programme is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, our pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential in everything they do at the College. A particular concern of the College is to avoid polarization between arts and sciences, or between sporting and cultural activities. We aim to enable every child to gain genuine enjoyment from all aspects of the curriculum here and to have a chance to become a good all-rounder. We want our pupils to leave us as cultured and confident young men with a strong Catholic faith: examples of integrity and responsibility. We pray that the students of Chavagnes today will tomorrow become leaders in their own communities, leading by example in the family, in the workplace, in public life, in a spirit of service to God and their fellow men.

Life at the College

Boys at Chavagnes are expected to make the most of their time at the College. By this we mean that they should try to learn as much as they can from every aspect of school life. The classroom is not the only educational setting here: the school day is full of opportunities for learning. In the liturgy a boy finds a school for the soul, an arena where he will learn to feel and think as a true son of the Church. On the sports-field he learns loyalty and teamwork even when he is under pressure and in keeping fit and strong he also ensures that his brain will be working at its best. In his life with his fellow pupils - whom he should consider as brothers - he learns an important lesson in the school of community: how to live at peace with his fellow men.

Spiritual development As a Catholic college, we expect all our pupils to participate in the liturgical life of the College community. The celebration of daily Mass is the source and summit of the Church's prayer, and so it is at the centre of our life as a school. We encourage each boy to regard those other times of prayer left optional, as privileged opportunities rather than as convenient escapes. Regular visits to the local shrines of Our Lady in Chavagnes, as well as to Lourdes and further afield reinforce spiritual activities within the school. Boys participate in the annual 100 km traditional pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres with thousands of young French boys and girls over the weekend of Pentecost.

With personal prayer, as with Confession, pupils are expected to exercise a certain level of maturity. All boys are encouraged to go to Confession regularly, especially before major feasts.

Guidance and counselling

Of course, in adolescence, many young people experience a time of questioning and difficulty. In a supportive and loving school environment, these difficulties are faced squarely on an individual level, in a spirit of compassion and understanding. A resident priest is available to speak to boys, and at least one other nominated member of staff with counselling qualifications is available for advice and help. Boys maintain a close relationship with their House Master and are encouraged to confide in him if there is anything worrying them. For the younger boys, especially, the school's Matron is also an important source of help and support, especially during the occasional bout of homesickness. In addition, each pupil is assigned a personal tutor who will meet with him on a regular basis to assess his academic work and to offer support and advice with regard to the curriculum. The Careers Master has specific responsibility for careers guidance, and will provide pupils with full information about university and vocational courses and assist them in preparing for interviews. The College has a good track record for admissions to universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Religious Education

The Religious Education programme at the College is based on the Faith and Life Series, approved by the then Cardinal Ratzinger. The early years are dedicated to a basic sacramental formation and a thorough study of Sacred Scripture and salvation history. At the upper end of the age range, the course broadens to take in apologetics, basic theology and the study of the place of Christianity in culture at large. Older pupils refer frequently to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sheehan's Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine (2001 edition), various documents of the Church and writings of the saints. In Year 11 boys sit a GCSE examination in Religious Studies from the AQA examination board. This examination deals with Catholic doctrine and moral teaching. Religious Studies is also an option at A-level. Pupils in the A-level class continue to attend a weekly religion class whether or not they are not Religious Studies as an option.

The Curriculum Chavagnes International College, within the context of a rounded education, places a primary emphasis on academic studies. Students need to be at least of average academic ability. Chavagnes is a Cambridge school, and generally follows the examinations of Cambridge University International Examinations , approved by the UK government. The curriculum at Chavagnes leads to British IGCSE/GCSE, AS and Alevel examinations. It is possible for foreign students to have their British examinations validated by their local Ministry of Education as having equivalent value to examinations in their own country.

UK Years 7-9 In the Junior School boys aged approximately between 11 and 14 are given a basic grounding in the arts and sciences and begin an intensive study of Latin and French. Boys are also taught Spanish, with Ancient Greek and German as options. The Cambridge Lower Secondary syllabus is followed in Mathematics, Science and English.

UK Years 9-11 In the Senior School, boys aged approximately between 13 and 16 are prepared for IGCSEs/GCSEs, which are offered in traditional subjects. Boys in Year 10 may take the French state examination Brevet des collèges. Most pupils who join the school at an early age will take several GCSE examinations ahead of time. Small class sizes and streaming allow us to tailor the teaching programme to the strengths of the individual boy. This means that some boys will already have taken one or two AS level examinations before they reach 16.

UK Years 12-13 In the Sixth Form, boys specialise in a smaller number of subjects, and begin to make choices about university and careers. At AS-level, pupils usually sit examinations in three or four subjects, reducing to three at A-level. Beginning in September 2012 Chavagnes will be phasing in the new ĂŠlite Cambridge Pre-U qualification for more academically gifted students. The College has an excellent record of university entrance in Britain as well as at top-level institutions in France and the United States. Destinations have so far included the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College Lampeter, Aberdeen University, Edinburgh University, Birmingham University, Buckingham University, the Pontifical University of Navarre and Thomas Aquinas College (USA).

Openness to French life, language and culture The College welcomes a large number of French boys as students and gives them a thorough grounding in English, as well as in their own language and culture. All English-speakers are given intensive French tuition at the College and may also enjoy regular stays with French host families. Many boys take French GCSE and A-level examinations ahead of time. Sporting and cultural contacts with the local community afford regular opportunities for engagement with French culture and people and the friendships forged within in the College ensure that all Chavagnes pupils develop and maintain strong links with families from France and around the world. As part of its drama programme the College stages French theatre plays as well as English ones. Previous performances have included a Molière play and a Christmas nativity play in French. Boys also regularly attend concerts and plays in the loca area. In addition to the usual British public examinations in French, pupils may opt to sit French state qualifications in French as a Foreign Language, the DELF and the DALF.

Travel within France Frequent opportunities exist to explore France and French culture during a boy’s time at Chavagnes. The College regularly organises trips to Nantes, Angers, Saumur and Paris as well as pilgrimages to Lourdes and Chartres.

Games Sport is an important and integral part of the formation provided at Chavagnes. Team games provide a natural forum to develop team spirit and to experience healthy physical exertion. Games offer a necessary counterbalance to spiritual, cultural and academic activities, and play a key role in the growth of the whole person. In addition to the afternoon sports activities, gymnastics is part of the Curriculum for years 6 - 9. A cross-country programme operates throughout the year and our boys always do well in local 2km and 10km races at Ascensiontide. All boys are given the chance to take regular riding lessons. Older boys have opportunities to practise weight-training and rowing. The College’s fencing master introduces all boys to fencing and many boys take weekly riding lessons.

The games programme is designed to provide each student with: (1)

An experience of major sports so that at the very least he can become an informed spectator.


Teams that will play against other schools in a variety of sports.


A sense of sportsmanship.


A taste for sport and an ability to enjoy it, even for those who find it difficult.


An understanding of the value of being physically fit so as to be mentally more efficient.

The sporting calendar includes: In the first and second terms, rugby and soccer matches against other schools; Cross Country within the College and against other schools; In the summer term, inter-house cricket, athletic sports day, swimming gala, inter-house basketball; matches against other schools in basketball and soccer.

The House system All boys are assigned to a house on admission to the College. Our four houses are named after generals of the ArmĂŠe Royale et Catholique of the VendĂŠe wars: Charette, Rochejacquelein, Cathelineau and Suzannet. The house system forms the basis of intra-mural competitive sport, debating and other activities. Each house has a House Captain (a Sixth Form boy) and a House Master. The House Master is responsible for the welfare and progress of the boys in his house. Regular house meetings reinforce the team spirit of the house and encourage boys to aspire to knightly virtues.

Clubs and societies

Outside lessons, pupils need the chance to unwind, but leisure is not about doing nothing. As the philosopher Josef Pieper has reminded us, leisure - in the sense of a space for contemplation - is the very basis of culture. In the Book of Genesis we learn of God's rest on the seventh day. It is from this that we take our philosophy of leisure. The Creator looked at what He had made and saw that it was good. In the same way, leisure time at Chavagnes will not be a break from the rest of school life, but complementary to it. It enables the student to enjoy constructive activities of his own choice, helping him to see the bigger picture, without having to worry about exams or deadlines. Extra-curricular activities include: chess, fishing, bridge, gardening, chamber music groups, drama, public speaking, computer skills, riding, table tennis, rowing, pool, war-gaming. These aspects of College life give scope to the students to develop their own particular interests together with members of the teaching staff.


Music is a human activity that transcends national and cultural barriers, and it is therefore a particularly appropriate focus for an international school. As Catholics, we have the additional privilege of being able, through our worship, to participate in the prayer of the whole Church, in which choral music has traditionally played an important part. It is the role of the Choir to enrich and deepen our participation in the Sacred Mysteries through its performance of the best choral music it can offer, drawn from the Church's rich, cultural patrimony. In singing the praise of God, the Choir can be a genuine channel of graces for the school community. It also helps to form all pupils and staff in the "school of the liturgy", helping them to live the joyful message of the Mass and of the Divine Office - a message of sacrifice and praise that enlightens all parts of our life.

In relation to academic work, singing in choir also has a special role to play: it enriches our study of music, it introduces us to Latin and other languages, it develops mathematical ability and it improves our concentration. It is also an exercise in teamwork.

Admissions Chavagnes International College is a school for boys aged 9 to 18. As well as completing an admission form, which gives procedural details, you are asked to submit samples of work, a teacher's report, a reference from a priest and a covering letter. The College may also ask a candidate to sit a short entrance examination, administered locally or at the College. Prospective pupils are normally required to attend an interview at the College. Fees must be paid in full a term in advance, at the start of each term and are non-refundable. Current fees For information on current fees, see the Appendix. Please consult our website for the most up to date information. Fees should be paid in euros, unless alternative arrangements have been made. We welcome payment by debit or credit card. It is possible for parents to make an arrangement for staged payment. Certain activities, such as, riding lessons and instrumental tuition, are not included in the fees. Boys are also expected to provide their own writing materials and exercise books, which are available cheaply from the College stationery store. Purchases from the stationery store or from the clothing store may be settled in cash or added to the termly bill sent to parents. Additional costs include occasional optional trips that involve extensive travel and overnight stays away from the College, for which a charge is made. Scholarships, bursaries and choral awards are available, as are sibling discounts.

How to find us By road Leave Nantes towards Bordeaux-Clisson-Vertou - Take the A801, then the A83 leading to Bordeaux - Toll (1.60 euros) - Exit number 4 leading to Sablesd'Olonnes - Take the D1763 up to crossroads then turn right taking the N137 On the right, the D62 will lead you to Chavagnes-en-Paillers. Chavagnes International College faces the parish church in the centre of the village. Chavagnes is 40 mins from Nantes by road.

By air Nantes International Airport is 40 minutes drive from the College. Ryanair now operates cheap flights every day from several airports in UK and Eire to Nantes (NTE), just 40 minutes’ drive from the College. There are also flights from FlyBe and Air France.

By train From Nantes Gare SNCF. From Paris-Montparnasse to Nantes

40 mns. 2 hours.

The College can arrange for boys to be collected from the airport at Nantes or the SNCF railway stations at Nantes or Montaigu (called ‘Montaigu Vendée’ on the SNCF website). There is a modest charge for this service. Time of arrival should be planned in consultation with the College. Collection from other locations (such as airports in Paris) may be possible by arrangement.

Visiting the College Interested families wishing to visit the College with their sons are encouraged to do so during term time by prior arrangement. Some visitors plan their visit to coincide with a major event such as a sports day, concert or theatre production, but you are equally welcome at any time during the academic year. Accommodation is not normally available in the College, although we can arrange for hotel reservations to be made for you. The typical cost of an overnight stay is about 35 Euros for one person, or 45 Euros for two people sharing.


Fees Fees are payable termly, in advance. The rates for 2013/2014 are as follows (prices in Euros). Tuition Years 7 & 8 (11-13 yrs approx.) : 4.000 Euros Years 9,10,11 (13-16 yrs approx.) : 7.500 Euros VIth Form (A-levels) (16-18 yrs approx.) : 9.000 Euros Full board accommodation: 7.500 Euros per year. Fees must be paid in Euros, unless alternative arrangements have been made. We welcome payment by debit or credit card. It is possible for parents to make an arrangement for staged payment: for example by monthly standing order in sterling, or by a monthly debit to a charge card. Scholarships and bursaries are available, at the discretion of the College’s Board of Governors, in cases of financial hardship and/or particular intellectual ability. Special choral awards are available. Lower fees apply to families with more than one son at the College.

Clothing and Equipment list Standard uniform 2 Grey v-necked pullovers/jumpers 2 Navy blue blazer 2 Charcoal grey trousers 5 Long-sleeved white shirts 2 Short sleeved white shirts may be useful in warmer weather 5 pairs of grey socks. 1 Black leather school shoes – plain 1 leather belt Games 1 Navy blue swimming trunks (Note: Most French swimming pools only permit 'Speedo' style, not shorts.) 2 Plain white polo shirts with College badge 1 Navy blue rugby shorts 1 White tennis shorts 4 pairs of white tennis socks 2 pairs of training shoes/ plimsolls 1 Warm navy blue tracksuit 1 pair of football boots 1 pair of shin pads 2 Navy blue rugby jerseys with College badge 2 pairs of red rugby/football stockings 1 table tennis bat (optional) 1 sports mouth guard Field gear (For boarders who will be involved in scouting, hiking, etc) 1 navy blue corduroy shorts 1 Walking boots 3 pairs of thick white socks 1 bedroll 1 sleeping bag Boarding 1 Dressing gown 2 Pyjamas 6 Underpants 6 Plain white vests (no patterns) 4 Handkerchiefs (white) 1 Indoor slippers 1 Sponge bag 2 face flannels, with loops Hairbrush, comb, toothbrush – all marked with name. Soap, toothpaste, shampoo. 1 Nail scissors 1 Navy blue scarf

1 Navy blue gloves 1 Navy blue woollen hat or beret 1 Shoe cleaning kit and black polish 2 sets of casual clothes (jumpers, trousers, shirts shorts) Overcoat and/or waterproof jacket should be navy and plain. 2 Small towels with loops 2 large towels with loops 1 sun hat or cap 10 spare name tapes! For classes 1 briefcase or similar for carrying books between classes. 1 pencil case containing ink pen, refills, grey and colour pencils, sharpener, rubber, ruler, scissors, glue stick. Tippex – Years 10 and above only, if you really need it. Geometry set for Mathematics Scientific Calculators – Year 8 and above only. Notes: 1. Most items of clothing are available from; Name tapes available from Cash’s, You can also try Marks and Spencer or Littlewoods Europe. 2. Name tapes. All items must be marked with sewn-in name tapes. Iron-on labels and “marker-pen” labels are not acceptable. Unmarked items will be removed from use. 3. Extra clothing. Please do not send your son with non-essential clothing not mentioned on this list. 4. The College supplies all linen, pillows, blankets, etc. 5. A supply of secondhand uniform items is available at the College. Do not hesitate to enquire. The College tie is supplied at a cost of 10 euros.


Rules and Regulations

Like any family, a school must have rules. Because of our legal responsibility they are necessarily long and detailed. But the bottom line is simply this: put God first, work hard, play hard, try to love and respect each other. If you can manage this, you will do well. In accepting a place at the College for their son, parents agree that he and they are bound by the College’s regulations. In coming to live and work here, a boy also accepts to be bound by them (as do the members of staff). A.

Operation of the School Programme


Orderly atmosphere conducive to learning: Any behaviour of boys or groups of boys that detracts from the orderly atmosphere of the school is prohibited. Any act which is reasonably calculated to or reasonably expected to disrupt or tend to disrupt the orderly, peaceful, normal or efficient conduct of any school activity (or any act which violates school rules) is prohibited. Such disorderly behaviour includes, but is not limited to:


Insubordination. By this is meant open defiance of authority, or failing to obey the instructions of any member of the College staff or any person delegated with the authority of the College, or failure to comply with any school policy, contract, rule, term or condition; Shouting, loud talking, or making any other noise, or indulging in any kind of behaviour that constitutes an interference, disturbance or disruption of any class or activity of the College; Wearing clothes (or jewellery and similar items) that are not part of the uniform, or wearing the uniform in such a way that demeans the College, is disrespectful or is in any way slovenly and untidy. Failing to present a clean and neat personal appearance, with uniform in a good state of repair, or being unshaven or violating haircut regulations; Forgetting or failing to bring, when required, books or other materials required by teachers, supervisors or coaches.

b. c.

d. 2.

Attendance obligations It is important that pupils are on time for classes and that they participate in all compulsory College activities. Daily Mass, other specified College religious services, mealtimes, sport lessons, music lessons, music practice and timetabled academic lessons are all important parts of our life of the College.


The following constitute violations of attendance obligations: Being absent from school without appropriate permission; (On all occasions where it is anticipated that a pupil will miss school, arrive late at the start of term, or leave before the end of term, then a written request

b. c. d. e.


must be presented to the Principal for his prior approval. This is so as not disrupt the College’s teaching.) Being absent from a class or compulsory College activity without the appropriate consent; Arriving late for a class or compulsory College activity; Loitering between classes; Being in a prohibited area (eg. unused parts of the building, staff accommodation, dangerous areas) without a member of staff present, or leaving the College premises without permission; (This is essential, as we are responsible for the welfare of our pupils, so that even if they are not on site, we must know where they are and when they can be expected to return.) Leaving a class or other compulsory activity without asking the appropriate permission.


Social and moral behaviour


Offences against persons Any behaviour which is or threatens to be an actual detriment to the health, safety or well-being of other members of the College (pupils and staff) is prohibited. Such behaviour includes, but is not limited to:

a. b. c.

fighting; assault; throwing objects that may cause harm; Threatening to do physical harm; Possession of any dangerous object or implement that could cause harm; Being in possession of or under the influence of illegal drugs; Being in possession of, or under the influence of alcoholic beverages (including evidence that a pupil has recently consumed an alcoholic beverage); Being in possession of, or using, cigarettes or other forms of tobacco; The use of profane or obscene language, orally or in writing, or the use of words, phrases or gestures that are generally considered to be socially unacceptable or offensive; being in possession of indecent or pornographic material; Speaking or conducting oneself in any manner that shows blatant disrespect of staff or other pupils, i.e. in a manner which is calculated to, or does, bully, harass, degrade, humiliate a person or group of persons; Cheating; Lying; Bringing the name of the College into disrepute, on or off the College premises, by any behaviour that fails to show due respect or restraint.

d. e. f. g.

h. i. j. k.

2. Offences against property College property belongs to the College as an institution and is held not only for the benefit of current pupils, but for those who will come to Chavagnes in the

future. It must be protected from careless as well as intentional abuse or damage. The same respect should be shown to the property of staff, other pupils, or indeed anyone else. The reimbursement for such damage is a minimum requirement. If an accident occurs and there is some damage to property, it must be reported as soon as possible if the imputation of willful damage is to be avoided. a.

b. c. d. e. f. g.

h. i. j.

Any behaviour which results in the abuse, loss, destruction of, or damage to, College grounds, buildings, furnishings, materials or equipment is forbidden (this includes writing or scratching graffiti on walls, desks, etc.) For this reason, ball games are only to be played in designated areas. Any behaviour which results in the loss, abuse, destruction of, or damage to, any other individual’s property is likewise prohibited. The obtaining of money or other property under threat of harm or by force is prohibited. The loss of books or equipment entrusted to a pupil by the College will be calculated on replacement value. Books must be returned at the request of staff. Unauthorised borrowing is considered as theft. The lending or borrowing of property between pupils is at their own risk, and the College takes no responsibility should damage or loss ensue. Pupils are forbidden to bring to school miscellaneous items not required for school activities that may distract the pupils from their studies. The Principal may from time to time publish on the school noticeboard lists of further prohibited items. All such items, if brought to school, are liable to temporary, or in certain cases, permanent confiscation. Pupils are responsible for all property under their care and are required to exercise due care in this responsibility. All property and items of clothing should be clearly marked with the owner’s name. Sewn-in name-tapes are required for clothing. All other items should be indelibly marked in some other way. The littering of buildings or grounds with discarded papers or other materials is a serious offence.

C. Withholding information: You are your brother’s keeper Pupils are expected to distinguish between serious moral offences and ‘technical’ offences. If any person withholds information on a matter of serious moral concern, such a person is morally and legally considered to be an abettor, and may be disciplined for his silence.

D. Notes on personal appearance All boys at the College should take pride in their appearance for its own sake, but also as representatives of the College. Hair must be above the eyebrows, above the ears, above the collar. If a boy wishes to have very short hair it should be in a military crew-cut style, otherwise the rule is ‘not too short, not too long.’ Pupils who need to shave are expected to do so as often as is necessary to remain tidy and clean-shaven. Ties must be worn properly, not back-to-front or upside down or otherwise skewed, as is the fashion in some circles. The top button must be done up on the shirt, except when the summer dress code is in force. There will be occasions when pupils are permitted to change into informal clothes, but the decision to allow this is that of the staff, not of the pupils. E. Sanctions and appeals In our pastoral care for students, we hold to the philosophy of St John Bosco that love and prevention are better motives to good behaviour than fear and punishment. In most cases, boys will cooperate with each other and their teachers out of friendship and respect. Inevitably, however, the College may from time to time be called upon to enforce its moral and administrative authority by resorting to punishments. In a Christian community this is a particularly delicate area. Sanctions are not applied in a spirit of vengeance. They are intended to inspire a change in behaviour. We will not use corporal punishment of any kind; if a boy’s conduct cannot be controlled without recourse to force, then we are not able to provide for his care here. The following sanctions exist: Daily detention, conducted in silence. This is during the students’ free time. Deprivation of privileges. Lines or punishment essays. Manual work. Punishment runs.

If a pupil feels that he is faced with an unjust punishment he may appeal in writing to the Principal. If his complaint is against the Principal he may write to the Board of Governors. In practical terms such appeals will not have the effect of delaying his punishment. Sometimes, in the case of serious offences, there might be a need to demonstrate to the College at large that a particular episode of misconduct is at variance with the whole philosophy and spirit of Chavagnes, and that the perpetrator has forfeited his right to membership of the College family. We hope that such an occurrence would be extremely rare, but for the good of the whole College, we reserve the right to expel or suspend pupils in the case of truly serious misconduct. F. Prohibited items: Category 1: Video cassettes and video equipment are expressly forbidden, as are all personal tape-recorders, portable computer games, CD-players, music cassettes and CDs and mobile telephones. Category 2: Fireworks (even bangers), knives, catapults, and other dangerous items. Experience has proved that the negative attributes of chewing gum and bubble gum far outweigh any benefits that children may claim are associated with their use. Anything that might be construed as chewing or bubble gum is therefore not allowed at the College, under this same category. Category 3: Any item that may be considered indecent, dangerous or inappropriate by the Principal. It should be noted that pupils will have regular opportunities to watch films and listen to music under staff guidance. As a special privilege, which may be withdrawn at any time, pupils may be allowed to use items in Category 1 at certain times, provided - in the judgement of the College authorities - such use does not interfere with their studies or the studies of other pupils. The Principal reserves the right to confiscate any musical cassette, CD or other similar item whose content he considers inappropriate or likely to contribute to foster an uncivilised atmosphere in the College. The College reserves the right to conduct searches of pupils’ belongings if it is suspected that pupils may be in possession of prohibited items. End of regulations. Published by authority of the Board (Conseil d’Administration) of the College.

Teaching Staff Ferdi McDermott, MA, MEd, PGCE, MCIL, FCollT, FRSA. Ferdi McDermott founded Chavagnes International College in 2002 after several years in publishing and journalism. A modern languages graduate of the University of Edinburgh he gained his Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the College of Teachers. Mr McDermott teaches French, English, Religion and Latin and is Principal of the College. Father Bede Rowe, MA(Oxon), MLitt. Father Bede Rowe is a Theology graduate of the University of Oxford. He also holds an MLitt degree from the University of Bristol where he was formerly on the teaching staff of the Department of Religious Studies. He is a priest of the Diocese of Clifton in the UK. Prior to taking up the post of chaplain at Chavagnes he was parish priest for five years in Warminster and chaplain to the Army. Fr Rowe has written several books on Scripture, liturgy and religious education. He teaches Religious Education and Mathematics and is Head of Religious Education and Philosophy. Gareth Usher, BEd, Dip. Ed. Man., MRAeS. Gareth Usher is a graduate in Sports Science from the University of Liverpool and holds a Diploma in Education Management from the University of Ulster. He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. After five years servicewith the Royal Airforce and four years with the police force in Hampshire, Mr Usher moved into teaching. Since 1982 he has taught continuously in private and state schools in England and Northern Ireland and was until recently Head of Science and the Private American School of Paphos, Cyprus. A former hockey and rugby international at student level, and former country cricketer, Mr Usher coaches the senior rugby team. He is Head of Science and Senior Master, with responsibility for staff training and for the academic and disciplinary aspects of the Senior School. He lives nearby the College with his wife and family.

Michael Leach, BSc (Hons), Dip. Couns, MBPsS. Michael Leach holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Sport) degree from the University of Leeds. He is a member of the British Psychological Society. After several years coaching sports and working with disadvantaged children for a leading Children's charity, he moved into teaching in 1997. He has taught English, RS, Psychology, KS3 Spanish and Sport in the UK state sector and prior to coming to Chavagnes was Head of Boys’ Sport and a Faculty Co-ordinator for Physical Education, Music, Art and ICT, at a private international school in Marbella, Spain. Mr Leach, is Head of the Junior School and Head of Sport. He teaches Sport, English, Biology and Spanish at Chavagnes. He resides at the school. Sebastian Crawford, MA (Cantab), PGCE. Sebastian Crawford is a history graduate of the University of Cambridge and holds a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. He has taught History, Latin, Maths, Religion and English at the College since 2009. He is Head of History and Assistant Principal.

Charles Tyldesley, BA (Hons), PGCE. Charles Tyldesley is a Classics graduate from the University of Exeter and joined the staff in January 2011. Mr Tyldesley teaches Art, Latin, Greek, English and Music and is Head of Classics and English. He heads the College's Scout Troop, coaches soccer, teaches the flute and is Assistant Choir Master. He is pursuing a Masters in Education in Educational Leadership with the University of Buckingham.

David Senosiain, Diploma de Maestro. David Senosiain holds a teaching dploma from the Pontifical University of Navarre. He has began teaching Spanish at the College in 2007. He is assistant Scout Master of the College Troop.

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, MPhil (Louvain) and Sara Gonzales, MA Philip Gonzales teaches Philosophy, Classical Civilisation and English. He holds his MA from Ave Maria University and his MPhil from the Pontifical University of Louvain, Belgium and came to Chavagnes in 2010. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy and regularly contributes to philosophical conferences and journals. He lives at the College with his wife Sara and two young children. His wife, who also holds a Masters degree from Ave Maria University, assists with pastoral care and with teaching of English as a foreign language. John Hayes, MA (Oxon), MSc, PGCE John Hayes graduated from the University of Oxford and continued there for his research degree. He worked for a year in industry before returning to Oxford for his teacher training, then worked for 14 years at the De Lasalle College, Jersey. He has also taught in Spain and speaks Spanish and German. He has specialised in Mathematics and Science at Chavagnes since January 2003. Mr Hayes also coaches cricket and Cross Country at the College. Nicholas Lloyd, MA (Cantab), PGCE, LTCM and Christine Lloyd, MRCVS. Nicholas Lloyd graduated in the Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a senior engineer at British Aerospace for several years before moving into teaching. He holds a PGCE from the University of Buckingham and has taught at the College since Easter 2003. Mr Lloyd holds a Licentiate in Piano teaching from the Trinity College of Music. He directs the College Choir and teaches junior science, German and piano. His wife Christine is a veterinary surgeon who works locally. Over the years she has helped at the College with theatrical productions and some teaching, including German. They have four children, two of whom were educated at the College and are now at University.

Jonathan Battye, MA (Oxon), MA (Dunelm) Jonathan Battye read Literae Humaniores ('Greats') at Oxford, before completing a postgraduate degree at Durham in Ancient Philosophy. He is a qualified trainer in First Aid and long-serving of member of St John Ambulance. He also enjoys rowing and walking. He is married with three children and lives in the College with his family. He teaches Junior Science and Classics whilst studying for the Buckingham University PGCE (20122013 academic year). Thomas Conlon, BSc, MSc, PhD Dr Thomas Conlon holds degrees from Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Bristol. He has taught Mathematics, Physics and Latin at the College since 2003 after a career in the telecommunications industry. After serving as Head Master from 2004-2006, he now continues to teach A-level classes part time. He writes regulary on scientific, historical and literary themes and recently published a book on the history of science: Thinking about Nothing: Otto von Guericke and the Magdeburg Expermients on the Vacuum. He is married with three adult sons. Joan McDermott, Cert. Ed. Mrs Joan McDermott is a retired teacher resident at the College. She holds a Certificate of Education from the University of Southampton (LSU). She assists with the pastoral care of boys and often helps with additional tutoring in English or Mathematics. She was a founding member of the College in 2002.

Martin Gardey de Soos, M. ès Lettres Martin Gardey de Soos, a graduate in Political Sciences of the Insitut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures, having previously taught in the French system, joined the College in 2013. He teaches French thoughout the school for French pupils. He is also a qualified table tennis coach.

Christophe Kocsan, M ès Lettres Christophe Kocsan is an experienced 'Professeur certifié' in the French national system with two degrees in History. He has been with us since 2011 and teaches History to our older French pupils preparing for public examinations. Emmanuel Tang, BSc, MSc Mr Tang, a graduate in International Relations, has recently joined the staff to teach History, English and Chinese. He is also our Maître d'Armes and teaches fencing at the College to Masters and boys.

________________________________________________ The College complies with French employment legislation and the "Convention Collective de l'Enseignement Privé Hors Contrat". The College is an institutional member of the College of Teachers (London), the world's oldest professional body in education. We abide by their Code of Practice.

Pourquoi Chavagnes? Un guide pour les familles françaises Chavagnes International College est un internat Catholique pour garçons de 11 à 18 ans, implanté à Chavagnes-en-Paillers (en Vendée). S'inspirant de la tradition scolaire britannique qui vise surtout l'épanouissement intellectuel et spirituel de chaque enfant, notre corps professoral, dispense un enseignement bilingue qui prépare les diplômes français et anglais. En 1802 le Vénérable Louis-Marie Baudouin créa le Séminaire de Chavagnesen-Paillers. C’est dans ces locaux que s’est installé en Septembre 2002, notre institution catholique internationale. Dans un magnifique édifice du début XIXème, avec sa majestueuse chapelle néo-gothique, notre collège propose a chacun de ses pensionnaires un enseignement de choix, dans un environnement propice à l'approfondissement de la foi catholique, dans un esprit d'aventure, de prière et de respect de la tradition. Avec des équipements modernes (ordinateurs en réseau, pianos, gymnase, terrains de sports, billard, babyfoot, théâtre ...) et une équipe de professeurs catholiques, sortis des meilleures universités d’Angleterre, d’Irlande, des Etats Unis, du Canada et de la France,

Une école anglaise adaptée aux français Devinir bilingue, voire trilingue, est souvent un des premiers buts de nos élèves, souvent non-natifs en ce qui concerne l’anglais. Nous en avons l’habitude et nous mettons en place la formations nécessaires pour aider vos enfants à se sébrouiller rapidement dans la langue de Shakespeare. De la 6ème à la 4ème, tous nos élèves suivent un programme de langue anglaise approfondi, et assistent à la plupart de leurs cours en anglais. À l’exception sont les cours de français, dispensé par des enseignants français et supplémentés par un club de soutien. Ces trois ans servent à jeter les bases d’une poursuite intéllectuelle, tout en prévoyant un soutien plus suivi là où l’élève manque en confiance ou en capacité. Objectif: le pousser plus loin que prévoit le système publique où il pourrait se trouver entravé. Tout s'effectue dans le cadre privilégié de classe limitées à une dizaine de garçons, sous l’œil de professeurs experts et dévoués. En 3ème, nos élèves français préparent le Diplôme Nationale du Brevet.

À partir de la 2nde, trois choix se présentent pour nos élèves: premièrement, poursuivre le programme français en préparant un Bac L ou ES; deuxièment, se lancer dans l’option britannique et préparer les «GCSEs» et puis les «A levels» reconnus par les universités et les entreprises à travers le monde; troisièment, effectuer une combinaison des deux systèmes. Sports « Mens sana in corpore sano ». Les sports ont une grande importance au Collège International, et une partie de chaque journée scolaire y est consacrée. Les élèves pratiquent environ 10 heures de sport par semaine, et jouent contre d’autres établissements dans le cadre de UGSEL, la fédération sportive de l’Enseignement catholique. En dehors des cours de sports de l’après-midi, nos élèves ont aussi un choix de sports facultatifs, souvent pour animer le temps libre du soir. Obligatoires: Rugby, Football, Hockey sur gazon, Course à pied, Cricket, Athletisme, Basket. Facultatifs: Équitation, Escrime, Boxe anglaise, Badminton, Tennis de table, Tennis, Pêche, Aviron. Le programme culturel Le programme culturel En dehors des cours, nos élèves ont besoin de se détendre; mais le loisir ne consiste pas à simplement rien faire. Comme le philosophe Josef Pieper nous a enseigné, le loisir – dans le sens d’une éspace pour la contemplation – représente la base même de la culture. Dans le livre de Genèse nous lisons du repos de Dieu le septième jour. C’est de ceci que nous tirons notre philosophie du loisir. Le Créateur regarda ce qu’il avait créé et il voyait que c’était bon. Ainsi notre temps de loisir ne sera pas en rupture totale ave le reste de notre vie d’école; plutôt, il nous permettra d’apprécier d’autant plus nos matières scolaires, en nous donnant un aperçu de l’ensemble du grand tableau qu'est l’existence, sans l’obligation de se soucier d’examens ou d’autres pressions similaires. A ce jour nous avons pu développer les activités suivantes au sein du College: les échecs ; les cartes; un club des langues modernes; la pêche; le club littéraire; des ensembles musicaux; des groupes de théâtre; des débats; la boxe … A Chavagnes un effort particulier est consacré à veiller à ce qu’il n’y ait pas de contradiction entre des choix artistiques et sportifs, pour éviter la polarisation malsaine entre musiciens et sportifs. A Chavagnes il est possible d’être un ‘good all-rounder’ (quelqu’un d’équilibré en ce qui concerne la vie d’école). En fait, cela a toujours été l’idéale de la philosophie anglaise en matière d’enseignement et de la formation du caractère.

Programmes et matières Classes Obligatoires: Section ‘Collège’

6ème - 4ème



Anglais, Français, Allemand. Espagnol, Latin, Histoire, Sciences, Mathématiques, Religion, Musique, Arts plastiques. Anglais, Français, Allemand, Grec. Espagnol, Latin, Histoire, Sciences, Mathématiques, Religion, Musique, Arts plastiques.

Les études de 3ème aboutissent au Diplôme National du Brevet. Classes Section ‘Lycée’


1ère - Terminale

Programme britannique

Programme français

menant aux examens GCSE et A-levels

menant au Baccalauréat

Au choix: Anglais, Français, Espagnol, Allemand, Latin, Grec, Histoire, Physique, Chimie, Biologie, Mathématiques, Religion, Philosophie, EPS.

Choix de filière pour Bac: Littéraire (L), Économique et Sociale (ES).

Au choix: Anglais, Français, Espagnol, Allemand, Latin, Grec, Histoire, Physique, Chimie, Biologie, Mathématiques, Religion, Philosophie.

Cours dispensés en français: Économie, Français. Choix de filière pour Bac: Littéraire (L), Économique et Sociale (ES). Cours dispensés en français: Économie, Français, Histoire-Géo, Philosophie.

À la fin de la 2nde, les élèves ayant choisi le programme britannique acquièrent les IGCSEs. Ils peuvent ensuite continuer dans le système britannique pour terminer leur scolarité avec les A levels, ou reprendre le programme français pour passer le Bac L ou ES, eventuellement combiné avec 2 à 3 A-levels, ainsi diplômés des deux systèmes.

For more information, we invite you to visit our website Contact: The Principal, Chavagnes International College, 96 rue du Calvaire, 85250 Chavagnes en Paillers. FRANCE Telephone +33 2 51 42 39 82 Fax +33 2 51 42 39 83 Acknowledgement Photos Copyright Anthony Talbot Reproduced with the permission of the photographer.

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