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An international Catholic education

I Ferdi McDermott Ls President of Chavagnes International college.

thcntically Cath1 ic, well-round CI, traditional. I liat's the type of education we offer at Chavagnes international College, a Catholic boarding school in France for boys aged 9-19 Our school is in Chavagnes-enPaillers. a village in the heart of La VencIfte. the stronghold of Catholic France. We are inspired by its rich Catholic history: in the Revolution the villagers of Chavagnes were amongst thousands of Catholics who perished for the faith and in 1802 our school was built as a minor seminary by the Venerable LouisMarie Beaudoin, a priest who had suffered much for his defence of the rights of the Church.

His spirit motivates our mission today to educate the Catholic leaders of tomorrow. Through daily Mass and rosary, through an annual pilgrimage and retreat, through exhorting both staff and pupils to behave in accordance with Gospel precepts we strive to create a truly Christian community. We actively seek to form pupils in good habits of virtue, study and praycr and use a Religious Educaiion syllabus endorsed by Cardinal Riazinger. We invite parents to hold us to our promise of fidelity to the Church and make a particular commitment to close and fregent contact between parents and the school.

We teach in English with some non-academic tuition for music and sport in French, and offer the usual range of GCSE's and A-Levels provided by the Cambridge University board.

Our educational focus is traditional: we want to teach your son the rules of grammar. his times tables. the basics of music pupils belong to a liturgical choir singing in Latin and French and to speak European languages with ease and fluency.

Small class sizes with a 2:1 staff pupil ratio guarantee good exam results, Students who began studying Spanish front scratch last September arc, for example, set to gain A or A* in their Spanish GCSE's this summer.

This isn't just a spiritual or intellectual powerhouse; we will teach pupils how to mend cars and fix rooves currently they are building their own greenhouse.

Plenty of sport is on offer, with an extensive gymnasium, tennis courts, sports pitches and a carpfishing lake. Older pupils have started rowing (coxed fours), and the youngsters have recently been instructing their French peers in the rudiments of cricket. From September a retired cavalry colonel will he coaching the boys in horseriding.

Compared to similar Catholic schools in Britain, our fees are extremely competitive. and we aim to help all parents who need financial support.

The school is easily accessible by Eurostar and train from Paris or by air from Gatwick to Nantes.

If you feel your son would flourish in a busy, international, Catholic community contact us for further details, or t6 arrange a visit to the College.

Chavagnes International College, 96, Rue du Calvaire, 85250

Chavagnes-en-Paillers France Tel 00 33 ((1)2 51 42 39 82 fax 00 33 (0)2 51 42 39 83 email: [email protected] web www.chavagnes.org




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