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School in France

September 21, 2010

School life, and the teaching style as well, are RIDID RIGID RIGID in France. I can’t emphasise that enough. However, your child will be thoroughly taught, and it will be worth it in the end. Discipline levels, in primary schools at least, are good, and that’s got to be a plus.

They do very little art or sports in primary school, and what they do is very prescribed (games are simple and regimented, and art consists of colouring things in, or drawing what the teacher asks you to do).

But there’s something you can do about all this! The out of school activities are excellent, even in small towns. And the plus side is that if your child joins, for example, an athletics club, he or she will run with others who adore running, instead of in a class of children half of whom don’t want to be there!

Wednesdays, or Wednesday afternoons for those in Collège (11 yrs plus), are for arts and sports. Use them wisely. Many activities are subsidised and so only cost about 130 euros a year to participate.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    March 5, 2011 2:37 pm

    Hi Emily. I have to disagree here a bit, our Son is doing lots of art, music and sports at school, he is now in CP. My daughter’s sports sessions this year are dance, orienteering, and two other things which sounded good at the time she told me but I cannot remember. They do art plastic which she loves and music too. All part of the normal school week, not lunch or after school clubs.


  2. March 6, 2011 1:07 pm

    Ah, that’s good. Your son’s school must be bigger than my daughter’s, where there are only 4 in her year (but 10 in her class). The clubs outside school make up for the lack of arts and sports in the school, though. E

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