Le Châtelard

Switzerland

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Junior High School Annual Course 2016-2017

Table of contents

  • INTRODUCTION
  • DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
  • ACADEMIC CURRICULUM
  • ELECTIVE/EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • WORKS OF CHARITY

 

INTRODUCTION

            Le Châtelard offers a competitive and challenging curriculum based in Switzerland´s learning standards and those established for our Network of Schools. All subjects are taught in French Language.

As a solid academic preparation for university, the Academy consistently promotes the development of a set of skills and habits necessary to tackle higher learning, such as:

  • Search and love for truth
  • Clear and solid mental structure
  • Development of an inquiring spirit, scientific knowledge
  • Reflection, critical analysis, and creative thinking
  • Cognitive development, to learn efficaciously how to learn
  • Effective organisational, managerial, and decision making abilities
  • Development of study skills
  • Goal setting
  • Clear and precise oral and written expression
  • Making the most of personal talents in post-graduate horizons
  • Greater awareness about social and environmental concerns
  • Rich store of knowledge in the western tradition

            In addition, Le Châtelard offers a truly integral formation based on the following teaching-learning process:

  • To Teach:We develop the student’s intellectual faculties while transmitting the knowledge in an attractive way. Students learn to think with order and express themselves clearly. They form the habit of studying on their own using proven techniques to understand, reflect on and assimilate course themes.
  • To Educate:A complete teaching-learning process goes beyond mere teaching so as to educate and perfect the entire person. The intelligence is integrally developed in harmony with all the other faculties of the human person: senses, emotions, imagination, memory and will.
  • To Form: We help students to acquire human maturity, manifested by a stable and balanced personality. Their capacity to make prudent decisions and upright judgements of people and events is the fruit of a hierarchical scale of moral values.

 

DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

Students will also have the opportunity to receive the following diplomas:

  • Le Châtelard Diploma
  • Diplôme Elémentaire de Langue Française (DELF) (100% of our students reach the B1 or B2 level at the end of the school year)
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (upon request)
  • Cordon Bleu Certificate
  • Savoir Vivre Diploma
  • Integra
  • Honor Roll
  • Excellence Band
  • Ski Certificates, Optional Courses, Clubs

 


 

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

The 32 hours per week of classes are divided among the following subjects:

  • Artistic Education
  • Biology
  • Catholic Formation
  • English
  • French
  • History/Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Savoir Vivre

 

8th grade Program:

Artistic Education: In this course students explore ideas, critically analyse and evaluate relevant visual and other information and make connections between representations in different genres, styles and traditions (connotation and denotation, expression of movement, real and suggested space, perception and appreciation of plastic art in the environment).
They initiate research, and document and interpret information in visual and other ways appropriate to their purpose and audience. The students exploit the characteristics of materials and processes to develop ideas and meanings and realise their intentions.

Biology: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thematic study of the life and environmental sciences. Students are introduced to major themes, including internal activity of the earth, animal and human reproduction, functioning of the human body, the effect of the environment on the nervous system and human influence and its impact upon the environment.
Catholic Formation: Students will seek to follow an upright conscience guided by the principles of faith and love, and desire to live Christian morals in accordance to the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Themes covered are as follows: the dignity of the human person; the universal desire for true happiness; human freedom in relation to responsibility; the moral value of actions and the sources of morality; the characteristics and role of the natural law in human behaviour; the commandments as God’s law inscribed in the heart as a way of salvation and freedom; the Gospels as a new law of grace, conversion and freedom.

English: The aim of this course is to prepare students to the Cambridge English: First, commonly known as First Certificate in English. They work on enhancing their written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and develop the following skills: understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing, keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, produce clear, detailed writing, control vocabulary and grammar, including perfect use of irregular verbs and understand the meaning of a range of spoken material.

French: French offer students’ four basic language skills: reading comprehension, conversation, pronunciation and writing, grammar. An introduction to the French and Swiss cultures provides an excellent source to apply what they have assimilated. Students will be prepared to present the DELF examinations and should be able to obtain the B1 or B2 level at the end of the year.

History/Geography: This History part of this course is designed to present the students with an overview of European political, cultural, intellectual and economic developments. Pupils study and answer questions surrounding major themes in the 18th and 19th centuries which set the bases of the actual world, such as: the Enlightment period, slavery, absolute monarchy, revolutions, the industrial age, colonization, Europe in 1914. This approach allows students to make connections between historical and current events.
The Geography part is designed to help the students develop an understanding of the physical, social and economic processes which shape that environment. To achieve that comprehension, the Geography syllabus aims to introduce students to the human habitat - processes and change; population, settlement patterns and patterns in economic activity in most powerful and poor countries, globalization and cultural diversity

Mathematics: During the year, pupils study algebra and geometry. As for algebra, topics include calculation, power, equation, proportionality, units of measurement. Geometry topics will include congruency, similarity, dimensionality, trigonometry and patterning of all geometric figures.

Physical Education: Exercise provides an excellent means for maintaining physical and mental fitness that come through the release of inner tensions. Competition contributes positively to building coordination skills, concentration, and a spirit of team work and discipline. Students receive a general physical preparation which will benefit them during individual and team sports.

Physics/Chemistry: This course gives the students an understanding of the role of Physics and Chemistry in life and science. During the academic year, students will have to acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviours and critical thinking needed in topics related to: electrical resistance, alternating and oscillating voltage, electrical energy and force, surrounding materials, combustion of organic and metallic materials, light and colours..

Savoir-Vivre: The purpose of this course is to develop the potential of the student so as to become a self-assured and confident woman. The classes of personal presentation encourage the students to develop positive self-image and self-esteem. The classes of protocol provide the students with the tools necessary so as to be at ease in whatsoever situation they find themselves in. The themes covered include: courtesy, table dressing and decoration, precedence at table, the importance of image and body language, musical appreciation and nutrition.

 

9th grade Program:

Artistic Education: Through the observation of details, the use of perspective, and the selection of drawing materials, students shall be acquainted with general artistic activity and design. The course aims to stimulate the powers of observation and abstract thinking through practical exercises.
The artistic exercises consist of: sketches of natural and man-made objects, proportionality, use of primary and secondary colours for the creation of tones, use of contrast; the diverse surface qualities, attention to detail, harmony and space, recreation of nature compositions with landscape perspectives.

Biology: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thematic study of the life and environmental sciences. Students are introduced to, and answer questions related to major themes, including the unity and diversity of human beings, the evolution theory, health in general and human influence and its impact upon the environment.

Catholic Formation: Students will seek to follow an upright conscience guided by the principles of faith and love, and desire to live Christian morals in accordance to the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Themes covered are as follows: the dignity of the human person; the universal desire for true happiness; human freedom in relation to responsibility; the moral value of actions and the sources of morality; the characteristics and role of the natural law in human behaviour; the commandments as God’s law inscribed in the heart as a way of salvation and freedom; the Gospels as a new law of grace, conversion and freedom.

English: The aim of this course is to prepare students to the Cambridge English: First, commonly known as First Certificate in English. They work on enhancing their written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and develop the following skills: understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing, keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, produce clear, detailed writing, control vocabulary and grammar, including perfect use of irregular verbs and understand the meaning of a range of spoken material.

French: French offer students’ four basic language skills: reading comprehension, conversation, pronunciation and writing, grammar. An introduction to the French and Swiss cultures provides an excellent source to apply what they have assimilated. Students will be prepared to present the DELF examinations and should be able to obtain the B1 or B2 level at the end of the year.

History/Geography:
The purpose of the History part of this course is to help student discover and appreciate the European heritage, studying European History from 1914 to the present day. The primary focus is modernism: its appearance, significance and implications for the subsequent history of 20th century. Emphasis will also be laid upon the following: the two World Wars, totalitarianism, the secularization of the West, the onset of the Cold War, and the dissolution of Soviet-style communism in Eastern Europe.
The Geography part is designed to help the students develop an understanding of the physical, social and economic processes which shape that environment. To achieve that comprehension, the Geography syllabus aims to introduce students to the networks and exchanges, inequalities, political geography, major world powers.

Mathematics: During the year, students learn both algebra and geometry. Algebra includes probability, numbers, equations, square root and functions. Geometry consists of the study of Thales, congruency, similarity, dimensionality, trigonometry, geometric figures of zero, one, two, and three dimensions and the relationships having to do with size, shape, location, direction, and orientation of these figures. The students use a variety of representations, tools, and technology to solve meaningful problems by representing figures, transforming figures, analyzing relationships, and proving things about them.

Physical Education: Exercise provides an excellent means for maintaining physical and mental fitness that come through the release of inner tensions. Competition contributes positively to building coordination skills, concentration, and a spirit of team work and discipline. Students receive a general physical preparation which will benefit them during individual and team sports.
Physics/Chemistry: This course gives the students an understanding of the role of Physics and Chemistry in life and science. During the academic year, students will have to acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviours and critical thinking needed in topics related to: gravitation, weight and mass; different types of energy of a falling object; electrical conduction; ions; batteries and chemical energy; alternating and oscillating voltage; electrical energy and force.

Savoir-Vivre: The purpose of this course is to develop the potential of the student so as to become a self-assured and confident woman. The classes of personal presentation encourage the students to develop positive self-image and self-esteem. The classes of protocol provide the students with the tools necessary so as to be at ease in whatsoever situation they find themselves in. The themes covered include: courtesy, table dressing and decoration, precedence at table, the importance of image and body language, musical appreciation and nutrition.

 


 

ELECTIVE COURSES

            Le Châtelard offers sports and artistic courses as an additional touch to the formation of our students. The elective course fee includes two weekly sessions. In courses such as photography and tennis students are expected to bring their own equipment or to purchase it in Switzerland as the school does not provide them.

On campus:

 

  • Cooking Le Cordon Bleu
  • Pottery
  • Basketball
  • Kickboxing
  • Ballet
  • Zumba
  • Photography
  • Make-up course
  • Tennis
  • Hip-pop dance
  • Soccer
  • Personal Training
  • Dance
  • Painting

 

Off campus:

  • Alpinism
  • Ice Skating (just second term only)
  • Woodcraft

            Some of these courses are not available the whole year.
Elective courses are chosen according to the availability before the beginning of the term and no changes will be possible until the following term. Students are expected to attend all the sessions.

            Piano and extra academic lessons can be arranged on demand at the student’s personal expense.

Skiing Season
During the months of January, February and March, the girls go skiing every weekend with the Swiss Ski School which has qualified monitors for the girls to teach them how to ski.

 


 

WORKS OF CHARITY

Le Châtelard students apply what they learn through the social participation activities which they themselves organize, such as visits to nursing homes, creation of spiritual/cultural clubs, and other projects adapted to their age.

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