Vijay International School Praslin
You are not born for yourself...but for the world
Vijay International School, Baie St Anne, Praslin, Seychelles
VISP put in it’s best ever showing at the La Digue heats of the National Athletics Championships. On a very hot day during the Easter holidays, 40 students braved the elements to represent their school in a range of events.
Although qualification for Mahe was the main aim, a number of students placed well on the day. Of course, athletics superstar Antoine Vargiolu stole the show with a win in the 200m and a crowd silencing win in the 100m. He also won the long jump with his 1 and only jump. Elsewhere, Perry Pointe won the Shot Putt, Hayden Mills the 100m, Armelia Dugasse the Long Jump, Dean Jean-Louis the 200m and Kareem Cedras dominated the 400m in some style.
Adrian Payet came in 2nd in a very gutsy 800m performance in which he kicked just a touch too early and got caught on the line. Two sets of sisters also took 2nd places with Isabelle and Abigail Labuschagne doing so in the High Jump and Emily and Charlotte Vanacore in the Shot Putt.
The final showpiece event saw a memorable win for the 4x100m relay team of Antoine, Adrian, Perry and Kareem who ran La Digue School close in a thrilling race, only for La Digue to be disqualified for cutting their line. A dramatic conclusion to a wonderful morning of events.
In total, a VISP best 17 students have qualified to compete on Mahe with Steven Pool (Hurdles), Anna-Elle (High Jump), Elisha Gardette (Long Jump), Jahnila Brioche (200m), Doger Rose (Shot Putt) and Lucie Saint-Ange (Shot Putt) joining those mentioned above in their respective finals.
The finals will take place on Mahe at Roche Caiman Stadium on Saturday 15th June. We wish all of them very good luck.
Sports Day proved as ever to be a highlight of the school calendar and this year resulted in a first ever win for Desroches after years of Fregate and Aldabra dominance.
Spearheading the Desrcoches improvement in performance this year was Antoine Vargiolu who set new school records in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump over the course of the 2 days. Other great performers for Desroches was Hayden Mills who picked up wins in Long Jump and 100m and Dean Jean-Louis who won the 100m and 200m.
Elsewhere, age group records were also broken by Perry Pointe (High Jump), Isabelle Labuschagne (High Jump), Ingrid Morel (100m), Grace Weaver (60m Hurdles) and Victoria Rouillon who broke the 800m record despite the heat.
The final race proved to be one for the ages as the Deroches 4 x 100m relay team tried to run down the Aldabra team. Antoine Vargiolu had plenty of work to do, taking over the baton around 15 meters behind Dion Payet for Aldabra. Despite a thrilling last 50m, Desroches came up inches short and Aldabra won the race.
Lundi 27mai, Vijay International School Praslin a fêté sa journée internationale. Cette année, la culture et la langue française étaient à l'honneur. Suite aux succès des précédentes journées thématiques créoles et indiennes, les élèves se sont habillés aux couleurs de la France pour l'évènement du jour.
Les étudiants commencèrent leur journée avec un petit déjeuner français de crêpes, de chocolats chauds et de croissants sponsorisés par la boulangerie Number 1, Praslin. Ils ont pu ensuite apprécié une matinée de leçons autour du français, depuis la maternelle avec l'araignée Gipsy (Insy Winsy Spider) jusqu'aux élèves de secondaire analysant l'étendue de la langue française dans le monde.
Toute la journée, les parents étaient invités à apprécier l'exposition d'art inspirée d'artistes français tels que Monet et Matisse.
Une magnifique compétition de pâtisserie fut également organisée et VISP était ravie d'accueillir Emily Motu de l'Alliance française pour présider le jury. L'incroyable gâteau à 5 étages d'Alizée Joseph et de Jada Jandumon fit un tabac et vola la vedette.
L'après-midi, un magnifique festival de chants, de pièces de théatre, et de danse prit place lors d'une assemblée devant tous les élèves. Un public ravi d'étudiants, d'enseignants et de parents fut témoin d'une vaste gamme de talents, des années 1 chantant 'Old MacDonald' en Français, à un magnifique poème d'Aarya Senthil, une élève d'année 8.
La professeur de français, Mme Dione, exprima sa joie par rapport à l'événement: "Quelle fierté en tant qu'enseignante mais aussi en tant que femme française, de voir la langue de Molière célébrée ainsi!". Tout le monde à VISP anticipe déjà la prochaine journée Internationale.
L'école Internationale Vijay, maintenant dans sa 10ème année, continue à grandir en nombre. Bien que des places soient toujours disponibles dans certaines classes pour la prochaine année académique, beaucoup de classes sont remplies et tout parent souhaitant inscrire son enfant doit le faire le plus tôt possible afin d'éviter toute déception.
On the 15th of June several pupils from VISP competed in the National Athletics at Stade Linite Mahe. In total, VISP was represented by 16 pupils and won a record 8 medals, 6 more than the previous year and our most ever. All pupils competed in their new sports kits and represented the school in a fantastic manor. Pupils demonstrated an extremely high skill level throughout the day and competed against the best athletes in the Seychelles. All pupils maintained or improved on the position they qualified,a testament to the hard work they have put into training over the last few weeks. A special mention has to go to Antoine Vargiolu who overcame injury to win 3 gold medals in 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Hayden Mills also won Gold in the 100m, Armelia Dugasse in the Long Jump and Lucie Saint-Ange in the Shot Putt, whilst Anne-Elle Hennie took Silver in the High Jump and Isabelle Labuschagne the Bronze in the High Jump.
Over 2 days on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May, VISP played host to a thrilling inter school volleyball tournament. The competition featured Under 15 and Under 18, boys and girls teams from VISP, Praslin Secondary and La Digue schools. The winning team from each section would progress on to national finals on Mahe next month.
A packed Ellen Hall watched some thrilling matches over the course of two intense days with players driven on by a partisan crowd. The four VISP teams played very well, with the majority of players having only learned to play volleyball in the past 12 months.
The highlight for the home teams came from the Under 15 girls, lead by captain Nelza Gardette. Along with her team mates Annella Adeline, Jahnila Brioche, Yael Souffe, Emily Vanacore and Camilla Cupidon they won their group and qualified for the finals on Mahe after a stunning comeback victory against Praslin Secondary.
In other age categories, the experience of the other schools told but there were some excellent individual and team performances which have given VISP a great platform to build upon for next year.
The children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 ended the Easter term with a spellbinding ‘Minibeast’ performance. A packed out audience of family members and friends were treated to a magical journey into the small but wonderful world of invertebrates. Year 2 delighted us as dancing buzzing bees and Year 1 gave us an informative, musical insight into the life-cycle of the butterfly. Reception led us around the garden, on the hunt for a lost snail. All of the children looked incredible in their costumes and sang beautifully, well done!
Students in Year 5 and 6 at the Vijay International School this week staged a performance of Julia Donaldson's 'Bombs and Blackberries' over the course of two afternoons. The drama takes place in Manchester, England during World War 2 and focuses on a family driven apart by the war.
A group of inner city children, played by Jahim Brioche, Steven Pool, Elisha Gardette, Marionne Brioche and Anna-Elle Hennie are evacuated to the countryside from Manchester during the blitz. Having been raised in the city, they find life tough and struggle to integrate with the rural children.
Meanwhile at home, the parents, played by Xara Hertel and Berachah Porpatham become concerned for their youngest children. Their concern grows when their eldest son, played by Nathan Payet, is sent to away to fight in Egypt. Only their eldest daughter, played by Louise Morel, remains at home, working as a nurse in Manchester Hospital.
Through the drama, the family are reunited in Manchester, only to find that ordinary life in Manchester has become very dangerous with falling bombs threatening people's homes and businesses. Thankfully the play concludes with the announcement of the end of war and a return to more peaceful times.
Enthusiastic parents and students enjoyed the staging of the show at the school and Head of Primary, Mrs Rafferty was delighted with the performance of the students. Speaking after the show she said, "We have been studying World War 2 in class and putting on a show like this has really helped develop the students understanding of what life was like at that time. This crossover between drama and their studies has helped engage them with both history and the play itself. As a result, their performances were outstanding, they should be very proud".
Students from VISP were once again celebrating this August when results day finally came around. The school has has cemented a reputation in recent years for outstanding IGCSE results whilst it's new A-Level centre, opened 3 years ago, has already produced some high quality outcomes too.
This year, IGCSE results at the school were once again excellent, building on the success of previous years. Overall 99% of exams were passed with 76% at C grade or above, both of those figures would be well above the average for a school in the UK. In particular, there were outstanding academic performances by Jan Bouchereau, Julius Bossy and Gaia Ugo Sala. These exceptional results mark yet another step forward for the school in terms of IGCSE success .
After the publication of their first A-Level results 12 months ago, the school was delighted that every student who wished to move into further education was able to move on to their first choice of university. That cohort has gone on to study in the UK, France, Canada, Malaysia and at the University of Seychelles in courses as diverse as Medicine and Software Engineering. This year, the school was delighted with results which were on a par with the previous year. Again, this will enable those students who wish to go to university to do so. In particular, Benny Boodna and Chloe Morel produced excellent results and will both now go on to study at university in the UK.
A record 30 VISP students travelled to Mahe to represent the school in the National Schools Swimming Championships on 30th March.
The growing strength of the VISP swim team has been amazing to watch over the past few years and this year our swimmers left a significant mark on the competition bringing back a total of 28 medals. This success is in no small way thanks to excellent training from Mr Baker and the parental team of Colette Labuschagne, Yolande Drotsky and Bridget Weaver.
Isabelle Labuschagne was again crowned national champion in the freestyle event and Charlotte Vanacore became national champion in the breaststroke event. The 12—13 girls relay team of also won a gold medal.
For the first time ever, the school also picked up overall age category trophies, winning the 12—13 girls and 14—15 girls overall prizes.
After the SACOS swimming event a selection of swimmers continued to train to compete in this years Open water swim. A gruelling race over a distance of 1km, 2.5km or 5km in the sea at Beau Vallon Beach, a tough challenge for anyone.
Last term, staff and students celebrated the international Francophonie day. It takes place every year and it is a time when France language and French culture are put forward in all the French speaking countries. At Vijay, students took part in fantastic competitions, quizzes, presentations! We have a partnership with the Francophonie office in Paris who sent us wonderful prizes last year. All winners received goody bags with Francophonie presents.
A French Treasure Hunt was organised for Junior students. Classrooms were turned into countries and children had to travel door to door and answer quiz questions in French. The collected answers allowed them to find a hidden message. Correct answers were then picked from a draw and the winners received a Francophonie Goody Bag. Félicitaions à Sahasra et Olivier!
In order to support and reward students who love languages, an independent Language challenge was launched for secondary students. They had to complete a series of activities, recording the evidence along the way. Participants researched famous French people, created resources to teach French to youngsters, listened to music in French and shared it with friends. The winner of this challenge was Abigail Labuschagne in Y9. Bravo Abi!
Y9 prepared an assembly in which they explained the importance of speaking French in the Seychelles. They investigated via interviews to local Businesses and presented their findings to their peers. Others choose to show off their language skills by sharing their knowledge of French speaking countries in French! Magnifique les années 9!!
Finally, teachers also competed with French activities in lessons and the winners were Mr James with his maths lesson in French and Mrs Payet with the French singing in reception - Génial les profs!Overall a wonderful Francophone day - Quel succès!!
The Vijay International School, Praslin celebrated their 10 year anniversary in style last week with events held over two days on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December. The school opened in 2008 and has grown from 54 students to 250 in that time. The facilities have also grown over time with the addition of an A-Level centre, sports hall and most recently a new science lab. The school has also established an excellent reputations during it's 10 years for academic performance, drama and sporting success.
On the Friday 30th November, the school held an open morning with parents and invited guests offered guided tours of the school throughout the morning, led by post secondary students. Each Primary class was studying the culture and environment of a different country to tie in with World Geography Day. Meanwhile, in the Secondary section, parents saw science experiments, art projects and map making.
Later in the morning a ceremony was held to celebrate the successes of the first 10 years. Mrs Emilia Vidot, Chair of the school board of governors, spoke about how the school started, with a simple letter to Mr Martin Kennedy, then the ISS Head Teacher. This notion gained increasing interest from parents and when Mr V.J. Patel agreed to back the project financially it was the final piece of the puzzle needed to see the school come into being. Current VISP Head Teacher, Mark Howell, spoke about the achievements of the students and staff over 10 years, most notably the outstanding exam successes at both IGCSE and A-Level. Finally school patron, Mr Patel spoke of his joy at seeing the school succeed and gave some encouraging words for the future of VISP. During the ceremony, visitors were also treated to performances by the Early Childhood and Primary sections and an amazing solo performance by post secondary student Ella Louange. Finally the ceremony ended with the planting of a ceremonial tree to mark the first 10 years.
Saturday 1st December was then a celebration fun fair for children and their families, organised by the VISP parent teacher association. Despite the weather, the event was very well attended by the wider community and children enjoyed a wide variety of games and food stalls.
September 2018 saw the launch of the International Duke of Edinburgh award at Vijay International School.
The award, which is an internationally recognised qualification for efforts beyond the classroom in three areas; physical activity, service and skill development. Students must spend 1 hour per week, outside school hours, over a period of at least 3 months improving each of those areas. Finally, they must go on a 2 day camping expedition, trekking across the island. Upon completion of the course they will be awarded a certificate which is recognised internationally.
Approximately 30 students from years 10, 11 and 12 started their award journey towards the Bronze award with a team treasure hunt around Baie St Anne. Skills developed in the hunt included problem solving, physical fitness and ability to work on as a team.
Staff and students at VISP are extremely excited to start the award and we wish them luck with their future endeavours.
VIjay International School Praslin hosted their annual graduation event on the evening of 26th June. Le Duc De Praslin Hotel hosted the evening for the 4th year in a row and the event was very well attended by graduates, staff, board members and parents.
The school now has a track record of excellent IGCSE results and therefore expectations are that this Year 11 cohort will achieve excellent grades in August. All students were presented with a prize from the school and were invited onstage to take the applause of the audience. Gaetanne Camille received the Head of Secondary prize from Mrs McBride for outstanding contribution to the school whilst Trishia Labiche was awarded the much coveted Head Teacher's prize for outstanding academic achievement.
The school anticipates it's best ever A-Level results this year with an excellent cohort of students awaiting their results in August. The class have already secured places in some top Universities around the world. Most notably, Christian Gill and Sumitha Pillay will move on to the UK to study Law and Accounting respectively, Chloe Verlaque will study Hotel Management in Switzerland and Mandy Omath and Amanda Esther will study Business Management in Malaysia. Other students will continue on to UniSey or further vocational training in Seychelles.
After dinner, the school patron, Mr Vijay Patel, addressed the guests and encouraged a lifelong ethic of hard work and endeavour. He emphasised that although formal education was now over, students must continue to put full effort into whatever path they follow from this point.
Speaking to the press after the event, Head Teacher Mr Howell commented on the growing expectations placed on VISP students. "VISP is now 10 years old and we have seen a steady progression of exam results during that time. Student coming through lower down the school are now seeing the hard work put in by their older peers and the rewards that brings. This is creating a culture of hard work which in turn is leading to exam success."
Mr Howell also emphasised the growth of the school which now has full classes and waiting lists in effect in a number of classes in school. The school encourages any parent who is considering transferring to VISP to do so soon as places will soon be all taken. Term ends at VISP on 18th July and will resume for the new academic year in September, however the school office will remain open throughout the break for any parents wishing to enquire about enrolment.
Huge congratulations to Emily Morel in Y4 who won the P4 - P6 national Primary Art competition. The competition was looking for the student who's work best conveyed the theme of the Ocean and Climate Change. Emily traveled to Mahe to be presented with her prize by the former President, James Michel. Well done Emily!
On Tuesday 4th December, a group of ten students were invited to visit the University of Seychelles. Upon arrival, we were given a talk from student services and from three lecturers from the fields of Law, Business and Social Sciences. The students were able to ask questions about entry requirements for the courses, fees and funding and general university life. We were then invited on a tour of the university campus and met with the president of the union who discussed the social side of university (something our students were really interested in!). During this time, we visited the Confucius Institute where we learnt lots about the Chinese language and culture, the ICT department, the Environmental Science laboratory and also the Research Centre.
It was a fascinating day and the students had a fantastic time taking part in a wide range of activities put on by the university. It really opened their eyes to the possibility of university and hopefully we'll see some of our pupils as future UniSey students!
The slight change of date for World Book Day did nothing to dampen the spirits of students and staff wishing to celebrate an important day in our calendar.
Students came dressed as a huge range of characters from stories and a whole host of activities took place throughout the day to promote and support reading.
In our assembly, Jade Dubignon and Ezra Payet won the coveted Sarah Morgan Reading Prizes for Primary and Secondary. Both students having demonstrated an outstanding commitment to reading in the past 12 months. We also celebrated Secondary winners of the blackout poetry competition, the standard of which was very high.
We also saw two staff performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ both of which delighted the audience.
In the afternoon, Primary students were treated to a carousel of storytelling led by staff.
Year 10 student Maxim Le Gac was delighted to be invited to the Cambridge National IGCSE and A-Level awards held at the Seychelles Institute for Teacher Education on Mahe. Maxim was presented with the Cambridge IGCSE award for French for coming 2nd in the world in 2018. Around 15,000 students sit this exam each year and last year Maxim scored the 2nd highest mark worldwide. His award was presented by the Regional Manager for Africa and the Indian Ocean for Cambridge who had traveled to Seychelles to present Maxim's award along with some other national prizes.
These National awards are presented annually but as they are based on the November exams VISP students, along with ISS students, are usually not included as we sit exams in May.