MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs disclosed the Collectivité this year has budgeted 1.7 million euros to finance extra-curricular activities in the schools and 3.5 million euros dedicated to renovation and security of schools.
The return to school on the French side for all pupils is Monday, September 4, 2017. Teachers and administrative staff start on September 1.
In a letter to parents Gibbs talked of a change of pace, referred to as “rhythm scolaire,” in education this year that has resulted in a four-day week instead of five.
“To get a little closer to the rhythm of children and to respond to the expectations of the school boards I made the decision to return to the four-day week for our Collectivité,” he wrote. “This decision was validated by the National Education services and voted by the Executive Council on July 26, 2017. It will be effective from this September.”
School children will have classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 11:30am and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
“The four day week will be accompanied by a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and quality management in accordance with the commitments made by my team and myself,” Gibbs added. “The supplement of 50 euros per child for the 2017-2018 school year will guarantee your child will be welcomed in structured programme supervised by animators trained by Caisse Territorial des Oeuvres Scolaires (CTOS).
“Quiet games have also been proposed each day at the break for those doing half days. And homework assistance will be available each afternoon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. On Wednesday mornings from 8:00am to 11:30am your child will be able to take part in various activities, sports, cultural pursuits, arts and crafts as well as reading sessions to combat illiteracy.”
“Education is one of the big priorities of my mandate and my wish is that the 2017-2018 school year is synonymous with a new dynamic in favour of our youth,” he concluded.