The Parents’ Association (from the initials in French)
From the 4th year secondary onwards, the teacher for each subject bases this mark on a student’s attitude in class and on his/her homework. It should not simply reflect “A” test marks.
Extra-curricular activities organised by the Parents’ Association, both cultural (activités périscolaires culturelles) and sporting (activités périscolaires sportives).
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents’ Association.
From the 4th year Secondary onwards, this reflects the results of “B” tests which are held twice a term in each subject (see B Test below). From 5th secondary, the B-mark for the main subjects is based on the results of an exam which is held at the end of each term.
From 4th year Secondary, two tests per term determine the B-mark. (But see B-mark, above.). Absence needs to be justified by a medical certificate.
See European Baccalaureate.
Term sometimes used for the elected committee that administers the Parents’ Association (usually just referred to as the “Board”, Conseil d’Administration de l’APEEE in French), but normally used to refer to the Board of Governors (Conseil Supérieur) of the European Schools, which has overall responsibility for all the schools in the system.
Created by the Board of Governors in order to draw up and publish a clear enrolment policy each year.
Part-time teachers, recruited locally to teach certain subjects.
Class trip to the seaside organised by the school for the 3rd year Primary classes, these classes are part of the curriculum.
Five-day class trip to the countryside organised by the school for the 4th year Primary classes, these classes are part of the curriculum.
See Skiing trip
See Students’ Committee (CDE)
French term for board of governors or directors. Used for both the Parents Association’s Board and for the Administrative Boards of individual schools, including ours, but not used for the Board of Governors which has overall responsibility for all the European Schools, which is known in French as the Conseil Supérieur.
See Disciplinary Council
Board of Governors of the European Schools
See Educational Advisers
Conseil Supérieur des Éleves. Represents students in all the European Schools. Two pupils from the Students’ Committee at our school are members of COSUP.
Secondary pupils who want counselling on any problem can consult, in confidence, members of the teaching staff. A list of trained volunteers for the various language sections is available. Pupils may also contact any teacher of their choice.
See Classes vertes
See Complementary studies
Offered to pupils new to the school in Primary and Secondary to reinforce their knowledge of Second Language (1st foreign language). Classes take place on Wednesday afternoons.
Coaching is available in First Language, Second Language, and Maths for years 1-3, Secondary school. A pupil may only receive coaching in two of the subjects offered.
Alternative title for the school Head.
This committee is composed of the Headmaster and one teacher per nationality. It meets if a student has committed some serious misdemeanour. The pupil, accompanied by his/her parents, can request the help of a member of the Board of the Parents’ Association or a teacher of his/her own choice. At the request of the parents or of the pupil a member of the Students’ Committee (Comité des Elèves) can attend the meetings as an observer.
There are 9 of these, each having responsibility for one year of the Secondary school. They supervise discipline and safety in the Secondary school and undertake administrative tasks, including checking on absences. They play an important role in relations with pupils, parents, teachers, and the school management. They are concerned with the integration of pupils, individual problems, group problems, counselling of pupils, etc. The Principal Education Supervisor attends the Enlarged Education Committee of the Secondary School.
Non-denominational alternative to religious education classes. See Religious education.
The lost property room for both Primary and Secondary, run by parent volunteers is generally open twice a week: check WoluwInfo for times as well as the APEEE website. At the end of the school year all unclaimed articles are given to charity.
School leaving qualification for all the European Schools. The final exam comprises 5 written papers and 4 orals, which together account for 36% and 24% of the final Bac mark. Another 40% is based on class grades, 15% on continuous assessment during the year (A-mark) and 25% split between exams and tests (B-mark). The Baccalaureate certificate is recognised by all Member States and accepted as an entrance qualification for their universities and colleges of further education.
One afternoon a week the pupils of the Primary School, from 3rd year upwards, are put into mixed groups for artistic or sports activities, so that they can have more contact with pupils from other language sections and get to know about traditions in other EU countries.
The language of the student’s language section.
Annual school festival involving the whole school, usually in May, profits from which go to projects, mostly in Third World countries.
Third foreign language which a student may choose as an option from 4th year Secondary onwards.
See Counselling Centre
Represents parents in all the European Schools
See First Language, Second Language, etc.
Assistance provided by the school for pupils with difficulties, mainly in Primary, on the advice of the class teacher and with the consent of the parents.
Term widely used for the kindergarten or pre-Primary classes.
Yearly check-ups are planned. All new pupils must have a TB skin test.
A list giving the time and place for meeting individual teachers during the school week is distributed to pupils at the beginning of the school year. The school encourages these meetings as they help parents follow their children’s progress. In addition, in Secondary school, it is possible to meet a number of teachers separately on a particular evening early in the calendar year. Primary parents meet class teachers in November for individual discussions about the children's progress. See the Reports below.
For Secondary. The availability of particular options may depend on the numbers applied.
– 3rd year: students must take 2 options, choosing from Latin, Art and Music.
– 4th and 5th years: options include Fourth Language, Economics, Art, Music, etc.
– 6th and 7th years: in a different choice, a student takes at least two options. These will be part of the five written exams at the baccalaureate.
For Secondary school children who play an orchestral instrument. For details of rehearsals, contact music teachers.
See Activités périscolaires
A compulsory part of the school curriculum. Pupils who do not take religious education must take the non-denominational “ethics” class. The number of religions taught varies according to demand.
There are school reports every term. Parents must sign these; they give the marks for each subject and comments by the teachers. In Primary, there is a pilot project for the introduction of new report cards: a description of skills and knowledge acquired by the child and his/her evolution, as well as a parent-teacher interview, replace traditional marks. Marks in the Secondary school are from 1 to 10, 6 being the pass mark. There are also mid-term reports
See Classes de mer.
From 3rd year Secondary onwards students study some subjects (e.g. history, geography) in their second language, which they have been learning since 1st year Primary (or whenever they started attending the school). This is either English, French or German.
two weeks in the Alps organised by the school for the 5th year Primary classes before the Carnival holiday, these classes are part of the curriculum.
Parents of SEN children may submit a full dossier on their child, which is examined by a group of specialists. As a result, some SEN children may be admitted to the school, with specialised assistance for some classes.
Representative body elected by students in senior secondary classes.
Supervisor, for example in the school playground, or one of the part-time staff employed by the Parents’ Association to ensure order and safety on the school buses
Second foreign language which is taught from 2nd year Secondary onwards.
See Medical check-ups.