Since 1996, Mowden has had the good fortune to be able to make use of the Château de Sauveterre, near Toulouse, where children in Year 7 spend time in the Summer Term. The Chateau de Sauveterre aims to provide students with a chance to fully immerse themselves in a new culture. Both teaching and learning are of utmost importance, and students make significant progress in French. They will also face intellectual and personal challenges every day, helping them to become more self-reliant and confident.
The curriculum at Sauveterre is designed to take advantage of its location in a breathtaking region of France, allowing students to explore its rich art, history, and geography through a well-planned program of outings. The learning environment is exceptional, with the school set amidst lush forested grounds and offering views of the Pyrenean mountains. The original charm of the former noble home has been preserved, including original furnishings and paintings, and the classrooms are equipped with modern audio-visual and IT facilities. The teaching methods used are varied and engaging, with all subjects taught in French, except for mathematics. The curriculum includes French, History, English, Geography, Mathematics, as well as subjects like SVT (Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre), Cookery, Textiles, Music, Drama, and Art. Regular assessments are conducted throughout their stay and a comprehensive report is shared at the end.
The co-curricular activities offered are designed to enhance students' experiences, with recent trips and activities including a visit to the Pic du Midi in the Pyrenees, a talent show, canoeing, Zumba, a French geography quiz, a climbing and adventure park, and a trip to the Mediterranean for beach games and a swim in the sea! Parents can stay connected with their child's journey in France through a private social media group and weekly newsletters. If you would like any more information, please feel free to get in touch with Mr Lamb (email@example.com).