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NIEUWSBRIEF: De Nederlandse Sectie van IBS of Provence-🎗IBS "Pink Week 2023"-Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity-Spelling Bee Contest - House Competition-IBS CAS Council-Writing Week for CM2-Coffee Mornings-IBS Summer Camp 2023

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NIEUWSBRIEF: De Nederlandse Sectie van IBS of Provence

De eerste nieuwsbrief van de Nederlandse Sectie van het schooljaar 2023-2024 ligt voor je. We praten je graag bij over uiteenlopende onderwerpen. Niet alleen over het schoolleven, maar ook over zaken die betrekking hebben op de kwaliteit van het onderwijs en de verbetering ervan. We hopen je zo weer op vlieghoogte te brengen over de stand van zaken en je betrokkenheid bij het NTC onderwijs op IBS te versterken.

Veel leesplezier gewenst!


Nieuwsbrief #2 Nederlandse Sectie IBS of Provence (pdf)

DIA toetsen Nederlandse leerlingen (pdf)

🎗IBS “Pink Week 2023”


The annual fundraising event, “Pink Week 2023” organised by the Pre-IB was successfully held October 9th-13th during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on our IBS campus. With wonderful participatation, the “Pink Week” has gathered collective strength from IBS students, staff, and PIBS families to support the local charity, « Complètement Fadades. »
“Pink Week 2023” aims to raise public awareness of the threat of breast cancer and raise funds to support « Complètement Fadades’ » work aim of conveying an image of hope to people affected directly or indirectly by cancer.
Similar to past years, Friday’s Pink Dress Day, was a true success. Students and staff showed their support in eye-catching outfits wearing pink ribbons and bagdes. The Pre-IB raised an impressive amount to donate to charity and could not have done it without all of the amazing support, organization, and investment of those involved.
About « Complètements Fadades »
Serving all people affected in one way or another by cancer, men and women. All people undergoing chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiotherapy or even in remission are welcome. They work to prevent patients from entering isolation. Through sport the aim is to prove to those affected that they are still capable of setting goals, progressing and taking control of their bodies.
Thank you again for all of your support and efforts and wishing you a happy and healthy holiday!


Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: A Vibrant Experience at IBS

 At IBS, we recently came together to celebrate the richness of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity on October 12th and 13th, an event that showcased and honoured the various cultures and languages within our community.

 The Spanish and Foreign Languages Departments orchestrated a remarkable “Objects from around the World” exhibition, which served as a portal to explore the captivating cultures and traditions that our students bring with them from their home countries. As a captivating highlight, we were incredibly fortunate to receive a stunning collection of souvenir plates, recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest, generously provided by the Kundins’ family. This exhibition was a delightful window into the colourful mosaic of global heritage.

 In addition to this exhibition, a series of insightful conferences and workshops were thoughtfully organised, tailored for students from 6ème to 4ème. These sessions delved into intriguing topics such as “Does Language Affect Our Thinking?” and “How Do Languages Change and Evolve?” These engaging discussions expanded our horizons and left us pondering the profound role of language in shaping our world.

 One of the most intriguing moments during this celebration was the exploration of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, which vividly illustrates the concept of language diversity. Students embarked on a journey to reconstruct the Tower of Babel without the ability to communicate verbally. This exercise served as a reminder of the power and importance of language in our lives.

 By nurturing a more inclusive and enriching learning environment for our students, we not only fostered academic growth but also planted the seeds of understanding and respect for one another’s differences. These values are undeniably crucial in the 21st century, where global interconnectedness and cooperation are prerequisites for success. Our celebration of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity was a reminder that unity in diversity is not just an ideal; it’s a living reality at IBS.


Writing Week for CM2

The Writing Week took place from 2 to 9 October 2023.

Pupils in the CM2 Pagnol class took part in the competition for the most beautiful handwritten text on the theme of “Achievement“, the aim being to share emotions and memories in writing.

A pre-selection jury, made up of members of writing associations, will determine the best texts, which will be read during the final selection. The jury will then meet in November to select 10 winners in each age category from the shortlisted entries.

The selection will be based on the following criteria, although the jury’s assessment will be subjective:

  • Consistency with the competition theme
  • Compliance with the guidelines set out in the competition description
  • The originality of the work submitted.

The finalists will be chosen from among the entrants who meet all the conditions set out in the rules and who have sent their text before midnight on 11 October.


  • The 1st in each category will receive 3 brand-name fountain pens and a gift of writing products.
  • The 2nd place winner will receive 2 brand-name fountain pens and a supply of writing instruments.
  • The 3rd place winner will receive 1 brand-name fountain pen and a gift of writing products.
  • All the winners, from 1st to 10th in each category, will each receive a gift of writing products.

Our values

  • Supporting the learning of handwriting at school.
  • Promote handwriting
  • Rediscover the joy of sending and receiving letters and postcards.


Aurélia Kalvas
Teacher of CM2 PAGNOL

International Mother Language Day writing competition

On March 23rd, a highly-anticipated award ceremony was held to announce the winners of the International Mother Language Day writing competition. The competition received 28 outstanding creative writing pieces in an impressive array of languages, including Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and even Irish Gaelic! To ensure fairness and objectivity in the judging process, each work was meticulously evaluated by at least three different teachers or specialists from various corners of France, and even the world. The students displayed exceptional talent and creativity, making it a tough competition for the judges.

The winners in each category were truly remarkable. In Group 1 (8-11 y.o.), Taewoo Jung from the class de 6ème won with a beautiful poem “Magic of Language” in Korean that received 90 out of 100 points. In Group 2 (12-14 y.o.), Romy Bouetard from the class de 3ème IBS took the prize with a captivating poem “Crowd Effect” in Russian that scored 96 out of 100. And in Group 3 (15-18 y.o.), Huayue Li from the class of 2nde preIB secured the top spot with a powerful poem “The City”  in Chinese that scored an impressive 97 points.

To see the winning entries click here

All participants were invited to the rooftop for the certificate distribution ceremony, and the winners were awarded their prizes. The organizers also printed a collection of works, which was offered to all young talents as a memento of their success. The success of this project was due to the collaboration and hard work of IBS language teachers, local associations (Franco-Polish Association “Polonica”, Korean School of Marseille, Franco-Russian Association “Perspectives”), and partners from international schools, which helped in grading the works and making this project a grand success.

Marianna Taymanova, IB Russian Principal Examiner, Assistant Professor at Durham University, UK and a professional literary translator from French into Russian (her translation list includes numerous works by Apollinaire, Paul Valery, Milan Kundera, Gerard de Nerval, A. Dumas, A. Maurois  etc.), a member of our jury evaluating the works in Russian, said: “I was pleased to read the works written with inspiration and creativity in a good Russian. In particular, I liked the poems – they all express very personal, unconventional emotions. I hold the poem “Crowd Effect” in high regard as it tactfully explores a very sensitive and relevant topic of bullying and the power of the collective. Congratulations to the teachers for such talented pupils, and to the pupils for having teachers who can skillfully awake their literary gift.”

In conclusion, the International Mother Language Day writing competition was a resounding success, showcasing the importance of maintaining one’s mother language and linguistic heritage. The exceptional writing pieces submitted by the students are a testament to their creativity, talent and hard work.

To see the winning entries click here


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