Exploring new ground
Opened in September 2011 on the ground floor of the multimedia library, the Cultural Centre is a new resource for students and teachers looking to extend learning beyond the classroom with a cultural dimension that is accessible to all. Designed as a space to try new things, the Centre hosts the school’s extracurricular activities where conventional class content is enriched with the resources and infrastructure needed for a variety of projects. Large in size, it is also used as a meeting area and for other important events held throughout the school year.
The Centre offers:
- An international area, with international newspapers and magazines, and an “Agora” for conversation classes
- A theatrical stage with curtain, backstage and modifiable lighting
- An exhibition area
- A computer, video projector and sound system
- Three individual video stations
- A “Reading Corner” with comics, French and international media
- Exhibit tables for the school’s artists
- An information kiosk for local shows and events
The list of activities held at the centre in the last two years is rich – and set to grow:
- An international week, including plays, singing, exhibitions, calligraphy, a fashion show and gourmet food events
- A week of diverse events and activities on environmental issues
- School performances (plays, dance, etc.)
- Exhibitions (of work by St-Jo graduates who went on to fine arts, middle school students, regional artists and work produced as part of school events throughout the year: (e.g. “Images de Mages”, “L’écologie, l’avenir des petits génies”)
- Conferences, often with exhibitions (“Li Bin, peintre de Dalian”, “La flûte sicilienne”, “Les instruments du Moyen Age”, “Facebook, les moyens de communication modernes”, “Le libéralisme et ses ennemis”, « l’astrophysique » by Alain Le Cavelier des Etangs, « La photographie à grande vitesse » by Jacques Honvault).
- Movie screenings and an evening event on experimental cinema
- Weekly conversation classes in English, German, Italian and Spanish at the Agora
- Rehearsals for shows scheduled during the school year (French and foreign language plays, fashion shows, etc.)
- Group-focused educational activities (skits, debates, group expression, mime, speed dating, role playing, public speaking workshops)
- Movie screenings – one-off or tied in to courses and weekly workshops
- Special workshops – e.g. the creation of an animated film with director David Ferré
These lunch-time activities give students a chance to pursue a passion or explore new interests.
2012-2013 workshops: “Graphic Arts”, “Storytelling”, “Theatre”, “Chinese Culture”, “Japanese Culture”, “Guitar”, “Choir”, “Movie Club”, “Architecture and Landscaping”, “Science”, “Spanish”.
The Cultural Centre is a place that brings together special events and day-to-day school activities, where each student can discover a passion and find the means to develop it: a cultural breeding ground designed for – and sustained by – everybody!
Cultural Centre Manager