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The government has decided to join France in bringing the spring school holiday period forward by two weeks.
After consultation with schools, teachers, parents’ associations and the National Council, the government announced on Saturday that the spring break will begin the evening of Friday 9th April as opposed to the scheduled 22nd April. School will resume on 26th April.
It brings Monaco in line with the French education system with regards to the holiday, after an announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.
However, unlike France, face-to-face classes will continue in Monaco for the week starting Tuesday 6th April.
The Association of Parents of Students (APEM) had argued against the move, saying it would be difficult for families who had already made plans for the holiday period.
“However, the objective of the government is to find a balance between the quality of education and the best possible health protection for students and staff,” it said in a statement. “The advancement of the holidays ensures both the quality of education and health safety in schools.”
Meanwhile, given the majority of teachers reside in France, the government anticipated severe staff reduction if they didn’t bring forward the holiday.
“It would strongly impact the regularity of courses taught and the necessary supervision to welcome students in the best possible health conditions,” it said. “In addition, the teaching teams consider that the advance of the school holidays as beneficial in the face of the state of fatigue of staff and students due to all the constraints that weigh on the daily functioning of schools.”
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On Monday, Isabelle Bonnal, Director of National Education, Youth and Sports, accompanied by Marie-Cécile Moreno visited Collège Charles III and the École de la Condamine in order to follow closely the start of the new school year, marked in particular by two highlights.
At the Collège Charles III, a rehearsal took place in a musical atmosphere. The students of all classes had the privilege to benefit from a musical reception. A group of the Academy of Music and Theater Rainier III, composed of three musicians playing guitar, bass and drums, conducted by Ludovic Tallarico, professor at the Academy, performed famous jazz tunes.[caption id="attachment_21586" align="alignnone" width="984"] Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
At the École de la Condamine, Mrs Bonnal was able to see the implementation of the dress code for classes CP, CE1 and CE2. In accordance with the request made to the parents, the pupils had all donned a white polo shirt bearing the coat of arms of the school, expressing their belonging to the school of Condamine and highlighting their Monegasque identity.