French education overseas in support of sport

This year, the French High School René Descartes in Phnom Penh brilliantly celebrated the Week of French Schools Worldwide 2023 with the theme “Learn, Engage, Flourish: Sports for All.” A week dedicated to promoting sports within our educational community, rooted in Olympic values and supported by AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad).

Learn. Engage. Flourish.

Physical education and school sports associations are pillars of our educational commitment. They enable our students to acquire specific skills while fostering individual and collective engagement. Beyond athletic performances, we cultivate a genuine social and civic experience, educating our students about excellence, friendship, respect, fairness, and courage.

Sports for everyone.

In the inclusive context of French education abroad, sports are activities open to all, regardless of age, gender, or individual differences. We believe in the power of sports to unite and enrich our students, thereby creating a strong and supportive educational community.

Sport and Science in the spotlight

Our commitment to sport was also demonstrated at the Nuit de la Science, where we explored the links between sport and science. Students took part in circus workshops, demonstrations and shared their knowledge, showing that Descartes, the emblematic figure of reason and questioning, resonates with our pedagogical approach integrating sport and science.

Even in kindergarten, sport and science merged harmoniously. Our youngest pupils discovered body movements, drawing inspiration from animals, while exploring scientific concepts in a playful way.

Descarthlon: A podium of excellence

The week ended with our annual Descarthlon, an event that brought our entire educational community together in a spirit of competition, camaraderie and sharing. With 273 primary students, 117 parents and 120 secondary students, the enthusiasm was palpable.

Congratulations to all participants, involved parents and dedicated staff. Special mention to our sports option students for their commitment and good humor. The podium finishes for the middle school and high school bear witness to the sporting spirit that reigns at our school.

A week rich in lessons and values

The Lycée Français du Monde Week 2023 will remain etched in the annals of the Lycée Français René Descartes de Phnom Penh. Beyond the competitions and podiums, this week reflected our commitment to holistic education, where sport, science and the values of Olympism come together to form fulfilled and responsible individuals.

Many thanks to our PE teachers and all those who contributed to the success of this week, embodying the Descartes spirit in every activity and every smile. See you in 2024 for new sporting and educational adventures!

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