Created 5 years ago, Calendreta Ribeirona teaches Valle-le-Chastelle (Haute-Lower) Occitan

Our visit to Calendreta Ribeirona in Vals-le-Chastel is a good one. Iris, a student of CM2, has a mission. He has to introduce the school to an outside audience to “put on the belt”. Indeed, there is no sign in this school that Frenet applies pedagogy, but a system of belts, comparable to judo, in French, in mathematics, and in “behavior.” Iris, who has been educated at La Calendreta since being created in Lavawood in 2015, is visiting us.

Grow with trees

It starts on the second floor, in the middle of a geography lesson in the “CE / CM” class. “The class is made up of blocks of three or four students, Iris shows us. And each team has a “leader” among the adults to help the younger ones. “Collaboration is an essential part of school education science:” We believe in autonomy, group and collaboration, Alexia explains. La Calendar is a parent and teacher. Thanks to them for the “institution”, the rules of collective life, life in society are also given. A

Institutions and Occitan

Institutions, the school’s second pillar of pedagogy, bring together all students from kindergarten to CM2 several times a day. “In the morning we do” Cue de Nou? “To know how everyone is and in the evening to take stock of the day” como que vai? ” , There are other institutions.

It varies depending on the day of the week. Presentations, lessons, collaborations … and the flagship organization, Thursday: Council. There, students and teachers discuss school rules together, suggest going out, comment, criticize. “You can also ask to change jobs,” Iris added. In fact, every child has a “job”: to wash the table, to take out the garbage cans … Continuation of the tour: Iris takes us to the first floor. Kindergarten and CP sit in Occitan and listen intently to Adriana’s reading.

We speak Occitan all day, except during French lessons. Institutions are in Occitan and we started studying in Occitan for kindergartens

Adriana (Headmaster)

Iris, like most students, did not speak Occitan before learning the calendar and did not really use it outside, but he still appreciates this knowledge: “It is very nice to speak a second language. For teachers, the interest is also educational:” This is an advantage when discovering a second language and learning the language.

Calendreta Ribeirona, first start for French-Occitan bilingual school (2015)

End of visit for Iris, who can now ask for a new belt at the next council meeting and thus gain a new right to school. “It’s a maturity-based system. The more belts a student passes, the more rights he has, ”explains Adriana.

Awaiting agreement

For now, the kids are hanging out in the corner, in the lawn, in a corner dedicated to gardening. “When the association was formed in 2013, parents wanted a different school for their children,” Alexia explained. Someone wanted an Occitan school, others wanted a school closer to nature, so we tried to link the two. A

The Calendreta Ribeirona Association, which brings parents together, supports the school legally, financially and materially.

“It’s tiring to carry a school. Seven years later, we are a little tired, we need to rekindle our courage from time to time. We need good news: to see that our request for a contract has been accepted. A

Alexia (Teachers and guardians of students)

In fact, five years later, a private school may request the signing of an agreement with the state to benefit from financial assistance that could be used specifically to create an additional teaching position. But last year, Calendreta rejected his request, which he renewed this year. “We follow national education, we respect the program. He visits us regularly. But the agreement will help us become more recognizable and have easier access to certain schools, ”Alexia insisted.

If the recognition of the rectum is still awaited, the children have it. The holidays are over, and Alexia takes the children to testify: “Do you want to go to another school? “” No! “, They answer in chorus.

Matthew Brosso

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