Back to blogging…

IMG_5904Goodness me, it has been so long since my last post I’m almost afraid to start writing again! It’s not for want of anything to say, in fact, the real problem is that there has been too much going on. We celebrated Thanksgiving (more on that later), prepared for the end of term with Mr. G. marking exams, filing student reports, and making sure that the students were full of Christmas sweets and puddings before returning to their respected homes; and we celebrated the glorious feast of Christmas amid almost complete peace and silence! The octave of Christmas is far too beautiful to touch upon here, perhaps next year when the twins are older…

And in other news…Malcolm over at British Catholic Blogs added us to his impressive blog list! He runs an incredible blog roll. The site is a wonderful source of news and inspirational blog posts from writers around the world. We are very pleased that ‘The Chavagnes Experience’ was added to his list!

So to celebrate, and to make myself feel a bit more British, I will make myself a pot of English tea, and eat toast lightly spread with marmite. And not just any old marmite, but “Ma’ amite: Toasting to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee”, which was a gift from our chaplain. There. I feel more British already.

Also you can have a look at Malcolm’s BCB by clicking the link below, it is well worth it! Enjoy!


About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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