ImageOver the Christmas break as well as Easter holidays the International College of Chavanges slowly drained herself of most of her human inhabitants leaving behind in the wake of partings a few living beings belonging to the afore mentioned human beings. Cats. A small wave of panic rose to the surface as worried teachers wondered what would happen to their beloved cats while they were home making merry.

Great minds think alike they say, and apparently we have many great minds here because everyone thought of a similar solution. ‘Let’s present our problem to Mrs. G. by way of subtle pleas for her help.’ I don’t really find it necessary to fill in the details at this point. Needless to say we had a full house over all the holiday breaks. Meetings took place between my dog, Antonio, who thank goodness, actually thinks he’s a cat. And our cat Coco and the remaining living cats on campus: Mr. Leach’s Snowy, and Mr. Crawford’s Caviar.Image

And as luck would have it is now half term holidays. Funny enough I’m looking after all the cats again. I guess it’s a good thing that I do love animals and that, despite some people’s opinion, I am not a crazy cat lady. Although I am rather gratefully that over the breaks nearly all the people are off campus because generally whenever I go out of doors, one, often two, cats follow me around, sometimes right on into the house with me. And that would really just be another example of why I am a crazy cat lady. Which. I. Am. Not. But just in case…anyone can kindly invoke the intersession of St. Francis of Assisi on by behalf, I think he’d understand. So happy half term break, may all the students and teachers return refreshed and ready to finish the last term. Rest easy all; I’ve got you’re cats. Image


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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