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Each year, after obtaining the baccalaureate, our students access the best universities and higher education schools, whether in France or abroad. They follow very varied courses there, after having matured their orientation project with the support of our guidance counselors, according to their aspirations and their personality. They now form the alumni network of Shanghai French School, rich of professional and life paths that inspire new generations of students.

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Allia Georges

studied in the United States before arriving at LFS in Première!

“What I remember from my years at Shanghai French School is the human experience”.

On the occasion of the World University Fair on November 16, we are publishing several portraits of alumni. Today, meet Allia Georges, student at Shanghai French School from 2013 to 2015 and currently a film student at Arts University Bournemouth in UK. Get to know how she was able to discover her value and talents.

Allia arrived in Shanghai in 2013. From a French father and an American mother, Allia went to school in the United States before arriving at Shanghai French School in Première (Grade 11).

“The atmosphere was incredible”   
           
She still remembers her first day at Shanghai French School. Thanks to the welcoming of her classmates, Allia was able to integrate quickly into the class. In class or in the dedicated space for high schoolers, “The atmosphere I experienced was incredible. We had a lot of mutual aid and friendship, ”she recalls.         
           
Inner wealth  

Coming from a very different American school system, the change was not without difficulties at first. But she hung on! “The nature of the classes and their subjects have developed in me a tremendous amount of curiosity and greed for words and what can be done with them.”      

She owes her integration to a “great and cohesive” class, and to the teams of “extraordinary teachers who taught me a lot, and often with poetry, humor and accuracy“. She passed the
Baccalauréat with High Honors.

But the most important thing for her is to have been able to explore her individuality and find her own worth. “I didn’t feel like I was studying for a grade, but rather studying out of a taste for the topic, building myself an inner richness that escaped any value judgment“.    

An international path centered on arts and creativity       

After graduating from Shanghai French School, Allia continued her path in Europe, first at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art Olivier de Serres, in Paris, where she studied sculpture applied to scenography. ENSAAM is one of the four major schools in Paris for preparing applied arts and crafts.

She then moved to Arts University Bournemouth, a UK institution specializing in arts, design and media, to study film and specialize in documentary making and film decoration. There, she develops academic and personal projects that revolve around writing, design and making documentary and narrative films.      

She still has a sweet feeling for the Shanghai French School: “What I remember from my high school years is the human experience. I have a lot of affection for those years.

Simon Liu

a brilliant student in all areas!

“Sport and studies, you can succeed in both at the LFS !”.

I arrived at the Shanghai French School speaking a few words of English and I left with a good C1 level. Looking back, I realize that the language level of LFS is excellent and I think it is very difficult to find a school with such an excellence in this domain. ” His favorite lessons were Chinese lessons. In Grade 3, he joined the Chinese international section (SIC). “We had 4 different Chinese classes : Chinese language, history, geography and mathematics, all taught in Chinese. We spent a lot of time with the Chinese teachers and kept good relationships throughout school. ” Obviously, he knows what a team spirit is, as he was also part of the high school orchestra where he put his piano skills into practice.

From basketball to piano lessons, there is only one step at Shanghai French School. As he is in his first-year after Baccalauréat, Simon is building his professional project and would like to find a job in which he can practice French, English and Chinese, the three languages he speaks after leaving the Shanghai French School, while continuing to live his passion for basketball !

I arrived at the Shanghai French School speaking a few words of English and I left with a good C1 level. Looking back, I realize that the language level of LFS is excellent and I think it is very difficult to find a school with such an excellence in this domain. ” His favorite lessons were Chinese lessons. In Grade 3, he joined the Chinese international section (SIC). “We had 4 different Chinese classes : Chinese language, history, geography and mathematics, all taught in Chinese. We spent a lot of time with the Chinese teachers and kept good relationships throughout school. ” Obviously, he knows what a team spirit is, as he was also part of the high school orchestra where he put his piano skills into practice.

From basketball to piano lessons, there is only one step at Shanghai French School. As he is in his first-year after Baccalauréat, Simon is building his professional project and would like to find a job in which he can practice French, English and Chinese, the three languages he speaks after leaving the Shanghai French School, while continuing to live his passion for basketball !

Anne-Laure and Guillaume

were classmates in our school before getting married!

“It was at the LFS where I built myself. My education, my adolescence and of course the meeting with my wife ”, Guillaume Carlot. 

Both graduates of the Shanghai French School in 2004, Anne-Laure and Guillaume were classmates. Married in 2011, they now live in Dubai with their two sons. Anne-Laure is Project Engineer at Emerson, Guillaume is Manager and Digital Product Expert at Amadeus. They share with us their memories of the years spent at Shanghai French School, which is particularly close to their hearts.

“This is at Shanghai French School that I have developed myself. My education, my teen years and, of course, meeting my wife ”, explains Guillaume Carlot. He still remembers his first days in Shanghai in 1998, when the LFS was only three years old! “We were in a class of eight students. At that time, China still had few expatriates” stresses Guillaume. “We were a bit like a small family, and students were seeing each other very often outside class“. Created in 1996 by parents willing to share resources to offer a teaching of quality in Shanghai based on the standards of French education, the school welcomed only 23 students in the first year!

Very quickly, the LFS has been growing. But the school still retains today the spirit that has inhabited it since its creation, an association of parents which runs on a principle of mutuality, at the service of the community. Anne-Laure, who joined our school directly in Terminale (Grade 12), loved the sense of community: “From morning to evening, we were together, staying at each other’s place to revise lessons, or going out in town!“

The teachers, and their unfailing commitment to the success of the students, also left a strong impression on him. Anne-Laure, who joined the LFS with poor scores in earth and life sciences, was able to at the SVT examination of the French Baccalauréat, thanks to the support of her teachers! 2004, the year they passed the Baccalauréat, was a highlight. As the school was not yet an examination center at the time, students went to Beijing take the exam, along with students from other French schools in Asia. “Once the tests were over, we stayed there to wait for the results“. In 2019, 69 students took the exams of the French Baccalauréat at the LFS, with a success rate of 100% and 67% with top honors.

Studies at Shanghai French School instilled in them a taste for travelling, exploring cultures and the world. Not only did they make a lot of friends at our school, but that is where their great love story started too! The city of Shanghai remains a special place in their hearts: “We loved Shanghai, the simplicity of getting around, the security of the city“. As a proof of their attachment to our school, they still keep above their bed the two characters of the word “Shanghai” from the old school sign in Hongqiao. An authentic piece that they kept with them when the school moved to our current Qingpu campus! “And we’ve been sleeping under a lucky star ever since“.

Thais

student in international studies and political sciences

“Shanghai French School introduced me to an international world that I love and, as a result, encouraged me to continue studying abroad.”

Thaïs F., a student in international studies and political sciences – Chinese specialty – at the University of Warwick, graduated in 2018 from the Shanghai French School. She studied there for five years, during which she became involved as the president of the ‘Maison des lycéens’. First impressions Born in the North of France, Thaïs followed her family all along their expatriation in Shanghai and studies at the French high school. “Joining a private institution was a great change for me. “The first day at school was not easy as I arrived late in class and I did not dare to say a word to my new classmates”. But the silence was very quickly broken. “It is an advantage to get small classes, as at Shanghai French School.

It then becomes very easy to know everyone and it is easier to get closer. For example, I met my best friend, Lena, in Grade 8 in History class while we were in completely different language streams: she was in international Chinese stream and I was part of the general stream. “ Quickly, she became accustomed to the daily school bus, the French cheek kissing every morning, the cafeteria break at 10am and extra-curricular activities in the afternoon. The teachers at the LFS have impressed her a lot. She remembers the teacher who “was so engaged in what he said that sometimes he wrote on the whiteboard answering questions at the same time”.

Her long stay in China allowed her to travel a lot. During Chinese classes, in addition to the cultural aspect, she was able to study in-depth social topics such as the children of migrant workers. Commit to your passions ! Passionate about dance, literature, art and diplomacy, she indulged herself in all her talents to devoted herself to the many projects of the school, like “Osons l’opéra“, as the choreographer , or the Asian Basketball and Football competitions in which she was a reporter and, above all, the Model United Nations (MUN) as president. 

At first, Thaïs did not have enough confidence in her. When she was spotted by Mr. Malagnoux, coordinator of the English teachers of Grade 9, for the selective club of the MUN, “I had just studied for one year at the Shanghai French School and my level of English was still limited”. She still remembers her first meeting : “I was very shy at that time.”

However, her teacher made her understand that the most important was all her knowledge and ability to think. Once a week, Thaïs was preparing speeches for the Model United Nations program. She became very involved into it and even became the first student at the Shanghai French School to become a Judge of the International Court of Justice. An experience from which she has benefited a lot : “Sometimes we have to defend countries that do not reflect our values, yet we have to understand the interests of the country in question. It also allows reflection on topics that do not affect you everyday but remain important. This gives us an incomparable opening to the world“. A future to prepare Lors d’une autre conférence MUN When the time came to choose a specialization in higher education, she received strong support from the school’s Counselling team : “We had watched together my grades and they had offered me many options all around the world”. She was also able to meet school representatives and real professionals through the World University Fair that the school organizes each year. “I met with a lady working in a large French company and a Belgian diplomat. So it was tailor-made interviews, if I may say so. “ Thaïs could not be better prepared. At the end of her studies, she was able to pass certificates certifying her level in all the languages ​​she mastered now : HSK for Chinese, IELTS for English and DELE for Spanish. “The high school offers many trainings to help us access the universities we want. I participated especially in evening classes to prepare myself. “ A head full of project !

Today, a chapter is ending and a new one begins. Studying in England for a year, at the University of Warwick, she wants to work as a cultural project manager in the French diplomatic network, or to work at the UN in committees focused on culture. For her, being able to keep in her professional and personal life the international vision she has acquired in French high school is essential.

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