Special Events




FS1 and FS2 Trip to Paira Daiza Zoo

On Tuesday 24 May, FS1 and FS2 enjoyed a wonderful, sunny day at Paira Daiza Zoo.  The encountered lots of different animals during the day, but were particularly enthralled by the giant otters and the white tigers, which jumped up at the glass in front of them!  FS1 and FS2 would like to thank all of the teachers and parents who helped out on the day.  We hope that you had as much fun as the children!




Year 2 Visit Waterloo

On Wednesday 18 May, Year 2 visited the historic site of the Battle of Waterloo. They climbed up all 226 steps of the Butte De Lion, which meant they were higher than a bird of prey!  Their guide explained the different battlefield areas in the surrounding countryside, which was re-enforced with a tour of the museum and a 3D movie of the re-enactment of the famous Battle of Waterloo.   Year 2 also visited the modern town of Waterloo, including the church which houses the memorial plaques for the British whom lost their lives during the battle.

Year 2 would like to thank Mrs Brooks, Mrs Collins, Mrs Pattenden, Mrs Scott-Galli and Mrs Scott for helping out on the day.


Inter-House Hockey Tournament

Friday 20 May 2016 saw the first Inter-House Hockey Tournament with the Canadian School take place.  Not only was it an opportunity to strengthen our British - Canadian school relationships, but it was the first time that we show cased our brand new colourful House T-Shirts.  As I am sure the spectators will agree, the children played exceptionally well, demonstrated good sporting behaviour and they looked fantastic in their new T-Shirts.

The results of the tournament were:

Year 3 - 4

Year 5 - 6

















We would like to thank the Canadian School for organising the tournament.  But most importantly, we would like to say well done to all of the pupils in both schools. You have all demonstrated enthusiasm, team work and co-operation throughout the event. Well done to everyone!




BFBS Interview & Tim Peake

We were very lucky to have Rob Olver, a reporter from BFBS visit the school. He recorded a radio and TV report on children’s attitudes towards Tim Peake, the British Astronaut. We were also privileged to be able to take part in Tim Peake’s “Cosmic Classroom”, where Tim Peake held a live question and answer session, plus carried out science experiments in space!

The TV recording may currently be found on the following link:  http://forces.tv/30974797

A huge thank you to Mrs Esposito and the Year 5 pupils for all of their hard work, Mrs Louise Grant for her inspirational assembly and Wg Cdr Andy Malbon for taking the time to represent the school and be interviewed as Chair of Governors.


Netball Competition: SHAPE v BSB

On Saturday 30 January, pupils from Years 4 – 6 travelled up to the British School of Brussels to play in a netball competition against the BSB teams.

It was wonderful to see all of the children enjoying themselves, demonstrating a wide range of learning powers, in particular “having a go”, “be co-operative” and “don’t give up”. They were a credit to the school in the way they played and conducted themselves.

Y6 SHAPE 6 – 0 Y6 BSB

Y5 SHAPE 0 – 3 Y5 BSB

Y4 SHAPE 0 – 1 Y4 BSB

Well done to all of the children who took part, we are really proud of you all! 



Music Workshops

To start the New Year off we were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Dave Reeves, a Music Specialist from SCE Germany. Mr Reeves has been leading workshops with all of the children throughout the week, teaching them how to play the guitar and composing songs to support our "Be Incredible; Use Your Learning Powers" initiative.   We would like to thank Mr Reeves for his skill, enthusiasm and for inspiring our children with music.



What a wonderful way to finish off the end of the Autumn Term and 2015 with our Christmas Productions.

FS1 and FS2 delighted us with their Christmas Concert, whilst  Key Stage 1 (Y1 & 2) treated us to a beautiful performance of A Miracle in Town.  Finally Key Stage 2 (Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6) entertained us with their performance of the classic pantomime Aladdin!







House Football Tournament

In October 2015 we took part in a British-Canadian House Football Tournament.   Luckily the rain held off and all children enjoyed themselves, making new friends from the Canadian school, demonstrating good levels of sportsmanship and working co-operatively in a team.

I would like to thank Mr Chapman for organising the event; Sgt Neal, Lt Cdr Collins, Flt Lt Harris, Sgt Phillips and WO2 Crutchley for coaching the teams and refereeing the matches on both Monday for the practise sessions and on the day of the tournament; the Canadian children who were too old to play but assisted in many other ways; everybody else who contributed in making the afternoon a great success.

The team standings were:

Year 3 & 4    1st  -Charleroi             2nd – Ath        3rd   - Tournai             4th - Mons

Year 5 & 6     1st -Charleroi             2nd – Ath        3rd – Tournai             4th - Mons



House Cross Country Races 2015

the afternoon of Wednesday 30 September, the school took part in the House Cross Country races.  We were lucky enough to have a lovely sunny afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many learning powers being used by the children, such as; have a go, don’t give up and be co-operative.   Congratulations and well done to every child who took part!

The House results are as follows:

1st - Ath Antelopes

2nd – Mons Monkeys

3rd - Tournai Tigers

4th – Charleroi Crocodiles




 Year 6 Dining Out

To signify the end of their primary education, Year 6 marked the occasion with a formal dining out.

Speeches followed a delicious four course meal, which highlighted the achievements of every child.

The evening culminated with a hilarious skit centred around the teaching staff and performed by the children.

A wonderful time was had by all and the children left with cherished memories not only of the evening, but their time at the British Section, SHAPE.


Camo Day

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves on 'Camo Day'. The children raised 206 euros, which will be used to pay for the highly regarded leaving commemorative coins.


 Sports Day 

Y1-Y6 had great fun at our sports day this wee. We were all impressed by their competitive sprirt! They enjoyed taking part in both track and field events.

The winners were:

1st Ath (red)                          97 points

2nd Tounai (yellow)             90 points

3rd Charleroi (blue)              86 points

4th Mons (green)                  55 points


FS1 and FS2 also had great fun at our sports day, taking part in both individual and team races. The winners were:

1st Tournai (Yellow)             82 points

2nd Mons (green)                  69 points

3rd Ath (red)                          63 points

4th Charleroi                          62 points


Y5 and Y6 Trip to Trier

Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic time on their recent trip to Germany. They visited Roman sights in Trier and enjoyed the exhilarating high ropes in Vianden. The weather was wonderful and the location was beautiful.


Y3 and Y4 Trip to De Panne

Y3 and Y4 went on a residential visit to De Panne as part of their studies. They enjoyed a varied programme of academic, cultural and social activities and all involved had an outstanding time.


 The Queen of Belgium visits the British School

We were honoured to receive a visit from Her Majesty, The Queen of Belgium. The children lined the corridors of school and waved flags as she walked past. She stopped to speak with many of the children and staff members as she made her way up to the Y4 classroom to see part of a lesson and to find out what they had been learning about the history of WW1. Her Majesty was very impressed during visit, particularly with the Y4 model bi-planes.

The visit was filmed and this link will allow you to access this short news piece.


 WW1 Project Week

The children studied WW1 with the projects made appropriate to the ages of the pupils in each class. This is particularly fitting due to the location of SHAPE in Belgium and the well-publicised local history of the area. We are grateful to Sqn Ldr Finneran for allowing us to use his WW1 artefacts as part of the children’s studies, to Mr Reeves, a music specialist, who led the children in WW1 themed music workshops and for Cdr Rook for workshops on the Navy in WW1.

The finale of the week was a joint UK and Canadian School Remembrance Service in St Symphorien Cemetery for children in Y1 to Y6 on Friday 12 September. This was led by Padre Andrew and Padre Liblink and featured poetry and musical performances from the children in Y3, 4, 5 and 6, the school choir, congregational singing, Mr Reid playing the bagpipes and CSgt Brown played “The Last Post”. The UK NMR and Canadian Deputy NMR presented each child with a special commemorative coin at the end of the service. Thank you to all the participants and all who attended – the children were extremely respectful in their remembrance, personal conduct and performance.

There was a Remembrance Service in the SHAPE Chapel for the children in FS1 and FS2 on Thursday 11 September at 10.00. This was more appropriate for the age of the pupils who recited rhymes about WW1 and sang the Poppy song several times over! The children received their commemorative coin from Padre Andrew.

British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) filmed some of the activities, as a way to highlight how SCE Schools are remembering WW1. These brief news clips were live on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September and can be viewed on the following link:

Scroll down on the linked page to see both news clips.




Pudsey's Got Talent- Children in Need 

On Friday 17th January the children took part in a talent contest to raise money for Children in Need. A huge total of  €716.21 was raised.
The final act was a surprise for the children as the staff produced their own show dance! Click on the photo below to watch the video!