Smile, Today is U.N. World Happiness Day!

The World Happiness Report 2018, released on 14 March reports that Norway, last year’s happiest nation in the world, has been pipped at the post by Scandinavian neighbour Finland. Denmark, Iceland and our very own Switzerland round out the top 5 happiest countries in 2018. The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia complete the top ten in order of happiness according to the report. Click on the link below to read the whole report and find out where your country ranked.

20 March 2018 marks the United Nations International Day of Happiness, recognising the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world. The The World Happiness Report 2018 attempts to measure the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

Catalyst Magazine explores the link between happiness and numbers below:

So, just what is a happy number? Click on the image above to find out more.

For a load of other Happiness inducing books from your library check out the list below:

And if that wasn’t enough to make you happy today, why not join the movement to spread happiness across the globe.








‘Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.'( 2018)

For loads more Pi related fun click here.

Also, check out the growing range of maths related books and other resources available now from Le Régent College Library. Just click here or the image below for the full list.


International Women’s Day 2018 : #PressforProgress

March 8 is International Women’s Day and this year’s campaign theme is #PressforProgress.

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

Remember click the button to ‘Press for Progress’ on gender parity this International Women’s Day. More IWD resources from Pearson here.

Take a minute to check out our excellent reading list of books by, for and about women to help celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.





World Book Day 2018 at Le Régent College

WBD 2018 Le Régent College Junior School

Today is World Book Day in the UK. As a British International School we celebrate this exciting event on the first Thursday in March and join thousands of other schools in the UK and around the world to celebrate books and reading. Once again, students and staff from the Junior School came dressed up, inspired by the characters, settings and themes of their favourite books.

Please take a few moments to view the spectacle that was our 3rd World Book Day here at Le Régent Crans-Montana College.

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For the second year running our Senior students fought it out in our WBD Bumper Book Quiz. This year we ran the quiz on Kahoot which made for an exciting game show atmosphere as students showed what they know about books and reading. Overall winners were ; Molly B, 1st place ; Nikita A, 2nd and Spencer D, 3rd. Each will receive an Amazon Gift Card for their excellent quizzing. Well done!

Check out these fabulous World Book Day links for inspiring information and activities.

via World Book Day 

WBD Games to play.


Website of the Week: Fantastic Fiction

This week’s  Website of the Week, is Fantastic Fiction. This website is a fantastic, well presented general Reading and book blog featuring the latest trending novels and authors as well as tried and tested favourites. Fantastic Fiction has over 40 000 author biographies and lists details of more than 500 000 books. I have added it to our Reading Blogs page under the Reading Tab on the Library Blog for future reference. Take a few minutes to check it out.





Website of the Week: Epic Reads

This week’s  Website of the Week, is Epic Reads. This website is a fantastic, well presented Young Adult Reading and book blog featuring the latest trending Young Adult novels and authors. I have added it to our Reading Blogs page under the Reading Tab on the Library Blog for future reference. Take a few minutes to check it out.





Year 7 and 8 Students Explore EBSCO’s Explora!

Today Year 7 and 8 Students were introduced to Middle Search Plus, via the user-friendly Explora interface. Middle Search Plus is just one of the many excellent electronic research databases provided by Le Régent College to help students find and use quality age-appropriate information.

For more info students visited this Firefly page

Click to search Explora Middle Schools Plus


Our Library Holdings Just Topped 5000 Items!

Le Régent College Library collections continue to grow steadily and I am delighted to reveal that our holdings have just surpassed 5000 items.  This includes not only fiction and non-fiction books but new curriculum and general interest magazines, websites, kits, games and the start of our DVD collection. For the full list click here or the image below.

Remember, it’s YOUR library so keep your suggestions flowing in. All recommendations, comments or feedback welcomed.

Go here to let us know.






Eight Authors That Became Adjectives

Some words have been used to death; their meanings lost to excessive use. Others retain their meaning but are chronically misunderstood. This phenomenon isn’t anything new, Sartre declared the world existentialism to be meaningless back in 1946.

Hendricks, S 2018, Eight authors that became adjectives: Freudian, Shakespearean and more, Bigthink, accessed 22 January 2018, <>.
Click the Bard to view the whole bigthink article.

Check out this bigthink article that takes us through eight of the most famous examples of writers whose work caused the invention of new words in the English language; Freudian, Kafkaesque and Machiavellian…

Can you think of any more examples of words coined in honour of important and/or famous writers? A house point for each correct one (other than the 8 in this article). Entries must be posted as a comment on this post. Good luck!

Website of the Week: MindMup

Welcome to the first week of the Winter Term. This week’s Website of the Week, is MindMup.

Year 11 students have already seen how MindMup can be used for revision. Many thanks to Mr Snell for introducing us to this excellent resource.

MindMup is a mind mapping and brainstorming tool that offers many useful and sophisticated features. After a quick signup, users are able to create, edit, save, download and share simple and complex mind maps using their Google account. Check out the updated Mind Mapping page on our blog too for other similar tools.