Posted by Joy Jermy, Friday, 6th October 2017 @ 2:40pm
It's official..............La Jolie Ronde is unstoppable! We've now won the Best National Activity for Children award four times in a row and I was very proud to go to The City earlier this week in order to receive it.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Friday, 21st July 2017 @ 8:15am
It's always so special to attend this event.Here are our Yr 6 French learners with their awards. The children have been learning with us since reception and so they'll have no problems whatsoever when they start their Secondary School French classes, and no doubt with plenty of other languages along the way too!
Posted by Joy Jermy, Friday, 24th June 2016 @ 10:30am
On the same day that we here in Richmond upon Thames (and all over the land too of course) were putting on our wellington boots, opening our umbrellas and bravely heading to our local polling station to mark X in box in the referendum, I was also lucky enough to be enjoying a different kind of vote - at the What's on 4 Children Finalists' event, held this year in Surrey.
La Jolie Ronde has won this three times before; first in 2011 and then for the last two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. It's never good to be complacent, and so although excited and thrilled to be there, it wasn't until our name was read out that I actually believed it, that La Jolie Ronde had been voted Best National Activity for Children three years in a row. Awesome!
We will continue to provide top quality French and Spanish lessons to children and I would personally like to thank all parents, children, schools and nurseries for their enduring loyalty and support.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Thursday, 26th May 2016 @ 8:34am
Jose Mourinho - top manager and top linguist!
Managing football teams all over the world has meant that Mourinho has picked up a fair few language skills along the way. The manager can speak six different languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and French.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Sunday, 19th July 2015 @ 10:56am
Every summer, once the term is over and all those hundreds of reports have been carefully written and sent out, the tutors come to Regional Co-ordinator, Joy Jermy's house in Twickenham to enjoy lunch and a good old catch up!
There's usually lots of nice summery food and drink and this year the sun shone and it was lovely to be out in the garden.
So, as everyone heads off to various and wonderful locations for their summer break, we wish all our families a great summer and look forward to seeing you again in September.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Wednesday, 25th February 2015 @ 11:56am
It has to be encouraging that these ladies, perhaps known too often for their gorgeous dresses or what they eat than anything else, have managed to find time during their hectic lives to learn a foreign language...............!
Posted by Joy Jermy, Monday, 12th January 2015 @ 9:12am
It was with shock and great sadness that we learnt of the tragic events that unfolded in Paris last week. On behalf of everyone at La Jolie Ronde/Joy for Languages our thoughts are with the people of France and everyone that has been affected.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Wednesday, 25th June 2014 @ 9:46am
La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has again been crowned Best National Activity for 5-12 year olds in the prestigious national children’s awards “What’s On 4 Juniors 2014”. This is the second time in recent years as we were also given the award in 2011!
Earlier in the year the Award Programme asked parents and children across the UK to nominate their favourite after-school and weekend activities. Every activity in the UK had the chance to be nominated and voted for, making the Awards a true representation of how both parents and children feel towards what is on offer and a reflection of their eagerness to reward the very best.
At a champagne Finalists Award Reception La Jolie Ronde beat six other activities who had also made it to the finals and so once again came out top!
For the last three decades La Jolie Ronde has been leading the way in early language learning, offering both French and Spanish classes to nursery and primary aged children throughout the UK and Ireland.
The La Jolie Ronde methodology of language teaching includes immersion in French and Spanish from the very beginning with lots of repetition and recycling of language from week to week and introducing the target language through fun games, songs and activities.
Local La Jolie Ronde Licensee Joy Jermy who runs French and Spanish lessons in and around Richmond upon Thames (www.joyforlanguages.co.uk) said:
"I am absolutely delighted to win this Award again, especially as it’s the parents and children who have voted for us. Learning another language comes easily to very young children and therefore it is the ideal time to familiarise them with new sounds and patterns - and to give them a brief insight into the culture too. Our main emphasis is on listening and speaking and children learn in a happy and relaxed way and our classes are designed to encourage a positive approach to language learning. A positive experience in early language learning can only be a desirable thing.”
La Jolie Ronde Ltd (www.lajolieronde.co.uk/www.lajolieronde.ie) is a leading provider of French and Spanish language learning to children aged 0-12 as well as a supplier of language resources to primary schools across the UK, Ireland and abroad. Established in 1983, years of development, dedication and experience in the sector of early language learning, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader, committed to offering the best possible start to young learners. La Jolie Ronde offers out of school language tuition in French and Spanish through its network of over 500 licensees, teaching in over 1,400 centres across the UK and Ireland. La Jolie Ronde is part of the Ulverscroft Group of Companies.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Tuesday, 1st April 2014 @ 3:44pm
Release Date: March 2014
“Local Language Teacher recognised and honoured
with 20 year Service Award”
On 11th January 1994 in a living room in Twickenham, mum of two, Joy Jermy, started her first French class with her two young sons and a handful of children from the local area.
Classes continued each week around the stresses and strains of a busy family life and work commitments from her job as a Primary school teacher.
Fast forward 20 years.
Joy now heads one of the most successful and thriving businesses under the license of the renowned and award-winning La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children network. Together with her group of 10 tutors they currently teach 484 nursery and primary-aged children in and around West London which includes many schools and nurseries who have received outstanding Ofsted reports.
Having two young sons was Joy’s inspiration to start teaching French; her life overseas had shown her how readily young children learn other languages. Joy comments: “My real passion for languages started when I was at school where I was fortunate enough to study French, German and Latin. That, together with a decade overseas teaching in International Schools made me really want to offer that to my own children who could share and experience different languages and cultures of the world.” It is testament to the success of learning with La Jolie Ronde that one of Joy’s sons chose to study languages as part of his degree.
So, together with her young boys, Joy set about teaching them herself along with a few local children. Over time word got around that learning French was fun and Joy was contacted by many parents wanting their children to learn French too; so began her language learning company “Joy for Languages”.
Initially the “classroom” at home was fine, but due to increasing demand Joy decided to look for larger premises and began to run classes in local schools, nurseries and halls. As numbers steadily increased Joy made the decision to employ several tutors and when La Jolie Ronde introduced their programme in Spanish Joy also expanded her classes to meet this growing need.
To help filter enquiries more efficiently Joy launched her own company website - www.joyforlanguages.co.uk. The site provides up to date information on course content as well as class times and venue and it acts as a fantastic direct promotional tool, not only to parents but to new prospective schools and nurseries in the area. The website offers a more professional image and edge and under Joy’s guidance ‘Joy for Languages’ has seen continual growth for over 20 years.
Joy was made a La Jolie Ronde Regional Co-ordinator in 2001 and many other teachers within the network have benefited from her vast experience. In this role Joy has been asked to present the course to schools in and around the south of England and is regularly asked to carry out Quality Control Visits to La Jolie Ronde teachers in London, Surrey and Berkshire.
2014 marks Joy’s 20th year with La Jolie Ronde and Joy was recently rewarded and presented with her 20 year Service Award. General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker said, “Joy is truly inspirational and her incredible commitment, dedication and drive has meant so many children over the years have benefited. Joy’s passion and professionalism, together with her enthusiasm about languages, shines through making her such a great ambassador. We are so happy to share this fantastic achievement with Joy and hope to share many more years with her”.
Joy was presented with her award by La Jolie Ronde’s Founder, Colette Hallam (PHOTO ABOVE)
If you would like to enquire about any of Joy’s classes please contact her at:
Posted by Joy Jermy, Thursday, 25th July 2013 @ 9:32am
July 2013 - As ever our wonderful French and Spanish learners showed off their linguistic talents in the end of year celebration assembly. They sang such favourites as Voici ma maison and Las cuatro familias and even spent time at home beforehand preparing wonderful drawings and paintings to enhance the songs.
Regional Co-ordinator Joy Jermy took the opportunity to express a huge merci/gracias to head teacher Hilary Bower and secretary Lynda Tocock who are both retiring this year. Over the many years that La Jolie Ronde languages has been running at the school both ladies have been 100% supportive and helpful and we will miss them both greatly.
Joy then popped in to the KS2 assembly with head teacher Ian Dickinson to present two Yr 6 leavers, Katie and Ella Lever, with their end of course certificates and gifts. The twins have been attending French lessons at the school since Yr 1 and we wish them well for their move to Secondary school in September.
Posted by Joy Jermy, Thursday, 25th July 2013 @ 9:24am
Regional Co-ordinator Joy Jermy was absolutely delighted to be invited by the school to present end of course certificates and prizes to seven Yr 6 pupils who will be leaving the school at the end of this term and heading to Secondary School in September.
These children have been attending La Jolie Ronde language lessons since Reception and this shows a true commitment from the children and their families.
Over the years they have attended lunchtime, after school and before school classes with a range of tutors, all the while having access to wonderful songs, games, role plays and so on. They have built up their knowledge of many hundreds of words, phrases and so on and can count up to 1000 and beyond and even conjuate French verbs!
Posted by Joy Jermy, Wednesday, 5th October 2011 @ 7:26pm
It seems that Michael Gove has been following La Jolie Ronde's example as he made his annoucement at the Conservative Party Conference recently!
"Every child aged five or over should learn a foreign language", Education Secretary Michael Gove has said.
He told the Guardian newspaper that almost every other advanced country teaches languages from that age and the UK should set itself the same target.
Mr Gove vowed to "pull every lever" to make that happen..
Mr Gove criticised Britain's "perverse pride" in not knowing a foreign tongue and he also pointed out that some schools in deprived areas were already teaching five year olds Spanish - and that should be possible to replicate nationwide.
Mr Gove said: "Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children."
He added that learning languages improves people's brain power.
It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning."
Posted by Joy Jermy, Friday, 10th June 2011 @ 11:22am
On Thursday 8th June I was delighted to be asked to represent La Jolie Ronde when it scooped the coveted award of Best National Activity for Children 2011.
This is an award voted for entirely by parents and children - which serves to confirm the high esteem in which we are held by our families and for which we are always grateful.
An achievement such as this does not come easily; naturally there are lots of other providers of children's activities. Not only that, but anyone involved in any capacity in Primary Education will be only too aware of the 'stop-start' nature of the Government's various initiatives on Modern Foreign Languages.
La Jolie Ronde continues to believe passionately in its main ethos which is that access to another language at a young age can only be beneficial. If that language is delivered in an enjoyable manner by enthusiastic and imaginative teachers then children grow up with a positive attitude to language. They very easily acquire skills for learning not just that language but all languages they encounter in later years. Furthermore, it is well documented that learning another language enhances one's knowledge and use of the mother tongue.
Once again a big Merci & Gracias to everyone who voted for us and we will continue to work hard to earn our place as the best national activity for children.
Joy Jermy La Jolie Ronde Regional Co-ordinator - June 10th 2011