We are looking forward to welcoming your children for the new school year 2016-2017. This year will be a memorable one, considering that our school will celebrate its 70th Anniversary and we are therfore already extremely enthousiastic that your child(ren) will be part of it.
To ease the organisation, we are happy to send you some information for the academic year 2016-2017. We thank you in advance for reading it carefully.
We had a very successful summer camp and now it is our turn to have a break. The office will be closed from Monday 8th of August until Monday 29th of August.
We remain at your disposal for any questions you may have.
This academic year, our school will celebrate its 70th Anniversary. We look forward to the celebrations and we already invite you to save the date for this memorable moment in La Garenne’s history.
The celebrations will take place on Saturday 17th of June 2017. The formal invitation will reach you soon along with the detailed programme.
We draw your attention to the fact that no trip will be organised during the holidays. Therefore, please follow attentively the dates in our school calendar and plan the necessary transfers to and from school in due time.
Arrival and Departure Information
The start of the academic year is important, therefore please respect the days and schedules planned for the arrival of your child(ren). All the students will follow an induction programme on Monday 12th of September 2016.
New boarders and new day students are expected on Saturday 10th of September from 09h00 to 17h30 (check-in, visit of the campus, unfirms, etc.). Former day students will be as well expected on that same day at 14h00 to pick up their uniforms.
Former boarding students are expected on Sunday 11th of September from 10h00 to 17h30.
Monday 12th of September, classes will begin at 08h00.
Arrival at Geneva Airport and Transport to La Garenne
If you are sending your child by airplane, please provide us with the travel itinerary and the Unaccompanied Minor payment confirmation to email@example.com as soon as possible
We remind you that all arrivals at the airport between 10:00 and 16:00 will travel free of charge to La Garenne. School transport is available only to students. Mr. Serafim Azevado - school driver - is responsible for meeting all the “UM” (Unaccompanied Minors) and students arriving during the scheduled times mentioned above as long as their flight details have been sent to the school office prior to arrival.
Details for the “UM” (Unaccompanied Minor) forms are as follows:
La Garenne International School
Ch. des Chavasses 23
CH 1885 Chesières
Tel: +41 (0) 24 495 24 53
Your contact person is: Mr. Serafim Azevado (Permis C, VD 53842)
Mr. Serafim Azevado
For parents meeting us at the airport, the meeting point will be in front of the Jazz Café, 20 meters on your right after exiting the arrivals hall.
Students Arriving With Parents
If you are accompanying your child(ren) directly to school on the arrival day, please send the estimated time of your arrival time to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Students arriving with parents are expected between 09h00 and 17h30.
We remind parents to give your child(ren) thecode or key of the suitcase(s) and to name tageach suitcase.
Phone Calls and Internet Access
At check-in, all electronic devices (such as telephones, iPads, iPhones, iPods and tablets) are to be handed to the staff member attending to you. Please make sure the name of your child(ren) is written on the device as well as on each cable, charger or any additional accessories.
During telephone times mentioned below, you will be able to contact your children either on the school line at +41 (0) 24 495 24 53 or by using the electronic devices (iPad, iPhone, mobile phone, etc.). To avoid additional costs related to “Data roaming”, please be sure to prepare the telephones by turning off this option. This is the parents’ responsibility.
We will always ensure the children speak with their families. If the school line is busy, please phone back later. If you are unreachable during official hours, let us know in advance and we will organize another time for your to speak with your child(ren).
Finally, if you plan to talk with your children on “Skype”, please ensure they know their username and password. To avoid connection difficulties, inform the school office of these details.
Sundays and Wednesdays are the official days to call your child(ren), at the following specific Swiss times (other times may be scheduled for families living in an opposite time zone):
Sunday from 11h30 to 12h45 & Wednesday from 19h30 to 20h30.
Clothes & Uniforms
All items of clothing should have the student’s name written inside sewn on nametag, if not, the school will charge the price of CHF 250.- The name and the first two letters of the surname must be written. Example for: John Smith – Write: John Sm.
Thank you in advance for following the list and please do not add any other items. The school is not responsible for any items that have not been tagged.
Please find the list of stationery that we recommend for Junior and Mini students in our school rules. A complete set of school material can be also bought directly from school (CHF 250.-).
Students will be provided with all the necessary equipment for their classes apart from a pencil case, which we suggest they bring themselves.
The recommended pocket money per term is CHF 500.- you may bring with you at the start of each term. We will make sure your child(ren) receive it in instalments during their stay.
The Direction declines any responsibility for money loss if it is not given to the school office where it will be kept safe.
For students celebrating their birthday during the academic year, do not hesitate to let us know if you wish us to organise a special celebration (cake, gift, drink, etc.). If this is the case, we thank you in advance for providing us with an additional amount of CHF 150.-
Prior to arrival at school, we ask that you check your child(ren) carefully for head lice. Please inform the school if lice are found and if a treatment is already underway. All children will be checked again upon arrival and treated if necessary.
Academic Information – Educational Chart
As a school, our Junior programme covers the English Key Stage 3. This encompasses four years of study (Years 6, 7, 8 and 9). It is a logical step; therefore, that La Garenne will offer a Year 9 programme from September 2017.
This will enable our Junior students to complete Key Stage 3 and have a solid platform for their future studies, following IGCSE courses for example in Key Stage 4. Find our updated educational chart.
As a school, one of our guiding aims to develop a high level of mastery of the French language, even though the main language of study is English. This allows us to make the most of our francophone environment, which provides our students with a great opportunity to use their language skills in a real-world setting. Our French teachers are all mother-tongue French speakers and many other members of staff are highly proficient in French.
All Junior students (Years, 6, 7 and 8) take lessons in French as a Foreign Language. This is taught at two levels, corresponding to the children’s level of proficiency in the language. The students are prepared for the official French language examinations, theDELF programme of study.
From September 2016, we are introducing a new programme, which will allow students to strengthen their written and spoken French even further. For those students who are native speakers and those who have a strong level of French, we now offer an optional programme called “Français renforcé”. This takes place during club time one day per week and on Saturday mornings. Again, this is taught at two levels, allowing the students to benefit to an absolute maximum from their increased exposure to French language, literature and culture.
In the Minis (Years 3, 4 and 5) the same option is available, but the two extra lessons will be instead of a double period of sport. The students who miss sport in this way can use other opportunities to practice sporting activities, during the club times for example. The level of French required for the Minis who choose this option will not need to be as advanced as those in the Junior classes.
The cost will be CHF 1’500 per term.
Well-Being and Medical Care
We have chosen the ‘Eldora’ food specialist group to provide school meals. They are committed to delivering varied and balanced menus using high quality local products and guaranteeing the highest levels in food production, hygiene, preparation and storage.
We ensure that children sleep for 9 to 10 hours each night, in modern and comfortable rooms. Sports and leisure activities are daily and varied. Our professional team does its utmost to provide stability and pastoral care.
Switzerland is world renowned for the excellent medical training of its health professionals and the latest technologies in hospitals - which guarantee quality care. Given the close proximity to the local doctor, we are able to take care of an un-well child immediately when the first symptoms of illness appear.
The school benefits from a wide network of health specialists (orthodontists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists and psychologists) who help us provide the best possible care for your child(ren). The pediatrics department of Aigle Hospital is 10 km from school, and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) is 40 minutes away. A nurse is responsible for the daily health and well being of the children in our care and staff members are trained in First Aid annually (BLS/AED).
Following the success of the previous years and the fact that we have limited places, we would like you to confirm as soon as possible if you are interested that your child/dren are signed in for the health package .
The price of this package is CHF 1’800.- per school year (or CHF 600.- per term) and includes:
A meeting each term with the naturopathic specialist Dr.Margit Hartwig who will evaluate the individual needs.
The possibility of the parents to suggest a particular ailment/problem to treat.
All the natural medicine, vitamins, oils, depending on their individual needs and the climate, altitude adaptation of the child.
A session once a term with the Osteopath, massage specialist Delphine Vandendriessche
The specialist will work once a term with each child, depending on what Mrs. Hartwig has suggested. She will either give a Chinese Massage or an Osteopath session.
We are very confident that it will reinforce their immune system, improve their overall wellbeing and uphold a balanced mind and body.
Once again this year, we are happy to offer the parents some photo memories of their child(ren) at school taken by our professional photographer, Philippe Latour - who was a former student at La Garenne.
At the end of each term, you will receive 150 pictures of your child/dren on an individual memory stick. The price for this option is CHF 1’800 per year. You may have a look at the work of our photographer on this link.
La Garenne has its own smart phone application available from the AppleStore and GooglePlay. This personal app has been designed to enable parents to follow activities, photos and daily news such as menus and specific messages from the main office. You will receive an individual message with the login and password data at the beginning of September.
We are very pleased to confirm once again the school trips, which will take place during the third term for all the Junior students. Last year being a real success, we have decided to plan the same destinations respecting the year groups. We hope that you are as excited as the children will be about the fantastic opportunity they will have next April. The holistic education is as equally important as the academic. We are happy to announce the following:
Our Year 5 will explore the German side of Switzerland. This region offers exciting attractions such as Mont Pilatus, the famous Luzerne Transport Museum, the fascinating Swiss Science Centre « Technorama » in Winterthur and much more.
Year 6 students will travel to a "Latin" destination, enjoying an incredible journey to mythical Venice and Verona in Italy.
Year 7 students will fly to Lisbon and on to the breathtaking Azores archipelago islands in Portugal - a fabulous opportunity to view Atlantic sea species and geological phenomena.
Year 8 class will experience the most popular school trip to the USA "The NASA educational tour" in Orlando, Florida, enjoying the best of the Kennedy Space Center and a variety of theme parks.
Further details and prices about each trip will reach you in due time.
Weekly Programme (from Monday to Friday)
- for information only and subject to change-
07h40-07h50 Brush teeth
07h50-08h00 Go to class
16h15 End of classes for the Minis + Snack 16h30 End of classes for the Juniors + Snack
17h05-18h30 Homework and Clubs
18h30Shower for the Minis and Dinner for the Juniors 19h00Shower for the Juniors and dinner for the Minis
- reading, games -
20h30Lights out for the Minis 21h30Lights out for the Juniors
Sunday: Church (optional) and return of students away for the weekend at 18h00
Appointments or Emails to the Office
If you have additional questions or require further information regarding our academic school year, we kindly ask you to contact us before arrival at the camp to organise an appointment with the Director of Admissions.
During the first weeks of the school year, we prefer to limit the number of family visits. The children need to adapt to their new environment and the daily programmes are intense. There will be no weekend departure the first week. However, if you wish to visit your child(ren), or take them for another weekend, please contact the school office at the latest by Wednesday prior to the weekend to allow us to plan. Thank you for your understanding.
Weekend leaves start on Friday at 16h30 and end on Sunday at 18h00.