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What To Know Before Your Arrive



School Year 2016-2017


School Calendar & Events 2016-2017

Please find the school calendar for the academic year 2016-2017.

We would also like to inform you that you may find the detailed events dates on our website under “Documents




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 good time.


Arrival and Departure Information

A smooth start to 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, unforms, etc.). Former day students will be as well expected on that same day at 14h00 to pick up their uniforms.
  • Returning boarders 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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)

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Students arriving with parents are expected between 09h00 and 17h30.



We remind parents to give your child(ren) the code or key of the suitcase(s) and to name tag each 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.


Clothes & Uniform

All items of clothing should have the student’s name written inside sewn-in tag, if not, the school will charge CHF 250.- The name and the first two letters of the surname must be written. For example: write John SM for John Smith.

The school is not responsible for unlabelled items. Please limit clothes to the items specified on the list provided.


Download the Clothing List


School Uniform


List of Stationery

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.


Pocket Money

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 lost money if it has not been handed to the school office for safe-keeping.



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.-


Head Lice

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.


Download the Educational Chart



Français Renforcé

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, the DELF programme of study.

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).


Health Package

Our Health Package reinforces a child’s immune system and improves general well being in mind and body. Parents are kindly requested to register as soon as possible, as places are limited. The package costs CHF1’800.- per school year or CHF600.- per term, and includes:


  • A personal assessment each term by a naturopathic specialist, Dr. Margit Hartwig.
  • Natural medicines, vitamins and oil prescribed according to individual needs.
  • A Chinese massage or other session each term from Delphine Vandendriessche, an osteopath and massage specialist, as recommended by Dr. Hartwig.


Parents may suggest a particular ailment or problem requiring treatment. How well each child adjusts to changes in climate and altitude are taken into consideration.


Photo Option

The school photographer Philippe Latour, a former student of La Garenne, is available to capture your child’s school life. At the end of each term, he will provide you with 150 photos on a memory stick. The cost is CHF1’800 per year. Examples of Philippe’s work may be viewed here in this link.

If you would like to take advantage of this option, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



School Rules 2016-2017

Please view the document at:

Download the School Rules


Computer Rules & Regulations

The computer rules and regulations are available on a separate document that we are happy to enclose with this letter.


Download the Computer Rules



Extra Costs

Please view the details at:


Download the Extra Cost


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