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Director's Newsletter December 2022

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We are planning a spectacular double celebration in Summer 2023. This will mark the first graduation of our International Baccalaureate students. In addition, we will be celebrating the 76th anniversary of the founding of La Garenne.

All students will take part in the School Show and festivities on 16th and 17th June and you are cordially invited to attend. As this will be a very busy time, and accommodation in the village is limited, we recommend you to book your hotel stay now.

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You can find a list of recommendations on our website here.



We are celebrating some great results in external examinations this term (DELF French & IELTS English). Some of our older students have also received excellent university offers from King’s, Durham, Bath, EHL and Bayes Business School.

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These highly respected universities have very competitive entrance requirements. From January, most students will be preparing for Cambridge English and more DELF French exams. The students will have further presentations from visiting universities as well as the opportunity to tour Swiss universities nearby.



La Garenne has taken part in a large number of sports competitions such as Volleyball, Football, cross country and golf.

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After the success of Juventus intensive soccer camp and bringing in a professional volleyball coach, we now want to extend masterclasses to other sports including table tennis and padel (tennis).



All students will take part in educational trips over the next two terms:

  • Primary: London,UK: Young Voices
  • Secondary: Paris, France: long weekend
  • DP1: London and Oxford, UK: university visits
  • M1 to M3: Morocco or NASA (Orlando, USA)*
  • M4 to DP1: Kenya or Iceland*

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*Choice of trips. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.



We would like to thank our generous parents who have allowed us to turn the top floor of Academia into a library and provided a large LED screen for our Community Floor. We are pleased to announce that we are also creating a new science lab for the middle school, refurbishing two music rooms and enhancing our school gym equipment.

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Please check the 2023 calendar here: School Calendar 

  • January 15-19: Young Voices (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • February 4-5: Year 1 and 4 (Sledging - Trient), Year 5&6 (Ski - Leysin)
  • February 11-12: MYP1 and 2 (Snowshoeing - Jura), MYP3 (Cross Country - Jura)
  • February 17: Valentine’s Day Party
  • February 19: School Challenge
  • February 24-26: Long Weekend in Paris (Le Roc students)
  • March 4-5: MYP4&5 (Ski - Zinal & St-Luc)
  • March 10-12: DP1 (Ski Leukerbad), DP2 (Ski - Courmayeur)
  • March 14: School Ski Race
  • March 16: Term ends at 16:00



Categories: Academic, School Trips


University Here We Come

Kings College, London

It's that time of year when students eagerly check their emails to find out which university has responded to their applications, hoping for positive news. At La Garenne, the offers are flooding in from top universities in the UK and further afield.

So far our hard-working students have bagged offers from Bayes Business School, Durham, Kings and many more. Clearly this is just the start of the journey to higher education and our students know that getting their heads down and studying hard will see these offers turn into concrete places.

University of Durham

Categories: Academic


Welcoming New Students

Students being welcomed to La Garenne

Our prefects and a group of students came back to school a couple of days early this term in order to welcome new students. We know how challenging starting in a new environment can be, so we all worked hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. We organised a scavenger hunt and we showed off our beautiful surroundings, our facilities, our students’ favourite restaurants and key places in Villars. We congratulate all our new students for settling in so well.

Students being welcomed to La Garenne

Categories: Le Roc Boarding, Boarding Life


The Personal Project


We would like to congratulate all our students who have just received their certificates for completing their Personal Projects.

In the final year of the Middle Years Programme, students had to explore an area of personal interest over an extended period. The idea is to give them the opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills they will need in both further education and life beyond the classroom. It also helps them develop confidence to become principled, lifelong learners.

La Garenne sudents needed to complete three elements to be awarded their final achievement grades:

  • Product or outcome: evidence of tangible or intangible results: what the student was aiming to achieve or create;
  • Process journal: ideas, criteria, developments, challenges, plans, research, possible solutions and progress reports;
  • Report: an account of the project and its impact, to a structure that follows the assessment criteria. The report includes a bibliography and evidence from the process journal that documents students’ development and achievements.

The projects were assessed by La Garenne's supervisors and externally moderated by the International Baccalaureate organisation to ensure they met globally consistent standards of excellence. Well done and continue this hard work now you are in DP1 and studying for your Diplomas!

Categories: Academic


One week countdown ...

It's back to school for all our staff

Staff and Greg Mean, Le Roc 29th August 2022

While our students are making the most of their last days of freedom, all of La Garenne's staff are back in school getting ready for the BIG arrivals weekend.

Today we have been learning about how teenagers' brains work, and why they (sometimes) behave like they do. We have also been looking at the importance of keeping students sociable, rested, stimulated and energised through outdoor learning, sport, reading and sleep. We talked about why it's good to talk, and what makes for meaningful conversations. And finally, we discussed how to keep our beautiful campus clean and tidy, without wasting precious energy and water.

These are the key themes which the Senior Leadership Team will be monitoring over the coming year. As director Grégory Méan said, we all have a part to play: the boarding and admin staff, our wonderful housekeepers and maintenance teams, the executives, our teachers and support staff, and last but not least, our students.

It promises to be an exciting year and we are all raring to go.

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