School Year 2020-2021 - Useful Information
August 2020

Useful Information
School Year 2020-2021

Dear Parents, 

We look forward to welcoming your child(ren) to La Garenne for the new school year 2020-2021.
Once again for this new academic year, the whole team will do its utmost to provide your children with all they need to succeed during their time at La Garenne and beyond.

It is our pleasure to send you information for the Academic Year 2020-2021, and we thank you in advance for reading it carefully. We have updated the student handbook, extra costs, financial conditions, clothing list and extra-curricular activities.

We had a very successful summer camp and now it is our turn to have a break. 
The office will be closed from Monday 10th August until Monday 24th August 2020.

We remain at your disposal for any questions you may have.
Kind regards from Villars,

Family Méan

Health Protocols for COVID-19
Our main priority is the safety of the whole community and therefore we ask that you please read carefully our COVID-19 protocol which we will continue to adapt. 

A quick view of the changes we made, for further details please read our COVID-19 Protocol:
  • There is the possibility to do a quarantine at the school from Friday 4th of September for students coming from “At-Risk” Countries (see COVID-19 protocol).
  • We will continue to collect the students from GVA or Zurich airport
  • All students should be tested within a maximum of five days before they arrive at school, or on arrival at the campus
  • We have dedicated one of our boarding houses (Millenium) to be used in case of a suspicious case or positive COVID test result.
Download COVID-19 Protocol
Please read the Handbooks thoroughly as they include all of the information concerning school life, academic programmes, extra-curricular activities and communication with parents.
Download: Primary Curriculum Handbook
Download: Booklet for Day Students
Download: MYP Curriculum Handbook
Download: Boarding Handbook - Year 1 to MYP 3
Download: Boarding Handbook - MYP 4 & MYP 5
School Calendar & Term Dates 2020-2021
Please find, on the following link, the school calendar for the academic year 2020-2021.
Term Dates 2020-2021
School Events 2020-2021
Weekly Timetables (from Monday to Friday)
All the students will receive their class timetables at the start to each term. The timetables will:
  • Provide the number of subjects to be studied throughout the term
  • The schedule to be followed throughout the week
Download the Weekly Timetables
Extracurricular Activities
Life outside the classroom is an important factor for a child’s wellbeing.  At La Garenne we take a holistic educational view and offer a variety of activities, which are sure to appeal to all.  

After-school clubs, private lessons and individual learning programmes provide the framework for extra-curricular activities, enriching each and every day. Club options reflect the children’s interests, providing opportunities to share passions as well as improve knowledge and skills.  

From September:
  • the children will have the opportunity to choose between yearly & termly clubs
  • the clubs will start from the second week of term
  • the students will choose their clubs during the 1st week. However, we would like to remind the parents that they will need to register their child(ren) as soon as possible for the football & ski academy as we have limited places
List of Extracurricular Activities
Private Lessons and Other Additional Options
Throughout the school year, we are able to offer private lessons in EnglishFrench or Japanese as well as piano or guitar lessons. Additional options such as the yearly photo album or health package are also available.
If you are interested in any of the above choices, please complete the form below and submit it.

Please be aware that some choices are very popular and there may not always be a place available, in which case we will inform you.
Register for Additional Options
Football Academy
The Football Academy operates in partnership with CS Ollon, to provide our students with professional coaching in football. Alongside students from the local community, they train twice a week and participate in 20 to 30 football matches each season. They might also have an additional physical education session during the week if other sporting activities are not scheduled. Students will play matches against other Swiss clubs and local schools, which is a wonderful opportunity to mix with other students as they face the challenges of physical training and football matches. La Garenne School staff members supervise and are on hand to ensure each student receives appropriate support, ensuring their progress and welfare.
Ski Academy

Age starting at MYP 1
Elite Group

- Black Prince Ski Level
- 10 to 15 Ski Races
- Physical Training
- FIS Norm Races
- Ski Trainings prior to season (Sept - Dec)
- Alpine Community

Age starting at Year 4

Champion Group

- Red King Ski level
- 5 to 10 Ski Races
- Physical Training
- Free-ride and Freestyle
- Alpine Community


Following popular demand, this year the ski academy has separated into two groups. The Champions which incorporates skiers from a younger age, starting at Year 4, and Elite which is for the older, more experienced skiers from MYP1 and above.
Financial Conditions & Extra Costs
Please be informed that we have updated our school year financial conditions and extra costs for 2020-2021.
Extra Costs
Financial Conditions 2020-2021
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). 
  • There is the possibility to do a quarantine at the school from Friday 4th of September for students coming from “At-Risk” Countries (see COVID-19 protocol).
  • New students and Prefects should arrive on Saturday 12th September between 10h00 and 16h00 (check-in, visit of the campus, uniforms, etc.)
  • Returning boarding students are expected to arrive on Sunday 13th September between 10h00 and 17h30.
  • Returning day students are expected on Friday 11th Septemeber between 10:00-12:00 to pick up their uniforms.
  • On Monday 14th September, classes will begin for all students 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 as soon as possible (if required).

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 Leite de Azevedo - the school driver is responsible for meeting all the “UM” (Unaccompanied Minors) and other students arriving during the scheduled times mentioned above, provided 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 Leite de Azevedo (Swiss Passport N°: X1105102)

Mr. Serafim Azevedo
For parents meeting us at the airport, the meeting point will be at the La Garenne individual desk in the designated area of the visitors' centre, on the arrival floor level.

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 as soon as possible. Students arriving with parents are expected between 10h00 and 17h30.
So that your child's room can feel a bit more like home, please remember to bring some personal items (photos, soft toys, etc). 

We remind parents to give your child(ren) the code or key of the suitcase(s) and to put a name tag on each suitcase.
Clothing List
The clothing list has been updated this year, please make sure to include everything on the list. Should this not be the case, school will buy missing items and the cost will be added to the parent's account.

All clothes should have the student’s name and first three letters of their surname sewn on the inside of each piece of clothing.
Should this not be the case, it will be done for them on their arrival and the family will be invoiced. Example for: John Smith – Write: John Smi.

Thank you in advance for providing everything on the list. Please do not add any other items. The school is not responsible for any items that have not been labelled.
Download Clothing List
List of Stationery
Please find the list of stationery that we recommend for students here.
A complete set of school materials can also be 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.
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
Pocket Money 
The Direction declines any responsibility for money lost if it is not given to the school office for safe-keeping. Parents are advised not to give the students more money than is authorised by the school.
Only Le Roc students may have a pre-loaded direct debit card. We remind all parents that students are not allowed to have more money than is stipulated within the relevant Handbook. Any extra money will be confiscated and held for the student in the main office.
For students celebrating their birthday during the academic year, do not hesitate to let us know if you wish for  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 250.-
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.

Our school is passionate about ensuring all students receive support in both their physical health and mindful happiness. For these reasons, the school offers the following health benefits:

  • Beauty session (beautician) 
  • Termly naturopath (based on the personal assessment of each child by a naturopathic specialist. Natural medicines, vitamins and oils are prescribed accordingly, to reinforce the immune system and improve general wellbeing)
  • Osteopath session 
  • Massage session (relaxing and sport massage)
Please contact the Health Centre for any further information at
Personal Photographic Report
A former pupil of La Garenne, our photographer Philippe Latour has been a professional photographer for over 10 years. He joined our team three years ago, as he wanted to offer our students unforgettable memories of their time at La Garenne. Philippe knows La Garenne extremely well and it is a genuine pleasure for him to capture the best moments experienced by your children over the course of the school year. The years will pass but their time at La Garenne will be preserved forever.
Options per term:
Package 1: 20 photos during the term - CHF 350
Package 2: 30 photos during the term - CHF 450
Package 3: 50 photos during the term - CHF 650

Options for the school year:
Package 4: 60 photos during the school year - CHF 900
Package 5: 90 photos during the school year - CHF 1'200
Package 6: 150 photos during the school year - CHF 1'800

The choice of this option does not mean that these pictures will appear with our daily photos on the school's website or the pages of various social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. At the end of each term, you will receive a virtual album directly via a "Flickr" type Internet link. The photos will be in high definition.
My Year at La Garenne
A high-quality paper album, designed and hand-made in Italy, featuring photos of your chosen option, placed inside a most elegant box. This will be a wonderful souvenir that your children will keep for life!
"My Year at La Garenne" CHF 900.- (including production, mounting photos from the file, printing and sending to your postal address) - (e.g. 60 photos + "My Year at La Garenne"  = CHF 1'800.-)

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at
Reading is Important
Should any families wish to donate books or magazines in the student's own language, we thank you in advance. We strongly advise that all students bring books to read in their mother tongue language. 
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