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What To Know Before Your Arrive



School Year 2017 - 2018


School Calendar & Events 2016-2017

Please find on the following link the  school calendar for the academic year 2017-2018.

You may find a more detailed calendar 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 due time.


School Trips


October 2017


  • Year 9 students will have the great opportunity to discover the "History, Geography, Art & Culture of the Western Mediterranean” experiencing a cruise on the largest cruise ship ever constructed, the "MSC Meraviglia“. This trip will take place during the October mid-Term break: From Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th October 2017. It is a mandatory trip and forms part of the curriculum, providing a unique experience to the children’s general education. More information about the detailed programme and the price will follow in early August.

April 2018
We are very pleased to confirm the school trips, which will take place during the third term of the academic year. The last two years being a real success, we have decided to plan the same destinations for each year group. We hope that you are as excited as the children will be about the fantastic opportunity they will have next April. Such an experience will contribute to a truly holistic education going beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.
  • Year 9 students will travel to Northern France & Southern Belgium for the "Great War (1914-1918) Centenary”.
  • Year 8 class will experience the very 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. 
  • Year 7 students will fly to Lisbon and on to the breathtaking Azores archipelago of islands in Portugal - a fabulous opportunity to view Atlantic sea species and geological phenomena. 
  • Year 6 students will travel to a "Latin" destination, enjoying an incredible journey to mythical Venice and Verona in Italy. 
  • Year 5 will explore the German-speaking part of Switzerland. This region offers exciting attractions such as Mont Pilatus, the famous Lucerne Transport Museum, the fascinating Swiss Science Centre « Technorama » in Winterthur and much more.
Further details and prices about each trip will reach you 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 11th September 2017.

  • New boarders and new day students are expected on Saturday 9th September from 09h00 to 17h30 (check-in, visit of the campus, uniforms, etc.).
  • Former boarding students are expected on Sunday 10th September from 10h00 to 17h30. Former day students will also be expected on that same day to pick up their uniforms.
  • On Monday 11th September, the induction programme will begin at 08h00.



Arrival at Geneva Airport and Transport to La Garenne

If you are sending your child by plane, 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 (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 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 Leite de Azevedo (Swiss Passport N°: X1105102)

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 put a name tag on each suitcase.



Phone Calls and Internet Access

At the La Garenne check-in, all electronic devices (such as telephones, iPads, iPhones, iPods, apple iWatch and tablets) are to be handed to the staff member greeting 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 the 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 their 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 very different time zones): 
Sunday from 11h30 to 12h45 & Wednesday from 19h30 to 20h30.

Year 8 & 9 students will be allowed to use their electronic devices every day for 30 minutes.



Clothes & Uniform

All items of clothing should have the student’s name written inside sewn on a name-tag, if not, the school will charge the price of CHF 250.- to do this for you. The name and the first letter of the family name must be written. Example for: John Smith – Write: John S.

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.


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

To ease the parents' organisation, from this year the pocket money has been charged in the school year invoice. 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.-



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




French Language & "Accelerated French"

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 students take lessons in French as a Foreign Language. This is taught at two levels, in small classes, 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. Our results in these examinations are consistently excellent, even though our students are younger than most people taking the tests. 
For those students who wish to make more rapid progress in French  we offer an optional programme of “Accelerated  French”. These lessons are offered on an individual or small group basis, taking into account the students’ starting level of French.  This allows the students to benefit to an absolute maximum from increased exposure to French language, literature and culture. 



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 unwell 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

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 would like your children to be signed up for  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 Osteopathic session. 
We are very confident that these treatments will reinforce their immune system, improve their overall wellbeing and uphold a balanced mind and body.



Photo Option

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.

Different packages are available:

Package 1: 50 photos during the term or 150 for the entire school year - CHF 600 / CHF 1'800
Package 2: 30 photos during the term or 120 for the entire school year - CHF 400 / CHF 1'200
Package 3: 20 photos during the term or   90 for the entire school year - CHF 300 / CHF 900

At the end of each term, you will receive pictures of your child/dren on an individual album. 

You may have a look at the work of our photographer on this link.

Thank you to confirm by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish your child/dren to participate in this option.




School Rules 2016-2017

Find the updated version of the school rules 2017-2018

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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