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Religious Education

Religious Education aims to develop children's understanding of the 6 main religions of the world. Children in the Primary School learn about different religions and traditions, practices and beliefs. The programme promotes children's tolerance and mutual respect in the diverse society in which we live.

During the first half term the children were introduced to Hinduism and they were lucky enough to be invited to a local Hindu celebration Durga puja. They learned about some of the Hindu gods, observed some blessings and enjoyed a fabulous Indian meal.

As part of learning about Christianity in the second half term, the children enjoyed exploring the 'Travelling Crib' and learning about the Nativity story and they also visited a local church and took the opportunity to share their knowledge and ask questions.

As educators, we do not give opinions or share our own beliefs; we state facts in the same way as any other subject.

Categories: Academic


Stocking Fillers

With the holidays just a few days away, we have some great ideas for last-minute presents for your children. These books come highly recommended and we know your children will love them.
The Snow Dragon: In Griselda Bone's gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?
Join a brave little mouse on a big Christmas adventure! This is the chapter book edition of Alex T. Smith's modern Christmas classic How Winston Delivered Christmas, with gorgeous black and white illustrations from the author throughout – the perfect festive gift for newly confident readers.
When George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop, he finds a mysterious and magical snow globe.

Categories: Academic


Reading in the Primary Section

This term we have continued to focus on and celebrate the importance of Reading within the Primary Section. The annual Book Fair took place in November; the children were thrilled to browse and choose their favourite books to buy.

Two evenings a week, secondary students have spent time hearing our Primary boarding students read.

We have recently celebrated the opening of our beautiful new Sky Library from which the Primary and Middle School students will benefit regularly. As well as class visits in which the children can snuggle up and become absorbed in another world, they will also be able to listen to a range of books, songs and poems using our audio station. A range of magazines, comics and children's newspapers are also available for the children to enjoy.

We have lots of exciting events planned to introduce the children to the library: a library scavenger hunt, DIY Bookmark Craft activity, creative writing workshops and storytelling sessions.

How we prioritise Reading in our Primary Classes

Each day we have Phonics lessons (set by ability) and guided reading sessions. We have regular reading comprehension activities and we track and screen the children with diagnostic testing and targeted interventions. We set reading homework every night and there are reading corners in every primary classroom.

Categories: Academic


Forest School

Forest School is an important part of life for our younger children at La Garenne. Every week the children go out into the forest and the natural environment to learn, play, explore and take supported risks. They develop confidence, self-esteem and team work. Our aim is to help the children build a greater knowledge of and respect for nature and to feel more deeply connected to the natural world.


Categories: Academic


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

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