The Latest News from La Garenne School:
March 2016
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Dear Families, Alumni and Friends,

As this busy, successful term draws to a close, we would like to share some important information and news with you. We know that this is a physically challenging term for the children and they have excelled themselves despite the unpredictable weather. The Board has been occupied with preparations for the next school year, reviewing the organisation to ensure we offer a stimulating life style utilizing Beau Site. You will find more information in the articles below.
If you have not yet completed the school survey, we encourage to you to do so. Over the course of the next five years we will continue to request your valuable input in this way.
We wish you a pleasant holiday wherever you are. The entire team looks forward to welcoming back the children for a term during which the Juniors will enjoy their exciting school trips.

The Méan Family

CIS Membership
We are delighted to inform you that La Garenne and been granted “Membership” of
The Council of International Schools (CIS).

Thank you to all staff for their contributions and efforts to maintain and promote our school values.  The CIS is a global non-profit membership organisation working collaboratively to shape international education.
The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world.  
Whats New

As mentioned above, we will implement the following initiatives for September:

Boarding Life:

  • Junior students will reside in a beautiful new chalet with picturesque views and modern facilities.
  • Some “families” will be created among our boarding houses in order to reinforce the school values
  • The weekends will be divided into Saturday ‘group’ activities and Sunday ‘individual choice’ activities - as well as free time for some of the periods
  • More after-school study groups to specifically reinforce class lessons will be set up for older students
  • Junior students will be able to take part in inter-school sports / academic competitions


  • The Cubs will follow a slightly adapted timetable which will allow them to participate in after school clubs finishing at 5 p.m.
  • Within the Junior section, further levels of mathematics will be developed and there will be more science within the curriculum.
  • A blog will be up and running from September which will provide monthly information about what the children are learning about in class.
  • The school reports will be updated and information will be provided to parents about the grades.
  • Our `Book Week` last year was a great success and we are looking forward to celebrating our love of books again this year. We have arranged a story teller, a book fair and a week packed full of activities to promote reading and writing.
  • To celebrate international mindedness we will be hosting an International Week alongside the normal curriculum. More information will follow regarding this.
  • You will be able to access detailed information about each year group’s curriculum through the school website.

Please download the dates for the school year 2016/17 
Some other projects will be revealed during the End of Year Ceremony. 

Beau Site

Congratulations to the construction team who are two months ahead of schedule!
They will hand over the keys by the end of June.
To add to the excitement, a surprise will be revealed to all during the End of Year Ceremony.
We look forward to seeing the reactions of the children in September.


Term 2 Highlights

The children enjoyed the revelry at our St-Valentine’s Disco at Gringos, taking the opportunity to wear their favourite casual clothes and dance. View Photo Gallery 

All the children are looking forward to participating in the annual Ski Race Day. It is the first year that it will be a whole day event. The children will have lunch on the ski slope followed by the race. We would like to invite all our parents to participate or to support your child/ren.
A torch lit ski procession provided a night-time adventure for the children in snowy February.  En route they played team games, had avalanche training and enjoyed a delicious dinner in a mountain refuge.
On the 17th of March, all our little musicians will perform at the Grande Salle de Villars. It will be followed by a drink for the parents. In the afternoon, you are invited to visit Academia to view the excellent work of your child/ren (IPC Exhibition).
Our winter expeditions take us to Trient for the Minis for two fun days (sledging and winter games). Depending on their level of skiing/snowboarding, the Juniors will be going to Chamonix, Porte du Soleil and les Diablerets.
Activity continues in the library, with some student volunteers now trained to process new books and use the computerized management system. Students love visiting and chatting about books.

Term 1 - Successes

Stop Press: our fundraising total has reached CHF 4'300. 
Years 3,4,6,7 & 8 impressed us with their beautiful carol singing and Petit Chalet loved having them perform for their patrons, tourists and the people of Villars - raising over 600 CHF. Students across the school applied their creative skills to decorating and writing postcards for ACLEM.

Christmas gifts were purchased and delivered to the children's hospital charity, SPARADRAP, by a small group of students and, Years 1/2 created and delivered artistic Christmas cards. To conclude Term 1, students and staff donated money to attend school in their PJs. Read more

Summer Camp 2016

Summer camp registration is going very well with more than 30 different nationalities. We have planned many new activities and are nearly fully booked.
Please do not hesitate to tell your friends or contact us if interested.  APPLY NOW 

We would like to remind families of some events for Term Two. The full calendar is available on the school website and on the smart phone application. 
Ski Race all School Event

1:30pm – 4pm
Thu, 10 March 2016
Location: Bretaye
Medal Ceremony

5pm – 6pm
Wed, 16 March 2016
Location: Grande Salle, Villars-sur-Ollon
Parents' day

Piano Concert                       10am - 11:30am
IPC Presentation                     1pm - 2pm
Parent-teacher consultations   2pm - 4pm 
Thu, 17 March, 2016
Location: Grande Salle / La Garenne School
Departure with the Parents

4pm – 6pm
Thu, 17 March 2016
Location: La Garenne School
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La Garenne International School
Ch. des Chavasses N°23, CP. 65
1885 Chesières / Villars-sur-Ollon


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