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Who likes to live and study in one of the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland, in the beautiful lake-side city of Lausanne? Raise your hand if you want to learn French or English, play lots of fun sports or get creative and make new friends from all over the world. The summer cap - the home away from home where learning and living takes place for real, focuses on helping students become effective learners and balanced young people. Every week is packed to the brim with the perfect balance of intellectual stimulation, physical exercise and cultural exploration. Let Boarding School’s 140 years old experience to prepare boys and girls of today for the world of tomorrow.
Summer camp is in a beautiful, green, leafy park, minutes away from the lake and the forest, with ski resorts and high peaks a short drive away.. Within minutes you can be in the mountains and forests or enjoying cultural or sporting activities in the city. In the campus there are eight buildings, most dating from the early 1900s. Behind their old-world charm, you’ll find fantastic, well-equipped, up to date classrooms and boarding areas.
There are outdoor tennis courts, a full sized gymnasium and ample outdoor spaces.
-20 periods of language classes (choice of French or English) per week
-The weekly class trip every Wednesday afternoon to visit well-known Swiss attractions
-The afternoon programme
-All evening activities and weekend excursions
-Full board and excellent accommodation on the school campus (max= 3 students per room)
-All transfers to and from Geneva airport or Lausanne train station (on Saturdays only)
-24/7 supervision and care by experienced, qualified staff and our health team
-Accident and sickness insurance.
-Offers stimulating curricula and unique learning experiences which equip students with the attributes to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
-Improves to collaboration and leadership skills through challenge, building courageous, confident critical thinkers.
-Provides a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle in a safe, inclusive environment.
-The course focuses on grammar, language structure, communication and fluency in the mornings.
-For afternoon schedule , there are two options to choose, either the Multi-sports Program or the Multi-mix Program.
-All Summer Course students live on campus. Rooms are twin or triple and we encourage students to share a room with someone from another nationality.
-All meals are taken together in the dining room, with a choice of menus available. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
-There are excursions every Wednesday. Children may visit the Cailler chocolate factory (yes, they end with tasting sessions!) or the Olympic Museum or Lausanne University for a science workshop. This is followed by a wind-down by the lake for a tasty barbeque and games until sunset.
-Saturdays are dedicated to exploring Lausanne - whether you visit the Chaplin museum, the Aquarium
Several evenings a week, you'll be doing fun activities. These may include bowling, quiz night, cinema night, treasure hunt, ice skating, talent night and more. Friday is the last night of the week and it's time to say goodbye before heading home the next day. Before that though, there's time for a delicious barbecue in the gardens followed by a fabulous disco or silent party - it's time to show off your dancing skills! Here is a sample of some of the activities our summer students may enjoy: Sports stand-up-paddle, banana boat, pedalo, trampoline, tennis, football, beach volleyball Activities Arts and Crafts, cooking workshops, talent night, treasure hunt, Just Dance, Tik-Tok challenge, cinema night, disco, ice skating, bowling
All Summer Course students live on campus. There are several boarding houses in which boys and girls live separately, organized by age. A teacher lives on every floor of each boarding house. The teachers help students settle in and help them make the most of their time.
Rooms are twin or triple and we encourage students to share a room with someone from another nationality. In that way, they get to know a different culture and find a common language.
Rooms are very large and spacious. Many have views over the Lake and the Alps and all are comfortable and modern. Some rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, whilst others share.
All meals are taken together in the dining room, with a choice of menus available. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
When a student arrives, he / she gives us their pocket money, which is kept in the school safe. Every day, students can go to the accounts office to withdraw pocket money. We recommend CHF20.- CHF50.- per week. Since everything is included, there is nothing the student needs to pay for.
Excursions High ropes, mountain karting, mountain hiking, boat trip, hiking, museum workshops, city discovery
Discover our region
On Wednesday afternoons you’ll go out on an excursion with your class and your teacher, putting your language skills to good use. We want you to discover our exciting region and gain understanding into Swiss culture and traditions. Maybe you'll go to visit the Cailler chocolate factory, where the visit ends with a tasting session - yummy! Or maybe you'll head to the world-famous Chillon castle, the Olympic Museum or Lausanne University, to join a scientific workshop. Afterwards, you'll meet up with all the other classes by the lakeside for a tasty barbecue and some fun and games until the sun goes down. Saturday is departure / arrival day. If you’re not traveling, we organise an excursion in the Lausanne area. Maybe we’ll go to Chaplin’s World museum to discover Charlie Chaplin’s films; maybe we‘ll go to Lausanne Aquarium; maybe we’ll go further afield to visit Berne, the Swiss capital, or Geneva. One thing’s for sure – you won’t have time to get bored! On Sundays, a whole school excursion takes place . You’ll go out all day, either after brunch or with a picnic lunch. The programme depends on the weather but we usually go to: a lakeside park to do watersports; mountain tree climbing circuit; caves in Vallorbe; underground salt mines in Bex; Aquaparc water park; a walking adventure hunt, mountain karting in Morgins, a hike on the Moléson mountain. We know you'll have a great time!
Children take a test to assess their language skills and determine which class they will attend. The average class size is 12 so there is a lot of personal attention. Students focus on grammar, language structure, communication and fluency in the mornings. For afternoon schedule , there are two options to choose, either the Multi-sports Program or the Multi-mix Program.
The Multi-sports program places children in similar age groups, separated into boys and girls. Children are offered the chance to try different sports every day. Some take place by the lake, on a banana boat or stand-up paddling. Other sports are played on campus like tennis, basketball, football, frisbee, zumba, running, etc.
The Multi-mix program offers 2 afternoons of sports per week and 2 afternoons of a special option. The options are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and there are limited spaces. -Tennis Pro, with our professional coach, who will help you refine your skills to take your game to the next level (for advanced players only) -French Fun, which will help develop your fluency and writing skills through local visits and classroom discussions (required level B1) -Creative Arts, which will develop your creative skills using oils, photography, sculpture and crafts as well as learning about art and design. -Coding and Robotics, which will introduce you to the world of computer programming and logical problem solving and see you build your own take-home robot.
The typical schedule during the week is as follows: 8h00: Time to wake up! 8h30: Breakfast 9h00-10h30: Language class 1 10h45-12h15: Language class 2 12h30: Lunch 14h00 - 17h30: Afternoon programme (different options available) On Wednesday afternoons there is a whole class excursion followed by a barbecue. 18h45: Dinner 19h45: Activities on or off campus 21h00-22h00: Boarding houses At weekends the schedule is different because the students go on excursions and may be out of school for the complete day, having fun!
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