Aiglon Handbook 2018-2019
2018 – 2019 Edition
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Merits & Sanctions
Beyond the Classroom
Health & Safety
Life at Aiglon
Aiglon's handbook is designed to be a useful guide that explains the various aspects of life at Aiglon. This includes the principles, rules and expectations that govern our School's daily life. The handbook is updated yearly.
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Daily schedules for weekdays and weekends during term time are available in the Annual Information Booklet, or in the appendices in the back of the printed version of this book.
The School Council is the senior management team of the School.
Mr Richard McDonald
Mrs Patricia Bremner-Gadotti
Deputy Head (Curriculum)
Mrs Nicola Sparrow
Deputy Head (Student Life)
Mr Chris Chalcraft
Director of Admissions & Advancement
Mrs Valerie Scullion
Head of Junior School
Mr Stuart Hamilton
The aim of Aiglon is the balanced development of MIND, BODY and SPIRIT through:
The development of the MIND focuses on the intellect and the capacity to think, learn and reflect powerfully and purposefully.
Aiglon seeks to challenge its students intellectually and academically, encouraging them to be inquisitive and motivated learners, able to reach an ever-growing understanding of the world around them through rigorous and critical thinking and the acquisition of a strong body of knowledge.
This process encourages respect for a range of ideas and opinions, acknowledging that learning requires a need for open-mindedness, humility and an interest in multiple perspectives. A respectful mind focuses not just on the self, but on others and the priorities of the world around us.
The world of the intellect and ideas requires recognition that we all carry responsibility. A well-developed mind will reflect on issues of morality and rightful action, and accept that we must assume the consequences of our attitudes and actions. These responsibilities are to ourselves, to others and to our environment.
A well-developed mind can engage with the world in diverse ways. Alongside knowledge and reasoning, it shows creativity, aesthetic awareness, judgement, freedom from prejudice and true breadth of interest.
A generous mind recognises the importance of service to others as an essential part of creating a harmonious and healthy society.
The development of the BODY focuses on physical fitness and the maintenance of an active and healthy lifestyle.
An Aiglon education provides physical challenge to build strength, resilience and fitness as well as to develop confidence and a sense of achievement as the rewards for physical effort.
This process builds respect, both for oneself and for others who undertake physical challenges. Respect for one’s body includes good living habits such as a healthy diet, exercise, rest, personal cleanliness and tidiness.
Respect for one’s body requires making choices that reflect responsibility and the avoidance of habits that diminish fitness and physical aptitude.
The development of the body can take a diversity of forms. In addition to personal exercise regimes, physical development is promoted through team and individual sports, expeditions and performance. Furthermore, dexterity, co-ordination, sensitivity and awareness can be developed through a wide range of skills that include the creative and performing arts.
A fit and able body means that physical effort can be applied in the service of others.
The development of the SPIRIT focuses on the essence of ourselves and the exploration of faith, service and purpose in life.
Developing the spirit represents a challenge to move beyond the intellectual and physical to reflect on the deeper questions of existence. These questions may find answers through personal faith and through the teachings of Christ and other great teachers. This challenge also invites us to be “explorers” and to take risks. The concept of spirit embraces character, emotions and the capacity to engage fully and confidently with the world in many contexts.
The developed spirit demonstrates respect for the feelings of others and a recognition that relationships are built on an understanding and acceptance of a common humanity that transcends divisions of wealth, culture, religion and ethnic identity.
By developing the spirit, a system of personal and collective values can be established which defines the individual and collective responsibility of the individual. This, in turn, shapes social awareness and the qualities of purpose, initiative and integrity that characterise effective leadership.
The spirit can be nurtured in a number of ways, through action or stillness, the spoken word or silent reflection. In addition, our lives are enriched by the diversity of cultural approaches to the deeper questions about ourselves and our world.
The practical expression of the spirit – through generosity, humility, selflessness and compassion – is service to others, realised in many forms.
Principles for Student Life
Student Behaviour Code
Day Students (Specific Provisions)
Substance Use Policy
Room Searches & Checks
Principles for Student Life
Tutees are encouraged to challenge themselves intellectually and feel supported in their academic progress. Tutors and House staff have high aspirations for their tutees and motivate them to make the most of every opportunity Aiglon offers them both inside and outside the classroom.
Tutees are encouraged through a mutually respectful environment in which they can flourish. Tutors and House staff develop strong rapport and relationships with their tutees and the community which surrounds them, which facilitates open and honest dialogue based upon an open-mindedness, respect for oneself and an understanding of common humanity.
Tutees are encouraged to grow as individuals who develop a moral responsibility based on honesty, self-respect and personal integrity. Tutors and House staff appreciate the boarding life of Aiglon and are valuable members of the House team that contribute and promote the collective values which are focused on developing young people who understand the consequences of their attitudes and actions.
Tutees are encouraged to fully embrace the diversity Aiglon offers and build a real breadth of interest. Tutors and House staff guide the balanced development of their tutees through appropriate guidance and individual strategies in a compassionate culture of mentoring and coaching.
Tutees live in an environment characterised by service, kindness and selflessness. Tutors and House staff enjoy their role and relish the opportunity to inspire the students of Aiglon, engaging in the moral education and emotional welfare of the students.
Student Behaviour Code
Students accepted at Aiglon understand that they make a sincere commitment to pursuing the general aims of Aiglon and show the effort and will to achieve them. Amongst other things, this means that students and their parents should be prepared to carefully study the expectations and statement of principles.
The Student Behaviour Code contains particularly selected rules. In highlighting these, the School draws attention to points which, if observed, provide a robust framework for a safe, healthy, supportive and self-disciplined community. Students and their parents should be aware that:
Any student who uses or possesses illegal drugs or substances, or seeks to procure them, transport them or brings them to school, cannot expect to remain a member of Aiglon. Substance testing: fully random, as well as random samples within a targeted group, are used as part of our anti-drugs programme.
Smoking (on or off campus) is banned in the interest of health. This includes all smoking related products, for example, snuff, e-cigarettes, vaping or other devices / methods.
Drinking alcohol is not permitted for all students except those in Years 12 and 13 (aged 16 or over) who, by virtue of their position and age, may have the privilege of drinking, with parental and houseparent consent, wine or beer in moderation, but not spirits, alcopops, cocktails, apéritifs or other distilled drinks.
Possession of unauthorised sums of extra money (undeclared money exceeding the pocket money guidance) is unacceptable and will normally result in confiscation and a sanction.
Respect for other people’s possessions is vitally important for the School community to thrive. Therefore, any form of theft is dealt with very seriously and may lead to suspension or expulsion.
Insensitive, offensive behaviour, including aggression, bullying, cyber-bullying and sexual misconduct is unacceptable and may lead to suspension or expulsion.
Public displays of intimacy which cause others to be embarrassed are totally inappropriate. Couples will not be alone together in a closed room without specific authorisation and supervision from an adult. Acts of sexual intimacy or cases where students are found in compromising situations, may lead to suspension or expulsion.
Hate speech is seen by Aiglon as public expressions which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred, discrimination or hostility towards a specific group. Students involved in any form of hate speech will need to demonstrate, through their actions, they have learnt it is not acceptable and should they continue in this manner their place within the Aiglon community will be put in jeopardy.
Serious breaches of school rules (usually, but not exclusively, involving drugs, alcohol, smoking, theft, bullying, violence, sexual misconduct) will lead to a disciplinary panel and are likely to lead to sanctions that may include suspension and expulsion.
Students and parents should be aware of the following:
The School reserves the right to administer regular and random tests for drugs, alcohol or other substances, based on urine and/or saliva or other appropriate samples, and to take any necessary measures to prevent attempts to falsify such tests.
Whilst the holidays are properly a time for relaxation, young people should not be given complete freedom to indulge in a lifestyle which is contrary to what is expected at School. Apart from the confusion of double standards which this creates, it markedly increases the danger of serious rule-breaking during term time
In a small village community, the behaviour of Aiglon’s students in their free time and at weekends is an important factor in forming the School’s reputation locally. The same is particularly true of day students, given the greater freedom that they may enjoy at weekends. Day students should respect all school rules and codes of behaviour, whether that be during free time in the evenings or at weekends. The school expects the cooperation of its day parents in ensuring that their children observe this.
Misconduct of any kind outside Aiglon, or via communications media, will be subject to school discipline if the welfare of a student, or the culture or good name of the school is placed at risk.
The School records all absences in the form of lessons, activities or other formal school commitments missed. Staff record absence data in lessons and activities as well as in houses and enter this on a central database. The School reports absences to parents at the end of each term. Attendance at house events, inter-school competitions, cultural trips, long expeditions, academic classes and other school events are all equally important, and we expect parents to avoid making private elective medical and similar engagements during term time.
Absence During Term Time
Unofficial absence from class is a serious matter and will not be tolerated at Aiglon.
Parents should contact houseparents as soon as practicable if an emergency absence is required so that teachers can provide work for students where this is desirable and possible. Agreed absences are often for official school business or essential medical appointments, though the impact on a student’s education can still be disruptive. Students are expected to catch up on work missed, as well as other commitments such as expeditions, whatever the reason for the absence.
Absence from School
Lessons, Events or Commitments
Unofficial absence from school functions, including sports fixtures and practices, outdoor activities and expeditions, meditation, culture evenings, etc. is reported to houseparents and students will be sanctioned appropriately. All students must follow their weekly timetable. If a student does not think they are able to make their lesson for any reason, they must communicate with the relevant subject teacher, whilst also keeping their house staff informed, as far in advance as possible, requesting permission to be absent. If a student misses a lesson without prior authorisation and with no reasonable explanation, they will receive demerits and are likely to be House Gated with immediate effect for a minimum of one school day. Should a repeat offence occur, students would normally be School Gated in addition to the accruing demerits. Should a pattern of unauthorised non-attendance emerge, it is likely that students will face an Academic Panel where appropriate sanctions will be accorded at a more serious level and could include suspension, the loss of their right to attend graduation or transfer to the next academic year, and ultimately expulsion.
Day Students (Specific Provisions)
There are differences between the daily life of boarding and day students, but all are expected nonetheless to be an integral part of the school community. While special exceptions may occasionally be made to suit individual needs in consultation with houseparents, day students are expected to attend:
- meditation, check-in times and registrations
- lunch every day, except Saturday and Sunday
- laps on Saturday, as required
- cultural events
- all formal and whole school events at weekends and such as the Aiglon Challenge and Sports Day.
Some day students find it helpful to eat dinner and do prep in house before returning home. This is arranged between parents and houseparents. Day students are not normally allowed to go home for other reasons during the working day and must seek permission from houseparents to do so. Houseparents may require day students to join the house for dinner on Sunday evening or for other special functions.
While the parents of day students are responsible for the health of their children, parents should inform the houseparents of any illness or incapacity which could prevent a child’s full participation in regular school life, including any absences from school.
Living Locally and Going Out in Villars
Day students are expected to adhere to the same rules as boarders during term time. This applies to timings and places they are permitted to visit (especially with regards to local bars and restaurants) as well as rules governing alcohol, smoking and substance use. Parents of day students are strongly encouraged to apply evening return times that are consistent with boarders, to ensure equal privileges across the student body.
Students should be aware that any actions outside Aiglon, locally or further afield, which bring the School into disrepute are likely to result in serious sanctions which may include suspension or expulsion.
Substance Use Policy
This policy addresses the education of children concerning behaviour changing substances such as alcohol, tobacco, solvents and drugs and the procedures for managing incidents relating to these substances.
Drugs and behaviour changing substances
These expressions refer to the possession, use, transportation and supply of controlled drugs and the paraphernalia of drugs or substances intended to resemble drugs, or “legal” drugs or behaviour changing substances.
The world in which we live presents young people with many challenges which affect their health and well-being. Exposure to alcohol, tobacco and drugs is part of this reality. Our school needs to reflect on how we might provide for the needs of our students and respond appropriately to what are sometimes sensitive and emotive issues.
The central objective of our policy is the welfare, care and protection of the Aiglon community. Aiglon acknowledges that it has an important role to play in education about substance abuse, resilience and addictive behaviours, particularly concerning prevention. We believe that the entire school community needs to work together and that cooperation is essential to the acceptance and implementation of the policy. This policy applies to members of the Aiglon community and links in with other policies in the School, which includes the Student Behaviour Code and Staff Code of Conduct.
The School believes that the balanced personal and social development of each member of the school community is essential. When the community fosters good relationships, people feel valued and respected, and there is genuine tolerance, fairness and support for those experiencing difficulties. As a health promoting school we have an important role in enabling students to increase control over and improve their health. The well being of students is enhanced by:
- providing a safe and healthy environment
- promoting a positive attitude towards health
- increasing knowledge about health
- actively promoting self-esteem and self-awareness
- working in partnership with parents/guardians and students.
Education about the use of substances, prescription and over the counter drugs, alcohol, tobacco, solvents, vaping is best carried out by teachers through the inclusion of PSHE in the curriculum as well as external speakers visiting the school. Parents also have a pivotal role to play in reinforcing this education.
Substance use prevention education is taught throughout the School in the context of the PSHE curriculum. The School informs parents of these programmes, and parents are notified when outside agencies deliver these programmes or presentation.
Aiglon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students in the school and this responsibility applies both to individual students and to the whole community. Therefore, fully random, as well as random, samples within a targeted group may be used as part of our anti-drugs programme.
If a student who has tested positive, or who has admitted being involved with substances either during term time or outside of term time, is permitted to remain at school, the Head Master reserves the right to make it a condition that there is repeat testing of the student in the future at intervals determined by the school. This may include the random testing of the student concerned. Any further positive test is likely to lead to permanent exclusion.
Concerning positive tests arising from substance misuse outside school time, or admission of use (holidays/weekends) the same rules apply, because drug abuse, at any time by Aiglon students, is an issue for the School. In this way, a consistent and unambiguous message is conveyed to Aiglon students that drug use is unacceptable at any time during their school career. Appropriate support is in place for students associated with substance misuse while at Aiglon. Where circumstances require, the School will inform the police of possession, consumption or supplying of illegal substances.
A student who refuses to give consent to be tested will be asked to explain the refusal. The School will be entitled to draw inferences from this response and general demeanour. Any deliberate delaying or non-compliance may result in the School’s reasonable judgement to carry the same sanction as a positive test.
Any samples collected for the purposes of substance testing will be collected using recognised procedures to ensure that samples are genuine and not interfered with in any way. The School will regularly review and update the range of tests used. The initial testing is performed at the School’s expense. If further tests are required, either at the request of parents, or if the School deems it appropriate, then costs may be passed to parents. In cases of positive results, parents will be notified as soon as is reasonable unless there are exceptional circumstances that the School must consider.
All parents have access to these policies on our website along with other related policies including Health and Safety, Safeguarding, the Student Behaviour Code and Anti-Bullying. Parents are encouraged to support the School’s efforts to educate students in substance use prevention and to manage substance use incidents.
Alcohol is a powerful drug, but one which is socially acceptable in some societies. In Switzerland, it is illegal for young people under 16 years of age to buy and consume alcohol. At Aiglon, students in Years 12 and 13, who are 16 years or over, are permitted to drink alcohol. They may drink beer or wine in moderation, but not spirits. It is illegal to drink alcopops, cocktails made with spirits, apéritifs or other distilled or fortified drinks under the age of 18 in Switzerland. This Social Authorisation Privilege is given at Houseparent discretion, and provided that there is no written parental objection, to Year 12 and 13 students who are over 16 years of age and are in good academic and social standing.
Aiglon’s policy is designed to promote a responsible approach. This takes account of moderate drinking within an appropriate social context while, at the same time, recognising the serious dangers that exist in alcohol abuse.
- Drinking alcohol is banned for all students except Year 12 and 13 students who are given permission to drink, but only at specific times. Alcohol may not be brought into school under any circumstances. Students who bring alcohol into the school will face a Disciplinary Panel and are likely to be suspended or, in extreme cases, expelled.
- Alcohol testing takes place on a regular basis, including random testing. A result of or over 0.02% is deemed as “over the limit”.
- A positive test is a result indicating the presence of alcohol from a student (or more than a moderate amount in the case of a student with Year 12 and 13 drinking privileges) will be treated seriously. The student will normally attend a Disciplinary Panel.
- Should there be a question of the definition of "excess", the opinion of staff may take precedence over an alcohol test result. In practice, the health and immediate safety of an intoxicated student will be paramount. Medical assistance will be sought on behalf of those for whom it is deemed necessary.
- Students who abuse their drinking privilege can expect to lose other Year 12 and 13 privileges and may face further and more serious sanctions including: gating, suspension or possible expulsion from the School, depending on the circumstances.
- Moderate or sensible drinking is dependent on many factors including age, size, gender and health. Aiglon defines moderation as up to two drinks (a standard glass of wine, 1dl and no greater than 16% alcohol or a small beer, up to 50cl and no greater than 6% alcohol.)
Houseparents and duty staff are responsible for determining whether, in their opinion, a student has drunk to excess, taking into consideration a student’s self-control and general behaviour at the time. Each individual student with this privilege is responsible for ensuring that their drinking stays within the bounds of moderation.
Year 12 and 13 privileges are only applicable on Saturdays after the evening roll call. Additionally, permission may be granted for specific school events. On Saturday evenings, any Year 12 and 13 students who are not yet 16 years old may accompany their friends, but must not consume alcohol.
A list of authorised establishments is published in Houses and updated regularly. Students may visit only the authorised restaurants and bars. Any student who returns to their House late or whose conduct is inappropriate will risk losing this privilege. Houseparents may test returning students for alcohol and/or drugs if they wish.
Villars is patrolled by Aiglon staff both on Saturday evenings, as well as other times during the week.
Aiglon’s alcohol policy applies to all school trips and visits, both inside and outside of term time.
Aiglon has a firm no smoking policy on campus, which applies equally to students and staff. Smoking is banned in the interest of health and consideration for others. In Switzerland it is forbidden to sell tobacco to anyone under 18, and that school-aged children may not smoke.
In this handbook, the terms "smoking" and "tobacco products" include cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vapes, loose tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any other smoking-related paraphernalia.
There is evidence that very few people begin to smoke after the age of 18 and the School does all it can to discourage young people from starting the habit. Research also suggests that the earlier young people first encounter cigarettes, the higher the risk of dependency.
Students addicted to nicotine who genuinely wish to stop smoking are encouraged to discuss the problem with a member of staff before the habit becomes a disciplinary matter. The School runs stop-smoking courses and can arrange counselling or sophrology sessions for those who recognise they need help to stop smoking. Seeking such support does not incur disciplinary action, but does not provide immunity if caught.
Smoking is forbidden anywhere on campus (including all buildings, roofs, balconies, public and private areas) and off campus (incluidng Villars, the surroudning areas, on expedition, school trips and visits).
It is hoped that students’ home (holiday, exeat or weekend) lifestyle habits do not vary widely from their school life. Students who hold positions of responsibility, or who are representing the School, may have these privilidges taken away as a result of smoking violations.
Students caught smoking, or who have smoking products found on their person or in their room are subject to disciplinary sanctions. Students whose breath or fingers smell of tobacco, in the opinion of a member of staff, will be considered to have been smoking. Students found in the presence of smokers can expect to face similar sanctions to smoking offenders.
Caught or suspected students will be required to turn out their pockets and bags and, depending on the circumstances, a room check may be carried out. All smoking paraphernalia will be confiscated. The student is refered to their Houseparent with full details of time, place and those involved for further investigation and appropriate sanctions.
For details concerning smoking sanctions, please consult the "Rewards & Sanctions" section of this handbook.
Kindness, tolerance and inclusivity are central to the culture and all aspects of school life at Aiglon. Bullying in any form is not tolerated.
Bullying is any deliberate and hurtful behaviour, typically sustained over time. It can be physical or verbal, overt or subtle intimidation. It can take the form of racial, religious, cultural, sexual, sexist, homophobic and cyberbullying. Bullying can be just as hurtful in the virtual world of social networking and texts.
Bullying can include:
- making others feel unhappy, threatened or fearful
- making fun of someone else
- physical hurt
- teasing, name-calling, humiliation
- spreading gossip
- excluding or isolating others
- theft of/or damage to property, including hiding someone else’s belongings.
It is important that students should speak out if they think someone is being bullied. Silence is often the bully’s greatest weapon: watching or doing nothing can suggest support for the bully. By telling a responsible adult, appropriate and effective strategies for dealing with the situation can be developed. When the issue is addressed promptly, both the bully and the victim can be protected from serious consequences.
Bullying behaviour is considered a serious offence, and may result in suspension or expulsion from the School.
Aiglon encourages the formation of sound and durable relationships. All members of our community are expected to play their part in fostering and maintaining constructive relationships with each other based on mutual respect, courtesy and a spirit of collegiality. Close relationships between students should take account of personal, moral and cultural considerations. Public displays of intimacy which cause others to be embarrassed are totally inappropriate. Couples are not be alone together in a closed room without specific authorisation from an adult. At no time is it acceptable for a boy to be in a girl’s room, or a girl in a boy’s room. This, as well as acts of sexual intimacy or cases where students are found in compromising situations, may lead to suspension or expulsion from the School.
An important part of the learning process involves making mistakes. It is essential, however, that all students, despite many varied cultural backgrounds and value systems, are willing to accept the basic principle that honesty is important and essential for a community to thrive.
Students who make a mistake should be truthful and honest and admit their error, making sure that they do not put themselves in the same situation again. This is all part of learning and assuming the consequences of one’s actions.
Wilful or careless damage will be considered as acts of vandalism, and costs of repair or replacement may be deducted from students’ pocket money. For larger amounts, a letter to parents will explain an additional charge which will be made to the student’s account. Vandalism includes non-accidental damage to property, graffiti, careless breakages and the defacement of school property, including textbooks.
Room Searches & Checks
House staff may conduct room searches at their discretion. This will normally be accompanied by another member of staff or student. While desirable, it is not always possible for the student whose room is being searched to be present.
Staff check rooms on a daily basis for tidiness and other practical reasons. Students are expected to keep personal possessions tidy and organised.
Whenever students from Year 9 and above wish to go off campus, they must ensure that they correctly sign out and in. Where necessary, they must also seek permission from the member of staff on duty. Students in the Junior School are normally accompanied by staff when leaving campus, although visits as a group to Villars and local shops may be allowed at certain times.
Permitted off-campus locations are detailed in the "out of bounds" document available online and displayed in-house.
Senior students with a birthday falling that week may be allowed on Friday and Saturday evenings to eat in Villars or Chesières, (the maximum number would not normally exceed 6) and must be back at a time agreed with their House staff, per their age. Money allowance is usually CHF 30 per person. Birthday dinners are not normally allowed when other school commitments are taking place. Birthday dinners only take place if House staff permission has been sought and granted with plenty of notice and all participants are in good social and academic standing.
Outings to places of interest take place for students as part of the weekend programme. Priority is given to students who are up-to-date with all their work and who have already completed at least their minimum expedition requirement.
Running after Prep
Running, at the discretion of Houseparents and the Head of PE, may be practised in the summer term and the first half of the autumn term on a set route after Prep. Early morning running is not usually allowed. In the latter half of the autumn term, runners in a serious training programme may obtain permission and guidance from the Head of PE as to where and when they may run. Due to safety, there is no running after prep in the winter term.
Principles for Learning
Effort and Attainment
Principles for Learning
Challenge -- Engagement
Learners are provided with an inspirational and intellectually challenging learning environment. As a result of passionate and dynamic approaches students are encouraged to be inquisitive and enthusiastic in their commitment to learning. Creatively designed learning allows students to be focused, motivated and fosters a spirit of enquiry.
Challenge -- Rigour
Learners are provided with academic challenge by teachers with excellent subject knowledge. Appropriate pace and stimulation allows learners to make sustained and supported progress whilst developing a strong body of knowledge. Students are provided with opportunities to apply critical thinking skills to complex problems that foster a reflection on the world and the deeper questions of existence.
Respect -- Fairness
Learners are provided with a mutually respectful environment to learn and flourish. Trust is built with students through the use of sensitive and supportive language and based upon open-mindedness, equality, humility and a genuine interest in different perspectives. Teachers are role models who consistently promote Aiglon’s educational ethos.
Respect -- Collaboration
Learners are provided with a cooperative and safe learning environment. Teachers and students work in partnership towards shared success and development. The atmosphere is one of enjoyment and active participation, where teachers listen astutely and skilfully guide students in a culture of respect.
Responsibility -- Independence
Learners are provided with activities that extend their learning and encourage independence and ownership of their own progress. Learning is scaffolded and modelled, and students are supplied with tools that enable them to become lifelong learners. A spirit of enquiry and responsibility is fostered, allowing students to reach balanced and critical judgements.
Responsibility -- Integrity
Learners are provided with an opportunity to develop a moral compass that ensures honesty, self respect and personal integrity. Teachers demonstrate a consistent framework of high expectations and support students in developing their own principles. Learners understand the need to take responsibility for their decisions and to make positive choices.
Diversity -- Creativity
Learners are provided with a range of varied, well-judged and imaginative teaching activities. Innovative strategies are impactful, focused on progress, and adapted to reflect the diverse needs of the students. Learners are encouraged not to fear taking risks and embrace their own creativity.
Diversity -- Inclusivity
Learners are provided with differentiated and personalised support by teachers who understand their students’ specific capabilities. The teacher has high aspirations and expectations for all students, which inform effective planning that is adapted to ensure sustainable progress. Learners will understand, respect and value the diverse opinions and needs of others.
Service -- Compassion
Learners are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate kindness, selflessness and service to their environment. Teachers enjoy the challenge of inspiring students by their example, engaging in the moral education and emotional welfare of the students. Learners are supported in a compassionate culture of mentoring and coaching.
Service -- Generosity
Learners are provided with an environment characterised by generosity of time and spirit. Teachers provide constructive feedback, enabling all students to make consistent and supported progress. Learners recognise that a spirit of service is integral to the Aiglon learning experience.
Students are required to:
- be well equipped, neat and tidy for lessons;
- behave respectfully;
- behave in a manner that enables the teacher to teach and every student to learn. It is unacceptable for a student to disrupt lessons and consequently negatively affect the learning of other students;
- attend all lessons and school commitments as timetabled and take a positive and active part in those lessons, preparing accordingly. Unauthorised absence from lessons will be treated seriously and Houseparents will be informed. Unauthorised attendance will be recorded;
- respect the expectations laid down by the School and follow the guidance of teachers;
- take an active and positive part in all opportunities offered, whether academic, house-based, outdoor or cultural;
- develop positive attitudes to learning and social skills;
- be punctual for all lessons and activities. If a teacher does not arrive at class on time, a member of the class should notify the Reception in Forbes to report that fact after 5 minutes. Other students must wait quietly for instructions;
- report any unacceptable behaviour by others;
- work to the best of their ability;
- complete prep and hand it in on time;
- no food or drink (chewing gum included) is to be brought into the classroom, even if it is not being consumed. Water may be brought into some classrooms, but only with the permission of the teacher.
A student wishing to change or discontinue an optional course for any reason should request a Course Change Form from the Deputy Head (Curriculum). It is essential that the steps outlined on the form are completed in order, and the completed form returned to the Studies Office for the approval of the Deputy Head (Curriculum).
Setting: English, maths, science and French are set. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) sets have a tailor-made programme which includes a heavier English component and fewer other subjects.
Academic progress is assessed formally at Mark Readings, which normally occur four times per year. The Mark Reading Policy is the same for all year groups at Aiglon and it applies equally to internal reports as to end-of-term reports. Two indicators are given, one for effort (a letter from A to E) and the other for attainment (a number from 1 to 7) . The attainment marks are averaged for each student’s overall Mark Reading. Each subject therefore has an equal weighting.
Mark Readings from Year 9 onward are included in the transcript, which the School sends to US universities to support applications, and the grades from this point onward contribute to the final summary Grade Point Average.
Effort and Attainment
Grade A students consistently perform well above the basic expectations. The high quality of their work might be indicated by such things as extra research or reading, a very positive contribution in the classroom, punctuality, a high level of organisation and exemplary classroom behaviour at all times.
Grade B students demonstrate some of the above characteristics, but less consistently.
Grade C students do what is expected of them, in class and for homework, but no more than this. An acceptable level of classroom behaviour and participation is maintained. These students are punctual and bring the correct equipment to class at all times.
Grade D students periodically fall below the required standard, demonstrating some of the shortcomings described below as being typical of Grade E students.
Grade E students consistently fall below the required standard, for example: by not doing homework, not bringing the necessary equipment to class, not paying attention during lessons, being late to class, not following instructions, disrupting the class, copying work, being lazy, demonstrating inappropriate behaviour in the classroom or showing a disrespectful attitude towards staff or other students.
- 7 Excellent performance
- 6 Very good performance
- 5 Good performance
- 4 Satisfactory performance
- 3 Mediocre performance
- 2 Poor performance
- 1 Very poor performance
- 0 Cheating or work not submitted on time
* Academic Departments have specific attainment indicators at each level.
Honour Roll is an average of 6.00 or above and no effort grade below B.
Merit Roll is average of 5.5 or above with a maximum of 2 effort grades at C or average of 4.5 or above with all effort grades at A or B.
Academic Restriction is an average of below 3.50 or 2 Ds or an E. Academic Restriction means that the student must attend supervised study, may also be on Academic Report and will need to attend a Studies Interview.
Assessment criteria become more and more predictive as students move towards public examinations.
At the end of each term, prize giving ceremonies provide opportunities to formally celebrate successes and achievements and recognise outstanding contributions to service, sport, performing arts and expeditions as well as academic endeavour and attainment. Special prizes for outstanding contributions and exemplary personal example, leadership and service are also awarded at the end of the summer term, usually at the Graduation ceremony. All staff at Aiglon are keen to encourage students to make the most of the many opportunities to succeed and develop the mind, body and spirit in line with our guiding principles.
Prep means "preparation" or homework. It is important that students develop the good habit and self-discipline of completing work to the best of their ability, as work set for prep helps teachers to identify any problems and prepare students for examinations. All prep is set in class and recorded electronically on Managebac, and / or Google Classroom.
Prep copied from another student or that is plagiarised, incomplete is unacceptable. Excuses should not be offered for not having done a prep. If prep is not completed by the deadline given, there may be a punishment. Another evening or weekend commitment (school or otherwise) is not normally a reason for failing to complete prep on time. Students are expected to anticipate such events and do their prep in advance or communicate with teachers well in advance of the anticipated difficulty. Prep that is lost or left elsewhere will be treated as if not completed.
A timetable for prep is issued at the start of each term. Senior students do at least one-and-a-half hours of prep each evening, from Monday through to Friday. Revision for tests, internal examinations and end of year examinations is also an important element of prep time. On these occasions, rather more than the usual amount of time may be required. Additionally, students may need more time to complete longer assignments.
Students whose work is causing their teacher concern may be asked to attend extra study within departments in the Senior School and in-House in the Junior School. The teacher may request that the student completes or re-drafts a specific piece of work, a test, or revises a specific topic.
The teacher will indicate whether the student is to stay for a specific period of time (which may be the full hour or less) or may leave once the work is completed. When the student has completed the work, it is normally handed to the member of staff taking the extra study session, who will then deposit it in the teacher’s pigeon hole in the staff common room.
The extra study itself is not a punishment although it may be accompanied by demerits, laps, departmental detentions or some other sanction. It is intended to allow a student a period of quiet time to complete a specific piece of work. A student regularly required to attend extra study, may need to meet their tutor and Houseparents to discuss strategies for improvement. There may, for example, be an undiagnosed learning difficulty surfacing, which requires early support.
Aiglon awards Graduation Diplomas on the satisfactory completion of the last four years of school, i.e. Year 10 onwards. This would normally include completion of at least two years’ work in Years 12 and 13.
Three levels of diploma are awarded: Honours with Distinction, Honours, and General, the decision being taken by the Graduation Committee consisting of experienced Year 12 and 13 teachers and chaired by the Deputy Head (Curriculum).
A Leaver’s Certificate is reserved for those who do not meet the criteria for a General Diploma. Awards are based on a student’s academic standing in the eyes of their teachers. In making its decisions, the Committee considers the following evidence:
- average attainment, particularly during the last two years
- effort grades
- programme and course load
- grades obtained in public examinations
- predicted grades in public examinations
- attitude to studies during Year 13, including completion of courses and all public examinations.
Failure to satisfy one of the above criteria may not necessarily disqualify a student from receiving a diploma at a particular level if the Committee feels that other considerations outweigh the failure, or that there are extenuating circumstances. Similarly, a student who satisfies the criteria cannot expect a diploma of a particular level by right. The Committee is guided, above all, by a student's academic standing in the eyes of teachers. Any evidence of academic dishonesty will prejudice the level of diploma awarded.
For an overview of the pathways leading to successful completion of the Aiglon Diploma, including the compulsory elements for Years 12 and 13, please refer to the chart at the end of this handbook.
Aiglon’s main Library is situated in the Parsons Building and is named the "Centre for Enquiry." The Junior School and history and art departments also house their own collections.
The Library houses more than 14,000 items, including periodicals, dictionaries and specialist collections as well as collections of children’s, young adult and general fiction, plus a non-fiction collection which supports the needs of the School’s academic departments.
Reference material is available for use within the Centre for Enquiry and this is increasingly available online. The Centre for Enquiry subscribes to Pressreader which gives access to thousands of newspapers (both daily and weekly publications) and a range of magazines and houses specialist collections for college / careers of particular interest to students in Years 11 to 13.
Opening Hours are displayed in the Annual Information Booklet. Any queries related to the Library and its resources should be addressed to the Library Services Manager: email@example.com.
ICT in the Centre for Enquiry
A small cluster of computers is available for staff and student use as well as iPads and laptops. Colour printing, photocopying and scanning are available. Use of computers is subject to the rules published by the ICT department.
Merits & Sanctions
Sanctions for Smoking
Expectations of students are high and are clearly stated in the student behaviour code, signed at the time of admission, and in the code of conduct. The Head Master and the Head of the Junior School regularly remind students that they must assume the consequences of their actions. Failure to respect the school’s expectations can result in sanctions which apply to all students across both the Senior and Junior Schools. The aims of these are to deter, educate and encourage positive personal growth.
Sanctions applied should take into account the nature of the offence. The reasons for any punishment should be explained in a clear and balanced way to a student and should be proportional to the gravity of the offence.
Physical restraint will only be used in exceptional circumstances where it becomes necessary to restrain a student for their own protection or others’ safety. No form of corporal punishment is authorised, this also includes any punishment that involves inappropriate or excessive physical exertion.
Students at Aiglon receive merits as a way to encourage and recognise student achievement in and out of the classroom. Merits exist within the framework of Aiglon’s Guiding Principles, and students can achieve recognition in mind, body and spirit. Merits in mind are awarded for academic achievements, merits in body are awarded for physical achievements and merits in spirit are awarded for achievements in attitude.
In accruing enough merits students will have the opportunity to receive a special commendation. Through this system, Aiglon can recognise students for the small, daily tasks in a positive and encouraging manner.
Demerits are given if a student fails to meet minimum expectations in their approach to their lessons. They are awarded for lateness to lessons, poor uniform or failure to bring basic equipment, inappropriate use of technology and unacceptable language or behaviour. Students will be issued a single demerit for each infraction and this information will be provided to tutors who will then discuss the demerits with the student and look towards improving behaviour in future and offering them the opportunity for students to learn from their mistakes. An excessive accumulation of demerits will lead to school laps.
Laps are issued as punishments for minor misdemeanors either in the boarding house or in the wider Aiglon Community.
House Laps are given as punishment for minor misdemeanours in the boarding house. These are served in Houses after lessons every weekday. 1 lap requires 15 minutes of work.
School laps are given for a range of misdemeanors, such as missing Meditation or not attending scheduled activities, and are usually held on Saturday mornings before school in the Senior School. Junior laps are normally held after school during the students free time.
Any student who is given laps must be informed of the reason at once by the member of staff allocating the laps. Students gaining twenty school laps or more will automatically be put on a full school gating which would normally include regular check-ins with a member of staff and removal of social (including weekend) privileges. Those with high lap counts may be required to perform community work at a time decided by their House staff or a member of the extended School Council.
Houses regularly publish the status of laps.
Students receiving fifteen or more House laps are automatically given a house gating until the laps have been totally worked off. Official sports practices, activities, rehearsals and authorised commitments usually take priority over House gating. House staff can, at their own discretion, decide to gate a student at any time.
This is a more serious punishment. It normally involves confinement to the House during all free time, checking in with the duty staff every half hour. It may be accompanied by practical jobs. Gated students may not receive visitors. School gating takes priority over all other school activities and anything else which may distract the student from this punishment. The gated student will be permitted to take part in public events if they are deemed sufficiently important by Houseparents.
At the end of the school gating period, the student is to report to his or her Houseparent with the completed gating sheets. Twenty laps or more automatically attract a school gating.
Students who have committed serious or regular breaches of the school rules or have fallen short of basic expectations may be required to take a report card to all classes and activities, obtain signatures and remarks from the respective teachers or supervisors, and report to a member of the extended School Council every day with evidence of progress.
Students who have committed serious or regular breaches of the school rules or have continually fallen short of basic expectations may also find themselves liable to perform community work at the bequest of a member of the extended School Council. A school sanction is the most serious punishment that can be issued before the student is required to attend a disciplinary panel with the Head Master.
Students involved either in serious breaches of school rules (including, but not exclusively, offences involving drugs, alcohol, smoking, theft, bullying or violence, sexual misconduct) or persistent more minor misdemeanours will face a Disciplinary Panel composed of the Head Master, a member of the extended School Council, the Tutor, Houseparent and a senior student (usually the House Captain or a Prefect). The Head Master, in close consultation with the Disciplinary Panel and any staff who have conducted an enquiry where appropriate, will make a judgement based on evidence and a process of reasoning, remaining mindful of any mitigating circumstances relating to a student’s academic and disciplinary record, before deciding on an appropriate sanction. Incidents in the Junior School will follow the same procedure but will be overseen by the Head of the Junior School along with a member of the extended School Council.
Students involved in breaches of academic honesty, persistent failure to attend class or complete work satisfactorily, or other academic misdemeanours may be required to attend an Academic Panel, meeting in the same way as the aforementioned Disciplinary Panel, joined by a member of the extended School Council.
The decision of the Disciplinary or Academic Panel will be communicated directly to the student and subsequently normally in writing to the student’s parents. Houseparents will keep parents informed throughout any investigation and immediately after a Disciplinary Panel or Academic Panel has been convened. A member of the extended School Council will communicate the decision of the panel to the rest of the school community. A copy of the letter sent to parents will normally be placed on the student’s confidential file. Incidents in the Junior School will follow the same procedure but overseen by the Head of the Junior School along with a member of the extended School Council.
Occasionally it is decided that a period of time away from school is necessary, either temporarily or in the long term. The aim of suspending students is to give them time for reflection away from school and to serve as a clear warning message that their behaviour is unacceptable and cannot continue. Students who are suspended twice within a year risk not being re-admitted to the School.
When students are suspended from school a member of the extended School Council, will usually place them, at the parents’ expense, with a local host who is known and trusted by the School, preferably with either a current or past professional relationship to Aiglon. The host typically will be able to host the student without judgement in a safe environment, provide suitable accommodation within their home at quite short notice and capable of providing intelligent support and care appropriate to the situation. The School does not place any responsibility on the host for counselling or punishing the student(s).
Whilst suspended, the student is expected to bring school work and reading to do, help with jobs around the home and garden and to be polite, courteous and cooperative at all times.
Students may alternatively be sent home to serve a suspension, when circumstances make this a more appropriate or practical sanction in the opinion of the School.
Where an offence is punished by a suspension close to a school holiday or break, the School reserves the right to hold back a student at the beginning of the holiday to serve a suspension.
At the Head Master’s discretion, certain records of sanction may be removed from a student’s file after a period of time. In cases of less serious breaches of conduct, the Head Master may, at his discretion, dispense a student from the obligation to disclose a disciplinary sanction in the context of an application to universities, colleges or schools. This dispensation is unlikely to be granted in cases of gross misconduct. Examples may include: drug use, serious abuse of alcohol, violent or anti-social behaviour, gross academic dishonesty or illegal activities.
Indefinite Suspension - Sine Die
An indefinite suspension may be applied when the Head Master feels that further investigation or consideration is required before determining whether a student may return to school.
Following appropriate investigation and a Disciplinary or Academic Panel, a student may be expelled from the School for serious breaches of the Student Behaviour Code or of Swiss Law.
Sanctions for Smoking
Sanctions for smoking are imposed for any situation, in which a student is caught or suspected of having been smoking, including, but not limited to:
- being in the presence of smokers
- smelling of smoke
- being in a known smoking area
- being in possession of smoking paraphernalia
Smoking incidents are formally recorded by Houseparents and shared with appropriate staff and parents. Houseparents send a report of any incidents to the Senior Tutor where a record will be kept centrally.
The following guidelines exist for staff to follow in the event of a smoking incident (smoking in a building or on a school trip is treated as more serious and will incur more serious sanctions):
Step 1 – first offence (normal procedure):
1 day gating; Houseparent records and informs parents and Senior Tutor
Step 2 – second offence (normal procedure):
3 day gating; Houseparent records and informs parents and Senior Tutor
Step 3 – third offence (normal procedure):
5 day gating; Houseparent records and informs Senior Tutor and parents in writing. An appointment is made for the student to meet with the Health Centre Manager. The student is required to attend although we appreciate that doing so under duress is not helpful, nor is it the panacea for the underlying issues for repeat offenders. House staff will continue to invest in this process to ensure the student receives clear messages as well as sound advice. Health Centre staff will discuss health issues concerning smoking with the student and will assess their personal motivation and suitability for the Stop-Smoking Group.
Step 4 – fourth offence (normal procedure):
7 day Gating; no weekend exeat; independent expedition privilege may be revoked at Houseparent’s discretion; Houseparent arranges a formal meeting with the student, Tutor, Houseparent and Senior Tutor; Senior Tutor communicates with parents highlighting the risk of attracting serious disciplinary sanctions should their child continue to smoke.
Step 5 – fifth offence (normal procedure):
7 day gating; Houseparent records as usual, informing parents and Senior Tutor; a Disciplinary Panel is usual with the likely outcome being a formal warning from the Head Master. The Senior Tutor will write a formal letter to parents.
Step 6 – sixth offence (normal procedure):
A Disciplinary Panel is convened with the likely outcome of the student being suspended for a period of time. The panel determines the exact nature of the sanction and the Senior Tutor sends another formal letter to parents.
Further offences – in extreme cases students may be expelled should the pattern of behaviour continue with no apparent motivation on the student’s part to stop smoking.
Number 1 Uniform
Number 2 Uniform
Dress in Free Time
Year 12 and 13 Dress Code
Sports Dress in Class
Ski Clothing and Equipment
Aiglon students are expected to present themselves sensibly, smartly and modestly and should aim to present a positive impression at all times. In general, dress should be tidy, clean and appropriate to the occasion. There should be a clear distinction between dress during working hours and dress during leisure time. However, even in leisure time, students are discouraged from drawing undue attention to themselves by a scruffy or provocative appearance.
Jewellery should be subdued and modest. Tongue studs may not be worn at school and noses are to be unadorned. Visible tattoos and piercings are not permitted. Senior girls may wear more than one pair of earrings, though these should be discreet. Junior girls may only wear one pair.
Both boys and girls should have a tidy hairstyle. Hair should be of a natural colour. Boys’ hair should be kept short; it should neither touch the collar nor cover the ears or eyes and boys should shave regularly as required: sideburns, moustaches or beards are not permitted.
Infringements of the dress codes by students are likely to attract House or school sanctions, including laps.
Number 1 Uniform
Boys: grey trousers, school tie and blazer (which must all be obtained from the School Shop) with a white shirt, dark socks and black shoes. The top shirt button must be closed and covered by the tie-knot.
Girls: grey knee-length skirt or grey trousers, school cravat and blazer (which must all be obtained from the School Shop) with a white collared shirt or blouse, black tights. The cravat should be tucked inside the shirt or blouse and be visible at the neck. Only the top button should be open.
For both boys and girls, shirts and blouses should be tucked in at the waist.
Footwear with Number 1s should be formal, black, smart and socks should always be worn. Girls may wear plain black, flat or low heeled, smart boots in winter with Number 1 uniform.
When there is snow, ice or slush on the ground, footwear should, first and foremost, be appropriate for the conditions. Careful attention should be paid to the soles of the shoes or boots. Sturdy, good grips are essential. For formal occasions, smart shoes must be carried to the event and put on once there. If a coat is worn during cold weather, it should be plain, single coloured and consistent with the formality of the Number 1 uniform.
Number 2 Uniform
For Years 5 to 11
For boys and girls: a white polo shirt and beige chino trousers (to be obtained from the School Shop), with socks and Timberland-type boots suitable for snowy / wet conditions.
For warmer weather, shoes should be plain and formal in style, not sneakers, trainers or casual shoes. Slipper style shoes without a back are not permitted.
Trousers may not be worn too long, frayed around the bottom, or slit down the seam and underwear should not be visible. In cooler weather, the school jersey may be worn over the polo shirt which should not be visible between the pullover and the trousers. Personal jackets may be worn on top of (not instead of) the jersey in wet or particularly cold weather. Juniors should wear their school ski jacket over the Number 2 uniform when the weather is wet or cold.
Dress in Free Time
(e.g. going to Villars)
Even in leisure time, Aiglon students should be dressed in such a way that they present the image of a clean and tidy individual. Overly revealing dress or offensive or inappropriate logos / slogans on clothing are not allowed. When going to Villars, or other places during free time, Aiglon expects students’ dress to be modest, sensible and appropriate.
Sports clothing may be worn by students walking through Villars in order to get to the village sports facilities, however, a full tracksuit must be worn.
Year 12 and 13 Dress Code
Year 12 and 13 students are expected to use common sense and good judgement rather than making an issue of their appearance. If further guidance is required, House staff in the first instance will be happy to advise.
The Aiglon working day (Monday to Friday) begins at 7.45am and finishes at 4.15pm. During that time, Years 12 and 13 should adopt a code of dress appropriate to a working environment. Within the code, there is room for individuals to express their personal style, but always in a modest and sensible way. Anyone who has a timetabled lesson during period 8, should continue to dress according to the code below.
Year 12 and 13 students whose dress is persistently inappropriate will be deemed unable to cope with the greater freedom allowed by their dress code may be required to wear Number 2 uniform for a period of time.
Compulsory Items Worn During Working Day
- business style jacket (not denim, leather, zipped, ‘bomber ‘ style or jackets with badges, slogans or logos that are too large or overt)
- smart tailored trousers or chinos / knee length tailored skirt (skirts should be worn with tights, not bare legs)
- collared shirt or blouse or tailored top
- smart shoes, not trainer style, or boots in good condition with heels no higher than 5cm
Optional or Seasonal Items
The following items may be worn in addition to the mandatory items listed previously:
- smart jumper, cardigan, school ski jacket or other smart coat
- winter boots should be plain and designed for use in the snow,
(i.e. waterproof and with suitable soles)
During the school day, the following are deemed inappropriate:
- jeans, leggings, shorts or other informal wear such as cargo pants. Trousers must not be ripped, frayed or faded
- overly revealing clothing
- tops with thin straps, no straps or cut-out pieces, or transparent materials
- sweatshirts or hooded tops
- sports trainers or leisure footwear
- slipper style shoes without a back
- beach-style clothing or footwear
- caps or hats worn indoors
- clothing with slogans or large logos
- ostentatious jewellery, accessories or belts
- heavy make-up
- bare shoulders, midriff or thighs are never appropriate.
Sports Dress in Class
On occasions immediately prior to PE or sport lessons, PE uniform is allowed in class and must include a full Aiglon tracksuit with matching top and bottoms. Girls are allowed to wear Aiglon leggings in place of their tracksuit bottoms should they wish. Sports shoes must be laced up.
Ski Clothing and Equipment
Outdoor clothing is provided as part of the school uniform and is used for expeditions and skiing and may be worn to lessons immediately prior to a ski session. Ski clothing must be purchased through the School Shop. The outdoor uniform comprises of an inner jacket and trousers with matching waterproof jacket and trousers. Aiglon students are not permitted to wear anything other than this uniform for skiing. They may, of course, wear additional fleece or thermal clothing if they wish.
Responsible Use of Technology
Laptops & Devices
Personal & School Device Rules
Earphones / Headphones
Internet & Email Expectations
General Privacy Notice
Responsible Use of Technology
The School considers that effective and appropriate use of ICT can enable academics, administrators and students to become active, independent learners, learners who collaborate, explore, analyse and solve problems, learners who communicate with others, learners who share, help and learn together.
Laptops & Devices
Junior students are provided with a Chromebook upon enrollment and after the Technology Home School Agreement is signed.
Senior students are required to bring their own laptop. This can be any make or model, but must meet minimum standards including: 4GB RAM, sufficient storage space for academic and personal needs, valid warranty or guarantee that covers laptop repair in Switzerland, timely backup capabilities, regular software updates and appropriate antivirus software.
Aiglon provides all students with antivirus and a genuine copy of Microsoft Office.
Personal & School Device Rules
- Material not allowed under normal school rules should not be stored on a laptop.
- Laptops may be used during free time and prep but must not be used after normal lights out time.
- The School reserves the right to examine the contents of any student's laptop.
- Food or drink is not permitted in rooms containing school computers.
- No software may be added or settings changed on any Aiglon computer unless done so by Computer Services.
- No one may tamper or move any Aiglon computer equipment unless asked to do so by a member of ICT Department.
- No user should perform any other inappropriate action identified by the network administrator, or access unauthorised areas of the school network.
- Usernames and password must not be shared or used by any other individual except the owner.
Students in Year 9 and above may keep mobile phones at school, but it must be registered with Houseparents. Phones may only be used during leisure time, and lessons with the teacher's permission. Calls at other times, including during meals, class time, prep and after bedtime may result in the confiscation of the phone by staff. Other grounds for confiscation include concerns about overuse and safety. Parents are encouraged to impose judicious limits on telephone billing.
Junior School students who bring a mobile phone to school are allowed access to their phones at certain times of the day and week. This is monitored by the House staff. They would usually allowed to use them in their free time after their regular school commitments. Students from Year 9 and above are allowed to have their mobile phones with them throughout the day but must show good self discipline and respect with regards to when it is appropriate to use them. To help ensure sufficient rest and sleep is had, boarding students in Years 9 and 10 are required to hand their phones in at bed time and will then get them back at breakfast the following morning. Boarding students in Years 11 to 13 are expected to show they can use their phones appropriately at all times.
Earphones / Headphones
Earphones should not be used during the working day. If students are using earphones walking between classes, they should only ever have one earphone in place so that they are not “cut off” from those around them. If a student is in a conversation with a member of staff they should take out earphones without being asked. Earphones are not permitted in assembly, meditation, the School Restaurant, whilst engaged in formal sports events, in lessons as well as at other events not listed here.
Internet & Email Expectations
School-provided services, like internet access, email and printing, are school resources and are to be used responsibly. The School operates a web filtering system that blocks sites considered to be unsuitable in a school environment.
Every student has an @aiglon.ch email address on the School’s mail server. Email is accessible from networked computers and worldwide at https://webmail.aiglon.ch. Teachers use email to communicate with students, and it is expected students will check their Aiglon email regularly.
Personal email accounts, social media or any messaging service during a timetabled lesson is not permitted, unless directed by a teacher. Social media is not banned at Aiglon, but students are expected to use it responsibly
- Personal opinions should not be represented as those of the School.
- Spam and chain emails are forbidden.
- Users should not visit internet sites that contain obscene, hateful or other materials considered unsuitable.
- Indecent remarks or materials should never be posted. Material that is obscene, defamatory, or which is intended to annoy, harass or intimidate is forbidden.
- Users should not intentionally interfere with the normal operation of the network, including the propagation of computer viruses and sustained high volume network traffic that hinders others' use of the network.
- Pirated or cracked software is not allowed on any school computer or personal device connected to the Aiglon network. Copyright material or commercial software should equally never be shared or transmitted.
- Users who violate any of the guidelines set in the policy may be subject to disciplinary action and the School retains the right to report any illegal violations to the appropriate authorities.
General Privacy Notice
The General Privacy Notice for Aiglon College, as adopted by the School Council in June 2018. This privacy notice can be accessed in full via the School's website: aiglon.ch/privacy
Beyond the Classroom
Sport, Expeditions, Activities
Beyond the Classroom
PE and Sport
Skiing and Ski Safety
Activities Programme Expectations
PE and Sport
The development of physical competence is one of the key components of a holistic education and students are expected to take a positive and willing approach to participation.
Physical Education (PE) is timetabled for Year 5 through to Year 11 during normal class time throughout the week. Normally, Years 5 to 11 have two double sessions of PE each week. Year 12 and 13 students are involved in sport for a minimum of two hours per week.
Students must wear school PE uniform provided by the School Shop whenever they take part in PE lessons and school sports activities. The same rule applies to correct Aiglon ski clothing worn before and during the lesson or expedition.
The aim of the Expedition Department is to lead students toward greater independence and responsibility through the use of the outdoor environment. Character building through adventure is an established and integral feature of the educational programme at Aiglon.
In the Junior School, all Year 5 and 6 students have to complete a minimum of three expeditions. Two must be overnight experiences, and if they complete five, they achieve their Marmot Award. Year 7 and 8 students must complete a minimum of three expeditions, and if they complete five, they achieve their Bouquetin Award.
In the Senior School, all students do a minimum of two expeditions, including their House expeditions. New students and Year 9 students are required to complete three expeditions. Years 9, 10 and 11 must attend both their House and year group expeditions. New year 12 students must complete three expeditions. All year 12 students are also required to attend the IB Induction expedition.
In addition, there are also plenty of opportunities to sign up for independent and activity expeditions.
In the Junior School, Years 5 and 6 students have to complete a minimum of two single day expeditions and a three day long expeditions. Year 7 and 8 students have to complete a minimum of three single day expeditions and a three-day expedition.
Senior School students must complete a minimum of two single-day expeditions on a Sunday and a three-day expedition. Each student must sign up for at least one ski touring expedition unless they decide to focus on cross-country skiing. Year 13 students must complete one single day expedition plus the long expedition.
In the Junior School, Years 5 and 6 students must complete a minimum of three expeditions and a three-day expedition, if they complete five they achieve their Marmot Award. Year 7 and 8 students also have to complete a minimum of three expeditions and a three-day expedition, if they complete five they achieve their Bouquetin Award.
In the Senior School, Years 9 and 10 students must complete two weekend expeditions plus a three-day long expedition.
Years 11 and 12 must complete one weekend expedition. Year 12 students have a four-day expedition to the Ardèche. Year 13 students have a final three-day "Graduation" adventure expedition.
Skiing and Ski Safety
Skiing forms a large part of the PE and extra-curricular programme in the winter term. Those who arrive at Aiglon as beginner skiers should feel confident that they will have access to expert instruction and support from our team of dedicated professionals.
Responsibility and Safety Procedures
Students are grouped by ability and ski with other students of a similar standard. All students, except for beginner skiers, make their way independently to the telecabine and ski to Bretaye to sign-in. During this first piste from the top of the telecabine, Aiglon members of staff monitor the students’ skiing to ensure safe practice. Upon checking in with the member of PE staff in charge of the session, the students meet their ski instructor/leader and depart once everyone who expected from the group is present. At the end of each session, students are required to check-out from Bretaye and ski to the bottom of the telecabine, if appropriate. Factors such as the weather or poor conditions may dictate that the students should go back down via the telecabine. In either case, the students are checked-off again at the bottom before they make their way back to school. This system helps to ensure the safety and the whereabouts of the students.
Beginner skiers are driven to the station and arrive at Bretaye via the train. In the first week, beginners are accompanied on the train and shown the correct procedures. At the end of the session, they travel down again on the train, are collected from the station and driven to school until they are competent enough to use the telecabine.
Skiing Rules and Accident Procedures
Students are always under the supervision of an instructor or Aiglon staff member. Nobody may ski alone without either direct or, in some cases, remote supervision. There is no skiing on Sundays, except for expeditions, organised ski training or races. Students must make every effort to arrive on time to ski classes. Ski briefings, as well as equipment and clothing checks, are delivered by the PE staff and take place with all students before the first session of each new season. The information includes details of what to do in the case of an accident on the slopes, ski etiquette, free skiing and skiing with parents along with other relevant procedures.
Serious accidents will be the subject of an inquiry to establish the cause and possible responsibility for the accident. Significant "near misses" are also subject to an inquiry to minimise the risk of a future accident. The School keeps a log of all accidents and near misses.
Medical / Off-Sport Procedures
(PE, Sport, Skiing)
If a student is injured, feeling sick or unable to take part in PE or Sport, they must first speak to their Houseparent. The Houseparent will follow standard policy to book an appointment at the Health Centre for the student to see a nurse.
- If the Health Centre determines the student to be “off-sport” their name will be on the online off-sport register, accessible by the PE and Expedition Departments.
- The student, if able to do so, must report to the staff member taking the lesson or activity at the start of the session in the correct kit.
- The staff member will instruct the student where to go and what to do next. If this is not possible the student must report to the instructed locations, such as the library or PE classroom.
- The student should have sufficient work to occupy themselves for the duration of the session.
If ‘off-skiing,’ junior students will remain in the Junior off-ski session, while senior students may be required to partake in an alternative activity, depending on the injury or illness. These activities may include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or walking to the train station in Villars and checking in with the PE staff at Bretaye, before coming back down and reporting to a supervised off-ski study session in the Library or PE classroom.
Returning from Holidays or Exeats
If a student is unable to take part in PE lessons, sports activities or skiing for medical reasons after returning from a holiday or exeat then they must present a medical certificate to the Health Centre stating the reason for ineligibility. Where required, the opinion of the school doctor may also be sought to confirm the extent of the injury or illness. The student must still report to the start of the lesson or session and follow the procedures above.
Occasionally, doctors will state that a student can take part in skiing but not in expeditions. This distinction often depends on the individual doctor’s perception of what happens during a ski session or expedition. While the School would not question the advice of a qualified medical practitioner, the PE and Expedition staff are experts in the winter activities of skiing and ski-mountaineering and know the demands of these different parts of the programme. At Aiglon, the distinction between them is limited: the skiing programme is designed in part to train students for ski mountaineering. Skiing deep or difficult snow will take place in normal ski lessons. Therefore, students with a medical problem, which prevents some forms of skiing activity, will not be permitted to take part in any of the skiing programme.
If a student cannot take part in sport or skiing, alternative physical activities are offered to aid in the recovery from injury, such as swimming and walking, provided they are medically advised. Students should see houseparents, tutor or Health Centre to discuss a rehabilitation programme.
The Health Centre regularly updates the PE Department of injuries and illnesses and maintains a list of medical appointments and students off-sport.
Activities Programme Expectations
All students must choose one activity from each section over the course of the academic year. The structure helps to provide a balanced programme and requires all students to set achievable targets and reflect on their progress at the end of each activity.
The usual requirement for Years 9 to 11 students is at least 2 hours of activity per week within the programme.
For Years 12 and 13, the CAS component of the IB Diploma Programme is a core requirement for all Year 12 and 13s and stipulates the minimum requirements. There is, therefore, more choice and some flexibility over the number of required hours for extra CAS activity.
Service projects are an integral part of the programme. On such projects, the hours which can count towards the requirement are those which involve active participation such as building, teaching and the participation in an adventure activity. In contrast, time spent sleeping, socialising with friends, eating meals (unless helping others), watching a film or visiting a gallery or museum and other similar passive participation is not counted toward required hours.
Safeguarding Young People
Confidentiality in the Health Centre
Medication in Houses
Wellbeing integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) and helps develop a robust and positive understanding of oneself. At Aiglon, everyone is involved in their own wellbeing as well as those around them. The Wellbeing Coordinator oversees the services available at school, including the provision of counselling, and is part of a wider team of health professionals available to students and staff.
Aiglon is based on the foundations of the Christian tradition, but welcomes students from all faiths and backgrounds, or no faith.
In principle, there is no reason why anyone from any background should not attend Religious Studies lessons; however, should those committed to faiths other than Christianity hold strong objections to such teaching, the Head Master and Deputy Head (Curriculum) may discuss with their parents.
All Junior students (day students and boarders) attend the regular Sunday church services in the Aiglon Chapel. This is open to Senior Students on a voluntary basis.
Faith groups meet once a fortnight for their own special meditation or discussion time. For those who have no leaning towards any faith there also exist secular, agnostic or atheist groups.
Meditation has been a distinctive and central feature of Aiglon life since the School’s foundation. Morning meditations are held in The Hall for the Senior School and in La Baita for the Junior School. A member of staff or sometimes a Senior student gives a 5–10 minute ‘thought for the day’, with a few minutes of silence before and after the talk. There is no applause after a meditation; instead, members of our community are encouraged to congratulate or talk to the person leading the meditation personally afterwards. The silence encourages calm and quiet reflection at the beginning of the day, and provides a rare and much needed moment of stillness in a busy life. Once a week, meditation is replaced by tutor meetings. Once a fortnight faith groups meet up for their own special meditation or discussion time. For those students who have no strong leaning towards any faith there is a meditation as usual.
All students at Aiglon have a tutor whose role includes helping students when they have problems, guiding and advising them and their parents about important issues arising during their educational journey and being especially interested in all their activities. If a student is going through a difficult time, their tutor may be able to help them work out priorities and will liaise with subject teachers on their behalf. The tutor will also help students to set realistic academic targets and will go through their regular mark readings with the student. Tutors will usually be attached to a boarding house and will spend some time there each week. Students will meet with their tutor individually as well as with the rest of their tutor group on a weekly basis.
The Head Master normally appoints two students in Year 13 to be the Guardians for the year. Guardians have an important role in leading the team of School Prefects and in contributing to the smooth running of the School.
School Prefects are Year 13 students appointed to assist in advising the Head Master and other senior members of staff and in maintaining good discipline throughout the School and the general wellbeing of the school community. Together with the House Captains, they play an important leadership role among the student body. School prefectship is open to those Year 13 students who embody in their everyday lives the School’s highest values, who display a natural self-discipline, a genuine integrity and who enjoy the respect of their fellow students (outside as well as inside their houses). Whilst the Head Master makes the final decision, the opinions of staff and students alike are taken into account by him throughout the period of leadership training and selection of Prefects and Guardians as well as for other positions of student responsibility.
The House Captains assist the Houseparents in the daily running of the boarding Houses. They play an important leadership role among the members of the House and lead the team of House Prefects. House Captains are not automatically accorded School Prefect status.
House Prefects are appointed by the Houseparents to assist the duty staff with the efficient day-to-day running of the House. Responsibilities include assistance with running laps, bedtime and general tidiness and good order around the House.
The Senior School Student Council is a democratic body elected by students to work closely with senior staff and other student leaders and groups, for example, School Prefects and the Round Square Committee.
Student leadership is seen as important within Aiglon because there are hundreds of students who come from different backgrounds often with varying beliefs and values and students need leaders who they can identify with and count on. There are a number of positions of responsibility in different areas of the school where students have the opportunity, under the guidance of a staff mentor, to make a difference to the overall wellbeing of the Aiglon community.
Safeguarding Young People
Aiglon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and well-being of all our students.
In most cases, students will be encouraged to talk to their parents or guardians and be given support to do so wherever possible, except in situations where it is felt by the Designated Safeguarding Lead (currently the Deputy Head - Student Life), or other senior members of staff, that to do so would put the student at risk.
More detailed guidelines for staff and students are available from the Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as on the wellbeing website.
Advice for Students on Seeking Help
From time to time, everyone experiences difficulties and problems and at times it can be helpful to talk to someone. Aiglon encourages students to seek advice from trusted, responsible adults. Most importantly, the School wishes to foster an atmosphere of trust on campus. Although the Houseparents and tutors are there to help and advise, there may be occasions when students would prefer to talk to someone else. In such cases, there are a number of people who are willing to be contacted:
- Deputy Head – Student Life
Designated Safeguarding Lead
+41 79 517 09 71
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
+41 24 496 6160
- Head Master
+41 24 496 61 66
- Head of the Junior School
+41 24 496 61 40
- Health Centre staff
+41 24 496 61 31
- School Chaplain
+41 24 496 61 81
- Wellbeing Coordinator
+41 79 514 22 70
External help to talk to somebody outside Aiglon:
SOS Enfants on 114 (0114 from school phone): local children’s services helpline.
Calls are free and confidential and can be made in English, French or German.
Additional links you may find useful:
- Child Rights International Network: search “CRIN”. An international site where you can access helpline numbers for your home country or region.
- Drugs advice: search “talktofrank”
- Sexual health advice: search “sexualhealthtopics.nhs”
- Anti-bullying: search “childline”
Healthcare at Aiglon aims to provide day to day healthcare and advice to students and staff with referral to appropriate secondary care providers. In addition, it aims to foster the concept of health as a positive state, promoting the values of healthy living as expressed in the Guiding Principles.
Medical care is provided by the Health Centre in Chalet Près Vallon below the Sports Centre. The health care team consists of six fully-qualified nurses and a nurse assistant. A generalist doctor from Aigle holds a consultation session in the Health Centre once a week during term-time. When necessary, Villars-based doctors are contacted to provide medical services and they will refer students, if needed, to local hospitals or specialists. Students with contagious or infectious diseases, or those requiring nursing care, are taken into the Health Centre for the duration of their illness. In the event that a student is involved in a serious accident or needs extended in-patient care, the Health Centre staff will always contact the parents and the Head Master as soon as full medical details are available.
Daily clinics are held in the Health Centre at times advertised in Houses and on the School Diary's introductory pages. For minor problems (headache, sore throat and so on), Houseparents supply medications. Strict regulations govern the personal possession of medications in House. Please see the section on Medication in Houses for more information.
Students requiring referrals to local doctors are usually able to walk to the village for their appointments. If immobile, too sick or very young, transportation will be provided by taxi or a member of staff. A responsible adult will accompany Junior students and whenever language problems or complexity of the case requires it. Any charges incurred will be passed on to the student’s account.
A student's health record are compiled from the information on the health certificate which is completed by parents prior to the student's arrival at Aiglon. It is also essential that the Health Centre be notified at the start of a term if a student has received any medical treatment during the holidays, so that records can be updated. All medical information is treated strictly within the confines of the globally accepted rules of patient confidentiality.
If a student is unwell, the first point of contact is the teacher (in class) or duty staff (in House). Overnight, the Houseparents should be seen in the first instance. If appropriate, the member of staff will contact the Health Centre to request advice. The duty nurse or assistant may come to collect the student, or may request that the student make his or her own way to the Health Centre for attention.
All medical appointments must be made through the Health Centre. Parents who have arranged local appointments for their child are asked to advise the Health Centre, who will then remind the student of the appointments. The same system also informs all staff that students will be absent from school for legitimate medical reasons. Appointments to medical specialists can involve extended absence from school with disruption to the routine and education of the student. Parents are therefore requested to make all routine and non-urgent medical appointments for the student outside term time.
Aiglon is able to cater for the majority of dietary needs within a balanced and healthy menu and by providing a broad choice at each meal. Vegetarian options are always available and clearly signposted. Special diets based on personal choice and cultural norms are catered for each day. Where a student, due to a medical condition, requires additional support with their diet or a special menu, parents will send the doctor’s report to the Health Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Health Centre staff will ensure that Houseparents, teaching and expedition staff are aware of the child’s needs. Arrangements will be made to meet the student’s needs in practical terms with the caterers. We welcome and encourage dialogue between parents, the student, Houseparents, Health Centre staff and the Chef.
Confidentiality in the Health Centre
Health professionals (school nurses and other Health Centre staff) are bound by professional codes of conduct. This means that what a student says to a member of the Health Centre staff and other people working in, with or for the Health Centre (for example adults accompanying students to medical appointments or in sophrology sessions and so on), remains confidential within the Health Centre. When working in a group or outside the Health Centre, staff are bound by relevant school policies including the School's confidentiality policy and guidance.
Students can expect that:
Their problem will be listened to in a professional, non-judgemental and confidential manner, unless it constitutes a risk to that student or another individual (in which case confidentiality and / or child protection procedures and guidance will apply).
Advice will be given, which may include encouragement to share the information more widely. Sources of help will be explored, including outside support agencies and those which are internal to the Aiglon community, as appropriate.
Students should be reassured that:
Their best interests will be maintained.
Though staff cannot promise unconditional confidentiality, the student will be informed first and supported appropriately. The student concerned will be involved in deciding with whom information is shared.
Personal information is regarded as private and should be shared with staff on a need-to-know basis only.
Staff will be aware of important safeguarding and child protection procedures.
Medication in Houses
All Aiglon students have access to healthcare facilities, 24 hours a day. Each House keeps a limited stock of medications for minor ailments. If at any time the Houseparents are unable to provide relief for a discomfort, there is a duty nurse on call, 24 hours a day throughout the term. Students are not permitted to keep medicines of any description, even in small amounts, in their personal possession. There is absolutely no exception to this rule and failure to observe this will be dealt with extremely seriously as it compromises the safety of other students.
All prescribed medication must be accompanied by a written prescription in French or English from the prescribing physician. Prescription medications brought to school bearing another person’s name, or without an accompanying prescription from the doctor, will not be administered. A specific policy exists for those students being treated for attention deficit and depressive disorders.
Regular medication will be dispensed by House staff on a dose-by-dose basis. If long term medication is for any reason discontinued by the doctor, or the dosage changed, a letter should be supplied from the prescribing doctor to the Health Centre, advising of the changes. The abuse of prescription or non-prescription medication, will be treated as a serious disciplinary matter (see section on Drugs).
Health & Safety
The Houseparent, tutor or duty staff member should have the building cleared with reference to the House (in/out board) or attendance list.
The fire brigade will be informed automatically by the alarm system. The students present are to gather in their Primary Evacuation Point near the building (account also for Houseparent families), should the incident require students are moved further from the building a Secondary Evacuation Point is designated. If a return to the building is not practical the Houseparent, tutor or duty staff member should take students to the Secondary Evacuation Point and await further instruction
The senior staff member should inform the Director of Estates / Deputy Bursar - Operations of the occurrence of the alarm and of the successful evacuation of the building. In the case of fire the Houseparent, tutor or duty staff member should inform the duty member of the School Council.
Evacuation Points (Primary / Secondary):
La Casa: La Casa Car Park / La Baita
La Baita: End of La Baita carpark / Alpina
Alpina: DS Football Pitch / La Baita
Belvedere / School Restaurant: Belvedere Car park near Forbes / Sports Centre
Clairmont: Sports Centre Entrance / Sports Centre
Exeter: Car park below Chalet Aiglon / La Baita
St Louis: parking area next to St Louis / Sports Centre
Delaware: Car park at bottom of steps / Sports Centre
La Dépendance: terrace by The Cloud / Sports Centre
Parsons / The Hall: terrace by The Cloud / Sports Centre
Le Cerf: tarmac area next to recycling / Sports Centre
L’Ancienne Poste: side of Clairmont laundry / Parsons Hall
JCB: Les Collonges terrace / Sports Centre
Sports Centre: Car Park by Health Centre / Parsons Hall
La Dacha: Parking next to BPF / La Baita
It is vital that students and staff take all reasonable safety precautions when crossing the road. Students should use the steps en route to and from Clairmont, Delaware, St Louis and Le Cerf, Villars and Chesières. The ramp leading to and from Belvedere car park is not to be used for pedestrians. All members of the Aiglon community are expected to respect the cantonal rules about using road crossings appropriately. The marked road pedestrian crossings must be used at all times.
The barriers at the bottom of the steps and the adjoining grass slope, as well as the drive connecting the campus and the street should be kept clear at all times. Students should not sit on the road verges, the drive or the barriers.
Bicycles, Motor Vehicles and Accepting Lifts
No student, with or without a driver’s licence, may drive a motor-powered vehicle during term time at school. No student may accept lifts in vehicles from members of the public, former students, relatives or anyone other than parents or authorised members of staff, without prior permission from House staff. Bicycles are not normally permitted except for specific CAS activities.
When using school minibuses, all passengers must wear the seat belts provided and must remain seated while the vehicle is in motion. Drivers should make this clear to passengers at the beginning of every trip, however short, and personally check safety belts. It is important for the safety of everyone in the vehicle that the driver (or another driver in the vicinity) is not distracted.
Aiglon operates a security camera system to protect its campus, infrastructure and the students in our care. This system is controlled through the relevant policy document that can be found in the School's policy manual. The policy manual is available on request.
Life at Aiglon
Breaks and Holidays
The Campus Café
- Flights should be booked well in advance whenever possible for availability and cost reasons.
- Published term dates and times should be respected. The term dates are online.
- An end-of-term departure time refers to the time that a student can leave the campus and not the time of a flight. Please remember to allow two hours for the journey between Aiglon and Geneva airport. Students are not normally allowed to leave school more than 4 hours prior to the flight departure time.
- The travel office can arrange taxis to and from the airport on request.
For arriving students, a member of school staff is on duty at a Welcome Desk at Geneva airport on the main day of arrival and can be contacted on +41 79 732 77 19.
Once students arrive in Switzerland, it is expected they will travel directly to Aiglon. Having extra time in Geneva or stopping at Montreux, for example, is not permitted. The same applies when leaving School to go home for the holidays.
Unaccompanied Minors (UM)
UM service must be reserved, confirmed and paid to the airline company by parents. It is very important that the Travel Secretary knows at least two weeks in advance of any UM bookings. Tickets and the UM form should be sent by email to email@example.com.
Passports and Travel Documents
Passports and other important travel documents are to be handed in to Houseparents on students’ arrival back at Aiglon. At the beginning of the school year, passports will be held in Forbes to check and request visas where necessary. At all other times, Houseparents will keep passports locked away in House. From a security and safeguarding point of view, it is not appropriate for students to keep passports in their possession during term time. This applies to all students in both the Junior and Senior School.
Leaving Early or Returning Late
Permission for absence from school should be obtained from the Houseparents in the first instance with adequate notice for all to be consulted. Permission for absence, such as late return from vacation at the start of term or early departure before the end of a term, will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, reflecting the importance placed on full attendance and the inherent social and academic difficulties of a disrupted education.
In the case of an early departure before the end of term or an unusual or extended period of absence, permission from the Assistant Deputy Head (Student Life) is also required. Houseparents will guide parents as to whether this extra authorisation will be required. In such cases, teachers and other staff need to be contacted and we ask that no arrangements are made until confirmation about whether or not the absence is authorised, is received.
For Junior students, parents should contact the Head of the Junior School about permission to leave early, giving notice in advance.
Colleges, universities and others seeking references often require attendance data from us. We ask parents to respect term dates and make requests for absence only in exceptional circumstances. It is particularly important that absences are kept to a minimum to avoid disruption to academic and other programmes.
Breaks and Holidays
Mid-term breaks are designed to provide an opportunity for parents to spend a few days with their children away from school. Dates of mid-term breaks are noted in the school diary and also listed on the website.
Since weekends are usually busy in Villars, especially in the winter, parents should make hotel reservations well in advance. Parents are asked to arrange their own accommodation directly with hotels.
Local Exeats (in Switzerland)
In addition to mid-term breaks, Senior students may request permission to spend the night out with parents, guardians or other responsible adults (for whom parents have given written permission) on up to two occasions during the winter and summer terms and on up to three occasions during the autumn term, as a guide. These exeats may take place at home or in a hotel and students may invite friends (again, with written permission from the host parents and the friend's parents). Students would not normally be granted permission to go on exeat on the first weekend of each term. Usually, at least one expedition needs to have been completed at the beginning of each term before an exeat is granted.
To be granted exeat permission, Senior students need to be making satisfactory academic and pastoral progress and have a planned programme to achieve the minimum number of expeditions. Written permission is needed from both host and parent. Junior students are unrestricted as to the number of weekend exeats, provided that they fulfil their expedition and other school commitments.
Exeat permission assumes parental, personal responsibility for the child during the weekend, and will only be granted when the parents have personally confirmed that they will be present to supervise on exeat.
Students Who Live in Switzerland
In addition to the above exeats, students who live in Switzerland may go out on an additional exeat each term, but only to stay with their parents, guardians or family friends. They may not invite friends for this additional exeat. There must be written agreement of this arrangement between Houseparents and parents.
Visits from Parents
Students may have dinner with their parents or family friends during the week at Houseparents’ discretion. A set time must be agreed upon for the return to school (normally the beginning of prep). Permission is likely to be conditional on a student being in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Aiglon believes that students’ general education and personal development are best served when they do not have access to large sums of money. Students are actively encouraged to be prudent, responsible and moderate in their spending. They are actively discouraged from making lavish or excessive purchases. Generosity may be appropriate in moderation when supporting charitable initiatives. The School promotes responsible, judicious management of personal funds and property by students.
Debit and Credit Cards
Parents are encouraged to provide students in Year 9 and above access to an appropriate bank account for their pocket money, which they can use to cover small miscellaneous expenses. We recommend that parents choose an account which is compatible with any of the local banks with branches in Villars: Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV); Crédit Suisse; or UBS.
To assist parents in this choice, representatives from the various local banks attend the School’s start-of-year uniform fair and are available to advise on the types of accounts offered that are suitable for young people.
The School allows students in Year 9 and above to have debit or credit cards attached to these accounts, which they can use to make purchases or obtain cash. We strongly discourage students from holding large amounts of cash at any time. If a student has over SFr100 then they should give this to the Houseparent who will keep it in a secure safe.
Cash Provided by the School
Aiglon will provide students with cash in a real emergency situation (e.g. unplanned emergency travel). Cash will only be given in an emergency where the School has received written authorisation from the parent or guardian. Any cash given in this way will be recharged and a handling fee will apply.
In an emergency, if a student cannot access their own funds they can, through their Houseparent, request a cash advance of petty cash from the Finance Office. Houses hold a maximum cash float (SFr500), which may be used if the Finance Office is not open at the time of the unexpected emergency. Again, written permission from a parent or guardian is required.
Cash Provided by Parents
In order to anticipate the need to provide students with emergency cash and pocket money, for Year 9 and above, the School recommends that parents pay funds directly into the student’s bank account.
The School recommends that parents or guardians provide their child with pocket money of the following maximum values:
Year 9: SFr 30 per week
Year 10: SFr 40 per week
Year 11: SFr 50 per week
Years 12 to 13: SFr 100 per week
Junior School Pocket Money
Parents of Junior students are encouraged to lodge a sum of cash for emergencies with the School, which can be given to their child as required. The recommended amount is SFr 300. The School will hold this in a secure place and it will be distributed by a member of staff. Unspent balances can be returned to the parent on request or when the student leaves Aiglon.
The weekly allowance given to the Junior boarding students is SFr 20. Parents pay for pocket money at the start of each academic term.
It should be emphasised that all parents should strictly observe the pocket money limits set by the School. The failure of a few to do so seriously compromises the success and integrity of the School’s policy.
Phone Cards and Credits
The School can assist Junior boarding students with charging their mobile phone or provide pre-paid phone cards. The cost of mobile phone credits or pre-paid phone cards are charged to parents.
The School operates a "bon system" with designated local taxi companies, that abide by the School’s values, and sports shops. Bons are intended to cover taxi travel and sports equipment and will normally be issued by Houseparents or DHPs on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This system enables a student access to credit for these specific services and the cost is charged to the parent. This system reduces the need for students to have access to cash and enables House staff to have oversight of expenditure incurred by students.
The required items must be listed on the bon in French, the sports shop or taxi company must be named, and the ceiling price must be marked on the bon.
From August 2017, the only taxi companies that bons can be used with are: Taxi Zorro and Car Pro. The Finance Office has provided the Houseparents with stickers that have to be fixed on each bon.
From the 1st January 2017, if a student chooses to use another taxi company, they are responsible for paying for the service themselves. Any bons used / accepted with other taxi companies will not be paid by the School.
Bons must be signed by Houseparents only and parental permission must be required for bons above SFr 150.
Ski Rental Bons
Bons must be signed by Houseparents only and parental permission must be obtained for bons above:
Junior School: SFr 500
Senior School: SFr 1,000
The amount or the article entered on the bon may not be altered without Houseparents’ permission. Any attempt by a student to alter or falsify a bon will attract appropriately serious disciplinary action.
The student may not receive from the shopkeeper the balance between the ceiling price and the purchase price, in cash or in goods. Students should hand in their bon copy to the Houseparents, or member of staff on duty in House on their return from shopping. Houseparents will carry out regular checks by requiring the students to show purchases and receipts. Unused bons will be cancelled by the Houseparents after a reasonable time has elapsed.
Day Students and Money
The School does not provide cash, pocket money, phone cards or bons to day students. These services are only available to boarding students.
It is strictly forbidden to buy goods or services on credit at any of the village shops, restaurants or the Campus Café.
All students are expected to have a bag for daily use. This could be the student’s existing expedition day rucksack, or one of the bags available in the School Shop. Bags brought from home or purchased elsewhere must be of a similar type to these. The requirement is that the bag or rucksack should be big enough to accommodate at least two lessons’ worth of materials (files, textbooks, laptop plus a pencil case and a school diary).
Naming Personal Items
All clothes should be marked with the name and laundry number of the student. Name labels must be attached. Parents should mark all personal clothes before the student arrives at the School. For boarding students, all items bought in the School Shop on the day of arrival will be labelled by the School.
Additional labels (for naming personal clothes before arrival) can be ordered through the Admissions Office and normally take about 2 weeks to be made. All shoes should be marked with an indelible pen. Any unmarked, unclaimed clothes sent to the laundry will be given to charity at the end of term.
Any other equipment brought to school e.g. a tennis racquet, laptop, phone and so on should be marked appropriately.
Looking After Belongings
Everyone is expected to be responsible about looking after their belongings and to respect the property of others. School bags and other personal possessions should be marked with the owner’s name. Books and school equipment may be left tidily and only temporarily on the shelves outside Parsons classrooms, Hall and the School Restaurant. Items should not be left on the floor.
School bags and other property found around campus will be removed and placed in the entrance to the Hall for collection by the owner. A fine may be charged out of pocket money and / or laps allocated.
Personal belongings to the value of SFr 5,000 are covered in the event of fire. For all other circumstances, we recommend parents have their own insurance for their child’s personal belongings. The School’s insurance does not cover students’ belongings for theft or damage (other than fire).
The School Shop, located in the Sports Centre, is open during morning break and on three afternoons each week for students to purchase a range of items. Staff are requested to place orders in advance via the Intranet.
Clothes for laundry are to be at the laundry no later than 08:00 on Monday. Late laundry (i.e. after 08:00) will not be accepted. All students must use only their own labelled box. No boxes may be shared. All items sent to the laundry must be clearly marked with the student’s name. Sticky labels do not work and should not be used. They can cause problems in the washing machines. All socks should be sent to the laundry in clearly marked sock bags. Loose socks will not be accepted. Students may visit the laundry (in the basement of Clairmont, entry by the door around the back of the building) on Wednesdays between 10:15 and 10:45 (morning break) or between 15:30 and 16:00 only.
Aiglon has an electronic key system. In case of loss, a replacement costs CHF 10.- to be paid in cash, or by credit card at the School Shop.
The Campus Café
School rules governing behaviour and conduct apply in and around The Campus Café, including those relating to public displays of intimacy and the use of foul language. The following should also be noted:
- Respect the opening hours and do not go to the Café during lesson time.
- Respect the space by disposing of litter appropriately.
- Do not ask for, or expect, credit. Students must pay for their purchases immediately.
- Cash or credit/debit cards are accepted.
- Students are expected to manage their money sensibly.
- Permission to use The Campus Café may be revoked if a student:
- arrives late to class having been to the Café en route
- spends too much money (what is deemed appropriate will be the subject of discussion between parents and Houseparents)
- displays inappropriate behaviour
- requires closer monitoring of dietary habits.