Aiglon Handbook | 2022-2023

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Aiglon Handbook 2022- 2023

Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Introduction Student expectations Academic expectations Merits and sanctions Dress expectations Information technology Beyond the classroom Wellbeing Health and safety Life at Aiglon Appendices

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Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4.

Welcome Daily schedules Publication Guiding principles


Guiding Principles


The aim of Aiglon is the balanced development of MIND, BODY and SPIRIT through:

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. For any questions concerning the content of this publication, please write to: Daily Schedules Daily schedules for weekdays and weekends during term time are available on the school’s website: Publication The content of this handbook is accurate as of June 2022. The handbook is updated annually. Printed copies are available at the school. A digital version is available on Aiglon’s website.

Challenge Respect Responsibility Diversity Service

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 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.

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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.

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Student Expectations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Principles for student life Student behaviour code Attendance Day students (specific provisions) Substance use policy Bullying Relationships Honesty Vandalism Room searches & checks Going off-campus

Student Expectations

development of their students through appropriate guidance and individual strategies in a compassionate culture of mentoring and coaching.

Principles for Student Life Challenge Students are encouraged to challenge themselves intellectually and feel supported in their academic progress. Tutors and house staff have high aspirations for their students and motivate them to make the most of every opportunity Aiglon offers them both inside and outside the classroom.

Service Students 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.

Respect Students are encouraged through a mutually respectful environment in which they can flourish. Tutors and house staff develop strong rapport and relationships with their students 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.

Student Behaviour Code

Responsibility Students 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. Diversity Students are encouraged to fully embrace the diversity Aiglon offers and build a real breadth of interest. Tutors and house staff guide the balanced

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. Among other things, this means that students and their parents should be prepared to carefully study the expectations and statement of principles of Aiglon. 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. The behaviour code applies at all times whilst on campus, on all school trips and visits or when representing Aiglon in Switzerland or abroad.

within a targeted group, are used as part of our anti-drugs programme. Vaping or 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 any 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.

Students and their parents should be aware that: Any student who uses or possesses behaviour changing 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

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Public displays of intimacy which cause others to be embarrassed are totally inappropriate and will be challenged. Couples will not be alone together in a closed room without specific authorisation or 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, that 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, vaping, theft, bullying, violence, sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment) 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. While the holidays are 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. Aiglon endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognise the equal entitlement to all rights and freedoms outlined, “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status” (Article 2).

Attendance 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. 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.

Absences 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 school 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 and culture evenings 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 normally receive a Lap 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 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. At the latest, day students must leave just prior to the house bedtime routine. 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 house or Health Centre staff 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, vaping 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.

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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. Whilst recognising education around substance misuse is vitally important, disciplinary sanctions will be enforced. Any student who uses or possesses behaviour changing substances, or seeks to procure them, transport them or brings them to school, cannot expect to remain a member of Aiglon. 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 any other behaviour changing substances. Rationale The world in which we live presents young people with many challenges which affect their health and wellbeing. 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. School Ethos 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 wellbeing 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 the health and wellbeing programme 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 health and wellbeing curriculum. The school informs

parents of these programmes, and parents are notified when outside agencies deliver these programmes or presentations. Testing Procedures 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. The type of testing is normally done through saliva and urine samples, however, in certain necessary circumstances the school may choose to use a blood sample. 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 of School 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 substance 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. Parental Involvement 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 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 privilege is given at the discretion of Houseparents, 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 0.02%, or above, is deemed as “over the limit”. A positive test is a result indicating the presence of alcohol (or more than a

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moderate amount in the case of a Year 12 and 13 student with drinking privileges). Positive test results will be treated seriously and 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 Fridays and Saturdays after the evening roll call. Additionally, permission may be granted for specific

school events. On Friday and 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 Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as other times during the week. As is the case with other school policies, Aiglon’s alcohol policy equally applies to all school trips and visits, both inside and outside of term time. Vaping and Smoking Aiglon has a firm no vaping or smoking policy on campus, which applies equally to students and staff. Vaping and smoking is banned in the interest of health and consideration for others. In Switzerland it is forbidden to sell tobacco or certain vaping products to anyone under 18, and school-aged children may not smoke. In this handbook, the terms "vaping", "smoking" and "tobacco products" include cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, loose tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any other vaping or smoking-related paraphernalia. These rules apply to all students at all times whether on or off campus.

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 vaping or cigare es, 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 vaping and smoking courses and can arrange counselling sessions for those who recognise they need help to stop. Seeking such support does not incur disciplinary action, but does not provide immunity if caught. Vaping and smoking is forbidden anywhere on campus (including all buildings, roofs, balconies, public and private areas) and off campus (including Villars, the surrounding 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 privileges taken away as a result of vaping or smoking violations. Students caught vaping or smoking, or who have vaping or smoking products found on their person or in their room are subject to disciplinary sanctions. Students whose breath or fingers smell of vaping or smoking products, in the opinion of a member of staff, will be considered to have been vaping or

smoking. Students found in the presence of other students who are vaping or smoking can expect to face similar sanctions to vaping or smoking offenders. Additionally, nicotine tests may be used. Caught or suspected students will be required to turn out their pockets and bags and, depending on the circumstances, a room search may be carried out. All vaping or smoking paraphernalia will be confiscated. The student is referred to their houseparent or assistant houseparent with full details of time, place and those involved for further investigation and appropriate sanctions. This will be recorded centrally as a smoking offence. For details concerning vaping and smoking sanctions, please consult the "Merits & Sanctions" section of this handbook. Bullying Kindness, tolerance and inclusiveness 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, peer on peer, sexual, sexist, homophobic and cyber-bullying. 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 ● peer on peer abuse ● physical hurt ● teasing, name-calling, humiliation ● spreading gossip

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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. Relationships 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 should not be alone together in a closed room without specific authorisation from an adult. At no time is it acceptable for students who are in a relationship to be in each other'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. These rules apply equally to both on and off campus situations.


Going Off-Campus

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.

The school has a duty of care to know the whereabouts of students at all times and it is the student's responsibility to make sure they are proactive in communicating what they are doing and where they are going, gaining permission from staff especially when going off-campus. Students must always check “in” and “out” of house and turn their fire cards, informing house staff on duty as to their whereabouts. Students must never go below Le Cerf or beyond Villars and must never go down to the children's play area by the school field. Hotels, private houses or apartments are strictly forbidden unless a specific request from your family to your Houseparent has been made and permission has been granted. Refer to "Where can I go in my free time? Going off-campus requirements for Years 9 to 13" in the appendix.

Vandalism Willful or careless damage will be considered as acts of vandalism, and costs of repair or replacement may be charged. 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. They 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 safe, tidy and organised.

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Birthday Dinners 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. 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. Visiting family members are asked to respect the privilege of having a meal out is only afforded on Friday and Saturday nights.

Social Outings 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 or going for a walk Going for a run or a walk is at the discretion of house staff and would normally be permitted in the summer term and the first half of the autumn term on a predetermined route during a student's free time which may include after prep. Students must always carry a charged phone for safety reasons. Running in the morning is allowed after 0630 with the understanding that students must be back in good time for their morning school commitments. In the latter half of the autumn term, runners in a serious training programme may be permitted to continue to train with their Houseparent's permission and guidance from the Head of PE. Due to safety, running after prep in the winter term is not normally permitted.

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Academic Expectations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Principles for learning Classroom expectations Course changes Mark readings Prize giving Prep Extra study Pathway towards graduation Graduation diplomas Centre for Enquiry

Academic Expectations 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.

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. Classroom Expectations Students are required to:

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

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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

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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.

Course Changes A student wishing to change or discontinue an optional course for any reason should request a “Course Change Form” from the Deputy Head and provide confirmation their parents or guardians support this change. 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.

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. Mark Readings Academic progress is assessed formally at Aiglon by Mark Readings. Academic assessment is continuous throughout the year and students are made aware of their grades via internal tracking. Live data is provided in Google Classroom and reflects ‘core assessments’ which are standardised within departments to ensure student academic progress can be assessed fairly and accurately. However, there are four times a year where we close the mark reading to publish results. Two of these are advisory and are known as interim progress grades (IPG). These are not written onto an official transcript but allow students and parents to be aware of their progress but, most importantly, offer them an opportunity to improve their grades before the official grades are published. The formal mark reading grades close twice a year and, for Year 10 onwards, these are included on the student’s official transcript. Timeline of Mark Readings The first mark reading period runs from September until December. The interim progress grades are received for all years in October. Mark Reading one closes at the end of the Autumn term. The second mark reading has interim grades in March, at the end of the Winter term, and then officially closes at the end of the Summer term in June. For year 13 students they do not have an interim grade but instead we publish their mock examination results

and then their final mark reading closes in March at the end of the Winter term as their academic year ends earlier due to them sitting external examinations. We also publish full written academic reports in parallel with the closing of the mark readings but not with the interim progress grades. Clarification of Mark Reading Grades 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 (where students will be highlighted as either 'exceeding', 'meeting' or being 'below' expectations) and the other for attainment (a number from 1 to 7 where the high mark indicates excellent performance). The attainment marks are averaged for each student’s overall Mark Reading. Each subject therefore has an equal weighting. Mark Readings from Year 10 onwards are included on 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 Grades Three possible grades can be given by teachers to indicate whether students are currently: ● E: Exceeding expectations

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Meeting expectations grades are awarded to students who: ● Are engaged in their learning environment

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Develop rigour in their learning that is shown throughout their work and prep Are creative and take risks in their learning Collaborate and participate appropriately Show independence in their learning by being responsible and respectful to themselves through being on time, having all their equipment and being organised Have integrity and honesty in their work Are inclusive, generous, compassionate and fair towards others and embrace the diversity of Aiglon

To receive an Exceeding expectations grade students need to consistently achieve all of the ‘Meeting expectations’ criteria through purposeful personal reflection and improvement. Students are considered as being below expectations if they inconsistently or rarely achieve the expectations shown in Meeting expectations. Internal Tracking Grades for IB In order to provide appropriate feedback to IB students from key staff such as teachers, academic tutors, university advisors and the IB coordinator, it is vital that teachers provide a realistic “tracking grade” at key points of the 2-year IB programme. This grade may differ from the mark reading grade and will be a reflection of the current working level of the student in that subject. Teachers will base this on the IB grade descriptors outlined in the IB programme guidance and formal assessments. The tracking grade will not be reported nor is an element of the final transcript. It affords an opportunity for early intervention if required and can be used to aid student’s understanding of what is needed to move

from one grade to the next at IB. It is designed to align with the final IB predicted grade that will be submitted to the IB by the end of March in Year 13. Attainment Levels ● 7 Excellent performance

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6 Very good performance 5 Good performance 4 Satisfactory performance 3 Unsatisfactory performance 2 Poor performance 1 Very poor performance /academic dishonesty

Academic Departments have specific attainment indicators at each level. Distinction roll is an average mark reading of 6.50 or above with no 'Below' grades. Honour Roll is an average of 6.00 or above with no 'Below' grades. Merit Roll is 3 or more (E) exceeding expectations grades and recognises effort rather than just attainment. Academic support is an average mark reading below 4.5 and results in a tutor intervention in the form of support and communication with parents and teachers. Academic restriction is for any student who receives 3 or more (B) below expectations. Academic Restriction students are not making progress due to their own approach and are below expectations in terms of effort. In the event of a student receiving grades that put them on academic restriction they are placed on the Academic

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Restriction Report and social privileges are restricted, as determined by their houseparent. Prize Giving 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, wellbeing and expeditions as well as academic endeavour and attainment. Special prizes for outstanding contributions and exemplary personal 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 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 Google Classroom. Prep copied from another student or that is plagiarised or 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. Extra Study 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. 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.

Extra study may also include extended periods of assigned time if students have not fulfilled the requirements of the Core programme of the IB diploma. This includes Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

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: ●

Pathway towards Graduation Aiglon’s education is holistic by nature. In addition to the standard academic expectations, students are expected to participate in and fulfill the requirements of Aiglon’s full programme. (This includes: activities, expeditions, trips and visits and additional formal school commitments.) Students meeting the requirements for each year group, in line with the Guiding Principles, will qualify for the next academic year. Students not able to sustain their attendance or commitment to Aiglon’s programme, or who fail to meet the minimum requirements risk losing the privilege of progressing into the next academic year. Or, in the case of Year 13 students, risk losing the privilege of receiving the Aiglon Diploma at the Graduation Ceremony. Graduation Diplomas 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.

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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 whilst also taking into account their commitment to all areas of school life. Any evidence of academic dishonesty will prejudice the level of diploma awarded. Centre for Enquiry Aiglon’s main Library is situated in the Parsons Building and is named the "Centre for Enquiry." The space also accommodates a classroom and a Makerspace area where students have an opportunity to explore their interests in technology and computing and learn to use tools and materials,

both physical and virtual and develop creative projects. Collections The Centre for Enquiry houses more than 14,000 items, including collections of children’s, young adult and general fiction books, plus a non-fiction collection which supports the needs of the school’s academic departments. The history and art departments also house their own collections. Reference material is available for use within the Centre for Enquiry and this is increasingly available online through a selection of research databases. The Centre for Enquiry subscribes to Pressreader which gives access to thousands of newspapers (both daily and weekly publications). In addition, a range of magazines for college and careers related information of particular interest to students in Years 11 to 13 are available in the University Advising Department.

ICT in the Centre for Enquiry A small cluster of computers are 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. The Centre of Enquiry offers several private study pods and collaborative working spaces throughout. This inspiring space also includes a refreshment area for students and staff to come together informally; to exchange ideas and take a moment's pause in the business of a school day.

Any queries related to the Library and its resources should be addressed to the Librarians:

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Merits and Sanctions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Merits Commendations Demerits Laps House gating School gating On report School sanction Disciplinary panel Academic panel Suspension Indefinite suspension - Sine Die Expulsion Sanctions for vaping and smoking

Merits & Sanctions

physical achievements and merits in spirit are awarded for achievements in attitude.

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 of School 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 to encourage positive personal growth.

By 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.

Sanctions applied by staff 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. Merits Students at Aiglon receive merits as a way to encourage and recognise their 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

Commendations A commendation is given to students who have achieved significantly above expectations in Mind, Body and Spirit or exemplified outstanding application of the Guiding Principles. The award of a commendation allows the student to choose a house based reward and the achievement of 5 commendations in a term leads to receiving a Head of School Commendation. Demerits 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 the future and offering an opportunity for students to learn from their mistakes. An accumulation of five or more demerits per week will lead to school laps. Demerits do not pass over to the following weeks.

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Laps Laps are issued as punishments for minor misdemeanours 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 misdemeanours, such as missing Meditation or not attending scheduled activities, and are usually held on Saturday mornings in the Senior School. Junior laps are normally held after school during 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 five 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 School Council. houses regularly publish the status of laps. House Gating Students receiving fifteen or more house laps are automatically given a house gating until the laps have been worked off. Official sports practices, activities, rehearsals and authorised commitments usually take priority over house gating. House staff can, at their own discretion and with good reason, decide to gate a student at any time.

School Gating

Disciplinary Panel

This is a more serious punishment than house Gating. 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.

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 of School, a member of the School Council, the Tutor, Houseparent and a senior student (usually the House Captain or a Prefect). The Head of School, 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 School Council.

At the end of the school gating period, the student is to report to his or her Houseparent with completed gating sheets. Five school laps or more automatically attract a school gating. On Report Students who have committed serious or regular breaches of 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 School Council every day with evidence of progress. School Sanction Students who have committed serious or regular breaches of 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 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 of School.

Academic Panel 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 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 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 will be overseen by the Head of the Junior School along with a member of the School Council. Suspension 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 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 be 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 of School’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 of School may, at their 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 of School feels that further investigation or consideration is required before determining whether a student may return to school. Expulsion 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 Vaping and Smoking Sanctions for vaping and smoking nicotine products, may be imposed for any situation in which a student is caught or suspected of having

been vaping or smoking, including, but not limited to: ● smelling of vape or smoke ● being in a known vaping or smoking area ● being in possession of vaping or smoking paraphernalia or other behaviour changing substances. These rules apply to all students and at all times, whether on or off campus. Vaping, smoking and other nicotine related incidents are recorded centrally by house staff and reported to the Director of Boarding. An assessment of the student’s nicotine use is made by house staff with education and support offered to help the student quit their habit. The parents of the student are normally kept informed of any nicotine or other substance misuse, follow-up support, education and subsequent monitoring. Support may include: ● Monitoring, encouragement and advice from House staff ● An education piece with the Director of Boarding ● Monitoring and advice from the Health Centre team Any student who has been found with nicotine products or who has tested positive for nicotine will be regularly nicotine tested after this and should also expect increased vigilance and regular room checks. A series of escalating sanctions will be imposed on students who are caught vaping or smoking or who test positive for nicotine. Sanctions would normally be as follows:

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3 day (weekday) gating 5 day (weekday) gating Weekend gating with loss of exeat and independent expedition privileges. School sanction and weekend gating with loss of exeat and independent expedition privileges. Disciplinary Panel which may lead to suspension

If vaping or smoking has occurred in the House or in another building, including on balconies or under eaves, a Disciplinary Panel is held for the fire risk that endangers others, and the student can expect to be suspended. If the student is found to have been offering vaping, cigarettes or other nicotine products to another student, a Disciplinary Panel is held for endangering the health of others, and the student can expect to be suspended. If a student voluntarily asks for help in quitting from their nicotine use, no sanctions are applied, unless through subsequent monitoring after they have quit they test positive. Normal procedures may include the verification of the substance being used and/or testing of the student. The School may decide to make a distinction between nicotine and other behaviour changing substances when deciding appropriate responses which may include sanctions.

Dress Expectations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Number 1 uniform Number 2 uniform Dress in free time Year 12 and 13 dress code Sports dress in class Ski clothing and equipment

Dress Expectations Aiglon students are expected to present themselves sensibly, smartly and modestly and should aim to present a positive impression at all times. Dress should be tidy, clean and appropriate to the occasion. There should be a clear distinction between dress during working hours and 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. Visible studs such as tongue studs may not be worn at school and similarly noses are to be unadorned. Students may wear more than one pair of earrings, though these should be discreet. Junior students may only wear one pair. Visible tattoos and piercings are not permitted.

Footwear with Number 1s should be formal, black and smart. Plain black, flat or low heeled, smart boots are suitable 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 should 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.

Students should have a tidy hairstyle. Hair should be of a natural colour. Facial hair such as stubble, sideburns, moustaches or beards are not permitted. Dress code infringements will lead to house or school sanctions, including laps. Number 1 Uniform Grey trousers or grey knee-length skirt, school tie or cravat and blazer (which must all be obtained from the School Shop) with a white collared shirt or blouse, black socks or tights and black shoes. The top shirt button must be closed and covered by the tie-knot. The cravat should be tucked inside the shirt or blouse and be visible at the neck. Only the top button should be open.

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Trousers may not be worn too short or too long or be 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 should be plain, single coloured and consistent with the formality of Number 2 uniform and 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. Number 2 Uniform For Years 5 to 11 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.

School sports clothing may be worn by students walking through Villars in order to get to the village sports facilities, however, a full Aiglon 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 4.05pm. 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 7, should continue to dress according to the code below. Year 12 and 13 students whose dress is persistently inappropriate will be sanctioned accordingly.

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business style jacket (not denim, leather, zipped, cardigan or bomber style jackets with badges, slogans or large logos) smart tailored trousers or chinos/knee length tailored skirt (skirts should be worn with tights, not bare legs) shorts are not normally permitted collared shirt or blouse smart shoes, boots in good condition with heels no higher than 5 cm, no trainers

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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)

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T-shirts 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 hoodies sportswear (except for Aiglon sports kit) sports trainers (except for Aiglon sports kit) 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 should not be exposed.

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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. Aiglon leggings may be worn in place of tracksuit bottoms should students wish. Sports shoes must be laced up. Students are expected to change out of their PE uniform at lunchtime if they have PE in the morning, so they are wearing their school uniform in the afternoon. For students who have PE in the afternoon, they should wear their school uniform for their morning lessons and change into their PE uniform at lunchtime. 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 a thermal base layer, an inner jacket 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.

Information Technology 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Responsible use of technology Laptops and devices Personal and school device rules Mobile phones Earphones/headphones Internet and email expectations General privacy notice

Information Technology 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 enrolment. All students are required to adhere to the IT Acceptable Use Policy for Students. 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. Appropriate antivirus software will be provided upon arrival (Sentinelone). Aiglon is a Google Reference School and all work will be completed within the Google suite of tools, any additional software will be provided should you need it for your studies.

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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 the 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 passwords must not be shared or used by any other individual except the owner. Be polite when messaging fellow students and staff.

Mobile Phones Students in Year 9 and above may keep mobile phones at school, but they 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 confiscation of the phone by staff. Other

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grounds for confiscation include concerns about overuse and safety. 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 be 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, 10 and 11 are required to hand their phones and other devices in at bed time and will then get them back at breakfast the following morning. Boarding students in Years 12 and 13 are expected to show they can use their phones appropriately at all times. Earphones/Headphones 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 their 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, messaging 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 email address. Teachers use email to communicate with students, and it is expected that students will check their Aiglon email regularly. It is also strongly recommended that students add their Aiglon email account to their phones and mobile devices Use of 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, can be accessed in full via the School's website:

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Beyond the Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4.

PE and sport Expeditions Skiing and ski safety Activities programme expectations

Beyond the Classroom 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 four 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 the 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.

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that increases our students curiosity of the natural world that will hopefully be memorable, fun and inspiring.

To achieve this students are provided with: ● regular opportunities for participation in a planned programme of activities ● progression through participation in required expeditions ● genuine challenge with purpose (summits, journeys, awards) ● opportunities for choice - levels of challenge, selected activity days ● a sense of place - local peaks, creating links ● education and support towards independence (differentiated). In order to achieve this students are required to complete a minimum number of expeditions each term.

Expeditions Expeditions are an integral part of every student's life at Aiglon, and a key element in what makes Aiglon unique. The outdoors is a proven and powerful medium for developing self-confidence, teamwork and independence in young people. Our aim through the expedition programme is to use the outdoors as a vehicle to both develop and educate students: genuine outdoor education through authentic adventure. We aim to develop our students through experiences: ● that are challenging and adventurous ● that involve some physical activity ● that always respect the natural environment

Autumn Term The main focus in the Autumn term is integration amongst students and between academics and expeditions. It is the time for development of outdoor skills that allow students to take advantage of the many opportunities for adventure and exploration and is often an ideal time for high expeditions in the mountains. Winter Term The winter provides a challenging environment and all students are required to participate in a range of winter journeys including ski touring, nordic skiing and snowshoeing. There are additional

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opportunities and experiences on offer such as ice climbing, biathlon and avalanche awareness training. Winter weekend expeditions are normally one day in duration. Summer Term The summer term is a time for consolidation and demonstration of personal skills. Walking and camping is combined with water sports, climbing and biking in preparation for the long expeditions. There are many opportunities for students to participate in other expeditions to extend and challenge themselves. There is a minimum Expedition requirement for students each term and details of this can be found on the internal expedition website. 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 may ski to their designated meeting place to sign in. If applicable, during the first descent 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 and depart once

everyone who is 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 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. Students in the junior school are accompanied each time they take the train throughout the season. 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. In order for students to enjoy the ski slopes and mountains more generally, it is

vitally important that students are supervised at all times. Students are reminded there are serious consequences for failing to observe this school rule. Accident Inquiry 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 Centre for Enquiry, boarding house 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 the Assistant Houseparent in their boarding house.. Students ‘Off-Sport’ 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 in 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 programmes. 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 their houseparents, tutor or Health Centre to discuss a rehabilitation programme.

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 towards required hours.

The Health Centre regularly updates the PE, Sport and Expedition teams, as appropriate, 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 Year 9 to 11 students is at least 2 hours of activity per week within the programme. For Year 12 and 13, the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) component of the IB Diploma Programme is a core requirement for all Year 12 and 13 students and stipulates the minimum requirements. There is, therefore, more choice and some flexibility over the number of required hours for extra CAS activity.

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Wellbeing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Wellbeing Spirituality Meditation Tutors Student leadership Diversity, equity and inclusion Safeguarding young people Seeking help Health centre Dietary needs Confidentiality in the health centre Medication in houses

Wellbeing Wellbeing Wellbeing integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) and helps develop a robust and positive understanding of oneself. Aiglon’s curriculum aims to support and enhance the physical and mental health of all in its community. The school’s programmes include a taught Health and Wellbeing course for all students, supplemented by additional student events and experiences. At Aiglon, everyone is involved in their own wellbeing as well as that of those around them. The Deputy Head leads the Wellbeing Team who oversee the services available at school, including the provision of counselling, and are part of a wider team of health professionals available to students and staff. Spirituality Aiglon welcomes students from a variety of faith backgrounds and those who hold a non-religious, secular viewpoint. All students attend ‘Faith Groups’ every other Thursday morning. These include most major faiths and secular and agnostic groups. These give students the opportunity for discussion and reflection and students can choose to visit a different group each term if they so wish. Junior students attend regular Sunday services in Aiglon Chapel, which focus on different beliefs and religions and are sometimes student-led. In principle, there is no reason why anyone from any background should not attend school events that

have a spiritual theme; however, should any student have strong objections to such events, the Head of School and the Service and Spiritual Life Leader are available to discuss any concerns, including those of parents. Although Aiglon was founded on Christian traditions, we strive to ensure that Aiglon has an inclusive and welcoming environment where all students can have a sense of belonging and know that their beliefs and viewpoints are respected and celebrated. Meditation 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 will deliver a 5–10 minute ‘thought for the day’, with two 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. Tutors 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

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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. House staff Students are connected to a house (senior and junior, boarding and day). The Houseparent leads the house and is supported by the Assistant Houseparent and Aide de Maison alongside a team of Tutors. Each house staff team works very closely with the students under its care and aims to build and develop a strong connection throughout the student’s time at Aiglon. Student Leadership Guardians The Head of School 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 School Prefects are Year 13 students appointed to assist in advising the Head of School 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 of School makes the final decision, the opinions of staff and students alike are taken into account throughout the period of leadership training and selection of Prefects and Guardians, as well as for other positions of student responsibility. House Captains 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 although may be invited to certain School Prefect meetings. House Prefects 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. Wellbeing Ambassador Group The Wellbeing Ambassador’s are a group of students whose focus is on promoting and nurturing a positive and inclusive culture within the school community. Wellbeing Ambassadors work closely with the counsellors, other student

leaders, as well as their houses. They are trained in various wellbeing approaches and strategies so they are equipped to lead peer support projects which reduce mental health stigma, encourage positive coping skills and stress management. Student Council The Student Council is a democratic body elected by students to work closely with Staff and other student leaders and groups, for example, School Prefects, Wellbeing Ambassadors and the Round Square Committee. The Student Council acts as a student-based forum for Senior School students and provides a channel of communication between the student body and the staff. Student members of the Council are responsible for representing faithfully and fairly the interests and concerns of their peers. Student Leadership Student leadership is seen as important within Aiglon because there are many 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. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Aiglon is committed to building a culture that firmly embeds diversity, equity and inclusion, creating a

climate in which every member of the school community feels valued. As a member of the Aiglon community, it is everyone’s responsibility to help create an inclusive culture and environment in which all staff and students can positively engage and develop their self-confidence. We aim to provide opportunities to discuss views and ideas in a respectful, constructive and professional environment in which challenging and robust conversations are integral.

Safeguarding Young People Aiglon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and wellbeing of all our students. Students are encouraged to talk to someone, either here at school, or they will be given support to talk with parents/guardians where appropriate. Posters placed around the school provide useful information for students, giving the contact details of who they can turn to if they have an individual concern or if they feel their friends may be at risk and need someone to listen. More detailed guidelines for staff and students are available from the Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as on the internal wellbeing website. Seeking Help Advice for Students on Seeking Help From time to time, everyone experiences difficulties and problems when 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, tutors and teachers 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 available to be contacted:

Designated Safeguarding Lead Deputy School Director +41 79 517 09 71 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads Assistant Head - Diploma +41 78 217 30 68

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: ●

School Counsellor & Mental Health Lead +41 79 251 85 44

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Music Teacher +41 78 203 44 39

Child Helpline International: 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”

Health Centre

School Director +41 24 496 61 66 Head of Boarding +41 79 193 74 96 Head of the Junior School +41 79 251 85 42 Health Centre staff +41 24 496 61 31 Service and Spiritual Life Leader and Independent Listener +41 79 638 19 60 School Counsellor +41 79 855 23 60 Prefects, Tutors and House staff

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The Health Centre at Aiglon aims to provide day to day healthcare and advice to students and staff with referral to appropriate secondary care providers when necessary. In addition, the Health Centre staff seek to promote and 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 healthcare team consists of fully-qualified nurses. A pediatric doctor holds regular consultation sessions in the Health Centre during term-time. When necessary, local 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, the Deputy Head and the Head of School as soon as full medical details are available. Daily clinics are held in the Health Centre. For minor problems (headache, sore throat and so on), Houseparents in liaison with Health Centre staff are able to administer most “over the counter” 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 is compiled from the information on the health certificate which is completed by parents prior to the student's arrival at Aiglon. It is, therefore, essential that the Health Centre be notified at the start of each 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 concerning 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 or Assistant Houseparents should be seen in the first instance. If appropriate, the

member of staff will contact the Health Centre to request advice. 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. Dietary Needs 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 ( 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, or for the Health Centre (for example adults accompanying students to medical appointments), 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 the student or another individual (in which case confidentiality and safeguarding 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 who are directly involved in the student's welfare and is on a need-to-know basis only. Staff receive regular training and 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 and the school’s substance use policy. 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. 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 substance misuse).

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Health and Safety 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Fire safety Lockdown and evacuation Balcony and roof safety Road safety Bicycles and vehicles Security cameras

Health & Safety Fire Safety and Evacuation 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 for most of the school’s buildings. Therefore, if there is a fire, always call 118. The students present are to gather in their Primary Evacuation Point near the building (account also for resident house staff families). Should the incident require that students be 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, carry out a register 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 car park / 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: car park next to St Louis/Sports Centre

Delaware: car park below steps/Sports Centre La Dépendance: terrace by Cloud/Sports Centre Parsons/The Hall: terrace by Cloud/Sports Centre Le Cerf: tarmac next to recycling/Sports Centre Le Trient: car park next to Atelier/Sports Centre L’Ancienne Poste: Clairmont laundry/Parsons Hall JCB: Les Collonges terrace/Sports Centre Sports Centre: car park by Pré Vallon/Parsons Hall Lockdown and whole school evacuation procedures Aiglon operates an SMS system that can alert staff and students about a serious or critical incident allowing the school to implement lockdown procedures or a whole school evacuation. For a whole school evacuation, Secondary Evacuation Points would normally be used. The emergency messaging system sends a text message to staff and student mobile phones giving specific instructions of what to do, for example, evacuate the building or stay where you are. Mobile numbers are kept centrally and are updated termly by house staff for students in their care and the HR Department for staff. Balcony and roof safety Many of the school buildings, including the boarding houses, have balconies and roof areas that can be safely accessed. However, students who climb across balconies or onto roof areas that are not permitted are putting themselves and others in danger. Accordingly, students misusing these areas will be sanctioned accordingly. Depending on the nature of the incident, students should expect to face a Disciplinary Panel given the potentially serious consequences regarding the safety of individuals involved.

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Road Safety 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, day or boarding, may drive a motor-powered vehicle during term time at school. This includes electric skateboards, scooters or similar forms of transport. Boarders are not permitted to keep a motorised vehicle locally. Day students are not permitted to drive to and from campus or as part of any school activity or programme and are strictly forbidden from giving lifts to current students. No student may accept lifts in vehicles from members of the public or indeed anyone other than parents or authorised members of staff, and with prior permission from house staff. Bicycles are not normally permitted except for specific school activities.

When using school minibuses, all passengers must wear the seat belts provided and must remain seated while the vehicle is in motion. Booster seats are provided for students under 150 cm or under the age of 12, as Swiss law demands. 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. Security Cameras 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 found in the school's policy manual which is available on request.

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Life at Aiglon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Travel Breaks and holidays Weekend and day exeat permissions Money Personal belongings Stationery Laundry Keys The campus café (The Cloud)

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Flights should be booked in advance for availability and cost reasons. Published term dates and times should be respected. Term dates are available 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 train tickets and/or taxis to and from the airport upon request:

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:

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 Deputy Head 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.

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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 Autumn Mid-Term Break The mid-term break in autumn is designed to provide an opportunity for parents to spend time with their children away from school. Dates for the autumn mid-term break are noted in the school calendar available on the website. Weekend and day exeat permissions Weekend exeat permissions Students may request permission to spend the weekend away with parents, guardians or other responsible adults. The responsible adult: ● must be staying with, or close to, where the student exeat takes place ● be at least 21 years old ● must take responsibility for any emergency, such as ones involving emergency care being needed or any police involvement ● must be able to continue to care for the student if they are unable to return to school at the expected time ● may care for a maximum of 5 students at any given time

Contact details and email address and mobile number for the responsible adult must be given Permission, or otherwise, for exeats are at the Houseparent’s discretion and will take into account factors such as weekend school commitments, academic standing, outstanding laps as well as general behaviour. Exeat requests must be received at the latest by Wednesday evening prior to the proposed exeat weekend. Exeats take place outside of school and students may invite their 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 and are normally limited to a maximum of 4 exeats during the Autumn and 3 exeats in each of the Winter and Summer terms. Students may leave no earlier than 1605 on Friday afternoon and must return by 1730 on Sunday. It is the responsibility of the individual student and the parents organising the exeat to ensure that any regular medication they need is taken with them when they leave for exeat and that they have sufficient supplies for the entire duration of the exeat, with a contingency in place in case of a delayed return to school. Early liaison and planning is likely to be necessary with House staff. It is the responsibility of the student to keep in touch with their Houseparent if circumstances change during the weekend and their return may be delayed. Students leaving early or returning late with no good reason will be compromising their position when asking for future exeat permissions.

Day exeat permissions (Saturdays) Students may also request a day exeat, for example to Vevey or Montreux and permission is granted at the Houseparent’s discretion with confirmation from parents if required. Depending on the year groups of students involved, as well as other factors, students may be permitted to travel together to local towns. They are responsible for behaving within the school's expectations and must have a charged phone with them so that they are contactable at all times and can also contact their house staff if needed. Timings for day exeats would normally be between 1030 and 1730 on Saturdays. Students in Years 12 and 13 would not normally be allowed into Villars in the evening if they have just returned from a day exeat. Visits from Parents Students may have dinner with their parents or family friends during the week at Houseparents’ discretion although we are keen to ensure that prep time is not disrupted too often. A set time must be agreed upon for the return to school (normally prior to the start of house bedtime routines). Permission is likely to be conditional on a student being in good academic and disciplinary standing. Money 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 their 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. 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. Pocket Money The school recommends that parents or guardians provide their children 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 CHF 40. 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. Bons 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 assistant houseparents on Fridays and Saturdays. This system enables a student access to credit for these specific services and the cost is charged to the parent. It also reduces the need for students to have access to cash and enables house staff to have oversight of any 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. Taxi Bons Local taxi companies that bons can be used with are: Car Pro, Driven, Taxi Took Took, Taxi Val and Taxi Zorro. School bons are not permitted to be used with any other taxi company. 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. Students are expected to walk to and from locations in Villars-Chesières. Taxis are not permitted to be used by students to travel in or out of town other

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than in exceptional circumstances and with the prior permission of a member of staff. Shop Bons Bons must be signed by houseparents or assistant houseparents only and parental permission must be required for bons above SFr 150. Ski Rental Bons Bons must be signed by houseparents or assistant houseparents only and parental permission must be obtained for bons above: Junior School: SFr 800 Senior School: SFr 1,200. The amount or the article entered on the bon may not be altered without the houseparent's or assistant houseparent's permission. Any attempt by a student to alter or falsify a bon will be sanctioned accordingly. The student is not allowed to receive the balance between the maximum bon price and the purchase price, in cash or in goods. Students should hand in their bon copy to their houseparent, or member of house staff on duty upon their return from the shop. Houseparents will carry out regular checks requiring students to show purchases and receipts. Unused bons will be cancelled by the houseparents or assistant 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. Credit It is strictly forbidden to buy goods or services on credit at any of the village shops or restaurants including the Campus Café. Personal Belongings School Bags 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 arrival in Switzerland will be labelled by the school. Additional labels (for naming personal clothes before arrival) can be ordered through a link provided by 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 such as sports equipment, laptops or phones 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, the 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 Reception for collection by the owner. Insurance 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). Boarders are insured with third party liability; parents of day students should arrange their own cover. Stationery The School Shop, located in the Sports Centre, is open at various times from Monday to Friday each week for students to purchase a range of items.

Laundry Clothes for laundry are collected in house no later than 08:00 on Monday. All students must use only their own labelled box or laundry bag. Boxes or laundry bags may not be shared. All items sent to the laundry must be clearly marked with the student’s name. Students may visit the laundry (in the basement of Clairmont, entry by the door around the back of the building) on Wednesday morning break or between 15:30 and 16:00 only. The laundry shares a weekly list of lost or unmarked items with Houseparents to assist them being reclaimed. Keys 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 (The Cloud) School rules governing behaviour and conduct apply in and around The Campus Café. The following should also be noted: ● ●

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Respect the opening hours and do not go to the Café during lesson time. Respect the space by disposing of litter appropriately and recycling whenever possible. 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.

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Aiglon campus map Where can I go in my free time?

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Where can I go in my free time? Senior School off-campus requirements for Years 9 to 13: 2022-2023 The school has a duty of care to know the whereabouts of students at all times and it is the student's responsibility to make sure they are proactive in communicating what they are doing and where they are going, gaining permission from staff especially when going off-campus. Students must always check in and out of House and turn their fire cards, informing House staff on duty as appropriate as to their whereabouts. Bounds: Students must never go below Le Cerf or beyond Villars (Le Bristol / King Tandoori) and must never go down to the children's play area by the school field or the area under the bridge between Chesiéres and Villars. Private houses or apartments are out of bounds unless a specific request from your family to your Houseparent has been made and permission has been granted. Hotels are also out of bounds although restaurants may be used with prior permission. Running or going for a walk: this is at the discretion of house staff and would normally be permitted in the summer term and the first half of the autumn term on a predetermined route during a student's free time, which may include after prep. Students must always carry a charged phone for safety reasons. Overnight exeats: if a student is attending an evening school commitment, they are required to stay in school overnight before being allowed to leave the following morning. Year

Monday to Friday

Saturdays: Day exeats and free time

Sunday: Exeats and free time

9 - 11

Afternoon (after Period 7) until 1745: other houses, campus. With House staff permission, Villars and local shops. Evening: Campus plus Thai and Sushi/Traiteur Friday privilege: for students on Merit or Honour role or those who have accrued 5 or more Merits during the week, evening timings start earlier at 1930 (other students at 2030, at the end of prep).

Weekend exeats: with confirmation from parents / permission from Houseparent or AHP Day Exeat: Montreux for Years 9, 10 & 11), Lausanne for Year 11 only. Students cannot go out on the same evening if back after 1730. Afternoon: Same as weekdays, after the 1200 roll call, plus Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out) Evening: other houses and sport facilities with permission plus Pasta Basta, Thai and Sushi/ Traiteur for Year 11.

After 1230: Le Cerf to Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out)

Afternoon (after Period 7) until 1745: same as Years 9 to 11 plus Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out; not restaurants; only supermarkets and local shops). Evening: Campus plus Thai and Sushi/Traiteur Friday privilege: for students on Merit or Honour role or those who have accrued 5 or more Merits or a Commendation during the week, evening timings start earlier at 1930 (other students from 2000, at the end of prep). Students can either be on Campus or in Villars.

Weekend exeats: with confirmation from parents / permission from Houseparent or AHP Day Exeat: Montreux, Lausanne (but cannot go out on the same evening if back after 1730) Afternoon: same as weekdays, after the 1200 roll call, plus Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out) Evening: same as Years 9 to 11 plus Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out)

After 1230: Le Cerf to Villars (with permission from House staff and after having signed out)

12 - 13

CDC // June 2022 (Next update June 2023)

Return by 1730

Return by 1730

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