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Hi just wondered if anyone has any English kids in a Swiss local school in Horgen. If so could you please message me as I'm trying to find out some more information. Thanks Jenny
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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Most questions you have will apply to most public schools in Canton Zurich.
There is not much wich is Horgen specific.
Just ask publicly and someone will answer it.
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Have you tried contacting the school directly? Not being facetious, it just seems like it makes sense to get it straight from the horse, as it were.

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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Hi we have emailed the headmaster to ask some questions. I was also hoping for some first hand experience. I'm confident that my kids will be well supported in terms of learning German. What I'm worried about is how much support the school will give e.g. a buddy system they'll get in terms of making some friendships, as they currently speak literally no High German or Swiss German. Just wondered if anyone had a similar experience particular in Horgen as we hoped there might be more English speaking kids in the local school given its a more international area. Our kids will be entering into years 2 and 4. Thanks
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There is no school at 2 (sometimes not even at 3), and 4 is just kindergarten.

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There is no school at 2 (sometimes not even at 3), and 4 is just kindergarten.

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I guess OP meant that her kids will be entering 2nd grade elementary and 4th, respectively.
Just to clarify OP - are your kids 8 and 10 or thereabouts?
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There is no school at 2 (sometimes not even at 3), and 4 is just kindergarten.

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That's a good point actually...how old are your kids Jenny? They are in kindergarten from 4 1/2 till 6 1/2 when they start primary school.

Your query regarding support is a valid one though. Maybe contact the Gemeinde (like the local town hall/government building for your area) . Www.horgen.ch.

Ours is very friendly and helpful so I would hope Horgen's is too!
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I guess OP meant that her kids will be entering 2nd grade elementary and 4th, respectively.
Just to clarify OP - are your kids 8 and 10 or thereabouts?
Year 2 is age 5 in the UK and year 4 is around 7/8 (I think, ish!) So if the OP us from the UK...
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Hi we have emailed the headmaster to ask some questions. I was also hoping for some first hand experience. I'm confident that my kids will be well supported in terms of learning German. What I'm worried about is how much support the school will give e.g. a buddy system they'll get in terms of making some friendships, as they currently speak literally no High German or Swiss German. Just wondered if anyone had a similar experience particular in Horgen as we hoped there might be more English speaking kids in the local school given its a more international area. Our kids will be entering into years 2 and 4. Thanks
Even if they're both gingers they will probably still be exotic enough to be interesting. I don't think the schools do a buddy system formally, but if you follow the curriculum and look at the stuff up on the walls the school system is pretty aware of mobbing and makes an effort.

The ability to play football and the lure of an exotic vocabulary of swearwords will do for a start.

You will be surprised at how prevalent English is. Coming here with only English is significantly different from going to Cork with only German (I'm not being flippant).

What sports and hobbies do the kids have? With the possible exception of Irish dancing, or hurling there will be a local equivalent.
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With the possible exception of Irish dancing, or hurling there will be a local equivalent.
Oh, dear, I did Irish dancing when I was 11/12 (because the teachers were HOT catholic high-school girls!)

But don't you have to be old enough to drink to do hurling?

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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Hi my kids are aged 10 and 8 and hence will be going into grade 4 and 2 respectively. The eldest is very shy even without the language barrier and he's not very sporty. He likes taekwon do, science and chess. He's the one we're most concerned about re making friends. Our daughter is more outgoing and given that she's younger and naturally good at English and French we think she'll most likely be fine.
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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

It can be hard for kids to fit into classes where the children have been together for a while. They need extra support and understanding from their parents for a while.
Here are two links which might help them to find activities out of school.
Taekwondo in Wädenswil which is the next 'town' to Horgen.
and a chess club which meets in Thalwil. (Towards Zürich along the lake from Horgen)

Good luck to all of you.
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Hi my kids are aged 10 and 8 and hence will be going into grade 4 and 2 respectively. The eldest is very shy even without the language barrier and he's not very sporty. He likes taekwon do, science and chess. He's the one we're most concerned about re making friends. Our daughter is more outgoing and given that she's younger and naturally good at English and French we think she'll most likely be fine.
I note that you avoid the ginger issue.

Taekwondo and chess will be locally available, swimming also. Just keep an eye on it and give them a bit of space to find their own feet. Are they particularly close to each other?
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Even if they're both gingers they will probably still be exotic enough to be interesting. I don't think the schools do a buddy system formally, but if you follow the curriculum and look at the stuff up on the walls the school system is pretty aware of mobbing and makes an effort.
Most of the Zurich schools have buddy systems but it's more for the littlies coming up from Kindergarten to first class. It's usually a 4th or 5th grader who looks after them, at least in my son's case it was to make sure he had someone to play with at break, could find his way back to the classroom, to the Tageshort place, etc.

The littlies love that they have a cool older kid as a mate and the older ones are all proud of their responsibility.

To the OP, it's quite likely that your kids will be assigned an older student, plus, if the city of Zurich schools are anything to go by, there are likely to be more than a handful of English speaking kids - Horgen has got loads of expats.

My son's class (in local Swiss school) this year has 5 kids with one or both parents with English mother tongue.
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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Hi Jenny, are you on Facebook? There is an FB group for parents along Zurich silver coast. You might wanna try to post your questions there. I'm aware that there's a number of English speaking families in Horgen. Good luck!
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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Jenny, it does very much depend on the teacher and the school. My son has attended two Swiss schools. In neither, as a new entrant, was he given a buddy. But his teachers did keep a bit of an eye on him in the early days.
Kids are expected to be a bit more independent here. So I would say there is more of an getting on with it attitude.
The buddy systems tend to be more to do with the kindergartens. They are usually two classes together of the 1st year kg and the 2nd year kg.
Maybe when you know the class and teacher for your son you could explain his interest and your concerns. Then the teacher can identify some children with similar interests.
After school clubs are a good way to get to know other children. Sometimes the school run very reasonably priced or free after school clubs. I'm still sometimes shocked by the costs of some kids activities here!
My two were very tired for the first months. Mainly because of the sheer mental effort of spending a lot of time hearing, reading, writing and trying to speak German. And adjusting to new cultural expectations and their new environment. It's worth bearing that in mind when scheduling activities.
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Hi we have emailed the headmaster to ask some questions. I was also hoping for some first hand experience. I'm confident that my kids will be well supported in terms of learning German. What I'm worried about is how much support the school will give e.g. a buddy system they'll get in terms of making some friendships, as they currently speak literally no High German or Swiss German. Just wondered if anyone had a similar experience particular in Horgen as we hoped there might be more English speaking kids in the local school given its a more international area. Our kids will be entering into years 2 and 4. Thanks
Hi,

We moved to Horgen a couple of years ago and put our daughter (8 years old at the time) into one of the local schools. Our experiences have been really positive.

Initially our daughter was sent for about 6 hours per week to a central German class for the 1st year. Our daughter was paired up with a child in her class who spoke good English and they are still really good friends. The teachers and school in general was really supportive and she is really settled in now.

Horgen is a bit of an ex-pat hub so you'll meet lots of similar families and most kids do speak English but you should find in a couple of months English in the playground won't be needed

I hope you have a similar experience to us

If you want to go into specifics then PM me

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Re: Local swiss schools in Horgen

Hi Jenny,
We are in Horgen too. Our kids joined the local Primary School a few years ago with absolutely NO level of German. They integrated really well within a year and now after 5 years have friends pretty much all over Horgen. They are now in the Secondary school. They were sent for extra German language lessons for nearly 2years and in fact the Sek teachers told us had we not mentioned how new we were in the system they'd have taken us for locals. 😊 Socially we had a smooth sailing but a few teething issues with the way subjects are taught here and now in Sek with each ones time table being so different we really need to be on top of things. Pm me if you have any more questions.
Hope you've settled in by now.
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