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Re: Diversity in Swiss Local Schools?

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Thank you for the response... I mean sports and activities offered by the school that parents are not expected to pay extra for it.
During the school day, i.e. built into the timetable and not outside of school hours, the children will do some general sport (PT = physical training), some a kind of athletics or gymnastics. The emphasis of content will depend on the school, the teachers and the facilities, but this will happen at least once a week.

Schools also build in swimming-lessons during the school day, i.e. they are not seen as extra, but as part of the school curriculum. Switzerland is full of lakes and rivers, so being able to swim is seen as a very important life-skill.

For both on-land and water, the child has to take along his/her own gear to school, to change for sports.

In the younger years, children also sing at school. They may also engage in some other basic music training, too, such as learning to sing a scale, or learning to experiment with rhythm by clapping and percussion on the desks.

Some schools also do cycling, i.e. the children are taken out by a policeman- or woman, who explains what the road signs mean, and how to stop and start and turn corners safely. This, however, is mainly part of learning road-safety, and not a sporting activity often practiced as part of school every week.

That's all included, and free.

In addition, once in a while, a teacher will organise a school outing. This is usually during school hours, but may extend beyond them.

Then, the children assemble at school (or at an agreed point of public transport) and the whole class take the bus, tram or train to some event, such as a visit to the zoo or to a cultural or sporting event. This is not frequent, and the feasiblity depends quite a lot on whether parents volunteer to join the outing to help look after the children. Usually, for such an event, the parents will be asked to contribute towards the entrance fees, but often these are reduced because it's a group booking.
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Re: Diversity in Swiss Local Schools?

Sports are mostly done through "Vereine" here, local clubs that specialize in a particular sport. Most have youth leagues run by volunteers. There is usually a very small membership fee to cover costs such as the rental of the local gym. The clubs also raise funds through sponsorship and yearly events. Most communities also have a JUGI, a multi sports club part of the Turnverein(Gymnastics/Sports club also for adults), the cost for kids is usually below 100 Francs for the year.
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In addition, once in a while, a teacher will organise a school outing. This is usually during school hours, but may extend beyond them.

Then, the children assemble at school (or at an agreed point of public transport) and the whole class take the bus, tram or train to some event, such as a visit to the zoo or to a cultural or sporting event. This is not frequent, and the feasiblity depends quite a lot on whether parents volunteer to join the outing to help look after the children. Usually, for such an event, the parents will be asked to contribute towards the entrance fees, but often these are reduced because it's a group booking.
Wasn't there a new federal law recently where it is now the case that schools are not allowed to ask for a parental monetary contribution for compulsory school trips?

Our kids recently did an Autumn day hike and a couple of weeks before, the older children had to run a market stall to raise enough money for the bus fare and the younger children started and finished their walk at school so there was no financial outlay.
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