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Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

Hello,

Our children (8 and 10) have been allocated to Schulhaus Letten for integration class. The school is a 15 min. walk from our flat, crossing two very busy streets. There are two other primary schools both 4 minutes away, and a safer walk. It's not clear if they will remain at Letten, or "graduate" from the integration class and transfer to a closer school. (I've requested a meeting in person.) It seems there is some upheaval at Letten School, or maybe this is business as usual... https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/schulen.../ueberuns.html

Any advice, opinions on Letten, Weinberg-Turner, or Scherr?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

Most likely, there is no integration class at the other schools. Kids often do get allocated to other schools after integration class. As for that letter. Does not sound like upheaval to me. Just a few changes for the new school year, there are a lot more changes than that at my own school.
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Re: Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

By upheaval, if I'm reading correctly, I meant that the school is having a change in administration for the first time in 20 years.
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Re: Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

Upheaval would be a change in administration every six months. 20 years is a sign of non-upheaval,lol.
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Hello,

Our children (8 and 10) have been allocated to Schulhaus Letten for integration class. The school is a 15 min. walk from our flat, crossing two very busy streets. There are two other primary schools both 4 minutes away, and a safer walk. It's not clear if they will remain at Letten, or "graduate" from the integration class and transfer to a closer school. (I've requested a meeting in person.) It seems there is some upheaval at Letten School, or maybe this is business as usual... https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/schulen.../ueberuns.html

Any advice, opinions on Letten, Weinberg-Turner, or Scherr?

Thanks in advance!
Many children walk to school, from Kindergarten age onwards. I realise, though, that this may all be new for your children, and I understand your concern about a the route crossing two very busy streets.

Parents here, faced with a new school route, generally take the children out, long before school starts, (during the holidays) to walk along that route. They test out the possibilities for crossing, possibly by taking a slightly longer route to get to a safer crossing with better visibility or traffic lights where cars are not turning in several directions.

The journey can be taught by noting clear landmarks: from our door, straight down the road until the yellow house / big tree / bakery / fountain. Then take about thirty steps more, and you'll be at the first traffic lights. And so on.

After a few attempts, it's a good idea to go with two adults, one from either end of the street or crossing, to check that the children know which way to go, and how to cross. Hope that helps, and welcome.
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Re: Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

Thanks so much, Doropfiz.
This is great advice, and I thank you for the warm welcome!

Swisscanmom: We probably have a different version of the English dictionary. For example, if I haven't moved to a new country in 20 years, I would consider the disruption an "upheaval". Your definition means that I would need to move every 6 months...comme ci, comme ça.
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Thanks so much, Doropfiz.
This is great advice, and I thank you for the warm welcome!

Swisscanmom: We probably have a different version of the English dictionary. For example, if I haven't moved to a new country in 20 years, I would consider the disruption an "upheaval". Your definition means that I would need to move every 6 months...comme ci, comme ça.
Never mind, InThalwil, Swisscanmom's a good sort, with lots of exeperience and wisdom to do with the school systems. Her view on the changes at the school not being that much of an upheaval probably come from her having lived in Switzerland for a while, now.

You see, nothing much ever changes in Switzerland. And when it does, it usually involves lots of discussions, planning, talks about talks, interest groups and information meetings, and possibly votes. This process almost always take a long time. And then, after a lot of thought has gone into the matter, and quite some compromise from all sides, the change is made. For a brief time of transition, some feathers feel ruffled, and then folk settle down to the normal way of doing things, which is sometimes just a new leader and sometimes a new procedure. People nod or shake their heads, and turn back to everyday matters.

In Switzerland, an upheaval is rare, and when it happens, it is a case of surprising and unplanned for turmoil, with one thing going wrong after another, and major, rapid changes, till everyone feels overwhelmed because the usual procedures for dissemination of all necessary information and providing for all concerned to have their say, etc., etc., cannot be properly followed.

Of course, that's a bit of a cliché, and certainly for each of us who move countries, that certainly is our personal, organisational and emotional upheaval. All the best with your transition, and may you discover many wonderful things about living here!
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Re: Schulhaus Letten, Weinberg-Turner, and Scherr

Lol, yes, to me a change after 20 years means there was solid leadership for 20 years and now it is time for them to move on. This does not have to be negative at all. Also there are only a few other people changing. That is a good sign.
A few years ago there was upheaval at the school where I teach: There were 8 principals in 5 years! Many teachers got fed up and left during that time as well.
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