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So far so good… public school in Geneva/Vaud

A little long, but I received these two emails from my daughter’s new teachers, starting next week. She will be starting at the public school about a kilometer and a half from our new house. The bus monitor also wrote a nice introduction.
I’m genuinely pleased. The English will follow the French:

Bonjour Monsieur

Je vous remercie pour votre mail que j'ai lu avec attention. Je suis actuellement en congé maternité et c'est ma collègue X. qui est en charge de la classe jusqu'à mon retour en janvier. Je me permets de vous répondre en la mettant en copie pour qu'elle puisse prendre contact avec vous et avoir les informations que vous m'avez transmises.

Je me réjouis de rencontrer H— très bientôt et je vous souhaite un bon emménagement à Vaud.
Cordialement.

YZ

Hello Mr.

Thank you for your email which I have read carefully. I am currently on maternity leave and it is my colleague X who is in charge of the class until my return in January. I would like to reply to you by copying her so that she can get in touch with you and have the information that you have given me.

I am looking forward to meeting H——- very soon and I wish you a good move to Vaud.

Sincerely.

YZ

Then this even nicer note from the substitute teacher:

Bonjour Monsieur

Je vous remercie pour votre mail et les précieuses informations concernant votre fille.

J’enseigne actuellement dans la classe de Mme YZ Les élèves se réjouissent déjà de rencontrer H—- et de l’intégrer à la classe. Une des élèves parle couramment l’anglais, elle est contente d’aider H——- et de traduire pour les autres camarades.

Je me réjouis également de rencontrer votre fille et de l’aider au mieux à se familiariser dans son nouvel environnement. Je parle également anglais si cela peut la rassurer.
Je mets en copie Mme ABC., qui sera l’enseignante de français intensif.
Nous pouvons envisager un entretien quand cela vous arrangera afin de vous informer sur l’organisation du système scolaire vaudois.

Au plaisir de faire la connaissance de votre fille

Meilleures salutations
X

Hello Mr.

Thank you for your email and the valuable information about your daughter.

I am currently teaching in Mrs. YZs class. The students are already looking forward to meeting H—— and integrating her into the class. One of the students is fluent in English and is happy to help H——- and translate for the other students.

I am also looking forward to meeting your daughter and helping her get acquainted with her new environment. I also speak English if that will reassure her.
I am copying Ms. ABC who will be the intensive French teacher.
We can arrange a meeting at your convenience to inform you about the organization of the school system in Vaud.

I look forward to meeting your daughter

Best regards
X

Granted, I wrote them nice emails after receiving my daughter’s class assignment, yet still, the one teacher is away on maternity leave, and chose to both respond and go the extra effort to introduce the other teacher, who has also gone out of her way with a nice caring message.

I am glad that we’ve made the decision to move to Vaud and to send the kid to public school. I’m a former teacher and I used to go out of my way to welcome new kids and families - but I know not every teacher can or does. Even though we don’t speak the same language, as teachers, we certainly speak the same language.

And the note from the bus monitor was so pleasant too. Unexpected.

So again, I give thanks to the many folks in this forum who suggested that we give the public schools a try. Our experience in Geneva has also been quite good. For parents worried about choosing international school or public, our kid is nine, and she’s been adjusting well after a month of public school here, following a month of Japanese public school (which she did not like), and five years of international school in our previous country (Japan), which she loved.
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Re: So far so good… public school in Geneva/Vaud

Why is there a bus for only 1.5 km?

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Why is there a bus for only 1.5 km?

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Maybe it’s a ‘pedibus’?

They’re very common around here.
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Re: So far so good… public school in Geneva/Vaud

Do we all now need to post our childrens school stuff here in 3 different languages? Mine is almost 28 - not sure if the EF has the server capacity. And should we include the masters / phd stuff?
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Why is there a bus for only 1.5 km?

Tom
I’m not the school officials, nor do I make the decisions. There are some desolate stretches of road with large vehicles moving quickly in the area.

Still, that’s your takeaway from this post?
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They’re very common around here.
Yes, they do that here as well.

Real buses for the 4km to the middle school.

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Re: So far so good… public school in Geneva/Vaud

first email looks like an auto out of office reply if it wasn't for the (redacted) name.

yes swiss people are nice and polite and civilized.
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Do we all now need to post our childrens school stuff here in 3 different languages? Mine is almost 28 - not sure if the EF has server capacity.
Three languages?
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Yes, they do that here as well.

Real buses for the 4km to the middle school.

Tom
no bus for the 12km to my daughter's school. dad's taxi...
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Do we all now need to post our childrens school stuff here in 3 different languages? Mine is almost 28 - not sure if the EF has server capacity.
My youngest is almost 29. Moving to Zermatt in two weeks for the season for work as breakfast chef, though what's to prepare beyond RedBull and a cig?

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first email looks like an auto out of office reply if it wasn't for the (redacted) name.

yes swiss people are nice and polite and civilized.
It wasn’t an auto reply. There was a bit of personal info that I cut out.
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Sounds like a good school. It used to be common practise for Swiss parents to invite their child's teacher into their homes for dinner at least once a year. I wonder if it still happens. I always thought it was a brilliant tradition.
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You live that far from the center of town?

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Sounds like a good school. It used to be common practise for Swiss parents to invite their child's teacher into their homes for dinner at least once a year. I wonder if it still happens. I always thought it was a brilliant tradition.
Never seen nor heard of it.

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Three languages?
Yup - you missed the Italien bit - anyhow - very happy for you!!!
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You live that far from the center of town?

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i live in a completely different comune. moved out of lugano 5 years ago. too many foreigners
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Re: So far so good… public school in Geneva/Vaud

MRS thanks for the update. It must be a relief for you to know your kid will be well looked after.

And ignore the grouches. The don’t get out very much.
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Sounds like a good school. It used to be common practise for Swiss parents to invite their child's teacher into their homes for dinner at least once a year. I wonder if it still happens. I always thought it was a brilliant tradition.
That’s really nice. I kept in touch with many of my former students and their families over the years. And my teachers did too. Imagine my pleasant surprise when on my fiftieth birthday, I received a card from my first grade teacher.
I’ve bumped into former students on their honeymoons (I was living on Maui at the time), I’ve written over a hundred college reference letters, and at least two dozen of my former elementary school kids have since graduated from my university. I’m really glad that these teachers are also motivated to go the extra distance. I’m really impressed.
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MRS thanks for the update. It must be a relief for you to know your kid will be well looked after.

And ignore the grouches. The don’t get out very much.
Thanks!!! And it’s a huge relief, especially as I was the one pushing for the move here, and chose Vaud.
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MRS thanks for the update. It must be a relief for you to know your kid will be well looked after.

And ignore the grouches. The don’t get out very much.
Also thanks for the update. Your post will undoubtedly be used as a reference for future research for those inspecting the area.
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