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Vevey Montreux schools

We will shortly be moving to Vevey (not Nestle) and dont have any information from the company about schools, housing etc. Hoping some of you guys in this forum can offer advice!

We have seen websites of ISCM, HautLac, St Georges - and are considering these for our three girls.

The last post on this seems to be several yrs ago, and i think there is a new head at St Georges? What other recent developments are there?

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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Hi there,

I'm doing school hunting in Vevey as well at the moment for my son (4 years old in July)....can I ask you which option you went for? Cheers
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

well infact, we chose a school in Lausanne; my husband will drive to work in vevey; we are still in the process of trying to find a house!!
PM me and i can give a long explanation why we chose lausanne over vevey!
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

My kids go to Champittet in Pully. There are 3 new kids at Champittet in year 5-6 this year that transferred from St. George to Champittet. Not 100% sure why. One is a good friend of my daughter's and they had been at St. George long term. Apparently everyone at St. George was surprised when they left since they were quite involved/active. Mother indicated that they were a little frustrated with the transition that St. Georges is going thru and that they wanted their daughter to be doing more French. Mother is American and father swiss. HTH
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

My daughter attends St Georges and has done for last 3yrs... she is now in year 12 and we are happy with the school, like all schools she has attended it has it problems but nothing that has made us consider moving her. Like all schools she has attended
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Hi

We are moving soon to Montreux and our kids age 16 & 13 will go to St George school. Do they have an active parents group at the school?

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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

My husband works at Nestle company in Vevey, we lived in Blonay, it is a very nice small village close to Montreux and Vevey and very lose to both schools Haut Lac and Saint Georges. My kids went to Haut lac in Saint Legier, it is a pretty good school. Most people prefer the International School of Lausannes especially if their kids have been educated in the United States.
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Hi
You have the Haut lac International school in Vevey, Saint GEorges in Clarens and and International school of Monts de corsier. These are the links. My kids went to Haut lac and I can't say other than it is a great school.

www.hautlac.ch

http://stgeorges.ch/

http://www.international-school.org/...e-corsier.html
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

I have two children that have attended Haut Lac for the last five years starting in the primary and are now both at the secondary campus
I can only speak from my experiences but have to say both my children love it there and we have been really pleased with the standard of education and extra curriculum activities the school provides. I know many parents , locals and expats , and teachers who are very happy with the school.
Yes people do complain about some aspects but no more than at any other school
In my view its the best school in the area, but hey each to their own !
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

I complained to the school about a number of issues and behaviours I have seen.

They soon decided to victimise my child - am afraid that the secondary school is of shocking quality.

Ask the administration how many of the MYP5 children are leaving this year -such a high turnover is not a co-incidence
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Guys,Thanks for the posts.


Some of you are using extremely strong words. When I hear the word "victimising" I get a bit upset and think about just one level above abuse.


Can we perhaps bring some facts in the discussion and take some emotions out? Can you guys provide two-three examples of such behaviours? Same applies to favouritism.


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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

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Guys,Thanks for the posts.


Some of you are using extremely strong words. When I hear the word "victimising" I get a bit upset and think about just one level above abuse.


Can we perhaps bring some facts in the discussion and take some emotions out? Can you guys provide two-three examples of such behaviours? Same applies to favouritism.


Thanks a lot
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As this is a public forum I am not happy to share specific information here that would enable interested parties to identify my child.

In slightly general terms:

1) children who decide to leave being heavily pressured by teaching staff to stay - despite direct instructions from parents to not speak about it
2) when an "incident" happens - the schools first point of call is to apportion blame (and excuse themselves) and not to inquire to the health and safety
3) requests for help constantly turned down - yet grades state "never asks for help"
4) teachers feeling it is acceptable to shout at parents or pupils in public - when followed up with the management - they close ranks

You are asking for honest views of the school - there are many happy parents - however there are also quite a lot of parents that are not. This is an emotional topic - so it will bring forth emotional words.

all my issues have only been with the senior school - i have personally not had problems with the junior school
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Thanks a lot Itzoe - appreciate it
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Hi guys,
This is cowardly victimisation of not just people but of a school. It sounds as though you have an axe to grind. I know many many families who go to that school and they are all so happy. I am not suggesting that the school is perfect, is any school? Most people,I know, have been at that school since their children were little and would be shocked to read what is on this forum. From all reports the school is open and welcoming and the kids are happy and learning.
I am really sorry to see this type of behaviour on a public forum.
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Reports of good or bad, whether on the subject of schooling or anything else, are very difficult to verify. Parents obviously tend to base their opinions on a school on the experiences of their own children.
The opinion of new members who support or criticise are particularly 'questionable'. I'm not saying the comments, positive or negative, are untrue, but checking out location, nationality, occupation of the writers can help to sort out those with a vested interest (in the past the writer has turned out to be the owner of the business or the owner of the 'opposition'!)

Other posts written by the members give hints as to their reactions to other situations.
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

Forgive me if i ignore your post - your first post on this forum is in defense of the situation - Like others have said - this is suspicious behavior and we have been victims of owners etc defending their position without admitting to who they are (I am not stating that is who you are - just this has happened in the past and hence we are cautious around this)

This is a public forum, where free speech is allowed - we have been asked our opinions and stated it. I have also backed up the reasons for my comments. At no point have i been slanderous.

If a person is unhappy with a service then they have the right to complain about it - this is just a more emotional topic as it relates to children and schooling.

I agree that there are many happy parents - at the same time the OP has a right to know that not everyone is

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This is cowardly victimisation of not just people but of a school. It sounds as though you have an axe to grind. I know many many families who go to that school and they are all so happy. I am not suggesting that the school is perfect, is any school? Most people,I know, have been at that school since their children were little and would be shocked to read what is on this forum. From all reports the school is open and welcoming and the kids are happy and learning.
I am really sorry to see this type of behaviour on a public forum.
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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

First some wise words from sojoh:
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Again, I really think that selecting a school is a very personal choice. Parents should do their homework because it is one of the most important decisions they will make when relocating, especially if their children are in their final years of high school. Ask lots of questions when you visit a school to determine if it will provide the proper preparation for the next stage of your children's lives.
A few threads we have on the subject of these private school in the area.


Bilingual Schools in Lausanne

Vevey - Local school vs International school

SCHOOLS in VEVEY: Haut-Lac or St Georges?

Haut Lac vs ISM

Haut Lac vs local school

I was quite surprised, after doing these searches, to see that in no fewer than three of the threads I already commented that many of the posts were made by members with very low post counts. And things havenít changed a bit. Weird.



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Re: Vevey Montreux schools

This might seem a tad naive, but if your child is unhappy in a school, why don't you just change the school?
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I take it you mean 'change schools'. Being able to actually change the school would be what nearly all parents would love to be able to do. I would imagine it isn't all that easy in practice. Neither is changing schools.
Financial - does one pay in advance? or simply have a 3 month/6 month 'period of notice'. Leaving immediately might mean paying for two schools, even if one could get the child into a second place anyway. If you have more than one child at the school, do you move them all? Or will those remaining suffer afterwards even if they were happy enough before. If the unhappy child stays until the notice period is over, the 'intolerable' situation at school can deteriorate further. Well I'd think twice about it.
There is also the case of 'out of the frying pan and into the fire'.
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