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Hi, We are a British family due to relocate to Fribourg sometime this year. We will be bringing 2 of our children with us. One is coming up for 8 (thinking of putting her in a local school) and the other is a 13 year old girl who has no french and also a hearing loss which means she wears bi-lateral hearing aids. We ideally would love her to learn french to a comprehensive level, but we are conscience that at 13, she is experiencing adolescent feelings, she is also very conscience about her hearing aids etc. Ideally a billingual school french/english would be great, but we are having a problem finding such a school on-line. Any ideas please?. Many thanks in advance
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Old 17.09.2012, 15:24
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Re: School Advice

Here's a private school about 15 mins out of Fribourg, at St Wolfang, nr. Düdingen (next motorway exit after Fribourg; direction Bern). However, this is in the Deutsch Schweiz.

I have no personal experience of this school, and only recommend it because I am aware of it.

I also seem to recall that it may not be cheap.

http://www.tagesschule-sesam.ch/en/s...anchor=1310003
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Welcome to the Forum Haide.

Fribourg has a good reputation in education, and your children could both go to local schools. At 13 years old your eldest will quickly learn French.

The problem would be that your eldest would be isolated if attending a private school, as such schools are thin on the ground in Fribourg, and she could be further isolated by not having any school friends living nearby.

Do you realise that the River Sense roughly divides Fribourg into two parts: German speakers to the east and French speakers to the west? So if you want a French education you need to live roughly west of the river, you can see the roads have either German names or French names. You need to ask which language school your children will attend when you are house hunting,

http://map.search.ch/fribourg

http://www.immoscout24.ch/IS24Web/_V2/List.aspx?what=3&where=7&type=1&lng=en

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I can't help with school advice as we don't live in Fribourg but your name sounds familiar. Did you ever live in Belgium?
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Re: School Advice

Welcome to the forum - and to Fribourg!

My daughter was 13 when we moved to Fribourg. After sending her to ISBern for the first six months, we (wife & I) decided to shift her to local (French) school. We found the school system to be very supportive - extra lessons for French; volunteer 'buddy' class mate during the first six months etc.

We did also keep private tutions for her, since she had to study all subjects in French, not just the language, and needed help in 'translating' the exercises etc.

At the end of 1.5 years, she has done well at school, and needs minimal 'external' help.

I hope my / daughter's experience will be of some help to you.
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We ideally would love her to learn french to a comprehensive level, but we are conscience that at 13, she is experiencing adolescent feelings, she is also very conscience about her hearing aids etc. Ideally a billingual school french/english would be great, but we are having a problem finding such a school on-line. Any ideas please?. Many thanks in advance
Why not let her start in the local school and see how it works out? The Swiss system tends to foster great team spirit, accepting differences and supporting each other, so it might work out better than you think. My son has Aspergers Syndrome and is in the local school, where things are going very well for him. His class mates have been told the situation and most of them do a good job looking out for him - reminding him to take his meds when he is on trips, checking that he does not wander off from the group and so on...

The other thing is that if she starts in the system, then she becomes their problem so to speak and if it does not work out they will have to come up with a solution. In my son's case this has resulted in an extra part time teacher being added to the staff, to assist in know problem situations and school trips.

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I can't help with school advice as we don't live in Fribourg but your name sounds familiar. Did you ever live in Belgium?

I did indeed live in Belgium!.
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Still waiting for the day when one of my ex students will write on EF 'Mrs C, is that you'? lol.
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Ok I know who you are now! You left when the third child would have been about 3 or 4 I think and lived in Lasne. Number 4 was a little unexpected if I remember rightly.

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