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Primary schools around Leysin area

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I just joined the forum today, and I'm sure I'll have loads of questions to bombard you all with. But, I'll start with schools. I've been searching on-line for info on primary schools (state, not private) around the Leysin area, but have come up with nothing. Does anyone know whether there's a primary school in Leysin? If not, where is the nearest one? Have any of you had experience of plonking a your children into a french-speaking school when they speak no French at all (my children are currently 7, nearly 6 and 4). They're currently getting to grips with German at a US/German school in Berlin, but we're thinking of moving to the French side of Switzerland and like the look of Leysin. Any thoughts appreciated...
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Re: Primary schools around Leysin area

Hi, I live in Leysin too.
I don't have any kids, but my teacher does and she just sent them to the local school in Leysin.

Kids catch up new language really fast so there is no worries.

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My teacher has two sons, one just turned 7 and the other one is 9, they can now understand French very well and they have only been here for 1 and half years.
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I've been searching on-line for info on primary schools (state, not private) around the Leysin area, but have come up with nothing. Does anyone know whether there's a primary school in Leysin?
There is minimal information on the Commune de Leysin web site, under the drop down menu "A votre service". But there is an email address if you have any specific questions (other than that the school does indeed exist!).
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Hi, I live in Leysin too.
I don't have any kids, but my teacher does and she just sent them to the local school in Leysin.

Kids catch up new language really fast so there is no worries.

p.s:
My teacher has two sons, one just turned 7 and the other one is 9, they can now understand French very well and they have only been here for 1 and half years.
Although I agree that children usually pick up languages very quickly and, in retrospect, very easily, please don't forget that it is difficult for a gregarious, chatty child suddenly to be in an environment where no-one understands what he/she says, and for a shy child it may be hard to be laughed at for being different. Even if the reactions of the other children are completely without malice, we all know what it's like when others to laugh at something we say and we don't know why. Foreigners just sound funny! It usually doesn't take long for the children to begin to fit in and they benefit enormously later for being bilingual, but it needs a fair bit of support from the parents and teachers during the transition period. An understanding Mum waiting at home for the child is worth her weight in gold!
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Re: Primary schools around Leysin area

There are more han 3 international schools in Leysin, Many of the faculties have kids and they send them to the local school, so I'm sure there are some native english speaking kids there.
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