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Welcome to canton Fribourg! Glad to see new people from EF relocating to this great canton. Something must be going on in Villars-Sur-Glâne
I'm living on the other side in the german speaking part close to Murten. It's also a very nice area.
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Old 27.07.2011, 14:21
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Welcome to canton Fribourg! Glad to see new people from EF relocating to this great canton. Something must be going on in Villars-Sur-Glâne
I'm living on the other side in the german speaking part close to Murten. It's also a very nice area.

Yes. I live there
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Old 27.07.2011, 21:52
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Yippeee!! I've got a flight landing on Tuesday! Can't wait to see Fribourg. :msng rin:
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That is good news. Shame you'll just miss the National Holiday festivities on the 1st August. Lots of fireworks, bonfires and barbecues. Never mind, it's something to look forward to next year when you've settled in your new country.

Sunshine's due to arrive back with us on Monday; it's been a very wet summer here so far, but we need the rain as it was a very dry spring so we can't really complain. And it's kept temperatures below 30+ which is the norm for this time of year.

Hope you have a good flight and enjoy your stay while you're trying to sort everything out. Let us know how it goes.
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That is good news. Shame you'll just miss the National Holiday festivities on the 1st August. Lots of fireworks, bonfires and barbecues. Never mind, it's something to look forward to next year when you've settled in your new country.

Sunshine's due to arrive back with us on Monday; it's been a very wet summer here so far, but we need the rain as it was a very dry spring so we can't really complain. And it's kept temperatures below 30+ which is the norm for this time of year.

Hope you have a good flight and enjoy your stay while you're trying to sort everything out. Let us know how it goes.
Yippee sunshine!!! Sounds like I'm coming over at the right time. I will definitely let everyone know how things go. I'm a little nervous bit I'm meeting with someone who is going to "orientate" me!! So it should be a little easier. I'm gutted we'll miss the festivities but you're right it gives me something to look forward to next year.
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Bloody confused again!! Flipping relocation woman is banging on about the IB and I'd sorted it in my head that we were going to put them in local schools. Hmph!
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Aah, It intrigues me, how often people seem to have problems with the Relocation reps. Just keep in mind that her job is to give you information, but the decisions are ALL yours. Ask for her reasons for pushing for ISB, and her reasons against the local system - try to seperate out her facts from her personal opinioins. As a parent and a teacher, I can see advantages either way. Fro what I have read, you are intending on being here "permanently" and in your head, you had decided on the local school system. I see nothing wrong with your decision, from that information.
If, you go the local route and the children thrive and you are happy, then great. If things turn out to not provide what you would like, you still have the right to change your mind and swap them overwhen/if that point comes.
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

The other potential problem with the International School in Bern would be actually getting the children to/from school every day. Depending on which side of Fribourg you end up at it would be a local train/bus into Fribourg then the train to Bern and bus/tram/walk to the school. Otherwise you will have to drop them off and pick them up every day. This could be a journey of up to an hour each way at least as the train journey from Fribourg to Bern is 25 minutes long on its own, and remember they'll also have to do it in the dark in wintertime.

As biff suggests, I think I'd try the local school first and hope they settle in there without too many problems. You have the ISB as a backup, if they just find things too difficult.
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The other potential problem with the International School in Bern would be actually getting the children to/from school every day. Depending on which side of Fribourg you end up at it would be a local train/bus into Fribourg then the train to Bern and bus/tram/walk to the school. Otherwise you will have to drop them off and pick them up every day. This could be a journey of up to an hour each way at least as the train journey from Fribourg to Bern is 25 minutes long on its own, and remember they'll also have to do it in the dark in wintertime.

As biff suggests, I think I'd try the local school first and hope they settle in there without too many problems. You have the ISB as a backup, if they just find things too difficult.
The S1 train from Fribourg to Thun stops in Gümligen and I believe the ISB is within walking distance of the station, so that end of the journey is not so bad. It's a 39 minute train trip. I take that train most days and there is a handful of ISB students on it. As Medea states though, if you live outside of Fribourg, getting to the station itself could be a bind.
Stick to your guns if you want to go the local route though, you always have the option to switch to ISB if your kids are struggling with the language (and you can afford the $$$).
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Aah, It intrigues me, how often people seem to have problems with the Relocation reps. Just keep in mind that her job is to give you information, but the decisions are ALL yours. Ask for her reasons for pushing for ISB, and her reasons against the local system - try to seperate out her facts from her personal opinioins. As a parent and a teacher, I can see advantages either way. Fro what I have read, you are intending on being here "permanently" and in your head, you had decided on the local school system. I see nothing wrong with your decision, from that information.
If, you go the local route and the children thrive and you are happy, then great. If things turn out to not provide what you would like, you still have the right to change your mind and swap them overwhen/if that point comes.
Thank you!! You're right, I have the power!!!

Actually I have just spoken to her and she's lovely! But have clarified many points.
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Old 28.07.2011, 15:12
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Bloody confused again!! Flipping relocation woman is banging on about the IB and I'd sorted it in my head that we were going to put them in local schools. Hmph!
My take on International Schools, is that they're better suited to people who are only here for limited time contracts, and then will be moving on/back - so it is not necessary for the kids to be schooled in any other language than English.

If you're here for the long haul (indefinitely), then you all need to get fully integrated as quickly and easily as possible. The younger, the better it is.

Get your kids in the local school system - it'll be a bit tough to start with, but with the extra help available, they should soon get into it.

Comparatively, schooling is 1-2 yrs. behind here, so it wont be too much of a hindrance if a year is spent acclimatising. However the standard of education at the end is generally good - just finishes later than UK.

The agent is probably more familiar with families on fixed-term contracts, hence their pushing the ISB (probably gets a kick-back, as they're fee-paying).
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Thanks guys! I love this forum it really really helps me!

I have now spoken to the relocation lady and she was lovely. I now feel a bit guilty. But her emails seemed as though she wasn't listening. I now realise I have to be more direct. I'm learning!!

I am going to stick to looking for my hoose first and think about schools after we are settled. One thing at a time.

I am now all excited again and I must say it's mostly because I get such good support from you guys. Thank you again.

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Old 28.07.2011, 15:32
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Thanks guys! I love this forum it really really helps me!

I have now spoken to the relocation lady and she was lovely. I now feel a bit guilty. But her emails seemed as though she wasn't listening. I now realise I have to be more direct. I'm learning!!

I am going to stick to looking for my hoose first and think about schools after we are settled. One thing at a time.

I am now all excited again and I must say it's mostly because I get such good support from you guys. Thank you again.

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Unless your paying, you don't really get to choose. The kids go to the school that serves the district/village in which you live - so should be considered when looking for houses.

However, I don't think there are vast differences between individual schools, other than the usual problem of how some of the teachers are - which is the same in schools anywhere.

If I've had a complaint here, it's with the lack of administration aspects of my daughter's school, which is a bit backward - but that hasn't/doesn't effect her education, anyway.
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The S1 train from Fribourg to Thun stops in Gümligen and I believe the ISB is within walking distance of the station, so that end of the journey is not so bad. It's a 39 minute train trip. I take that train most days and there is a handful of ISB students on it. As Medea states though, if you live outside of Fribourg, getting to the station itself could be a bind.
Stick to your guns if you want to go the local route though, you always have the option to switch to ISB if your kids are struggling with the language (and you can afford the $$$).
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Unless your paying, you don't really get to choose. The kids go to the school that serves the district/village in which you live - so should be considered when looking for houses.

However, I don't think there are vast differences between individual schools, other than the usual problem of how some of the teachers are - which is the same in schools anywhere.

If I've had a complaint here, it's with the lack of administration aspects of my daughter's school, which is a bit backward - but that hasn't/doesn't effect her education, anyway.
From where I am in Misery, which is about 8 kilometres from the rail station at Fribourg, it's another 20 minute bus ride so it would an hour from here to the ISB.

You've got to take getting to/from school into consideration when looking for housing if you have kids. This is something to talk with your lady about if/when you find a property you think you want. She'll be able to find out about things like how far away the school is, whether there's a commune school bus they can use or bus/train routes to get to the school if it's not within walking distance and frequency of service, etc.

Don't forget this might apply to hubby as well, if he's planning on using public transport to get to/from work rather than driving.

And another thing to remember, kids and maybe hubby too will come home at lunchtime for their meals. Although I think most middle to large companies probably provide canteen facilities, usually schools don't, so be prepared for that.
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From where I am in Misery, which is about 8 kilometres from the rail station at Fribourg, it's another 20 minute bus ride so it would an hour from here to the ISB.

You've got to take getting to/from school into consideration when looking for housing if you have kids. This is something to talk with your lady about if/when you find a property you think you want. She'll be able to find out about things like how far away the school is, whether there's a commune school bus they can use or bus/train routes to get to the school if it's not within walking distance and frequency of service, etc.

Don't forget this might apply to hubby as well, if he's planning on using public transport to get to/from work rather than driving.

And another thing to remember, kids and maybe hubby too will come home at lunchtime for their meals. Although I think most middle to large companies probably provide canteen facilities, usually schools don't, so be prepared for that.
I really am opting for the local school and see how we get on.
Aw I used to go home for lunch.
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Hi Faybay, Hi all. Just wanted to give you another option, for schools. Have a look at ( Tagesschule Sesam. ) you can change it into English. An alternative way of schooling. But it is not free, the public schools are. Good luck with the house hunting. If your kids are into any sports ,it will be a big help. As for me, I love the small village life. The local dilect is Senslerdeutsch, but in the school its High German. Then 10 min away is French. Keep happy.
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Hi Faybay, Hi all. Just wanted to give you another option, for schools. Have a look at ( Tagesschule Sesam. ) you can change it into English. An alternative way of schooling. But it is not free, the public schools are. Good luck with the house hunting. If your kids are into any sports ,it will be a big help. As for me, I love the small village life. The local dilect is Senslerdeutsch, but in the school its High German. Then 10 min away is French. Keep happy.
Thanks. I'll check it out
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I swear these relocation people are a bit mental. So she tells me on the phone we are going to do an orientation of the area on Wednesday. I'm thinking SHOPPING!!! Now I get an email saying shes picking me up outside my hotel at half 2! For a house viewing at 3. I understand that you must make appointments etc but she's getting paid (a handsome sum!) to show me round the area and I don't have loads of time for this. FFS!!!
Right rant over! It'll be fine, it'll be fine, it'll be fine..............
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