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Hi all,

This is my introduction as a perspective new comer!!

My husband has been offered a job in Rolle and we are currently looking at our options. We live in South of England at present with two children, aged 8 and 5 in a small village.

The decision we have to make is do we all go to Rolle or does my husband travel back to U.K for weekends and we visit in half term and long weekends. The job contract could be 18 months to 3 years.

I have been looking through loads of threads and I know this is not the place to ask questions. We have looked at fabulous International schools and we really liked La Cote. If anyone can point me in the right direction of good threads on schools, life in general the good and the bad, I would really appreciate it.

It's all very exciting but daunting too!!

Thanks very much and look forward to hearing from some of you,

Sue
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Go (to Rolle).
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Re: Do I stay or Go

Hi Sue,

Going off your profile, I think you'll be a good 'fit', so it's really up to whether you want to do it, or always wonder "what if...?" Kids are adapatable and you've got the low cost airlines flying out of Geneva, which makes frequent trips to see family very possible.
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If it's only 18 months, then stay. If it's three years, then go. If the probability of the latter is higher than the former, take the risk and go.

Don't put the kids in private schools - put them into the state system. At that age, you'll have no problem reintegrating them into the UK system (if you subsequently have to or decide to return), and they'll benefit from acquiring a new language. Spending the money on school fees is decidedly inefficient. Don't tell the teachers you're only there temporarily though!

Don't move into a village even if you're already a fluent in French. While it can be enormously rewarding, it can also be very isolating.
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International commuting is incredibly tiring and doesn't really suit anybody at the end of the day
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While I have a preference to be able to walk to the office, I've done international commutes a couple of times. I've also done weekly commutes within the UK and Switzerland.

I know one English chap who contracted weekly to/from Basel for over a decade.
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If it's only 18 months, then stay. If it's three years, then go. If the probability of the latter is higher than the former, take the risk and go.

Don't put the kids in private schools - put them into the state system. At that age, you'll have no problem reintegrating them into the UK system (if you subsequently have to or decide to return), and they'll benefit from acquiring a new language. Spending the money on school fees is decidedly inefficient. Don't tell the teachers you're only there temporarily though!

Don't move into a village even if you're already a fluent in French. While it can be enormously rewarding, it can also be very isolating.
Hi thanks, I will look at threads on schools, but I have a friend who lives in Switzerland and is a teacher. She advised as one of my children has special Educational needs, International school would be more supportive, especially with the language conversion too.
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Hi thanks, I will look at threads on schools, but I have a friend who lives in Switzerland and is a teacher. She advised as one of my children has special Educational needs, International school would be more supportive, especially with the language conversion too.
We love village life where we are, what areas would you recommend are good for families but not too isolating?

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Hi thanks, I will look at threads on schools, but I have a friend who lives in Switzerland and is a teacher. She advised as one of my children has special Educational needs, International school would be more supportive, especially with the language conversion too.
Have a look at this school, teaches primarily in English and is for children with special needs. It is located just off the motorway in Nyon, a 15 minute drive from Rolle.


http://www.oakhill.ch/
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Hi Rachel,

Thank you I had a look at this school when I visited La Cote International, but it was too much of a special school.

My child is at mainstream school in U.K but has a teaching assistant if and when they need it. I am looking for something similar in Switzerland.

The international schools seem to have a similar set up. Do you know of any local schools that also do this?

Thank you
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Hi Rachel,

Thank you I had a look at this school when I visited La Cote International, but it was too much of a special school.

My child is at mainstream school in U.K but has a teaching assistant if and when they need it. I am looking for something similar in Switzerland.

The international schools seem to have a similar set up. Do you know of any local schools that also do this?

Thank you
Sorry, but no. Schools here are not as well organised for dealing with special needs as other countries.

You could try www.allspecialkids.org and see if they have any advice/info.
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Hi Rachel,

Thank you I had a look at this school when I visited La Cote International, but it was too much of a special school.

My child is at mainstream school in U.K but has a teaching assistant if and when they need it. I am looking for something similar in Switzerland.

The international schools seem to have a similar set up. Do you know of any local schools that also do this?

Thank you

Thanks Suejay. I don't know of any English language schools that do this as I have never dealt with them. Our dyslexic son has grown up here and so actually speaks better French than English. After feeling he was not getting the desired support from the state system we moved him into a private school, Le Valentin in Lausanne, and excellent school but I'm afraid only in French. What did Champittet in Nyon say to you, did you look into them?
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Sorry, but no. Schools here are not as well organised for dealing with special needs as other countries.

You could try www.allspecialkids.org and see if they have any advice/info.
Thank you for your help.
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Hi Rachel,

No I didn't look at Champittet in Nyon. I went to Gems, International School of Lusanne and La Cote and Oakhill.

We liked La Cote from the ones we have viewed, they seemed more organised and had their own Special needs unit with a SENCo. My child has Dyslexia too but does seem to able to cope in class with some small group support if needed and doesn't like to be seen as different from the rest of the class, so it's trying to keep the balance of being happy with her work and being included in activities with her peers. Lots to think about!!

How long have you been in Switzerland?
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Hi all,

This is my introduction as a perspective new comer!!

My husband has been offered a job in Rolle and we are currently looking at our options. We live in South of England at present with two children, aged 8 and 5 in a small village.

The decision we have to make is do we all go to Rolle or does my husband travel back to U.K for weekends and we visit in half term and long weekends. The job contract could be 18 months to 3 years.

I have been looking through loads of threads and I know this is not the place to ask questions. We have looked at fabulous International schools and we really liked La Cote. If anyone can point me in the right direction of good threads on schools, life in general the good and the bad, I would really appreciate it.

It's all very exciting but daunting too!!

Thanks very much and look forward to hearing from some of you,

Sue
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As a public school teacher in Vaud myself, I can confirm that the kind of care and help a child with educational needs can get very much depends on the school and the teachers.

You can be in a very progressive school where the deans and teachers know about learning difficulties and provide support, specific help and so on. Or you can be in a school where the old school teachers consider dyslexia doesn't really exist, and those kids must just try harder.
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Hi Rachel,

No I didn't look at Champittet in Nyon. I went to Gems, International School of Lusanne and La Cote and Oakhill.

We liked La Cote from the ones we have viewed, they seemed more organised and had their own Special needs unit with a SENCo. My child has Dyslexia too but does seem to able to cope in class with some small group support if needed and doesn't like to be seen as different from the rest of the class, so it's trying to keep the balance of being happy with her work and being included in activities with her peers. Lots to think about!!

How long have you been in Switzerland?

Well that's great if you feel you have found the school you are looking for. This time I arrived here in 2005. I am a bédouin!! I have lived and/or worked all over the world since a wee bairn, Scotland, England, Switzerland (before) US (various times) Argentina, Brasil, Chile, all great places. If this is to be your first time in Switzerland then you're in for a treat, if you have been here before then you know what treats are in store for you!


Rolle you say, 1 of the big multinationals...Honeywell, Chiquita, Nissan...?
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While I have a preference to be able to walk to the office, I've done international commutes a couple of times. I've also done weekly commutes within the UK and Switzerland.

I know one English chap who contracted weekly to/from Basel for over a decade.
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Well that's great if you feel you have found the school you are looking for. This time I arrived here in 2005. I am a bédouin!! I have lived and/or worked all over the world since a wee bairn, Scotland, England, Switzerland (before) US (various times) Argentina, Brasil, Chile, all great places. If this is to be your first time in Switzerland then you're in for a treat, if you have been here before then you know what treats are in store for you!


Rolle you say, 1 of the big multinationals...Honeywell, Chiquita, Nissan...?
Wow you have travelled a lot and I bet that has been a great experience.
I have visited Switzerland before, and loved it. I will be looking to pop back out in the next few weeks, i think that is the only way to sort these questions out. Plus i want to check out the weather!!

I don't know if i have found the right school yet, but i do like what I have seen, but will check out more if anything shows on the threads. Just need to find a few places to visit to search for houses. Lausanne looked nice, also Etay and Aubonne, Nyon too. Loads to look at.

Ah near Rolle, better check my Geography exactly!
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