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New family near Morges, Vaud

Hi

We arrived from New Zealand about 2 weeks ago, 2 kids (aged 13 and 11) and a cat (on the way).

So far we have had a great experience, super helpful and friendly people everywhere even though we can not speak one complete sentence in French! Met the neighbours, met a guy walking his dog and have had great help from the Chamber of Commerce in Lausanne.

Lake Geneva is a special location, and the weather has been superb (with the rain/sun/rain etc it has been a lot like Auckland!). Loved the National Day celebration too - great fireworks and fun - Swiss seem to like festivities!

We have organised a phone, mobiles and internet, bank, Maestro and registered (Attestation) - awaiting a work permit (lucky I have a UK/EU passport too - via my father who was born in Grimsby - my wife was born in the US and kids Kiwi).

Next on the list is a car (I have found this site really helpful - thanks)

Our stuff arrives by container in about 3 weeks, so we are having an 'camping' adventure in the house - kids love it. We have got a few things at Ikea too and had fun putting them together - the kids are experts now - they get real excited.

We plan to be here 3-5 years. The kids will go to the local French school, so we need to get some French lessons and homework support organised pronto. They know it will be a bit hard in the begin, but it really is an unknown.

I work in Organisational Change - Culture, Leadership and Brand Integration (i.e. does the inside of your organisation match with who you say you are and who you want to be). I have had my own business some 15 years working out of NZ.

My wife is studying Psychology (extramural and on-line from Massey Uni in NZ) - no career decisions yet, but maybe she will take over where I leave off

We are going to explore Switzerland a bit before the kids start school - learn how to speak a little French, see stuff and see how things work.

Friday we went to Romainmotier and got a free TV for the kids PS2. We got lost getting there so the amazing church was closed, but gives us an excuse to go back - beautiful.

Yesterday we explored Geneva, today we are off to Montreux for a drive - maybe a swim?

Hope that's enough of an Intro to get us started.


Cheers

The Fordes.
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Old 08.08.2010, 13:48
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Kia ora!

Welcome to Switzerland and to the forum.
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Welcome to Vaud!
Two years ago I was on the verge of taking an engineering job in NZ. Why one would leave such a wonderful, English-speaking country? :-)
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Thanks for the welcome.

New Zealand is certainly a special place and so, we are finding every day, is Switzerland.

We left for fun and adventure, to give the kids a European education and to immerse in a new language and culture. It is a start they will always remember and always use. For us, that parents, we came for fun - why not right.

Montreux trip was great today, amazing scenery and the kids loved jumping off the platform - took the obligatory Freddie photo of course.

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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Welcome to the region! I live about 3km from Morges, and love this area - friendly people, excellent transport, stunning views, etc. Glad to hear you're enjoying it so much.

My kids are two years into local schooling, although a bit younger than yours (6 and 10) and we don't regret it at all. The school, teachers and other kids have all been so kind and helpful.

If you haven't yet, try the pool in Morges - breathtaking Alp backdrop for your swim. Water's a little nippy, but there's a vast grassy area to lay in the sun to warm back up.

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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

You have come to a great country from a great country with nice people.
Lots of outside stuff to do in Switzerland as in NewZealand.

Good luck to you and your family in your stay in Switzerland.
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Welcome in the 'hood, Morges is a great little town. If you feel like, stop by at our Book Club, we should be having another meet-up soon, keep an eye on the calendar section of our forum.
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Hi, Welcome to Morges, we love it too! We arrived here 2 years ago with daughters of 11 and 14 who have gone into the local school system and we have not regretted the decision one minute. It sounds as if you are having a great time exploring what the region has to offer, however, I would encourage you to get your kids registered and into school for the beginning of term in 2 weeks time; they do not need to know French before they start. Ours had only very basic French and were put into a wonderful integration class for 9 months with other non francophones from Portugal, Russia, Finland, Albania, Serbia and the US before entering the regular system. (Each child works at their own pace/ ability and they can stay there anything up to 2 years until their French is up to speed). It works - just go for it!
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Hi Pohutukawa, we too are a family from New Zealand. We have been here for about 2 months now and are loving Switzerland alot. Thank goodness we are by the lake as it makes us feel more at home.

I am a school teacher and my husband is a civil engineer, we have two children aged 7 and 2 years, a bit younger than yours.

We are currently living in Lausanne but are moving to a small village called Perroy at the beginning of next month.

Our daughter will be attending a local school also. She is looking forward to learning French and making some new friends.

It is nice to know that there are some other kiwis out there on the same adventure as us.

Best of Luck
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Welcome Pohutukawa!

You should try to go and talk to the people at the Préverenges school (http://www.preverenges.ch/ecoles.php) as soon as possible.

We arrived to the same school district last year. My son (then 10 about to turn 11) had to repeat one year (4th year). The reason for this was that it would be very difficult for him to do well in the streaming process that is taking place during the 5th and 6th grade. The people at the school administration were very nice and also arranged a meeting with the teachers before the school started. Most of the teachers speak English to some extent. My son was not put in an integration class but had extra French lessons 3 times per week with a special teacher. He knew minimal French when he started. Maybe older children like yours are put in an integration class, check with the school.

His younger sister (8 years old) didn't have to repeat a year and went to the 3rd grade. The older they are the more they have to work learning another language. The initial period of French learning was a bit frustrating for my children but after the first months they have enjoyed it a lot. My children already know German so they didn't have to struggle with that, at least. Your children are older than mine and I do not really know how they place children who have already passed the "critical" 5th and 6th year. I guess BritVic knows more about that. It would be interesting to hear more about how older children are put into the Vaud school system.

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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Good pick up, Pingu! I didn't spot from Pohutukawa's other post that they're coming to my kids' school! Good job I said nice stuff.

Yes, it'll be interesting to see how the school places older kids - everyone I know who's come has had primary-aged kids, who like yours have either been placed straight into grade or redone 4th grade.

The Preverenges intensive French tutor will be busy this year; another English-speaking family has also moved in over summer and their 8 and 10 year olds will also be starting school.

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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

I hadn't realised either that you are Preverenge not Morges - it just shows how much difference a few miles makes; ours were considered too old to go straight into the local school (years 6 and 8) hence the integration class.

It's great that your kids are happy to learn a new language (even if it means dropping a year) - I think the key to successful language learning is a positive mindset from the beginning - you are already halfway there!
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Britvic, how did they decide how to stream your kids?
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

For the youngest it was relatively easy; effectively the integration class was her year of transition and at the end of the year they placed her in year 7 of the VSB at Beausobre with her peers. In order to do this she did have to start German at another school within months of having started French. It was harder for the older of the two, after only about 6 months she did a stage (a two week trial) in year 8 (VSB stream at Beausobre) but her French wasn't good enough to follow everything so she went back into the transition class and restarted year 8 last August. However, her French rapidly improved and she sat the Cantonal Gymnase exams this May (designed really for kids from private schools or outside Switzerland to be able to enter Gymnase). She passed the exams and so now will skip year 9 and go into Gymnase in a couple of weeks. This is however the unconventional path of an extremely motivated teenager!
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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Thanks a lot for the information BritVic,

I am happy to hear that your children managed so well.

I am sure this will be very useful information for Pohutukawa and other families relocating to Vaud with older children!

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Re: New family near Morges, Vaud

Hi, I was looking at the town of Perroy as a potential place to move to one day. Are you able to tell me a little bit about it and the schools? Is there a good community, with stuff for kids etc. Any info you may have would be extremely useful.

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Hi, I was looking at the town of Perroy as a potential place to move to one day. Are you able to tell me a little bit about it and the schools? Is there a good community, with stuff for kids etc. Any info you may have would be extremely useful.

Kind regards,
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Have a look at www.perroy.ch which is their webpage - looks nice

If you are in CH now you should change your location as it might be useful for any newcomer as it still says UK!!
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Kind regards,
Jen
Welcome, Jen. We looked at a house in Perroy, but ruled it out because it was just too isolated. It is a really quaint, tiny village, if that is what you are looking for, though. If you choose Perroy, you will definitely need a car to get anywhere.

A much better choice in that immediate vicinity would be Gland--a lot more going on and a big ex-pat community.
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We have friends in Perroy. It is a typical small village with not a lot there, but a stones throw to Rolle, and not too far from the shops in Allaman/Etoy. If you like quiet village, it is it, and you do need to travel, but not far, for shopping and the like. Rolle is not huge, but growing.
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