The School Debate

How to Choose the Right School in Geneva

If you’re planning to settle in Geneva with your family, chances are that education will be a key issue that you’re considering. While the city’s education system is excellent, there are a few things to bear in mind when selecting specific schools. Read on to find out what they are.   About the Swiss education system First, it’s helpful to learn a little about how education works in Switzerland. There […]

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Multilingual Children in Geneva

When we moved from London to Geneva four years ago, Eldest Son was 3 years-old. Although I’d been speaking to him in Italian since he was a baby, English was his “mother-tongue” (or rather “father-tongue” !) and he used Italian only sporadically. I wasn’t worried about it, but I remember wondering when his Italian would ‘take off’ properly. I was also keen for both my boys to pick up French, although Expat Husband was […]

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No Homework, More Fun ?

New expats moving to France will see educational reforms take place from September 2013. After months spent debating over the current school life, French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced a complete rework of the French system and new laws will be presented to the Parliament in January. French children are said to be currently put under too much pressure. In primary schools, they spend long hours studying (typically from 8am to […]

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Swiss School

Moving to a different country is daunting enough for anyone. Thinking about enrolling your children into a local school system you’re not familiar with is definitely one of the hardest things for any expat parents. As a family, we opted for private international schools for our children, so I don’t have direct personal experience of the Swiss school system. However, since I was asked to write a brief article about it, I […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette

La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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How Teachers Can Shape You

At the beginning there was a teacher in a classroom full of 14 year-old students, who were learning when to use the English auxiliary verb ‘shall’. “Un châle, pour les genoux” (a blanket for your knees = shall for ‘je’ & ‘nous’) she said, and instantly that made perfect sense. Making lessons interesting and engaging for children is no mean feat. How about translating Madonna’s songs? Fancy an overnight trip to London? My English teacher at school […]

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Memoirs of a Young Teen Rangée

The choice between a private and state school can be a tricky one, it doesn’t all come down to budget. Private schools are known for top quality education with smaller classrooms and controlled attendance, while state schools offer mixed classrooms with pupils from various background learning to live together. Having been educated within the private system, I do value state schools as they prepare the children for the ‘real world’. The […]

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Private Schools in Geneva

The most frequently asked question about family life is Geneva is inevitably about schools. As an expatriate parent I fully sympathize because this is probably one of the trickiest decisions to handle when moving abroad with your little ones. If you are looking for more information about private schools in Geneva, here’s an article I wrote some time ago for another expatriate website. Hope it helps! Private Schools in Geneva […]

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