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Founded in 1905 by the Congregation of Catholic Missionaries of Saint Francois de Sales, Institut Florimont is a modern international school located in Petit-Lancy, offering a balanced 21st century education for around 1500 students from 50 different nationalities.

Under secular management since 1995, the school provides a moral and spiritual education which draws inspiration from its Christian heritage and now welcomes students from many diverse cultures and religions.  

With a strong focus on language learning and a bilingual programme that starts from the age of 11, the school is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and Cambridge International Examinations. It is a founder member of the AGEP Geneva Association of Private Schools (the school headmaster, Sean Power, is the current President of AGEP) and is a member of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools.

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10% discount for knowitall.ch readers on all private tutoring and workshops (including SAT bootcamps), plus admissions advising services.

A new education consulting company has been set up in Geneva which aims to make learning enjoyable and fulfilling for its students!

Founded by Ursula Durand and David Wahl, Scientia Education provides tutoring and academic advising services that are tailored to the individual needs of each student, ranging from school-age kids, through to university students, and even their parents!

Ursula and David have developed an approach to education, based on their own educational journeys, which they believe can help guide students through theirs. Throughout their careers, they have worked in: international and state secondary schools; US and UK universities; natural and social sciences; public and private institutions; and both academic and corporate professions. As each of these settings has presented its own challenges, they have found that their ability to overcome these challenges consistently rested on their skills, curiosity and confidence -  which is central to their approach to students’ learning.

Describing this approach to knowitall.ch, Ursula told us, “We aim to develop these elements in our students - not just simply raise their grades or test scores. Having taught and learnt in many different contexts, we appreciate that learning is not a clear-cut process, but a complex one with several factors and interactions. Our instructors assess the learning process of each of their students and write a lesson plan tailored to their goals, abilities and learning styles. This assessment is systematic: students are continuously evaluated and lessons are modified accordingly - even a minor change can have a significant impact on a student's progress.  Our personalized approach both challenges and motivates students. Ultimately, we believe it prepares them to make the most of their university experience and to face a wide array of academic, professional and even personal challenges.”

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Special meeting on the local public school system in the Canton of Vaud this Monday, 8 May!

Do you have children approaching school age and wonder how they might fare in the local public school system?  Are you contemplating a school move for your kids from the private to public sector? Or do you already have children in the system and simply need help to understand how it works, and get the most out of it for your kids?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then the chances are that you could benefit from the services of Ready Steady Lausanne. Set up in 2011, this educational consultancy provides a variety of support for parents, either through private one-on-one sessions, or more general public seminars.

Why the need for a new educational consultancy?

Asked what inspired her to set up the new consultancy in Lausanne, co-founder, Tracey Keenan, told knowitall.ch,

“I initially set up a settling-in service when I was based in Zürich in 2005, targeting both the private and the corporate client. I wanted to assist expat families with settling-in, once they had arrived and unpacked everything, as I felt there was a gap in the market. I held public seminars, private consultations and went into companies to deliver seminars and presentations.”

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Inspiring program of activities for kids includes 4-day Easter camp for 3 to 6 year olds!

Students at the bilingual Montessori school, Deux Mille Feuilles, in La Rippe are feeling very happy with themselves!

Aged 3 to 6 years old, they have just been awarded a European Space Agency prize for a model they built of the International Space Station!

The model was created during after-school care sessions, when the children playfully explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) inspired themes. These include observations and scientific experiments to understand the world around them. During the course of 6 weeks they discovered the topic “Space”, learning about the solar system, how the sun influences our seasons, gravity and, of course, Rosetta and the space station.

School principal, Cornelia Tosch, told knowitall.ch, “The children worked on the model with passion, contributing to the project in accordance with their age. While the younger children colored the flags, the older ones designed the station. You could see from their faces how much they enjoyed this learning experience!”

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KSI Morges, the small international primary school formerly known as Lake Leman International School and which was recently taken over by Knightsbridge Schools International, is offering an Early Bird Discount for any new students, who enrol at the school before the end of April 2017!

Valid for 2017/2018 admissions and not applicable with any other offer*, the discount entitles students to 50% off Registration Fees if they enrol this month! With Registration Fees currently standing at Fr. 2,500.-, this is a great incentive for any parent of a child aged between 3 and 12, who is looking for an alternative approach to education that will provide them with the individual attention that their child needs.

Every day is an Open Day at KSI Morges
Keen to raise awareness about the new ethos of the school, the School Director, Denise Coates, is now inviting interested parents to drop in on Wednesday afternoons, without appointment, between 14h and 15h30. However, appointments can be set up at any time throughout the week, if Wednesdays are not convenient. During the course of the visit, parents will get the chance to talk to the Director of the school, the teachers and students.

Children visiting with their parents will also get a full, interactive experience of what it is like to be a student at KSI Morges, with plenty of opportunity to chat with other children and school staff.