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Institut Polycours has just celebrated its 10th birthday with the launch of a new website, outlining the wide range of education services it now offers the local community of Lausanne and surrounding areas. At the same time, the organization has just relocated to impressive new office space, allowing it to provide a larger choice of services in-house.

Founded by Laure Caron in 2003-4, the organization offers educational support services ranging from social skill coaching for teenagers and language courses for adults, through to special needs support for children and professional development training for schools.  Polycours also offers considerable support for families who are either in transition, struggling to find the right educational setting for their children, or who have been living in the region for a while and need help identifying the right kind of support for their needs.

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A new independent British international day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 5 to 18 will open in Crans-Montana next year.

Set to open in September 2015, Le Régent Crans Montana College will offer academic programs in English that follow the British national curriculum.  Targeted at children aged 5 to 13, the Junior School will provide students with the foundation for success in their later school careers, whether they are taking 13+ Common Entrance examinations prior to moving onto schools in the UK, or staying on in the Senior School to take both GCSE and IGCSE examinations, as well as the IB Diploma in their final year at the school.

Central to the school’s teaching methods will be the development of key 21st century skills, including creative thinking, communication (including Mandarin), problem solving, collaboration, entrepreneurship, risk taking, leadership and digital literacy. ESL (English as a Second Language) courses will also be offered for non-native speakers.

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The Ecole Mésanges bilingual Montessori school has just moved to spacious new premises near the French/ Swiss border at Veigy.

Currently the only bilingual Montessori school in France on the Rive Gauche, Ecole Mésanges not only follows the Montessori pedagogy, but also has a strong holistic approach to the education of its children. It welcomes children from the age of 2 ½ to 12 years old.

Founded in 2009 by the headmistress, Chantal Detournay, the school has become increasingly popular in the region over recent years. Having outgrown its former premises, Chantal was fortunate to find larger premises in the same village of Veigy, which would allow her to take the school forward to the next stage in its development.  The new campus comprises a bright and airy 500 square meter villa with a huge garden outdoors for the children to play in.

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Following the recent Independent Schools Show in Geneva, there has been much discussion between parents about the merits of sending children abroad to study at boarding schools in the UK.

Walhampton School near Lymington in Hampshire, is one of many UK schools now offering boarding places for children living overseas. Catering for children between the ages of 2 and 13, the school provides full-time, weekly and flexi-boarding from the age of 7.

Recommended to us recently by a former parent of the school, Walhampton was founded in 1947 and welcomes families who are looking for the ultimate prep school education for their child.  Local families enjoy all the benefits that the school has to offer, as well as families from London, the home counties and overseas.

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Ten years after its initial conception, a new eco-campus has just been opened at St. Légier in Vaud for the primary and infant section students of Haut-Lac International Bilingual School.  More than just a “school building”, the new campus is on four levels with a working surface of 7,500m2, and incorporates a host of environmentally-friendly features designed to encourage children to think about sustainable development from a very early age.

Costing approximately CHF 32 million, the new Praz Dagoud campus now provides state-of-the-art learning facilities for over 650 students, including specially equipped classrooms for art, music, science, and individual needs, as well as a technology laboratory and enormous 8m high triple gym with spectator seating, catering for every imaginable sport.  A light and airy dining room also doubles up as a large multi-function space, which can be used as a theatre or conference room with 300 seats, providing for large school gatherings and performances by the children.