New Student Arrival Day

You are nervous and excited at the same time, but don't worry, we are glad to have you here. Below you will find all the information you and your family need to ensure that your first weekend at Aiglon is full of many wonderful memories. Welcome!

Helpful Information

There is a lot of important information when joining a new school, so please make sure you review the Aiglon Handbook (you will receive a printed copy upon arrival) and associated documents on the left side of this page to ensure you have all you need to know about beginning your time at Aiglon. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Schedule for the Day

Saturday, 31 August 2019

It's finally arrived! Please use this page as an updated source of information for the weekend's programme. View the campus map on your left for reference, and don't forget to register online for the special reception just for our new parents. This takes place during Saturday evening. Questions about parking or how to arrive?

Welcome Desk

Welcome Desk

09h00 - 13h00

Belvedere Car Park (No. 12)

This is your first stop, and you won’t miss us overlooking the school entrance. The familiar faces of the Admissions Office team will be here to welcome you as you begin your first day. Drop off your luggage, and while our School Prefects accompany you to the Uniform Fair or boarding house, our team will ensure your bags are ready and waiting for you at your new home.

Important Steps

After registering at the Welcome Desk, please see the other important steps for your day.

Uniform Fair

Friday & Saturday, 09h00 - 17h00

Tony Jashanmal Sports Centre (No. 07)

Your one stop Aiglon shop. While you need to register on Saturday, you may save time by also visiting the fair on Friday!

Guided by a personal shopper, you will be fitted with your No 1's, No. 2's, ski, sport and expedition uniforms and everything in between. You should expect to spend approximately two hours at the fair for time to accomplish everything.

Book your appointment HERE.

Alongside our team of 40 Aiglon staff members helping you, we will have representatives from the following retailers to ensure everything you need to begin life in Switzerland is available in one place:

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UBS Bank
Friday & Saturday
Students need to bring their passport to open an account. Students aged under 14 must have a parent or guardian present to sign on their behalf. You may also phone the Villars branch to discuss specialised accounts for young people: + 41 24 496 20 21

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BCV Bank
Friday & Saturday
Students need to bring their passport to open an account.
Students aged under 14 must have a parent or guardian present to sign on their behalf.

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Ochsner Sports - Collombey
Friday & Saturday
Ochsner Sport is available to help supply footwear for all students: Timberland boots, hiking boots, indoor and outdoor sports shoes and football boots.

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SWICA Health Insurance
Friday & Saturday
Two representatives will be present to answer any questions on what is, and what is not, covered by the School's policy. All students will automatically be subscribed to SWICA health insurance. If the student is already a Swiss resident or wishes to continue with their current health insurance, we need a copy of the certificate, including details of coverage.

Passport & Finance

Saturday, 09h00 - 17h00

Tony Jashanmal Sports Centre (No. 07)

Please visit our Travel Secretary to hand in your passport and finalise your application for the student residence permit.
However, please ensure you have first opened any accounts that may require official identification. Members of the Finance Office will also be on hand should there be any questions regarding tuition and fees.

Campus Lunch

Saturday, 11h30 - 14h30

School Restaurant (No. 17, entrance opposite no. 19)

How many waterproofs should I have, what size shoe am I? Do you need a break from the Uniform Fair? You and your family are invited to dine with us in the School Restaurant. Come and sample some of the delicious menu choices our restaurant team has put together for this special day. Go easy on the pastries!

ICT

Friday & Saturday 0900 - 1700

Tony Jashanmal Sports Centre (No. 7)

Aiglon's own ICT Technicians will be on hand to help students set up their login arrangements and devices.

All new students are required to check in here for the following:

  • Junior School students (Years 5 - 8) will be issued with their Chromebook
  • Senior School students (Years 9-13) will need to bring their laptop, mobile phone or any other IT device to join the Aiglon network
Department Presentations

Saturday, 13h30 - 14h50

The Hall (No. 16)

Curious to learn more about Aiglon's many programmes? Do you still have questions?

Join us in The Hall (located in the Parsons Building) for presentations by Heads of Department to gain a better insight into the key areas of Aiglon's unique programme and the opportunities available:

  • 13h30: Welcome to Aiglon
  • 13h35: The Year Ahead
  • 13h45: Academic Overview
  • 14h15: Student Life
  • 14h30: Sport & Expeditions
  • 14h45: Parent Ambassador Council Welcome
  • 14h50: Closing Comments

Following the end of these presentations, there will be some time before you make your way to the boarding house for your official House Welcome, which begins at 16h00.

House Welcome

House Welcome

16h00 - 16h30

It's time for your first, official house meeting! Come with your family to meet the whole house team, as well as make some new friends. This is a great time to hear from houseparents, ask any questions and learn about the unique style and family feel of each Aiglon boarding house.

New Parents Welcome Reception

New Parents Welcome Reception

17h00 - 19h00

School Restaurant (No. 17, entrance opposite no. 19)

While you settle in to your new surroundings, it's time for your parents to meet the other new Aiglon families. Parents and guardians are invited to join us for this casual affair (no tuxedos!) where we will provide food, drinks and the chance to connect with new families and wonder together, "how did they grow up so fast?"

Arrival Information

Parking Information

Congratulations, you made it to Chesières! Now, where do you park?

Parking marshals will be on hand to direct you to the appropriate area. Please proceed to the registration desk and drop off your luggage, or the Additional Parking (No. 20) for long term parking.

Accessing the Admissions Office

All visitors should arrive directly to the Admissions Office, which is not the main reception.

Address: Les Collonges 4, 1885 Chesières

Pass the school’s main drive, turn left at the fork and proceed along the main road up the hill.

After 300m, take the first left turn and continue onto campus. Visitors may park in the area marked 24 on our map in the designated spaces beyond the boarding house on your left.

From there, proceed to the chalet marked 22 on the campus map - “Les Collonges” - situated to the right of our white observatory dome. The Admissions office is located at the top floor.

Accessing Aiglon's Campus

Aiglon is 120km from Geneva and 250km from Zurich. Geneva (GVA) airport is closest, but both cities are served by frequent international flights.

The campus is easy to access via car or public transport. For driving directions, please enter the address of Aiglon's Admissions Office: Les Collonges 4, 1885 Chesières.

By train from Geneva to our nearest station in Aigle takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The Aigle train will be listed as going to "Sion and Brig". Do not worry that Aigle is not listed on the information boards. Visit the link on the left for timetables and connections.

From Aigle station, you may get a taxi to Aiglon, a journey of about 25 minutes, or a TPC bus, just outside the station. The stop for Aiglon is called Chesières-Aiglon College and is next to the school. The bus journey takes about 30 minutes.

Swiss railways use an integrated ticketing system and it is possible to buy a ticket from Geneva Airport to Chesières-Villars, which is valid for both bus and train.

Please note the additional directions above for accessing the Admissions Office.

How Can We Help?

We are delighted that you are considering Aiglon College. We are always pleased to introduce prospective students and their families to life at the school, and we welcome all enquiries.

Call Us

Reception:
+41 24 496 61 61

Admissions:
+41 24 496 61 77
Make an Enquiry

Our Location

Main School
Avenue Centrale 61
1885 Chesières

Admissions Office
Les Collonges 4
1885 Chesières

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