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WELCOME TO AIGLON'S ARCHIVE

Explore the school's rich history and heritage through our digital archives. Coming to your screens from the dusty shelves of our atomic shelter, the combined alumni memory at the heart of Aiglon, lives on as a collection of documents, photographs, and memorabilia online. 

Here you will also be able to consult some of our historical publications featuring photos that depict life at Aiglon through our golden threads - such as meditations, skiing and expeditions -  and go back in time with our yearbooks.

 

Contributions

Make our archives even more vibrant by adding your own relevant materials (photographs, memorabilia, publications etc) to our collections. Please share these items of interest with our school archivist Natasha Storey, contactable via archives@aiglon.ch.

Historical Timeline

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS ON THE MOUNTAIN

1940

1946

John Corlette writes a pitch letter outlining his plans for opening a school in Villars-Chesières

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1949

On 8 January, John Corlette opens Aiglon College in rented accommodation at Chalet Chantecler

The school then moves to Les Evêques and rents La Fontaine (known affectionately as ‘The Farm’), Les Fleurettes and Riant Coteau.

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1950

1952

The first Aiglon Prospectus is produced as well as the first Aiglon promotional film 

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1955

Purchased with generous donations from Aiglon friends and families, Clairmont becomes the school’s first permanent home

 

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1957

Creation of the Aiglon Association with the publishing of the first “Aiglon Association News” in April 1957

The yearly publication offers a glimpse into school life reporting on key events from the year.

School roll stands at fifty-one students.

 

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1958

Joyce Lowe, John Corlette’s private assistant and ‘right-hand woman’, comes to Aiglon

 

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1960

1965

Acquisition of Chalet Pré-Vallon for the establishment of a primary day school for boys and girls aged five to eleven

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1966

Aiglon meets with the six other schools that will form the Round Square Association

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1970

1972

Roy Watts appointed Headmaster

Group Captain Roy Watts joined the College in 1966 and became Second Master and Deputy Head in 1969.

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1976

Philip Parsons appointed Headmaster

He was preceded by Paul Ledger who was appointed Headmaster from Janauary to July 1976, following the retirement of Roy Watts.

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1977

John Corlette passed away on 9 December 1977

Aiglon’s ownership passes to the Aiglon College Association (ACA) and becomes a not-for-profit school.

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1978

Opening of Forbes House

Chalet Les Fougères was purchased in 1977 and renovated to open in 1978 under the new name of Forbes House in memory of Lady Luia Forbes who was a teacher at Aiglon from 1963 to 1975.

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1980

1983

Aiglon rents Chalet Chantecler again – this time for a new girls' house

1990

1990

Aiglon hosts the Round Square Conference

1991

Opening of La Baita boys’ junior house for the 1990-91 school year

1991 also sees the first full-funded scholar admitted to Aiglon 

 

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1994

Richard McDonald appointed Headmaster

1997

Inauguration of the John Corlette Building and the creation of the art room extension at Alpina

 

1999

Burial of the Aiglon time capsule (which will be opened on the school’s 100th anniversary in 2049)

2000

2000

Jonathan Long appointed Headmaster

Simon Braidwood was appointed acting Headmaster before the arrival of Jonathan Long.

2006

Opening of new Delaware building

2006 also saw the opening of Central Dining; the move of the library from Belvedere to Clairmont; and, the inauguration of the astronomy observatory donated by Mr Hani Kalouti.

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2010

2019

Nicola Sparrow appointed Head of School

Nicola, who began as Aiglon’s Director of Studies in 2013, took over leading Aiglon’s academic side on becoming Head of School in 2019, while Richard Mc Donald was appointed Executive Director.

2020

2022

Nicola Sparrow appointed School Director

2023

Opening of new Belvedere on La Dacha site

Ground broken for the Moghadam Campus Hub, scheduled to open in 2025

Acquisition of La Calèche

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Now,  on Aiglon's 75th birthday we celebrate 75 years of the unique Aiglon experience that connects thousands of Aiglon students, parents, staff members and the wider community.

Offering a glimpse into the past, showcasing significant moments, achievements, and the evolution of our institution over the years and transcending the ephemeral, the finiteness of paper, the archive becomes a ‘timeless’ treasure to be shared.

PUBLICATION ARCHIVE

Browse our new online archive where you will find  magazines, registers, books, brochures, photos and much more. 

PHOTO ARCHIVE

Go down memory lane with a selection of archive photos that cover our golden threads throughout the decades. Join Aiglon Life to view our archive. Our photo archive is available for our community registered on Aiglon Life, please ensure you are logged in there before proceeding.

YEARBOOK ARCHIVE

The Aiglon Yearbook has been published since 1974 and is a celebration of the school year.Join Aiglon Life to access past issues. Our yearbook archive is available for our community registered on Aiglon Life, please ensure you are logged in there before proceeding.

The information shared with you in our timeline and digital photos is drawn from the content found in our archive to date. It is to the best of our knowledge as accurate as possible however thank you for noting that every day we are discovering new information. This continues to supplement what we have already gathered together and helps us to obtain a fuller picture of Aiglon's past. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have information to share with us.
 
 
 

 

Where to Next?

Meditations

Listen to Aiglon meditations, a daily morning tradition. 

History

In 1949 John Corlette opened Aiglon. Find out more about our founder and history.

Magazine

Read our Aiglon magazine to take a look back through time at the Aiglon stories.