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At 5pm, the house cow bell is rung by the prefect on duty to signal a roll call and house meeting, and with it the start of the Wednesday evening routine.
After Mr Saunders gives notices, information about the evening ahead and praise for getting involved with international day, it’s time to move to prep: ninety minutes for the younger forms, and two hours of study time for the older students. With public exams now just over a week away for some, a quiet and productive atmosphere is essential.
After prep the bell rings again, signalling time for ‘sheets and towels’, the weekly changeover of laundry. As always Mrs Clarke (the tutor on duty), supervises the exchange of dirty for clean with a combination of hygiene tips and good humour.
Dinner is then available in the school restaurant, however the boys also have various permissions depending on their age. Older Year 12 & 13 students can visit Villars to eat in a restaurant on a Wednesday evening, and younger year groups have the option of heading to ‘The Cloud’, our campus tuck shop, always a popular destination.
After dinner on this particular Wednesday it is the international dance, hosted by the Junior School. Several Alpina boys get sucked in, with the Russian dance in particular standing out due to Ivan and Egor’s impressive strength!
At the same time, other boys are in the sports centre, working out in the gym and shooting hoops on the basketball court. Some choose to remain in Alpina, a couple are watching a movie, while others work on their own hobbies such as playing the guitar; some continue with their studies ahead of final exams.
A game of pool is played before the prefect encourages the younger boys to head to bed and start to prepare for lights out, ready to take on another busy day of Aiglon and Alpina life.
Diversity is one of the cornerstones of the Aiglon Guiding Principles, and even a ‘normal’ night in Alpina provides plenty of it!