The autumn term was time of new beginnings in Alpina house.
A new house structure, new houseparent and assistant houseparent, an aide de maison and nine new students. Like any year, it was also a term of highlights and lowlights but together, in true Aiglon fashion, we rose to the challenges that faced us. We learned from our shared experiences and through it all, we grew closer as a house and had a memorable term.
Each house at Aiglon is unique. But what makes Alpina special? Is it the diversity of our students (24 nationalities)? The talents of our individuals (academics, athletes, artists and musicians)? The smells and sounds of our home? No. What makes Alpina special is the contentedness of our boys. While each student is unique, what they share is a closeness that I have not experienced in other schools. Their attachment to their house runs deep and their pride of being an Alpina Boy shines through.
As we embark on start of our winter term, we reflect on the successes of the past term: 2 inter-house wins in basketball and football, early university offers to Babson and IE University Spain, our highest combined mark reading in years, 13 students on honour roll and 20 on merit roll, 9 students receiving their Bouquetin Award for expeditions, a successful annual Piano Cafe and 5 students who were part of the successful play 'On the Razzle'.
As a house we have much to celebrate. We rose above challenges we faced and while doing so, we grew stronger and closer. I could not be more proud of the boys and our team.
Now winter term is upon us. Bring on the next challenge.
About Dan Leger
Mr Leger is starting his first year at Aiglon and his twentieth year of teaching. Half of his career was spent working in boarding as either a houseparent or assistant in Quebec. His first seven years of teaching in Switzerland kept him away from boarding life, so he was thrilled to accept his new position in Alpina. Dan is dedicated to supporting each of the boys in his house and enjoys teaching in the Geography, ToK, and PSHE departments.