Alpina overlooks both the Aiglon campus and the valley below, but socially it is at the heart of school life.
Alpina tries to mould teenagers into Renaissance men with a range of cultural events throughout the year, including a piano café, the Alpina Ball, and a movie project. Together with the active sport and expedition programme and the Alpina wood workshop, there is hopefully something that each young man in our care can excel at.
Alpina’s boarders hold the House motto close: “More is in you than you think; be the best you can be.” They aspire to, and encourage each other, to live by this principle – often referring to the motto in House meetings and events.
Alpina boys are proud hosts of many events, including the annual Alpina Ball and the much-anticipated concert, Alpina Unplugged, at which students demonstrate their acoustic skills to their appreciative peers.
Steve and Cat Saunders, Alpina houseparents.
Deputy Houseparent of Alpina and Geography Teacher
Masters (MA) Geography in Education (IOE, University of London); Secondary Geography PGCE (IOE, University of London); BSc (Hons.) Geography, Loughborough University
Mr Rory Kilgour, says that it was Aiglon’s prestigious reputation for excellence – along with the wide range of unique opportunities to take part and lead – that first attracted him to the school.
In fact, Mr Kilgour first heard about Aiglon aged five, when his family came to Chesieres for their first family ski holiday – and the passion sparked for outdoor adventure on that trip continues to this day. Mr Kilgour enjoys ski racing, downhill mountain biking, tennis, sailing, water-skiing, wake-boarding, flying and – perhaps unsurprisingly – travelling.
Mr Kilgour arrives at Aiglon from schools in London and Rome, and hopes to set up a school radio/podcasting service during his time on the mountain. Why does he teach? “For the feeling I get when you have done everything you can to ensure students succeed academically and progress socially. Working with children keeps me feeling alive, fulfilled and youthful – despite the sprouting grey hair!”