Belvedere's house motto is, “To serve, to strive, and not to yield.”
Belvedere House is at the heart of Aiglon in every way, and Belvedere boys strive to leave people and places better than they find them.
When not striving, Belvedere boys are mindful of their pledge to serve, and they organize several charitable, sporting and social events through the year.
And as befits a House that sits in the very centre of Aiglon’s campus, Belvedere boarders enjoy a social life that extends well beyond their walls, with recent House excursions including a ski and ‘snowtubing’ trip to Leysin, a trip to the Montreux Christmas market, and a visit to the thermal baths at Lavey-les-Bains.
Belvedere Houseparent and History and Religious Studies Teacher, TOK and PSHE
BA Government BA Anthropology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. QTS Suffolk County Council, UK
“Why did I choose Aiglon? Belvedere, without a doubt. The house is the friendliest, most engaged and giving of any I have had the pleasure of working with. I knew from my first visit that I had to be a Belvedere man.” So says houseparent of Belvedere and history teacher Mr Jesse Knight, who when not supporting Belvedere House can be found playing with his 10-month-old daughter, cooking and playing what he describes as “below-average” golf. Mr Knight says that the principles held dear at Belvedere of honesty, family and responsibility inform his approach to teaching and that he teaches “so that I can inspire brilliance in others”.
BA Hons Textile Design, PGLTHE
Textile designer Mrs Kate Knight spent ten years designing cashmere knitwear in New York City and London, so coming to Aiglon as houseparent (with her husband, Mr Jesse Knight) has been a change of pace. Happily, the boys of Belvedere House (who are “the best thing about Aiglon”) are a constant delight to be around. “Seeing the boys hug each other when they come back to house and the pleasure on their faces at being back in house is a real highlight of my year,” she says.