“Our better, is better,” is the motto of Clairmont House.
It is about the support, the spirit, the pride, surging through our hearts and minds every time the score is on our side. It is about those Sunday nights well spent as one; talking and laughing together.
This is not a boast of superiority over others; rather, Clairmont’s goal is to enable every girl to find and pursue her own "best" skills and become even "better".
Indeed, participation and teamwork are prized as much as coming out on top. “There are many diverse talents within the house,” says house captain. “Everyone participates, even when it’s not their strongest area.”
This creates a close-knit atmosphere that is bolstered by House activities such charity baking events, a Valentine's dinner, winter outings (which always include hot chocolate), a year-end dinner in Montreux, and cinema trips.
Clairmont Houseparent & French teacher
MA Ingénierie de la formation Français Langue Etrangère, Dijon University
PGCE French and Spanish, Southampton University
Mrs Lafond-Puyo Balocchi loves teaching because of “the opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of students”, and loves getting to know the young people she teaches at Aiglon. She adores theatre, film, swimming and travelling, and says the highlight of her teaching year is “students receiving grades they are proud of in their exams”. Her choice of prop? “A book retracing the evolution of cover photos in the mythical Vogue magazine in the last 50 years.”
Spanish language and literature teacher
BA Spanish Language and Literature, UCO
BA Foreign Languages and Literature, University Paris VIII
MEd Literature and Language, UCO
Miss Lopez Sancho teaches Spanish language and literature, is a Deputy Houseparent at Clairmont, and a leader on the Peru Service Project. Drawn to Aiglon by the international atmosphere and the extraordinary environment, she says she loves teaching because at its heart, teaching “is a mutual learning process”.
When not working with students, Miss Lopez Sancho loves to travel (“It’s my main hobby,” she says) and enjoys the occasional game of basketball. Other hobbies she enjoys are reading, art and theatre.