The Houseparents of La Baita live on the top floor of the building, surrounded by the rooms of their charges: almost 30 young boys age 9 to 13. More than simple convenience, this arrangement is a reflection of how the House functions as one extended family for the youngest of Aiglon’s students.
La Baita seeks to provide a homely environment where individual boarders are able to grow into responsible and confident young men.
La Baita is the hub of the Junior School, with classrooms and the dining room on its lower floors, creating a unified environment for work and play. La Baita’s boys are kept busy not only with their studies, but also with house camping, ski and cultural trips – recent destinations include Alsace, Neuchâtel and Gruyère, with visits not only to museums and castles, but also to the chocolate factory in Broc.
The house enjoys a lively social life, with regular Wednesday evening events. These range from reading competitions, and quiz and charity bingo nights, to a talent show, sports evening and technology challenge. La Baita boys are always busy!
BSc (Hons) Geography, Queen's University
PGCE, Queens' University
Stuart Hamilton is Head of Junior School and Houseparent, with his wife Laura, of La Baita. He is a member of the School Council.
After graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in Geography, Mr Hamilton trained as a teacher, and has worked all over the world, including at Harrow International School, Bangkok.
A keen swimmer and badminton player, Mr Hamilton says one of the highlights of his year is the Aiglon Challenge, and the way it brings all ages and students and staff together to reach one goal.
“I truly believe in international education and that by giving young people the experience of other religions and nationalities we can educate global citizens.”
La Baita Houseparent and Environmental Systems & Societies teacher
Applied Ecology, University of Ulster
Business studies, Birmingham Southern College
USA and Education, Queens' University, Belfast
Mrs Hamilton teaches Environmental Systems & Societies at IB Diploma level. She is married to Stuart Hamilton, Head of the Junior School, and together they are Houseparents of La Baita, where they live with their three children and miniature schnauzer, Memphis.
Seasoned traveller Mrs Hamilton taught in Northern Ireland, England and Bangkok before coming to Switzerland, and is currently completing a Master’s degree with the University of Bath. She “loves working with students and helping them realise and achieve their potential through active learning”. How does she unwind? Baking, and playing the guitar and tin whistle.
Class Teacher and Deputy Houseparent of La Baita
BA Hons Sociology, Newcastle University. PGCE, Cambridge
A good education is the best start in life you can give a child,” says Ms Jessie Shaw, deputy house parent and prep form teacher. Originally from North Wales, in her free time Ms Shaw can usually be found climbing, walking, biking, skiing, running – “anything outside, really!”. She chose Aiglon because of its ethos and holistic approach to learning, though admits the location “is also a winner!