“A wooden house filled with treasures and memories,” is how one student described La Casa, a historic Swiss chalet with beautiful views over the Dents du Midi mountain range. Here, the youngest girl boarders find a home-like environment to return to after dinner and prep – and one in which, just as they would be at home, their day-school friends are always welcome.
Our special little place where we feel good.
La Casa girls sleep 3 or 4 to a room, on the ground or first floor. Deputy Houseparents are among them on the first floor, and Houseparents are always on site, living in a flat at the top of the chalet.
Friendship and community are hugely important to the La Casa girls, who enjoy spending time together, whether at the Saturday evening movie night, on an Easter egg hunt, or supervised trips together into the village to spend their pocket money, or (for older girls) a restaurant meal together with friends.
La Casa Houseparent, Religious Studies and TOK Teacher
Mr Simon Rowntree says that his highlight of the teaching year comes just after the start of a new term. “That’s when school is in full flow and buzzing with the excitement and promise of a new academic year.” A highly dedicated teacher, Mr Rowntree says that his vocation is about inspiring young people to better themselves in all aspects of their lives – and that consequently Aiglon is the perfect place to teach.
La Casa Houseparent and EAL Teacher
I think teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world,” says Mrs Alanna Rowntree, teacher of EAL and houseparent in La Casa (with her husband Mr Simon Rowntree – and toddler Clara). Like many of her colleagues, Mrs Rowntree says that for her, Aiglon epitomises everything education should be. “I hope I can be an inspiring part of my students’ lives,” she says, “just as many special teachers have been for me.
Junior School Science co-ordinator & La Casa Deputy Houseparent
Carole Goodfellow is a teacher of Science and Deputy Houseparent of La Casa.
BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, Loughborough University
PGCE Science (Physics), Loughborough University
Carole Goodfellow is a teacher of Science and Deputy Houseparent of La Casa. When not busy with her pastoral duties, Ms Goodfellow enjoys playing the flute and the piano and keeping active through running, cycling and skiing. She is known within the Junior School for her skills in juggling and completing the Rubix Cube in record time!