AIGLON COL­LEGE

India Today - - EDUCATION PERSONAL EXPERIENCE -

Mod­est in its teach­ing phi­los­o­phy, while in­sist­ing on chal­leng­ing stu­dents to step out of their com­fort zone, at Aiglon Col­lege, learn­ing hap­pens both in­side and out­side the class­rooms. An open, in­ter­ac­tive style of ed­u­ca­tion is fol­lowed, where stu­dents and teach­ers de­bate, ideate and con­nect over an ex­change of ideas. With less stress on book­ish knowl­edge, Aiglon en­cour­ages stu­dents to ques­tion that which is not ob­vi­ous, and find an­swers to that which is. In an on­go­ing art class, for in­stance, stu­dents are be­ing prod­ded to do a thor­ough analysis of the in­stal­la­tion done by a local artist. With an aca­demic pro­gramme based on sport, art, drama, mu­sic and science, the school en­sures that stu­dents de­velop a holis­tic per­son­al­ity. Spread over an area of 44,000 sq m on a south-fac­ing plateau, 1,170 m above sea level, Aiglon founded in 1949, is the only school where med­i­ta­tion is part of the cur­ricu­lum. Stu­dents need to take a med­i­ta­tion class ev­ery morn­ing be­fore head­ing out to class­rooms. Though the school does not be­lieve in talk­ing about its alumni, it is worth a men­tion that ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan stud­ied here. Dur­ing the win­ter term, stu­dents take part in a weekly pro­gramme of Alpine and Nordic win­ter pur­suits; with one or two com­pul­sory ses­sions per week that in­clude Alpine ski­ing. Fact File Stu­dents un­der­take the IGCSE’s be­fore com­plet­ing IB di­ploma. Teach­ing and learn­ing is in English, learn­ing French is com­pul­sory. Fee 102,600 CHF (`69 lakh) for up­per board­ing; 94,800 CHF (`64 lakh) for mid­dle school At Av­enue Cen­trale 61; Ch­e­sieres, Switzer­land Tel +41 024 496 6161 www.aiglon.ch

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