The tweenager has been is Swiss school for a while now and a few people have been asking how she is enjoying it and what it’s like for her. Additionally, I wanted her to give us a snapshot of her trip to the Jura for a week with school as this is such a unique experience for her.
Please feel free to ask your own questions in the comments below and she will happily be sure to respond toute de suite!
How long have you been going to school in Switzerland now?
I have been going to school since August 22. So about a month.
How are you liking it?
School is much different in Canada then in Switzerland, I really like school here and I think it’s better than school in Canada.
What subjects do you have?
I take music, math, science, history, religious history, drawing, sewing, German, PE…
What is your favourite and why?
My favourite subject is History, because I love stories about Greek and Egyptian mythology.
What subject do you like the least?
PE, out teacher insists we run lap after lap around the track, right now we are doing 1200 meters, 1,2 km. of non-stop running.
Have you made many friends?
Yes, in Switzerland everyone wanted to accept me into their group (especially when they heard I was Canadian).
How is school different here than in Canada?
Wow, the most striking difference between schools is class changes; in Canada all the classes are in a wing or pod of a building, FAAS (Fine Arts and Applied Skills) are in the north pod and all French immersion classes in the east pod. In Switzerland we move around a lot, PE is about a half an hour away in a stadium in the suburbs, art and music in the high school and more music, academics, and sewing are in the 4th floor Elementary school.
Tell us about a typical day at Swiss school.
So the day starts with me not wanting to get out of bed then I get dressed, eat breakfast, and leave for school. We walk there and, take Tuesday for example, walk to the high school for music in first block then after that I go with my friends back to the normal building then we go to PE on the other side of town and then my mom comes and gets me for lunch. We go home and eat lunch for two hours, back to school for a while and home again. Usually pretty busy!
You just went on a trip to the Jura with your school. Tell us about that.
The Jura is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Imagine cows walking past your bedroom window every morning and fields stretching away and away. Here you are the one enclosed and horses and cows are grazing and having adventures totally free to go anywhere they want.
What did you like the most?
My favourite part of camp was the course d’orientation that means orientation race. We teamed up in groups of three and we got sent to different posts in about a 5km radius, it’s a race to see who can go to the 9 posts first.
Tell us about a typical day.
7:30am the teacher comes and wakes us up then puts on some good music
8:00am we eat breakfast
8:30am we brush our teeth and finish getting ready
9:00am we play ball assis
11:00am-1:00pm we leave for a walk (depending on the time we either eat a picnic of have lunch at the chalet)
4:00pm we get back
4:30pm we play more ball assis or ping pong
7:00pm we eat dinner
8:30pm we play pin pong or foose ball
9:30pm we go to bed
11:30pm we go to sleep
What was the food like?
Some times the food was really good (like paella) and some times really bad (like thai soup). It was really cool that any one who wanted to could cook.
What is the boom and what was it like?
The boom is a dance at the end of the camp where all the guys ask girls to dance and try to impress them with break dancing; it is as fun as it sounds. The boom was super fun and I even got to slow dance with my crush… They played lots of good songs in English and in French.
Tell us about the slow dancing. And don’t leave anything out.
It doesn’t matter who asks, guy or girl, you always have to say yes. My two best friends are both really pretty and lots of guys like them so they didn’t even get a chance to sit down. When you’re dancing with somebody it is okay that if at any point in the dance it gets awkward you can stop and walk away from them. In general you only slow dance for approx. 30 seconds per guy (unless later on he asks you again).
Was there any drama at camp?
Not really (besides everyone figuring out who I have a crush on).
Was there anything that happened that was not amazing?
Mmmmm… boys beating each other up but I think that’s part of the experience.
How do you think the camp changed you?
Well I think I’m a lot more fit and can walk greater distances.
Did you miss me? Even a little?
Let’s say that.