With all the talk of foreigners in Saanenland and quality of life in Gstaad, it's generally a constant that conversation will inevitably turn to schools. Sure, it normally starts with our local privates, JFK and Le Rosey, but an increasing number of discerning English-speaking parents have been taking a long look at Aiglon College in Villars, modeled more closely on the English boarding school system. We'll have more on Aiglon and all our local private schools on this site in the coming months, but for starters we thought we'd give you a unique perpsective of Aiglon College through the eyes of one of its students, Oscar Ortmans. Oscar interviewed his headmaster, Peter Armstrong (see photo above) in the run-up to a recent awareness and fundraising event that Aiglon College held at the Gstaad Palace in March.
By Oscar Ortmans
Let me introduce myself, my name is Oscar and I am 14. I have been fortunate enough to live in Gstaad for all my life. Before attending Aiglon I went to the John F Kennedy School in Sannen. As I became too old for the school I had to make the important decision of choosing a school to carry forward my secondary education. I needed an English-speaking school, a school with outdoor activities, a school which emphasizes religion and of course, a school which is located near Sannenland. Aiglon was my choice as it fulfilled all of my requirements. This is my second year at Aiglon and I am enjoying this school very much. To give you a better idea of the ethos of Aiglon and the way it operates I asked a few questions to the current headmaster Mr Peter Armstrong prior to a recent school event in Gstaad.
Sir, have you ever been to Gstaad before?
No, although I have heard a lot about the beauty of Gstaad, and I am looking forward to the function that will be held at the Gstaad Palace in March.
Sir, why have you chosen Gstaad as the place to host your development reception?
I have chosen Gstaad for a number of reasons. The parents of many Aiglon students own properties in Gstaad, as do many of our alumni. Also Aiglon is very close to Gstaad; Villars is only 45 minutes over the Col de la Croix. Futhermore we have a good connection with the John F Kennedy School which is also an English-speaking private school. Mr Lovell, the headmaster there, sent his own children to Aiglon, where we offer a very natural continuation to the studies offered at the John F Kennedy School.