Today on our boarding school blog we want to address a very important issue in today’s world: safety. It is one of the most natural things in the world for parents to worry about their child’s safety. It starts the moment your child is born and never really stops! Therefore, families always come to boarding school with a similar concern for their children’s safety so far from home, especially when it might be the child's first time away from home.
At Brillantmont we understand this concern and take it very seriously. This is a particular concern in our world today where tragic violence occurs too often - like the recent events in Paris and Istanbul. From a distance, these cities may appear close to Switzerland, so when events such as these happen, we understand parents' fears and apprehensions.
This is why we are here to reassure you: Switzerland is a country with a very low terrorist threat and politically and socially, is quite different. This country takes pride in its long history of security, neutrality and a relative lack of violence or threat. Of course no place has zero threats, but Switzerland’s threat level is exceptionally low.
Travel to and from boarding school
Getting to and from the school via air travel can be another worry for parents. Switzerland offers a huge variety of flights overseas, many of which arrive directly in Geneva Airport, where Brillantmont staff go to welcome the students. From the moment the students arrive in Switzerland, they are in the expert hands of the Brillantmont staff.
Fieldtrips and excursions at boarding school
Excursion in Venice
At Brillantmont we offer a number of unique fieldtrip opportunities and we take our children out for weekend excursions both during the school year and at summer school. During our summer course, we do not leave Switzerland. All of our trips are to locations within the country and many are to the mountains and not large cities.
Campus security at boarding school
The Brillantmont campus grounds are secured with a full time staff and safety features in place.
In some ways, one could argue that children are safer at boarding school than they would be going to a local school in many countries around the world. This is because at home they may be driving more, encounter security risks on the bus or walking to school, have easy access to other children and adults that are not associated with the school, and they are more likely to go over to friends’ houses where they might experiment with things that are not allowed at boarding school. At Brillantmont, the staff are on hand to support and care for the students and strict rules, based on age, provide a framework, in which are students can flourish and grow, whilst respecting boundaries.
At Brillantmont International School we have a number of specific safety policies and features in place. First of all, the school grounds are gated and the gates are closed at the end of every day, making access by non-authorised people impossible. The buildings on campus are also all locked at night and at all times, have safety codes so that only people with the codes – students and staff – can have access. Our experienced staff live among the students, taking care of them and addressing any concerns as soon as they arise.
As you prepare your child for summer school this year, be reassured that we are doing everything in our power to keep your child safe. Your child will be in one of the most secure countries in Europe with caring and experienced staff closely monitoring them. If you still have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly.