Daily Archives: 2014/01/24


TGIF: Week 4, 2014

TGIF_Orange_squareThe weather is still unseasonably warm and humid and it feels like March and warmer weather is just around the corner.  But then we look at the calendar and see that it’s still January and a cold and wintery February is still possible.  For now though, let’s take advantage of the weather and enjoy what Switzerland has to offer!   This weekend, what’s in store for families and expatriates?

  • Balloon Festival at Chateau d’Oex – This annual festival opens on Saturday 25 January and closes on 2 February 2014.   Just a 1h30 minute drive from the La Cote area, if the sky is clear and the weather is warm, the events are not to be missed.    Combine a day with some skiing in the Valais or a visit to the Thermal Baths and you have a great day out organised.  Keep up to date by following the facebook page.
  • Marche aux Puces de Nyon – This monthly flea market takes place on the last Sunday of the month on the lakefront in Nyon.  It’s nice just walking along the lake in the sun, so why not combine it with a walk by these flea market tables?   Not in Nyon or want something larger?   The Flea Market at the Plaine de Plainpalais in Geneva takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and first Sunday of the month.
  • Wine Tasting Excursions with ProVino – Sign up in advance with your vintner of choice and with a Pass ProVino try their wines at your leisure.   A great sunny day activity.

This blog also mentioned two activities for parents that should be considered over the weekend.   A talk on A-levels as an academic option for children in Switzerland and a seminar on helping your kids to read.  Sign up for these needs to be done in advance so take the weekend to check your calendar.


Help your Child Learn to Read

logoOakHillSchool-300x96Do you speak and read English at home to your children, but do they attend school in French or a third language?  Would you like tips for helping your child to learn to read in a language you understand?   Oak Hill, a specialist educational centre in Nyon is running a Reading Seminar for parents on the evening of Wednesday, 19 February 2014.

The seminar, entitled “How to help your child become a successful reader – a proactive approach for parents”, will be held at the Oak Hill classrooms on Chemin de Precossy 31 in Nyon from 19:00-20:00 (doors open 18:30).  It is aimed at parents and carers who want “to be more actively involved in helping their child learn to read.”

The seminar is held in English and spaces are limited, so if you are interested, RSVP now to Johanna Hartley, 022 354 0140 or johanna.hartley@oakhill.ch.