Boarding at JFK

Boarders learn how to live, work and play together,
sharing experiences with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.
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Welcome to the JFK Boarding House

We offer boarding facilities to students aged 4 and above. We provide boarders with a happy, friendly and rewarding residential experience in a cosy, home-like environment. The school offers separate boarding facilities for male and female students in traditional Saanenland Chalets situated near at the school, in heart of the picturesque village of Saanen.

Boarders learn how to live, work and play together, sharing experiences with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. We aim to provide a caring ‘home from home’ for boarders, where they can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives as part of an international boarding community, having the feel of a large family.

The busy life of boarding provides many opportunities for students to contribute to school life. Boarders are encouraged to join the Student Council to represent boarders’ views, and actively work together to support social, charitable and sporting initiatives and events.

We want life for our boarders to be an unforgettable experience which will prepare them for all they will encounter in later life. Experience shows us that friendships made in our Boarding House, lead to lifelong friendships based all over the world!

Boarding Highlights

Traditional Swiss chalet situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Saanen

The JFK Boarding House offers separate accomodation for boys and girls in traditional Swiss chalet situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Saanen. There are a number of facilities available to the boarders including:

·     Common areas
·     Study rooms
·     Kitchen
·     Library
·     Playing field/garden
·     Table tennis table
·     Mini football table
·     Trampoline
·     Sports equipment
·     Indoor games

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We encourage children to take advantage of these facilities, use their free time sensibly and play outside when the weather is nice. We discourage too much time spent on electronics and closely monitor their use.

Boarders enjoy of a wide variety of activities

In the JFK Boarding House we enjoy a wide variety of weekend and after school activities, taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings in the Saanenland.

In the summer we organise outside team games, cook outs and nature walks. In the winter, optional extra ski lessons are available as well as other winter sports such as ice skating, sledging and snow shoeing.

Once a term we like to arrange a slightly bigger boarding excursion, such as a trip to the Cirque du Soleil or Circus Knie, and in the summer term we plan a whole boarders’ weekend away, with previous excursions including Legoland, Europa Park and Disneyland Paris.

We also ensure that our boarders experience things closer to home, learning about the Swiss culture and visiting places of interest in the region. The Cailler Chocolate Factory, Montreux Christmas Market and Bex Salt Mines are always favourites.

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Our weekend activity program helps to bring the boarders together, with each other and with the staff as a family. Often therefore, the activities the children enjoy the most are simple and home based, like our film and tuck nights, pizza making evenings or trips to Gstaad.

Most of all we like our activities to be fun. From bowling to laser quest, to play parks, swimming and go karting, we have a full activity program to keep the boarders busy and happy for the whole year.

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March
  • All day
  • New York, WY 82601, US
Year 7 Taster Days

Year 6 pupils are invited to join us for a Taster Day on either Thursday 19th or Sunday 22nd.

16
March
  • 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Seattle, IL85976, US
A social event of Pasta & Prosecco

The school PTFA would like to invite you to enjoy an evening of Pasta and Prosecco in November.

15
April
  • 4:30 pm
  • Napoli, Pizarro 41/22
Henry Cluster Council

Discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members.

5
February
  • All day
  • Las Vegas, NV 82601, US
National Parent Involvement Day

Our School celebrating National Parent Involvement Day on December 3.

Residential Life

Unique opportunities and gain valuable skills

 

Boarding House is an important and valued part of the JFK School community and one that we are very proud of. We run a happy, safe and enriching boarding program in which children will experience unique opportunities and gain valuable skills. Following the structures and routines of the House, boarders become more independent, responsible and organised and benefit from interacting with children and staff from different cultures and backgrounds.

Our small boarding community creates a ‘home away from home’ where children can thrive in an international family environment. The boarding staff closely follow the personal and academic development of each child, supporting their needs and maintaining a strong relationship with parents.

All in all we aim to provide an unforgettable experience for our boarders. An experience which will lead to life long friendships and which will prepare them for all they will encounter in later life.

Boarding Parents

Jones Samantha
Samantha Jones
Head of Boarding

Samantha is a UK graduate of Sports and Exercise Science with over 10 years experience working in International Boarding Schools and Camps. She has also completed a Masters Degree in International Development and in her spare time works with a small charity in Uganda.

Bondatti Daniel
Daniel Bondati
Boys' House Parent

John is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, and Health and Safety Specialist offering a strong background in injury care, prevention, rehabilitation, health promotion and wellness. John has an enduring passion for continuous education and has intentionally engaged in various work experiences for a well-rounded scope on healthcare. John’s primary interests include nutrition and biomechanics, with a concentrated focus on improving performance.

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Elsa Valdivelso
Girls' House Parent

John is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, and Health and Safety Specialist offering a strong background in injury care, prevention, rehabilitation, health promotion and wellness. John has an enduring passion for continuous education and has intentionally engaged in various work experiences for a well-rounded scope on healthcare. John’s primary interests include nutrition and biomechanics, with a concentrated focus on improving performance.