Welcome to the JFK Boarding House
We offer boarding facilities to students aged 6 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!
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
· Playing field/garden
· Table tennis table
· Mini football table
· Sports equipment
· Indoor games
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yannick is Swiss and is joining us with 17 years experience in boarding, both as boarding student and later as houseparent, most recently in another Swiss International School on the shores of Lake Geneva. He is 35 years old, has a degree in psychology, has worked more than 10 years in boarding houses in Switzerland as houseparent or deputy director, and has been himself a boarder during his teenage years for a total of 7 years. He is also a captain in the Swiss Armed Forces where he has been commanding a hospital company for over 3 years. Yannick has always enjoyed working with teenagers and young adults, accompanying them on their way to become responsible, caring and resilient individuals. He speaks 4 languages and is a keen skier and sportsman. Yannick is very happy to have joined our team and to be putting his skills into practice to help our senior boys boarders be the best version of themselves.
Cass spent most of her childhood in the United States, and returned to Europe after graduating from Saint Louis University. She’s spent numerous seasons leading outdoor education programs with various International Schools in France and Switzerland. Last year, she’s decided to permanently settle in the beautiful Swiss Alps and continue her passion for working in education as a house parent.
I was born in Scotland and educated in many different parts of the UK; Scotland, Northern Ireland, Berkshire, the Midlands and Devon. Finally settling in Devon in my teens meant I developed a great love of the sea and life in the outdoors. I love travelling, hiking, skiing and cycling. I have two grown up children, Tom and Hattie, who love the countryside and animals just as much as me! I have worked in independent schools since 1996, enjoying teaching sport and PSHE before moving into pastoral care. I loved being a housemistress at Sherborne Girls School for nine years and at Thornton College last year.