The Director’s first objective is to maintain a link with the students in order to participate effectively in their well-being. The Director does this on a daily basis as well as his administrative duties. He must think about integrating new technologies and modernising the approaches in the learning process all the while respecting the philosophy and identity of the school. Champittet’s values must be preserved in order to create a harmonised work environment with happy students by reconciling innovation and tradition.
Our eventful day started at 7h45 in Mr. de Korodi’s office. He presented the outlines of the invitation of being “Director for a day”. With a cup of tea in one hand, we left to greet primary students and their parents. We discovered the social aspect of his position. He talks to the parents and is attentive to their comments. We were then ready for the upcoming reunions. Mr. de Korodi took the time to explain the school’s organisational chart to us.
Our first meeting was with Mme Nagel D’Eternod, Director of Marketing and Communication. The discussion was mainly based on the integration of new technologies as well as the modification of platforms and other software.
At 10h00 we accompanied our Director to the teachers’ coffee break. A true custom at Collège Champittet. The friendly atmosphere allows discussions on diverse subjects such as trips, reunions, class councils… At the end of break we attended a 2-hour Management Committee meeting. It is an important meeting during which each department of the Collège is represented. The people present and exchange information, latest updates and sometimes resolve misunderstandings. Each department is brought up such as marketing, transport, administration and especially the school’s educational objectives. We then had lunch with the Management Committee members. After lunch M. de Korodi had a meeting with Mrs. Gudin-Recoing, Director of the Nyon campus. At 14h we had a break before returning to the hectic pace of the day!
We followed Mr. de Korodi in his various appointments such as meeting Mr. Richard Feehan, a Nord Anglia “Reward and HR Operations” representative.
This day has allowed us to discover another side of the school and has enabled us to understand the complex organisation and Management’s role and work. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere and team spirit.
Moreover, all the people working with Mr. de Korodi showed their goodwill and were available for us. We both feel that all members get along and work well together. We would like to find the same good spirit in our future professions. Managing an establishment such as Champittet is a fascinating yet demanding job. The human dimension is very important as the contact between different people is essential for its success. We consider it a big privilege to have been able to accompany Mr. de Korodi and thank him for his time. We hope that the experience of being “Director for a day” will be proposed to other students as it brings forward a different side of our school!
Roxane and Clélia, students of 13 A