Consultation bodies

The Head of School of the French International School of Berne, Mrs. Nathalie HABLAINVILLE, joined the school in August 2021.

Her mission defined by the AEFE is for three, four or five years. She is responsible for all the staff, the pedagogical, security and administrative functioning of the school. She is accountable to her superiors, the Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Action at the French Embassy in Switzerland on the one hand, and the AEFE on the other.

She represents the school to the various local authorities.

The financial part of the establishment is the responsibility of the manager and the Management Committee.







The Management Committee, whose members are parents elected at the General Assembly, are responsible for the proper functioning and finances of the school, which are managed on a daily basis by a manager.

Elected members of the Management Committee (GA of 10th December 2020) :

First and Last Name | Position | Email

Isabelle WIENAND | President |

Danny REITAMO | Vice President |

Nicole PORZ | Treasurer|

Vincent BARRO | Member |

Nadège HOFMANN | Member | (member elected on 19/03/2021)

The School Council (SC) is a tripartite body composed of an equal number of members representing the administration, representatives of the school staff and representatives of the parents and students.

The Executive Committee is the main body that deals with organizational, pedagogical and educational issues of our school.

It adopts the school project, the rules of procedure, the timetable and the school calendar.

It gives its opinion and makes suggestions on the functioning of the school and on all matters concerning the life of the school: the reception and care of handicapped students, school catering, school hygiene, safety of the children, etc.

The minutes of the school councils can be consulted in the parents’ area.


Elections for parent representatives to the School Council are held in October.

They were elected on October 8, 2021 for the year 2021-2022:

First and Last Name | Grade represented | Email


Ms. Yvonne HELBLE | Kindergarten |

Ms. Francesca CORTI| Elementary |

Ms. Cherifa CHAÏRAT CHANDOUL | College |


Members sitting in an advisory capacity (without voting rights) :

  • The French Consul or his representative,
  • Representatives of the Assembly of French Nationals Abroad or their representatives appointed by the French Ambassador on the proposal of the elected officials,
  • Two local personalities chosen for their competence in the social, economic and cultural fields upon proposal of the Head of the school,
  • The President of the Alumni Association or his representative,
  • Two representatives of the Management Committee,
  • The National Education Inspector in residence.

In the college, the Class Council, chaired by the Head of School or his/her representative, meets at least three times a year. It examines pedagogical questions concerning the life of the class, in particular the organization of the students’ personal work and decides on the individual case of each student.

The class council is composed of the class teachers, the student representative and the parent representative.

Some additional rules/principles:

In the event of a particular problem in a subject, the matter should, if possible, be resolved outside the class council by meeting with the teacher concerned.
Class council meetings are not public.
The members of the class council are bound by a real obligation of confidentiality and reserve regarding the debates, exchanges and personal/individual information mentioned during the meeting.
The parents present obviously represent their peers and not simply and solely their own child(ren). They will therefore avoid intervening in a more insistent manner when examining the individual situation of their child.

Procedures for Class Councils:

The Head of School (or his/her representative) chairs the class council which is led by the principal teacher.
The class council examines pedagogical questions concerning the life of the class, notably the organization of the students’ personal work.
It examines the progress of each student’s schooling in order to better guide them in their work and study choices.
The main teacher speaks about his or her subject and can give a brief summary based on any feedback received from colleagues.
“Round table”: each teacher gives a report on the functioning of the class in his/her subject.
The parent and the student representative present a summary of any questions that may have been collected from their peers (questionnaire, collective preparation of the CC, etc.); questions and answers may be asked.
Individual assessment (“Case by case”).
The main teachers will propose a summary remark/appreciation for each student in the class, which will be entered on the report card. This remark may be amended or reworded, if necessary.
Student and parent representatives attend and may intervene throughout the class council.
The results of the students are presented by video projection.

Sanctions “Warning” for work and/or behavior of students:

Circular n°2000-105 of 11/07/2000, concerning the organization of disciplinary procedures in middle schools and high schools, specifies that: “Except for permanent exclusion, any sanction is automatically erased from the student’s administrative file after one year.” Warnings for lack of work and/or behavior of certain students can therefore not appear on the school report. On the other hand, a sanction of this type may be proposed by the class council. In this case, the family will be informed in writing of the sanction and will be invited to an interview with the principal teacher and/or the head of the school.


Second term class council (March) : in the 3rd year orientation class, the 2nd term class council gives an opinion on the provisional wishes expressed by the students and their families. This advice should allow for a dialogue phase to be set up if necessary and above all is intended to make the students react if necessary, as there is still time.

Third term class council (June) – Orientation decision and advice of the class council. Reminder: the decision of orientation (classes of 3ème ) or of passage to the next class is taken by the headmaster after advice of the class council. In case of disagreement, the family can appeal the decision.

The Conseil de la vie collégienne (CVC) is a civic body that promotes students’ participation in the life of their school. It is here that exchanges take place aimed at improving the functioning of the school and the living conditions of the students.

When the CVC meets, it can make proposals on the following topics:

  • Organisation of school attendance and school hours
  • Elaboration of the school project and house rules
  • Equipment, catering
  • Organisation of personal work and supervision of students
  • Language and cultural exchange
  • Well-being of students, school climate and promotion of participative practices
  • Implementation of the artistic and cultural education course, the”parcours citoyen”, the “parcours d’avenir” and the health education course.

The CVC is composed of the following members:

  • Head teacher
  • Student representatives: Our CVC is made up of student, class representatives, from CM2 to 3rd grade.
  • 1 representative of the teaching staff
  • At least 1 representative of the staff of the establishment.
  • At least 1 representative of the students’ parents.

The headmaster chairs the CVC.

At the college, each class has a class representative. He/she is elected by the students of his/her class at the beginning of the school year and his/her mandate lasts the whole school year. He/she can be suspended if he/she behaves in a way that is not in keeping with his/her role.

The class representative is the spokesperson for all students with the teachers and other adults in the school.

Within the framework of the class, the delegate strives to ensure the cohesion of this community and contributes to give it life in the proper school domain and in relations with the outside world.

He/she represents his/her classmates and, responsible to them, is in charge of the students’ relations with the other members of the school community. In particular, he is the intermediary between the teachers, the administration and the students.

He/she undertakes to participate in the various official bodies of the school, delegates’ council, class councils, school council (3rd grade student), as well as in the various meetings and training sessions planned.

Whether your children are just starting kindergarten or continuing their education at EFIB, there are many good reasons for you to get involved in the school. By joining the Management Committee, the School Council, or by participating in events and activities (field trips, PTA, swimming pool, etc.), you are showing your children that you care about their education.

Parent volunteers are an essential resource and support base for the school community and show children the importance of participating in a community. Not only will your involvement benefit the school, but you as well. By interacting with teachers, administrators and other parents on a regular basis, you will be well informed about your child’s daily activities and grow your network!