Les Roches A-Z

10 Feb 2011 | by Whitney


Here are some terms that are commonly used at Les Roches amongst the students, teachers and staff.

A la carte – The most formal of the dining options at school. This fine-dining restaurant is also used as a classroom with service students and can be booked for dinner by students when there is space. It is located in the main building on the ground floor to the right of Market place.

Boxnet – is an online file sharing platform for the teachers to the students.

CDIP – Students must do an internship for 6 months each year for the 3-year Hotel Management Diploma.  The Career Development and Internship Office is invaluable in completing the process of getting an internship, having it verified and when we leave Les Roches helping to find job placements. They also organize presentations from different hotel groups that come to Les Roches for recruitment purposes.

CDV- Café du Village. This is one of the residences but also a student bar and restaurant. By day, service students are taught here and by night it is run by the F&B interns and students gather here to socialize, have a drink or eat.

CBL – Craft Based Learning is the practical training section of the syllabus. Every two weeks the students rotate to be on either practical or academic schedules.

Crans- Montana– Often you will hear students saying “are you going up?” or “did you go up?”- this is referring to travelling up the mountain to Crans-Montana. Here we go to the supermarket, bank, to eat or to go out in the evening. Those of us who like to ski go up mostly on the weekends or in the week (if we have time) and students from Les Roches get a discount on the ski passes.

Funi (Funicular Train) – Other than taxis, this is the main way of getting up and down to either Crans-Montana or Sierre.

K- Hotel Operations 2 (HOII) – Kitchen

Library– Found in the main building, here you can find a wide array of books and DVDs for borrowing with your student card. It is also a quiet place to study or read.

Lobby Bar– Here Madame Christiane or the Intern Mary- Carmen sell coffees, sandwiches, pastries, cold lattes, snacks and sodas. There is always a crowd here as some of us need a little caffeine fix before the next class.

Lobby– This is where students come at break times and between classes to work, socialise, check their mail or have a refreshment.

M- Hotel Operations 3 (HOIII) – Management

Main Building– When you arrive at Les Roches you will park somewhere outside of the Main building and enter. Here you will find the lobby, reception, the library and most of the classroom areas. It also houses one of the male residences.

Market Place – This is the most popular of the eating options at school. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a large part of the CBL (practical training) takes place for the culinary, stewarding and service.

Mini Market – Newly opened, the Mini Market has a variety of small supermarket items and is a good place to pick a few things up if you haven’t made it up to Crans- Montana.

Moodle – is the schools Course Management System. It is accessible by all students for information about the school and each student can access his or her course information, including the syllabus. Also posted on Moodle are activities, CDIP information and general announcements. This is very important to both teachers and students.

Petit Roches – During your academic week in Rooms Division Operations we have two practical applications taught at Petit Roches. This little chalet houses the “mock hotel room”, a practice Reception area, and materials for Housekeeping and Front Office training.

PFA- Pré Fleuri A– For a quick sandwich lunch or dinner PFA is open in the week Monday to Friday. A little more casual than Market place or A la Carte, you can sit outside (when it’s warm enough) and usually the chefs play music.

PPs (Petit Paradis) – PPs is a family-run hotel and restaurant just next to the main building. They serve the Swiss favorites: fondue and raclette. Often, students go there to just have a drink and relax “off campus”.

Reception– is the first point of call for any visitors who come to Les Roches. It is just as useful to the students, we can buy padlocks, get money or directions and they are able to answer most of our inquiries.

Residences – PF (Peters Farm) 1, 2, 3, 4; PF (Pré Fleuri) A, B, C, Cheminot, Tacot, Main Building , St. Francois, CDV

S– Hotel Operations 1 (HOI) – Service

Student Services– The Student Help point- When checking on your first day, Student Services gives you the all important Student ID, assigns your room and starts the procedure for getting your B permit (necessary for staying Switzerland).  It is to the left of Reception.

Student Social Committee – The committee organizes events and socials. Students can join it if they have an interest in organizing and helping. For example, the upcoming Mufti Day (a day when students can wear whatever they want).



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