OurPoint Of View

As a progressive and forward-thinking school, we endeavour to stay abreast of the latest developments in education to ensure our programmes prepare our students well for their personal, academic and professional futures. The following articles describe just some of the topics that have helped us shape and develop the educational pathways we offer.

HOW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS

The 21st century is a world of contradictions. We are moving towards increasing automation, yet strong social skills also make an enormous difference to our success in the workplace.

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BECOMING AN ECO-SCHOOL, THE HAUT-LAC WAY

“Come, join me for a stroll through the Haut-Lac grounds.”

“Errr, why? Last I checked, school playgrounds don’t make the best walking routes.”

“Yea, normally, but the Haut-Lac gardens are different. If you can tear yourself away from its breathtaking views of Lake Geneva, you will find them to be an ecological learning haven.”

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WHERE DO EXPATS LIVE AROUND LAKE GENEVA?

So you’re new to Switzerland, or perhaps just to the region and you want the low-down on where to live. Here's a recap of some of the biggest cities and towns along Lake Geneva...

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HOW DO SWISS & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS DIFFER?

How do the Swiss and international school systems compare? If you've asked yourself this question, know that you are not alone. Here we lay down the bare bones of the state school system in the Canton of Vaud and compare it with the international school system at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School to give you a clearer picture.

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HOW TO USE EXTRA-CURRICULARS AS A SECRET WEAPON

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, students are able to choose from over 150 extra-curricular activities, ranging from football and sailing to cookery and acting. Why so many?

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CALLING ALL ACTORS – JOIN THE HAUT-LAC LAMDA CLUB

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we are known for our high quality academics and our diverse study programmes. We are also reputed on the Swiss international schools circuit for our great sporting achievements and the creative opportunities we provide our young performers.

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HOW TO MANAGE STRESS AS A FAMILY?

We need to be realistic. Stress is a part of life. It is essential to learning and healthy development, provides the building blocks of resilience. Things like hunger, thirst, being cold, working out, and big projects are all stressors. However, prolonged stress activation requires a tremendous amount of emotional and physical energy which, in turn, leads to exhaustion. You've probably noticed that you, and others, feel more fatigue, less capable of focus, and more irritable.

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HOW SHOULD SCHOOLS TEACH DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP?

With the shadow of distance learning hovering over us all the time, international schools are being pushed to develop their technological competency at an unprecedented rate. They must equip students should the worst come to happen again. However, when confinement measures closed Haut-Lac International Bilingual School the first time round, our advanced technology and expertise with numerous applications helped us to jump into action right away.

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WHAT MAKES A HEALTHY SCHOOL?

As the autumn sun creeps up from behind the mountains on a cold Tuesday morning, a group of students at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is preparing for their sports lesson out on the football pitch.

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HOW ARE LIBRARIES RELEVANT IN THE 21ST CENTURY?

Libraries. A magical place that most parents remember fondly from their childhoods, where they explored ancient lands and new worlds thanks to the humble book. They are also a safe space for children to develop their creativity, literacy and independence.

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HOW WE ENSURED OUR 2020 GRADUATES' SUCCESS

When it came to end of school results, 2020 was a year like no other. In line with IB regulations, no exams took place - a fact that made our students and alumni decry: It’s not fair!

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WHY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE WHERE TO BE NOW

It may have been the first time in human history that so many students looked forward to returning to school in August! Kids and staff worldwide welcomed the news that school was officially “ON” with relief, glad to have a small sense of normalcy returned to their lives.

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HOW DO HAUT-LAC STUDENTS SEE 2021?

As we approach the end of this unsettling year, many of us will look back at 2020 and think – did that really happen? Whilst even more of us will look towards 2021 and ask ourselves – how much longer will it go on?

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HOW THE IBDP TURNS STUDENTS INTO JOURNALISTS

Students at IB World Schools who undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) must satisfy the many rigorous elements that ensure its renown as a unique, quality curriculum.

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5 WAYS COMMUNITY BENEFITS IB STUDENTS

We find ourselves at a crossroads, where some communities are dying and others are being built both offline and online. We live in an interesting age, and as international schools, it is time to monopolise on the changes we’re seeing to help students achieve their full potential.

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