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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.