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 TO TAKE YOUR SPORT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Finishing second in an U17 national rowing regatta is quite a feat, especially when you're only 14! MYP4 Sport & Study student Giovanni started the sport for a bit of summer fun in 2019, and is now aiming for podium spot at the National Swiss Championships. We met up with him to find out more...

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HAUT-LAC IBDP GRADUATES RIDE THE STORM & SUCCEED

Whilst the pandemic has affected us all in one way or another, the resulting legislative and pedagogical changes could not have come at a harder time for our IB Diploma students. That being said, our Class of 2021 graduates quickly got to grips with the new online schooling systems, and all 41 of them successfully obtained their diploma.

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HOW TO PATHE YOUR WAY INTO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Different, but just as prestigious as the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), the IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP) is a way of finishing school with valuable industry experience. And at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, this includes gaining practical experience from the best in art & design, amongst others.

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HOW TO GET THE IB DIPLOMA & A DIVISION 1 SCHOLARSHIP

We met up with our Class of 2021 Sport & Study graduate Karl, to hear how he managed his intense football training schedule alongside the rigorous IB Diploma programme.

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A NEW FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Sir Ken Robinson, speaker of the seminal ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution’ TED talk, divides people into two categories: those who don’t enjoy what they do and endure life until the weekend comes around, and those who enjoy every day, unable to imagine doing anything else.

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WHY TEACH EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING AT SCHOOL?

"Now more than ever is the moment for mindfulness to guide our hearts and minds. Mindfulness has helped my students and I to self-regulate our behaviours, deal with strong emotions and develop a deeper understanding of our own emotions and how our mind works." – Narcis Iniesta, P3 teacher 

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE or US High School DIPLOMA ?

Choosing your end-of-school programme can be an exciting time as you discover a world of new options, all helping you find the right path for your future. We have already reported extensively on our new IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP), but what of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the US High School Diploma (USDP)?

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WHAT IS HIGHER EDUCATION GUIDANCE AT SCHOOL?

Congratulations! You have reached the end of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP5) or another middle school qualification. Now come the next big steps.

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WHY DO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHERS COME & GO?

At the start of each new academic year, international schools around the world welcome a number of new families and new teachers to their community. A certain degree of student turnover in such schools is an expected and accepted feature of expat life, mostly as a direct consequence of parents being relocated by their multinational corporate employers.

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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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