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 STEAM FORMS THE INNOVATORS OF TOMORROW

Twenty years’ ago, when I asked my Science teacher why I had to learn about Pavlov and his dog if I didn’t want to be a scientist, she replied “because it’s part of the curriculum”.

In one way, I guess she was right but it was not the answer that was going to get me to go above and beyond in my learning.

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SCIENTISTS NEED CREATIVITY TOO - HERE'S WHY

What do you do when faced with a problem? Do you sit their and stare at it? At first maybe, but you’d eventually get up and do something else or find someone to discuss it with. Why? Because you need a fresh take on it. A new way of looking at it. A new idea.

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FOR ATHLETES AXEL & VICTORIA, SUCCESS IS A MINDSET

Haut-Lac student-athletes Victoria and Axel are enjoying a month’s rest after a very successful ski season with elite ski team, Ski Valais. We therefore managed to catch up with them to find out more about their sport, and of course to congratulate them. It’s not easy achieving such superb performances in slalom, giant slalom and super G, whilst staying so committed to their IB MYP studies.

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HOW TO SET THE SCENE FOR STUDENT LEARNING

Following on from this introduction to the Mantle of the Expert, MoE trainer Tammy recounts the journey of pedagogical discovery and deeper understanding she took along with six other Haut-Lac colleagues.

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HOW HELENA OVERCAME ADVERSITY IN SPORT

Have you ever been on a roll only to suffer a setback? With her horse Utino de la Cense II in recovery,  Haut-Lac student-athlete Helena had to rethink her training for the upcoming show jumping season. We caught up with her to find out how things were going.

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PRE-SEASON TRAINING: STUDENT-ATHLETE TIPS

Despite winter weather conditions, MYP4 sport & study student Kyan has been training hard indoors to prepare for the next cycling season. He managed, however, to find some time to tell us a bit about what he’s been up to.

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5 WAYS TO BE A SUPPORTIVE “IB PARENT”

If you’re wondering how best to help your child through the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), you’re not alone. Many parents find it hard to get to grips with the programme and its countless assessments. So, as an IBDP alumnus myself, I thought I'd share the 5 ways my parents helped me to manage my stress and meet the high IBDP demands.

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HOW DO THE IBDP & SWISS MATURITÉ COMPARE?

Trying to understand the difference between these two courses has long been a source of trouble for many local and expat families in Switzerland. 

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WHY LIVE & STUDY AT A SWISS BOARDING SCHOOL?

Whilst many countries have a lengthy and distinguished boarding school history, few have one so illustrious and famed as the Swiss private boarding school. Here's why parents have long been choosing to send their children to live and study among the Swiss lakes and mountains in the heart of Europe ?

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5 REASONS THE IBDP IS IDEAL FOR MODERN STUDENTS

It provides students in over 140 countries with an international qualification recognised by many universities worldwide. It’s an academic programme powerhouse. It’s the IBDP.

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CLIMATE CHANGE READS FOR SUSTAINABLE STUDENTS

2021 has seen a monumental end of year for climate change awareness, as world leaders awoke once more to the pressing climate matter at the COP26. Yet, even more important, was the light shone on both the many areas in which countries are falling down and how individuals and communities are getting together to do great things.

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WHY HAUT-LAC VALUES ITS SCHOOL TRADITIONS?

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School was founded in 1993. That's a long time for traditions to take root. But why have we always encouraged our local and expat families to join us in celebrating the same, annual events?

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7 REASONS TO ATTEND A BOARDING SCHOOL

Deciding to send your child to a boarding school can be a daunting decision to make. While the move to a boarding house will be exciting and life-changing, it is only natural for parents to harbour doubts. So, lets cut through the stereotypes and instead look at the real advantages of attending a boarding school.

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SELF-AWARENESS: WHY DO STUDENTS NEED THIS SKILL?

We’ve mentioned soft skills before, but we'll mention them again because today's international school students need them now more than ever. Not just for their futures, but to help them successfully navigate these unpredictable times. As educators, we have to equip them with such transferable skills, but it is up to them to recognise when and which one will benefit them in different situations.

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HOW THE IB HELPED SOFIA BECOME A TOKY02020 FINALIST

From the Olympic stadium to Lake Geneva, our Class of 2021 graduate and parathlete Sofia is back and already thinking about the next step. She did, however, make time to share a few tips from her experience as an elite IB student-elite with Haut-Lac Sport & Study Coordinator James.

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