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 MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION FOSTERS INCLUSION

As highlighted by international organisations such as UNESCO, mother tongue language development is key in education. Recognising linguistic diversity and integrating multilingualism into school curricula are particularly important for an inclusive society and sustainable development.

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SPOTLIGHT: HAUT-LAC WOMEN & GIRLS IN SCIENCE

Today is a day for celebrating science, more specifically the women who have and are helping to shape scientific progress around the world. To mark this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to look closer to home and reaffirm our commitment to fostering inclusivity and support in STEM fields.

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HOW TO NURTURE YOUNG MINDS THROUGH LITERATURE

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, fostering a love for literature transcends the boundaries of language and culture.

From infant section picture books to the famous words of Shakespeare and Molière in Secondary, its Swiss and international students are immersed in a rich tapestry of literature as they progress through school on their individual journeys of self and international discovery.

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2023 AT HAUT-LAC REVISITED

Scene opens on Haut-Lac International Bilingual School’s Praz-Dagoud campus.

Lights come on stage left, where Managing Director Grainne and Primary Deputy Head Sally are waving goodbye to the last of the students heading off for the Christmas holiday.

They stop and turn to face each other.

Sally: That’s all of them safely with their families.

Grainne: Yes. Only the usual end-of-year-round-up with the team to go before we all head off too.

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GO SWISS OR GLOBAL - WHAT DO HAUT-LAC STUDENTS DO?

In today's interconnected world, a quality education transcends borders and opens doors to a multitude of opportunities. It is not one size fits all, but rather a personalised route to success based on each student’s learning needs and future goals.

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3 TIPS FOR STUDENT SELF-CARE THIS AUTUMN

Attending a Swiss international school is an incredible privilege, in part thanks to the awe-inspiring environment around us. However, the descent of Autumn into Winter and the arrival of short days and dark nights can have a wearing effect on many students’ mental health.

Here is a list things students can do to ensure they are feeling their best at this time of year.

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WHAT WERE HAUT-LAC'S VALUES THEN AND NOW?

When Haut-Lac was founded thirty years ago, Switzerland was a very different place.

We were a much less technologically-savvy society, ignorant of how much and how quickly the world was set to change. The values we instill in our students have therefore had to evolve over time to compliment these constant developments.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE HAUT-LAC ALUMNI?

When you've been around for thirty years as an international school, you eventually begin to build quite an extensive alumni network.

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WHAT DOES MEAN TO BE CIS-ACCREDITED?

You may have noticed an extra buzz around Haut-Lac these days. Or heard talk of something called C-I-S. What is it and why is it important?  

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WHERE WAS HAUT-LAC WHEN YOU CALLED IT HOME?

Twenty years after moving to St-Légier, Haut-Lac International Bilingual School has become synonymous with the beautiful village. With its jaw-dropping situation over Lake Geneva, staff and students are treated to a new iteration of the iconic view every day through every season.

However, we were not always to be found nestled in this quiet paradise. Over the years, we have filled many buildings with the laughter and buzz of international school life. Do you remember attending school in any of these old haunts ?

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30 YEARS OF HAUT-LAC FAMILY EVENTS – REMEMBER THEM?

As Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year (complete with festivities, of course), we've been digging into the archives. Now is a great time to reminisce over the many years of events, activities and shows we’ve shared with our students, teachers and families, so keep an eye out for throwback articles in the run up to the big milestone.

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BILINGUALISM : WHAT’S TRUE & WHAT’S NOT?

I was sitting in an Italian translation class at university one day, when my teacher asked the bilingual students to raise their hands. Educated at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School as I was, I put my hand up. I spoke English and French at home in Switzerland and was studying Italian at university.

The teacher proceeded to say that true bilingualism is only achieved when one can do everything to the exact same level in both languages. Incorrect as his assumption was, it is only one of many untruths spread about bilingualism.

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WHY HAUT-LAC STUDENTS JOIN THEIR ALUMNI NETWORK

Did you know Haut-Lac International Bilingual school is in its 30th year?

As a result, we have built an extensive network of past students who have made their lives and careers in every corner of the globe.

Whether you spent just one year at Haut-Lac or your entire schooling from our Les Marronniers nursery to your graduation day with us, you are an Haut-Lac alumnus. The following benefits are therefore yours!

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HOW TO EMPOWER STUDENTS TO TRUST THEIR OWN VOICE

School is a time of great exploration. Yet it can also be a time of great fear, or of self-consciousness.

Public speaking, answering questions in class and trusting one’s own voice are all hurdles many students learn to overcome during their school years. It’s not always an easy journey though.

That is why, at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we provide pupils with tools and experiences to help them have faith in their own opinions and ideas.

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HOW BOARDING DEVELOPS SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

It’s been a month since the Haut-Lac Boarding House opened its doors. And in that month, a comfortable relationship has formed between our international boarders and their experienced house parents to create an Haut-Lac home from home. Yet living in this communal way is more than just a fun teenage adventure. It is a unique experience that will equip the students with the following key skills for later in life.

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