On 24 and 25 June, the grade 6 students from SIS Zürich-Wollishofen went to Lausanne to meet students from a school there, practice their French, and celebrate as they come to the end of their elementary school years. From taking a dip in the fountain, to visiting a museum, to taking part in a treasure hunt around the city, the students had fun and come away with fond and lasting memories.
Two eventful days passed at the end of May: the SIS Cup 2019 was hosted by SIS Friedrichshafen and included sportsmanship, fair play, a smooth operation and a lot of fun for all participating teams. Congratulations to the winner of this year’s competitions: SIS Kassel. Compared to last year, SIS Zürich-Wollishofen improved the most and received the Achievement Award for it.
How do SIS schools deal with IT? What happens to the brain when learning two languages? We are pleased to present the newly designed country-issued publications named emphaSIS that elaborate on an important aspect of the schools within the respective country. Each edition covers one topic in depth supplemented by insights into the school locations and an entertainment section.
This semester, grade 6 from SIS Männedorf-Zürich, was able to pilot the soon to be school wide platform, Office 365. Office 365 is a cloud based software that provides online access to MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, cloud storage and has the possibility to create teams and shared blogs.
Grade 11, from SIS Zürich, were able to analyse their own DNA during an excursion to the academic world. They extracted, duplicated and purified their DNA from their oral mucosal cells. As a result, they hope to get the base sequence of a piece of their mitochondrial DNA and to find out about the geographical origin of their ancestors.
Each year we intend to make the SIS international school network more tangible by hosting an intercountry activity. This year the activity is devoted to photography. On 2 April 2019, students from all 16 SIS schools will spread out on their school grounds to capture their life on that day. The best shots will be published in a photobook.
Preparations for the SIS Cup 2019, taking place at SIS Friedrichshafen on 27 and 28 May 2019, are in full swing at all 16 SIS schools. As there is limited space for six students from grade 5 or 6 per school, the competition is on. Only the most athletic students will be sent out to bring the SIS Cup home. We look forward to these exciting and fun days.
At SIS Swiss International School, children can learn both English and German or Portuguese through immersion – even if they are not native speakers of either language. Prof. Piske is an expert in the area of second language pedagogy and points out four principles that foster second language acquisition in the following article.
The annual edition of the SIS World was published this month. As we celebrate the beginnings of SIS Swiss International School, it includes the special section “Since 1999 – Pioneering Bilingual Education” that displays different viewpoints and stories about our early years. Have a pleasant read!
We opened our first school in Germany with the establishment of SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach in 2008. In the beginning, there were 50 students attending classes up to grade 5. Ten years later, the school community has grown to over 400 students and our students have the opportunity to graduate with the Abitur and/or the International Baccalaureate. Many reasons to celebrate!
The SIS IT curriculum has been successfully introduced into our classrooms in Switzerland in the previous school year. The implementation for SIS schools in Germany and Brazil follows in the upcoming two years respectively. We aim to educate our students in the broad and vital field of information technology starting from a young age.
SPARC is an acronym for sports, art and culture. For one week, students at all levels engage in the pursuit of interesting, invigorating and exciting learning opportunities. From visiting ancient castles and ruins, to taking in the splendor of Basel’s many museums, to the placid power of the Rhein and to academic pursuits in university libraries and pharmaceutical laboratories, SPARC week has opened the eyes of many to the abundance of Basel’s very own backyard.
The winner of the SIS Best Essay Award 2018 is Vivianne Götz from SIS Basel. She investigated the main causes of the population loss of honey bees in Switzerland. The second place goes to Luisa Azevedo Sodré Garcia from ESB Rio de Janeiro. Georg Wesch from SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach secured the third place. The award honours graduating students who excelled in their essays as well as in their engagement at their schools. The first prize is a week’s stay in Rio de Janeiro with a host family from our school there, the ESB Rio de Janeiro.
For the ninth time around 40 students from ESB Rio de Janeiro visited Switzerland and travelled extensively using public transport. Next to the many sightseeing highlights, there was a special focus on the difference between a German and a French speaking part of Switzerland including their culinary peculiarities. This unique opportunity to travel to the home country of their school is given to students in grade 8 each year.
In 2017, Dietrich Varaklis, who studied at the SIS Basel, won the SIS Best Essay Award and got offered a journey to Rio de Janeiro to explore the city and to visit the Escola Suíço-Brasileira (ESB). Find out more about his experiences in Brazil by reading his interview.
SIS Männedorf-Zürich is presented with the SIS Award of Distinction. The school evaluation from 16 to 18 April 2018 has provided evidence to show that the school fulfils customer expectations as well as the SIS standards to the highest degree. The teaching and learning processes are on a very high level and yield lasting good results.