We are looking forward to, slowly but surely, welcoming our students again in person! While the school closures were largely decided upon at the same time for all 16 SIS schools, there are large regional differences in the concept for reopening schools. Distance learning continues in Brazil while in Germany the graduation classes were able to re-enter the classrooms last week – subject to various protective measures. In Switzerland, schools will open their doors again next week on Monday 11 May, with cantonal differences in implementation. We are preparing carefully for the reunion with our students and even if it will not be quite the same as before, we can hardly wait to see their smiling faces!
A little excursion to SIS Basel, Switzerland and a students’ perspective about homeschooling from SIS Swiss International School during school closure.
All SIS students and teachers are staying home in week four of distance learning. Until March 2020, teaching with online learning and collaboration tools was used for selected projects throughout SIS schools. Not just recently, but especially in the last three weeks when online applications have increased in importance, our teachers and students have benefited from this.
Given the worldwide spread of Covid-19, we are forced to cancel the SIS Cup 2020. The fifth edition of the SIS Cup would have taken place on 18 and 19 May 2020 at SIS Pfäffikon-Schwyz in Switzerland. We are especially sorry for all students and teachers who have already prepared with anticipation and thank everyone involved for helping with the preparations that have been made. We hope that the situation eases soon and we are already looking forward to the SIS Cup 2021.
Due to the current situation, the SIS Maths Day, which was planned to happen on 17 March 2020, is postponed. A new date will be set in the future. The SIS Maths Day is this year's interschool activity. This event, demanding speed and logical thinking in solving mathematical problems, connects all 16 schools to strengthen the SIS network. Groups from grades 1 to 10 will play simultaneously using the “Mathletics Live” platform.
SIS Swiss International School closely monitors the reports regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) of the competent authorities in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil. We comply with the recommendations and preventive codes of conduct of the authorities and we continuously inform parents, students and employees about the latest developments and actions in our schools.
The SIS Cup 2020 will be hosted by SIS Pfäffikon-Schwyz, Switzerland and will take place on 18 and 19 May. Again, all 16 SIS schools are invited to send their best team consisting of six grade 5 or 6 students to compete in various team and single disciplines. We are all looking forward to these enjoyable and intense two days that challenge and motivate our students in many ways.
The new SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt is currently under construction in Oberursel, just a few minutes by car from Germany’s banking metropolis. Starting with the 2020/21 school year, the new school with a reception class and primary school will open up its doors in a remodeled building at An der drei Hasen 34-36. We are looking forward to expand the SIS network in Frankfurt!
The image above contains the drawings of the SIS Christmas cards of the past four years. The motif of the SIS Christmas card 2020 will be selected in these days. Every year, all 16 SIS schools submit their nicest drawings. The variety of motifs, techniques and styles makes the selection difficult and interesting each year.
Annually, we collect stories from the SIS network and merge them to create the SIS World publication. Find out about facts and figures about each school and read interesting contributions written by students, teachers or principals. Enjoy reading the latest SIS World!
Congratulations to the winners of the first three places of this year's SIS Best Essay Award! First place goes to Victoria from ESB Rio de Janeiro, second place to Matthias from SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach and third place to Maxim from SIS Zurich. All three essays display an in-depth study that exceeds expectations. We are proud of the students’ commitment and passion that culminated in these excellent papers.
On 2 April, 2019 students from all 16 SIS Swiss International Schools set out to capture their life on film in a single day which resulted in more than 10.000 photos. A selection of the best photographs per school is shown in the book which is now published and available at all schools. Thanks to all participating students for their engagement and creativity and also their teachers who developed the digital photography skills of the students and supported the process.
ESB Rio de Janeiro launched the Guest Speaker Series event, a channel created to debate and reflect on relevant topics in the education sector related to our educational concept. On two different days they received specialists who discussed relevant issues concerning the education of children and young people of the 21st century.
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.