Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is happy to invite you to an end of year lunch 28th December.
The Board of Directors of TASIS takes pleasure in announcing that Dr. Charles H. Skipper has been appointed the new Headmaster of the School, effective 1 July 2013.
Dr. Skipper will arrive with thirty years of teaching and administrative experience in independent schools in five American schools in the USA and one in El Salvador. His current post is Headmaster of Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, a co-ed day school with two campuses and 535 students, which he has served since 2009.
An honors graduate in History of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Skipper holds M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He started his career as a teacher and coach at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia, moving on to an eminent boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia (Washington, DC, area), the Episcopal High School, where he served from 1984-1995 as teacher, coach, dorm resident, and as Chair of the History Department and Dean of the Faculty. He subsequently served as President of the Miller School in Albemarle County, Virginia, and Headmaster of Spartanburg Day School, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, before taking the post as Director General and Head of the School at Escuela Americana, the American School of El Salvador (pre-K-12, co-ed day school, 1750 students) in San Salvador, El Salvador, where he served from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Skipper is married and has two grown sons. He has been the recipient of teaching awards and fellowships, has held adjunct teaching positions at teachers’ colleges in the USA and El Salvador, is a recognized authority on school accreditation processes, has launched a number of important national and international educational initiatives, and has published essays in professional journals on topics from the fields of leadership, educational administration, and philosophy.
Dr. Skipper was chosen through an elaborate process that stretched over seven months and attracted 240 applications from men and women of outstanding merit. In addition to soliciting and checking recommendations, interviews were held in the USA with nine semifinalists. On-campus interviews and group meetings followed. The finalists met with the seven-member Headmaster Search Committee, the Board of Directors, parents, staff, students, and faculty, all of whose written reactions were solicited. The search was managed by Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, TASIS ’63, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, ably assisted throughout by Ms. Reni Scheifele and members of the Headmaster Search Committee.
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The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is opening its doors for school visits also during the Christmas holiday from 19 December 2012 until 6 January 2013.
To schedule a school visit or for further information please call +41 81 851 30 00 or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Guery is looking forward to showing you around and answering all your questions.
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Holiday Camp :
It is our pleasure to present you the next program for the school holidays from 2 to 10 March 2013. It consists of two parts:
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Five high school students recently attended a Global Issues Network Regional Summit in Zurich.
On Friday, November 16 five students represented the TASIS Service Learning community at a Global Issues Network (GIN) Regional Summit in Zurich. Within 20 minutes of arriving I saw the greatest example of the way one person can change the world.
Filmmaker Jeremy Gilley is also founder of the non-profit organization Peace One Day. Mr. Gilley started the organization with a simple thought: What if one day a year, there was peace? This crazy idea eventually turned into a global effort to get countries and communities to lay down their weapons on September 21 every year. He told us that one of the greatest achievements of his life was last year, when even the Taliban agreed to one day of ceasefire. All of this started from one person with one crazy idea.
What followed were many new experiences. We role-played as refugees crawling on the ground to make it to freedom. We listened to other students speak about their school’s service learning programs and the opportunities they have to make a difference.
Throughout the whole conference I noticed one major theme: passion. These students are extremely passionate about the service they give to their communities. They are inspired and proud of the work they do. This reinforced my commitment to the Service Learning Board’s mission of creating a passionate community around Service Learning at TASIS.
From my experience at this conference I have a greater understanding of what our Service Learning program needs, and of the power that one person has to change the world. Watching these passionate individuals has made me believe that it is possible one day to hear a TASIS student say, “I can’t wait to go to Service Learning!”
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The Alpenkammerorchester conducted by Igor Longato will be performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons in the Palmer Cultural Center at 20:30 on Thursday, November 29. Violinist, Lisa Rieder, who was very well received last month at TASIS for a short recital during the All School Assembly, will be the soloist.
The Alpen Kammerorchester is a recently formed chamber orchestra whose carefully selected musicians are native to, or live in, the Alpine regions of Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. Among these musicians are also professionals from Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, Albania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, and Armenia, all of whom currently reside in the Alpine regions.
The main goal of this orchestra is to give young musicians the opportunity to work and perform with professionals who act as their coaches, and then be able to achieve a position with important, traditional, and established orchestras. In Vivaldi's Four Seasons concert the professional musicians alternate playing the solo parts. They are members of renowned orchestras, such as the Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, the Orchestra Verdi of Milan, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, the Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, and the Orchestra del Teatro Regio of Torino just to mention a few.
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We have the great pleasure to announce that Beau Soleil has received a license to participate to a TEDx event “Ideas worth spreading ” (www.ted.com)
The event will be held next Thursday 29th November at school in the Broadway theatre.
List of guest’ speakers, general programme and further details on www.tedxcollegebeausoleil.com
The Swiss Learning school nurses met in Berne Friday 23rd November for a presentation and exchange of best practices. A wonderful presentation was made by Jackie Cox (see biography below) and everyone went home with some interesting thoughts.
We look forward to meeting again next year and hope that many of you can be present.
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Jackie has trained teachers and teaching professionals both in the UK and in France, Holland, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia on issues of Child Protection, Mental health, Self-harm, Eating Disorders, Stress and Young People in Crisis and other Pastoral Care in education issues for the past 15 years. In 2005, Jackie set up Jackie Cox Educational Training, where she is the sole trainer. (www.jackiecox-training.com) Jackie has had articles published on Self Harm and Mental Health issues both in magazines and national newspapers. Jackie worked for Lighthouse Professional training and the Boarding Schools Association for their Professional Development Certificate and their Professional Practice Certificate. Jackie works for The Girls Day School Trust and The Girls Schools Association. Jackie has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in counselling. She is a very experienced counsellor, teacher and counselling supervisor working in schools and on an independent basis. Her casework, which covers more than 40 years, covers a wide variety of conditions concerning relationship, either with self or others. Jackie worked as a Samaritan for many years where she undertook prison visits. Later she co-ordinated Harrow Victim Support Scheme and was the first counsellor to be trained specifically to deal with cases of rape. Jackie worked at Harrow School for more than 18 years, teaching PSHE and acting as a counsellor to the boys. In September 2007, she was appointed as the school counsellor for St Paul’s Girl’s school in Hammersmith. In 2010 she was appointed as school counsellor at St Helens Northwood.
Love, Instincts and Mockery…
Click here for more information regarding the performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Lyceum Alpinum Globe Theatre.
We are one. We are many. This issue highlights some of the things that link our community. The High School uniform is now mandatory, unifying our students from Pre-K to Post Graduate. We also learn more about Mathematics at TASIS, from first graders working with iPads to higher-level IB students tackling advanced story problems. We also hear about ways our community keeps calm amid the academics, activities, sports, and events that pack every calendar day. Click here for the latest eTASIS Today.
The Lyceum Alpinum Cougars travelled to Annemasse in France over the weekend to participate in the SGIS Rugby Tournament hosted by La Grande Bossiere, Geneva. It was a weekend of firsts for many of the boys, including playing at a bona fide rugby club, a two day tournament and idiosyncratic French referees all making for a memorable experience. The games were tough and although eventually unsuccessful in their pursuit of the trophy, the inexperienced Lyceum team put up a good fight against much older and larger opposition. It was a performance to be proud of, and one to fill the boys with hope for the future. I must also congratulate the boys on their excellent conduct throughout the weekend, during which they were a credit to the school.
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German, French and Italian can regularly be heard on the streets of Switzerland, but few are aware of the country’s fourth official language, Romansch, spoken by 30,000 people. One IB student is doing her bit to keep her native language alive, choosing to take the first self-taught programme in Romansch for her Language A Diploma Programme course.
Laurel Jane Shuler of Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz grew up speaking both English and Romansch. “Only later did she realize her two languages were polar opposites in terms of cultural influence,” says Language A Literature teacher (and Laurel’s father) Jarod.
“The self-taught programme has allowed Laurel to acknowledge her unique cultural background,” says Jarod. “This way, she keeps a foot in both language worlds.”
Romansch is just one minority language taught in IB World Schools, from Dhivehi (from the Maldives) to the Caribbean language Papiamento.
Article from the IB World Magazine www.ibo.org
The Cultural Events calendar gives both students and the wider TASIS community access to a variety of events both on campus and off. Highlights of the year so far include a workshop by TASIS alumna and renowned photographer Gina van Hoof ’96, an assembly concert by violinists Lisa Rieder and Igor Longoto, and off-campus trips to museums in Basel and the opera in Como. On Thursday, November 1, TASIS welcomes award-winning photographer and environmentalist Daisy Gilardini. Daisy will give a talk about her work followed by a slide show accompanied by live music by the Paetsch Family Ensemble. For more news information on Cultural Events at TASIS, please click here to visit
At the beginning of the October Break four of our students – Mattias Steidle, Vincent Albrecht, Viktoria Guido, and Max Meyer travelled to Zugersee to compete in the second annual Sailing Cup. The stiff competition included teams from Le Rosey, Montana Zugerberg, Aiglon College, Beausoleil, and Leysin American School.
Racing took place in Blu26 class boats and followed a round-robin format. After the first day our crew found themselves in a four-way tie for first place. On the second day racing was delayed until the late afternoon due to a lack of wind. As a result, the winner was decided via a match-race involving the top four teams from the previous day. Despite having a less than ideal start, the combined skill and experience of our crew allowed them to recover and win in a commanding fashion by multiple boat-lengths.
The Sailing Cup rules stipulate that the winning crew will have the right to host the cup the following year. As such, our crew is looking forward to defending their title at home, in the lakes of the Engadin, next year.
We are delighted to present our new programme for supervised holiday weeks.
Our first programme for the autumn holidays from 6 to 21 October 2012 is a journey through Switzerland. Under the motto "Fun-Sport-Culture in Switzerland" students have the opportunity to get to know various sights and attractive features of their host country.
Last week we had our Diploma Ceremony and could congratulate our students on their exceptional results: 85% have passed (vs. world passing rate of 78%) and for the first time in IB history at Lyceum Alpinum has a student reached 45 points!
Worldwide only 0.21% (or 109 students out of 41’500 taking IB Diploma exams) have reached 45 points.
Our top student is followed by her colleagues with 42 and 40 points as well as two others with 37 and one with 36 points.
We are very proud!
The June 2012 eTASIS Today is now ready to be enjoyed. This issue is full of photos, stories, and news from the last few months at TASIS.
Invitation to the open day at Collège Champittet from 11am to 3pm
Twice a year the marketing managers of the Swiss Learning schools get together for a two day meeting in order to discuss the evolution of the various markets and to elaborate our global strategy. This meeting took place on January 23rd and 24th in Zuoz.
As of Sunday 8 January 2012 the ice hockey team of the University of Cambridge is visiting the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. The Cambridge boys will participate in training sessions, matches against the school team
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