Students aged 4½ to 18 are now invited to apply for TASIS Summer Programs in both Lugano and Château-d’Oex. For dates, prices, course offerings, and additional information about all four programs–Château des Enfants (CDE), Middle School Program (MSP), TASIS Summer Program (TSP), and TASIS French Language Program (TFLP)–visit the TASIS Summer Programs website or view the Summer Programs 2016 catalog and the TFLP 2016 catalog.
Robotics, which was a huge hit with CDE and MSP children last year, will be back this summer. The course was a key part of a new MSP clubs initiative designed to provide students with an opportunity to try something new. Other clubs included photography, filmmaking, and computer programming, and this summer TASIS will continue to offer engaging clubs to nurture students' minds and encourage further exploration.
The TASIS Summer Program will feature an exciting new Italian cooking course, La Cucina Italiana, for students aged 14-18. In addition to mastering traditional recipes, students will study vocabulary to use at local markets, tour Italian food factories, and learn about knife skills and dining etiquette.
High school students looking to gain an edge in the competitive world of college admissions will want to consider two rigorous academic courses that were added to last year’s TSP curriculum: International Baccalaureate Preparation and Academic Writing. Fashion enthusiasts will again have the opportunity to take the TSP’s unique Fashion and Textile Design Course.
The TFLP in Château-d’Oex will take full advantage of its location in the French-speaking part of Switzerland by blending French language immersion with adventure activities that include canyoning down Alpine rivers, rock climbing, and mountain biking. See the video below for highlights from last summer’s program.
The TASIS Summer Programs–which will continue to offer students a number of intensive language programs, many courses in Visual and Performing Arts, and ample travel opportunities–seem to fill up earlier each year, so apply now to ensure a spot for the summer of 2016.
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During the autumn break our boarders spent 10 days in the North of Vietnam. They discovered Vietnamese culture and its history by visiting thefirst Vietnamese University dedicated to Confucius, the literature Temple and the Hanoi Jail an important place during the country's occupancy. Vietnam is also well-known for its delicious cuisine and our students not only had a chance to discover it but also took cooking classes.The group thenvisited Halong Bay which is part of the 7 Wonders ofthe World and famous for its beauty.
The main purpose of the trip was the project in the MaiChau region where students helped build a house for family in need. The sense of effort, an important value of the boarding school, was strongly emphasised by students contribution in the project. The contact with the family and the children of the village was precious and rewarding. The group left Vietnam filled with emotions and great memories!
Author Maria José Pereira to speak at TASIS on October 22 [scheduled live-stream]
Finance expert and newly-published author Maria José Pereira will address the TASIS community as part of the Senior Humanities Program on the evening of October 22. Her presentation will take place in the Palmer Center at 19:30 and will be followed by a question-and-answer session in Casa Fleming.
Pereira’s highly-regarded A Banker Reflects on Money, Love and Virtue, published by Triarchy Press in April 2015, is a series of interlinked essays dealing with key themes of money, love, and virtue. The essays are not intended to present in-depth study of the issues, but to encourage deeper thinking about them. The aim of the book is to offer a way to bring qualitative discussion into a material area, so as to allow for construction of a world where money, love, and virtue work together, not in contradiction.
“This book will not be comfortable reading for many in finance today,” wrote John Nugée, retired central banker of the Bank of England and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. “But because of that, and because of finance’s urgent need to rebuild its relationship with society, it is all the more necessary that it be widely read."
Pereira, who is known to many by her married name of Melo Antunes, serves as a Social Responsibility Consultant at Lugano’s Franklin University, and she has given lectures and presentations at different universities and associations in Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Most of her working life has been spent in finance, banking, and investment, and her interest in advancing transformation in business and finance to a more sustainable model led her to the Clinton Climate Initiative of the WJ Clinton Foundation, where she promoted clean energy investment.
Prior to banking, Pereira was International Controller for a multinational corporation. Her business experience spans the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and Asia, and her languages include English, Portuguese, French, and Cantonese, with understanding of Spanish and Italian. She holds a B.S. from University of San Francisco, an MBA from University of California-Berkeley, and an M.S. from Imperial College London.
Pereira will be the second speaker for this year’s Senior Humanities Program (SHP), which first welcomed Barry Iverson on September 28 and will next bring filmmaker Shelley Davies to campus on November 30. The SHP seeks to draw from five defining elements of the TASIS identity–truth, beauty, goodness, international understanding, and humanitarian action–to provide seniors and postgraduates with a signature educational experience that includes a series of discussions, trips, lectures, and tours throughout the year. The SHP Committee selects five speakers each year who embody the pillars of the program.
TASIS Theater to present Love's Labour's Lost on November 12, 13, and 15
TASIS Theater, under the management of High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, is thrilled to present Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost in the Palmer Center on Thursday, November 12, at 19:30; on Friday, November 13, at 19:30, and on Sunday, November 15, at 14:30.
Audiences can expect a play that sparkles and fizzes like prosecco as its characters romp through a roaring ’20s setting complete with live jazz, physical comedy, and witty word-play. The plot involves letters gone awry, ridiculous pranks, flirting, playing with language, and, ultimately, embracing growing up. The play begins with three young nobles and their king deciding that the best way to become great men is to dedicate themselves to a three-year period of academic scholarship with Spartan living to keep them sharp and the banishment of all women to keep them focused. Complications arise when, after making their vow, they remember that the Princess of France and her companions are due to arrive the next day for an important state visit. Romantic comedy ensues.
Mirroring the laughter, wooing, and banter of the witty nobles are the comic love exploits of a flamboyant Spaniard, a playful jester, and a naïve kitchen maid. Others include a highbrow schoolteacher and minister, a sassy servant, and onstage musicians.
Set in the 1920s, the TASIS production features a cast and crew of nearly 40 students from the High School, with several special guest actors from the Middle School and Faculty. The majority of the cast and crew will be heading to a mansion-hotel in Torino, Italy, for Academic Travel next week for an intensive four days of work on the play's language, character development, and staging. Students will also learn about stage make-up and Lindy Hop dance, and a professional theater artist will come from England to provide training in physical theater techniques.
The play’s content is appropriate for guests of all ages, who can register online now to ensure a seat at one of the highly-entertaining performances. Those unable to make it to TASIS can find information about live-streaming at www.tasis.ch/streaming.
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TASIS The American School in Switzerland is pleased to announce that 13 students from the Class of 2015 have earned an AP Scholar Award for their excellent work on Advanced Placement exams last spring.
Six TASIS students received the highest honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, which requires scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams with an average score of at least 3.5. (All AP exams are scored from 1-5.) Anton Alyakin, Tomson Carroll, Mindy Chen, Gabriella Cova, Takaaki Ishii, and Peiying Zhu all earned this impressive honor.
Four students–Hailey Hibbard, Sofia Jaramillo, Miller Marcus, and Honor Sargent–were named an AP Scholar with Honor, posting scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams with an average score of at least 3.25.
Sebastian Echeverri, Elizaveta Krikun, and Arthur Pelinson Nordi scored 3 or higher on three or more exams to earn the designation of AP Scholar.
The 13 total AP Scholars and the six AP Scholars with Distinction both represent highs for TASIS in the past five years. (The College Board’s online reports only go back to 2011.)
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Registration open for Family Weekend October 16-17
TASIS will host Family Weekend on October 16-17. Remember to register online before October 11!
Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to experience firsthand your son or daughter’s life at TASIS. The program provides unique glimpses into the classrooms, dorms, and playing fields at TASIS. We welcome all High School and Middle School families to join us for this annual tradition.
Please use the link below to register for Family Weekend in the Parent Portal, where you will also find a schedule of events and information about visiting Lugano. We will update this portal if we need to make any changes to the schedule or if new information becomes available between now and October 16.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to your visit!
Acclaimed Photographer Barry Iverson to Speak at TASIS on September 28 (scheduled live-stream)
Barry Iverson, who over the course of 25 years as a Time Magazine photographer covered such paradigm-changing events as the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the takedown of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11, will address the TASIS community in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of September 28.
Iverson, who will also visit TASIS photography classes and contribute works to be displayed in the Sahenk Fine Arts Center, will be the first speaker for this year’s Senior Humanities Program (SHP), which will next welcome filmmaker Shelley Davies on November 30. The SHP seeks to draw from five defining elements of the TASIS identity–truth, beauty, goodness, international understanding, and humanitarian action–to provide seniors and postgraduates with a signature educational experience, which includes a series of discussions, trips, lectures, and tours throughout the year. The SHP Committee, which has been chaired by TASIS English Teacher and 11th/12th Grade Dean Peter Locke since 2012, selects five speakers each year who embody the pillars of the program.
Iverson is also well known for his coverage of coup d’états, archaeology, and famine in the Middle East during his tenure at Time, which spanned from 1981-2007. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 1985 won a Fulbright Scholarship to research the history of photography in Egypt, where he concurrently taught photography at the American University in Cairo. He has produced several fine art portfolios, including Egyptian Desert Views I & II, Cairo I & II, Antiquity, Egyptian Portraits, Comparative Views of Egypt, Aged, The Cinders of Gawhara Palace, Sand & Stone, and Comparative Views of Harvard. Click here to see his impressive portfolio.
TASIS will live-stream Iverson’s address, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session in Casa Fleming. Contact Mr. Locke with any questions about this event.
On October 10, TASIS The American School in Switzerland will take part in Expo Milano 2015, a Universal Exhibition that has welcomed millions of visitors since its opening on May 1. TASIS students, staff, and alumni will occupy the entire Swiss Pavilion from 12:00-20:00, entertaining guests with a wide variety of performances, presentations, and workshops.
1975 TASIS graduate Jeanie Cunningham and 2005 graduate Ninah Mars will headline the musical performances. An American performer, composer, and songwriter, Cunningham has released seven albums on both domestic and international labels and has toured with Lionel Richie and David Crosby and worked with Tina Turner. Mars, a pop star in Venezuela, came to TASIS as a 14-year-old and drew upon the School’s extensive musical network to put together her first band, Spilled Milk, which released an EP entitled "The Stained Season" in 2005.
TASIS Elementary School Music Teacher Melody Tibbits will perform with her band, Melody Tibbits & The Cade, a jazz/rock/funk/blues band based in Lugano. Tibbits will also conduct her Elementary School Choir in a few short choral pieces. Singer and songwriter Gabriele Sforza ’07 will join Cunningham on stage in a performance that will include an original song they’ve written, Olivia Rasini ’99 will conduct an acting workshop, and TASIS Drama and Musical Theater Teachers Matthew Frazier-Smith and Julie Frazier-Smith will perform their original choreography and lead several theater and dance performances by students.
TASIS Master Architect David Mayernik, who won a Palladio Award in 2015 for his design of the M. Crist Fleming Library, will provide an architectural history of the TASIS campus as part of a presentation centered on sustainable architecture and design. An artist, architect, urban designer, writer, and educator, Mayernik has won numerous other awards and competitions, including the Gabriel Prize for research in France and the Steedman Competition Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome.
Former TASIS Board Member Riccardo Braglia will present about his charity Nuovo Fiore, a non-profit organization that aids and encourages the education of young children in East Africa. To help support Nuovo Fiore’s key initiatives, TASIS students will travel to Ethiopia this spring as part of the School’s Global Service Program.
The TASIS Leadership Academy will lead a presentation about sustainable food, helping connect the School to the theme of this year’s Expo: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Switzerland is one of more than 140 countries to contribute to a six-month discussion of how the world can guarantee healthy, safe, and sufficient food for everyone while also respecting the planet and its equilibrium.
Beau Soleil and Babson:
Entrepreneurship Scheme Offers Global Networking Opportunities
With the world looking towards those who exhibit skills of initiative, collaboration and risk taking, Beau Soleil are proud to announce the implementation of a new Entrepreneurship Programme (EP). This programme will help to prepare students to meet the demands of a fast paced, action orientated life.
Both institutions have attracted press interest recently. Beau Soleil was recently considered by the telegraph in the UK as one of the most exclusive in the world (see link), and currently Babson College is the top graduate program for entrepreneurship in the world. This is according to the 2015 Financial Times Global MBA rankings and is ahead of Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Oxford. (see link)
Already two representatives from Babson have visited Beau Soleil, Janai Mungalsingh and Sarah Schwartz of the Babson Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme which was both an inspiring and exciting stimulus ahead of the official launch of our own programme this September.
The EP will be introduced into the grade 9 curriculum following a practical model which will develop team work, innovation, problem solving and risk taking public speaking and presentation skills. In addition prolific visiting speakers will be invited to give insight into what life as an entrepreneur involves.
Whilst still at school two Beau Soleil students have set up their own businesses, showing great entrepreneurial promise. Mariel had a home bakery for three years and Rakan set up a trading company based on Japanese comics. The EP will assist enterprising youngsters who follow in the future.
The key contacts made whilst at Beau Solei, whether in Mexico, or London, Paris or Shanghai, will assist in networking necessary for tomorrow’s businesses.
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TASIS is delighted to welcome veteran leader Lyle D. Rigg to Lugano this July! Lyle comes with an educational vision similar to that of our Founder, Mrs. Fleming, and his past service to the TASIS has had a profound effect on her schools.
Lyle is the longest-serving Headmaster in TASIS history, with over 20 years of administrative experience at TASIS and TASIS England. His leadership will move the School forward in significant ways during his two-year interim Headship. He is joined by his wife Sharon Creech, an award-winning children's book author.
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TASIS Leadership Academy (TLA) students recently spent two days at Helsinn, a Swiss-based company that focuses on cancer care. On June 18 and 19, 12 students visited the headquarters in Lugano and the Advanced Synthesis plant in Biasca. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn how a family-owned, global pharma company works.
“Students had an overview of the Helsinn Group, its business model, the processes and investments involved in discovering and developing a new drug, how Helsinn’s API factory works and outlined the principles of processes at work," said a statement from a Helsinn newsletter. The students also learned about R&D, production, sustainability, and route to market.
Helsinn also created a special workshop for the students, focusing on the life cycle assessment of a drug called Aulin, from the raw materials to recycling of packaging and unused tablets. “The three groups produced brilliant presentations, impressing with their maturity and creativity the Helsinnpanel, which selected the best project and awarded the winning team with a documentary about the natural environment and global warming,” Helsinn said.
Aiglon students and staff on four Alpine peaks of more than 4000 meters during the summer holidays - a challenge like no other !
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IB examinations were taken by 59 candidates, and 53 were entered for the full IB Diploma. The pass rate was 100%.
The total point average for all students attempting the full Diploma was 34.2 (32.8 in 2014), with 40% of candidates scoring 36 points or above and 10% scoring 40 points or above.
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From June 19-21 the TASIS Class of 2005 celebrated their 10-Year reunion. The event was a huge success with over 50 alumni in attendance.
"It was a great opportunity to reconnect with people we had lost touch with over the years, to strengthen our relationships and bring us even closer. Memories were rekindled by staying in the dorms and hanging out on campus. We saw familiar faces again after many years and caught up on everyone’s news – where they are, what they are doing, and how well they're doing with their lives. It made me feel very happy and proud of being a TASIS alum. I also feel that wherever I travel in the world, I can find a TASIS alum to have coffee or dinner with!"
On June 27, the TASIS Summer Programs welcomed 310 boarding and 95 day students to campuses in Lugano and Château-d'Oex, including children from the US, Russia, Brazil, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, China and many other countries. There are 121 returning students this year, and over 20 alumni have sent their own children to one of our programs.
Students were greeted by TASIS counselors, faculty, and staff ready to lend a hand with luggage and to guide families around campus. Families dropped off their children, got them settled into their dorms, and were invited to the Villa De Nobili for lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The programs kicked off with games and ice breakers for all. The next day, the programs had students in language placement tests and first time excursions to explore the local area.
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Students, staff and faculty are enjoying the beautiful (and very hot!) weather in both Lugano and Château-d'Oex - and having a wonderful time!
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People Aiglonian entrepreneurs are at the forefront of new business successes.
Mountain Eating breakfast at 1,778 metres is a rare pleasure.
Ideas Life at a walking pace looks different, even when the walk is uphill.
On page 36, there’s an article on our drama plays and it includes an interview of Aiglon alumnus Michael Gill (’78) who’s the president of the United States of America in the TV series.
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This weekend Aiglon celebrated the Graduation of the Class of 2015. The Graduation Ceremony was held in the Tony Jashanmal Sports Centre, providing a beautiful venue for this most important event of the year.
We would like to point out that the Graduates are sitting on seats that have been sponsored by members of the Aiglon community. The following donors were literally supporting our students:
Todd Barbey, Ruggero Borletti, Sebastian Echavarria, Joosung Lee, Joohyun Lee, Semone Grossman, Mark Elliott, Louis Snyder, Ali Daud, Lloyd Gordon, Nasser Alaghband, Khaldoon Alghunaim, Hans Peter Denzler, Francis Decrooq, Raid Al Hamad, Simon Kidston, Shuja Jashanmal, Tony Jashanmal, Joyce Lowe, Pia Atkinson-Davis
If you were unable to join us for this event you are welcome to watch the ceremony by visiting our News & Info page at www.aiglon.ch/news
The video footage of the ceremony will be available until the 18th of July 2015.
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Catch up on all the latest news from the Collina d'Oro.
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On May 26, TASIS students, families and faculty filled the Palestra for the 2015 Commencement ceremony. Along with the presentation of awards and diplomas, the crowd was addressed by the mayor of the Collina d'Oro Sabrina Romelli, guest speaker Dr. Jan de Groof, and the Class of 2015 Valedictorian Anton Alyakin.
Please enjoy the recording of the entire ceremony below, and visit our SmugMug gallery for photos of the event.
Moving Up Ceremonies for Elementary and Middle Schools
As we say goodbye to the Seniors and Post Graduates this year, we also have plenty to celebrate in our Elementary and Middle Schools as students "move up" to a new division at TASIS.
On June 9, 35 Middle Students hailing from 18 different countries celebrated their graduation. The ceremony included numerous speeches and a beautiful rendition of "The Water is Wide" sung by MS girls. The event ended with a buffet dinner on the Hamblin Terrace.
On June 10, the ES Moving Up Ceremony featured presentations by outgoing 5th graders and beautiful music by the ES Choir. All were then invited to a buffet luncheon in Villa de Nobili.
Aiglon College wins silver CASE Circle of Excellence Award in the magazine publishing improvement category.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named Aiglon College a silver award winner of its 2015 Circle of Excellence awards program. Aiglon College was recognized for the Aiglon magazine.
A panel of experts selected the institution’s entry in the magazine publishing improvement category from among 36 entries. Aiglon College is the only school to win an award in this category, coming third behind Northwestern University (grand gold) and Georgia Institute of Technology (gold).
This year, 720 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits from around the world submitted more than 3,227 entries in 100 categories for consideration in the Circle of Excellence awards program.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,650 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 80 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of alumni relations, communications, educational fundraising and marketing.
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We welcome you to the campus of The American School in Switzerland. You are invited to attend the concerts and performances, view the exhibits, and participate in the workshops.
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Grand Opening of the Campo Science Center
During the weekend of April 25, 2015, TASIS officially opened the new Campo Science Center. The newest addition to the TASIS campus is a state-of-the-art facility boasting eight High School Science laboratories, two Middle School Science laboratories, and two regular classrooms. View a gallery of images from classes in the Campo Science Center.
The opening weekend was filled with many exciting events. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman '63 opened the Campo Science Convocation, and thanked architect David Mayernik for the design of the new building; she then introduced the invited speaker, Dr. Benjamin W. Schumacher, who gave a lively talk on science and authority. The talk tied scientific knowledge and thinking to broader issues in the public realm. After the talk a reception was served on the Kay Hambin Terrace, followed by a student-led Science Competition.
The weekend also included tours of the building, and the spectacular "Mad About Science Gala" sponsored by the TASIS Parent Association. For an inside look at the new building, watch the video below and browse photos from our gallery.
"Mad About Science" Gala, April 25
The 2015 "Mad About Science" Gala, sponsored by the TASIS Parent Association, was a smashing success! Over 300 people gathered on campus to celebrate the beautiful new Campo Science Center, raising over CHF 120,000 to benefit the Middle School laboratory! The evening began with canapés, drinks, and music in the Campo Science Center and continued in the Palestra, which had been transformed into an elegant venue. The event was catered by three-Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio and featured heartfelt speeches and music by TASIS students. Throughout the evening, auctioneer Ed Rising lured the attendees with his enthusiastic chants as guests outbid each other for holidays in places as near as Andermatt and as far as the Maldives! After dinner, DJ Vicki electrified the dance floor with golden oldies and dance club hits. Exquisite food, great company, and Gala decor that would make royalty jealous all made for a very special evening! A heartfelt thank you to the TPA for their hard work and vision, and for creating a memorable evening that celebrated a wonderful cause!
The following report represents an overview of the 2014-2015 academic year as related to the Aiglon College university/college application process. Acceptances include the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, LSE, UPENN, Brown University, and Babson College. Please find the complete report.
It’s important to note that the data used for reporting application results and destinations remains incomplete and will not be available until September 2015.
University/College Application Summary
The Upper Sixth form, totaling 60 students, submitted 536 applications to 13 countries (Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States).
Unsolicited financial scholarships in the US were received by 16 students with awards totaling a four-year total of over $1.1 million USD; many awards were based on successful IB performance in the classroom, while others took into consideration students’ extracurricular involvement (such as community service, for example) or a family’s demonstrated financial need. Additionally, this was an impressive year with acceptances to several honors programs at US institutions (for example: Boston College Honors; Boston University, Bentley University and University of Miami Presidential Scholars; Babson College Global Scholar).
Early decision applications to the US totaled seven, resulting in three accepts (UPENN, NYU and NYU-Tisch)
Five students applied to universities around the world using performing arts auditions or visual arts portfolios to highlight their talent (1 film, 1 performing arts audition, and 3 visual art portfolios).
The number of offers with in the Russell Group (referring to the top 24 ranked research/teaching universities in the UK) increased considerably. There were 62 Russell Group universities offers this year compared to 32 offers in 2014.
Oxford and Cambridge applications totaled nine this year, with two offers of admission from the University of Cambridge.
As of now, the Upper Sixth students have indicated the following breakdown of destinations by country: 22 US (37%), 18 UK (30%), 4 Switzerland (6.6%), 4 Canada (6.6%), 1 Netherlands (1.6%), 4 Gap year (6.6%), 7 unknown (11.6%). However, students are still making decisions (regarding all non-UCAS schools), and those with UCAS offers will either have confirmed places after the release of IB results in July, or they may need to wait until A-levels are released in August.
The Brillantmont Summer Course is a great opportunity for 10-16 year olds to make new friends from all the world, whilst learning French or English, playing sports and going on exciting excursions around Switzerland.
Brillantmont students enjoy the best of both worlds: summer in the centre of beautiful Lausanne with the lake and mountains within close reach.
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We're delighted to bring you the May 2015 edition of the ES TASIS Times!
This edition is filled with original artwork, stories, interviews, poems, and puzzles. Huge thanks are due to Ms. Stolz for her work on the layout, Ms. Zanecchia for spearheading this project, and to our staff and students for their support !
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Last week, TASIS took on a Shakespearian hue! As part of National Poetry Month in the US, we spent a week celebrating The Bard. Events included a Daily Shakespeare Contest, where advisor groups competed to show off their knowledge. Monday’s Shakespeare Coined Phrases contest asked students to fill in the blanks of 26 well-known bits of Bard banter, from Lord, what ___ these mortals be! to All the _____ a stage (see answers below). First place went to the Aeschliman advisor group with 25.5 correct, with the Long and Shields group in second with 22.5 correct.
The abundance of references to Shakespeare in pop culture helps keep his work alive for students. I shared a playlist of Shakespeare-themed songs to help in our celebration, including songs by Taylor Swift, Shakespeare’s Sister, and Basement Jaxx. Just in time for weekend viewing, I also shared a selection of films and videos inspired by the Bard, from Ten Things I Hate About You (from Taming of the Shrew) and O (from Othello) to a Real Housewives Shakespeare spoof and rare footage of the Beatles acting out part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But that’s not all we do here! The yearly Shakespeare production is a cherished tradition at TASIS that challenges students to intensely analyze the play, and then perform it for an audience of students, faculty, and friends. All students study Shakespeare in courses taught by English and English as an Additional Language teachers in all divisions.
For me as the High School Drama Director, it’s thrilling to see our students—of all ages—feel an ownership of Shakespeare because of all we do here to engage them with the Bard. (Written by TASIS Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson)
(Quiz answers: fools; world’s)
Enjoy a gallery of photographs from TASIS Shakespeare productions since 2003!
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We are proud to announce our participation in ExpoMilano 2015 !
On Saturday, October 10, TASIS will take over the Swiss Pavilion's stage, conference room, and VIP lounge, representing Ticino in this special event. TASIS will connect to the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life by exploring how to feed the mind, spirit, and body through knowledge, travel and service experiences, and other aspects of a TASIS education.
Events will include performances, presentations, and workshops featuring TASIS students, faculty, alumni, and guests.
Featured participants include:
Over 100 TASIS students will showcase a variety of aspects of a TASIS education, including the Global Service Program, the TASIS Leadership Academy, the TASIS Science Department, the Modern Language department, and the TASIS Visual and Performing Arts Departments.
Over 25 of our faculty and staff will participate in the Expo.
Actress Olivia Rasini ’99, actress, in a special dramatic performance Singer/Songwriter Jeanie Cunningham ’75 sharing some of her songs
TASIS Board Members:
Riccardo Braglia on his charity, Nuovo Fiore, and its inclusion in the Global Service Program
David Mayernik, TASIS Master Architect, will give a lecture on sustainable architecture and design, using the TASIS campus as an example
More information to come as we continue to confirm participants.
British Poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy is visiting Aiglon College for 2 days and offering a range of events, including reading and discussing IB exam texts such as 'The World's Wife' and 'Rapture' with 6th form students.
She is also delivering a whole school culture to the senior school and outside visitors. For the junior school students and local primary school children she will be performing her children's story 'The Princess' Blankets', accompanied by her musician John Sampson.
Aiglon College is delighted to receive such an eminent poet to speak to our students and to fuel their love of contemporary poetry.”
Timea Bacsinsky visits Collège Champittet
Timea was just back from a tournament Paribas Open BNP, Indian Wells, where she played, for the second time, against Serena William (ranked 1st). She told.
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We are proud of our alumna Liz Stevenson (Clairmont, ’08) who is back to the slopes after having been injured in November 2013. Liz qualified for the world cup finals.
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Aiglon College is currently accepting applications for Summer school.
“Aiglon Summer School is a vacation experience like no other. Aiglon Summer School students leave with greater confidence and knowledge of themselves, and understanding of others. That is because in addition to a packed timetable of lessons, they get to participate in one of the things that makes an Aiglon education unique - Expedition…”
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A group of Brillantmont students and staff are near Kathmandu in Nepal working hard to build a house for a family in need, with Habitat for Humanity. They have had to climb hills to collect and carry bamboo trunks to make the frame, break and lay rocks for the foundations and mix mud into bricks which are used for the walls. They also were lucky enough to be invited to a Nepalese wedding and have had time to discover Kathmandu and some of the neighbouring temples as well as going to a local school to see the children and give them a little gift from Switzerland.
Such experiences are unique as they open the students’ eyes to the world around them as well as giving the opportunity to give something back since at the end of their stay, they will have completed the house which they will hand over to the family who will live there.
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