Extracurricular Clubs and Activities
At ISZL we believe that student development extends beyond the normal academic school day and that important learning and development should take place in other settings. All ISZL divisions offer a range of clubs and activities that match the diverse personalities and interests of our student body. The core programme of clubs and activities incorporates elements such as athletics and fitness, music, drama, human movement, visual art, craft/design and teamwork and leadership. A balance of competitive and recreational activities is offered in these areas, as well as activities of individual and group natures. All teachers assist with clubs and activities.
Students at ISZL enjoy attending our wide range of activities. These clubs allow students to have fun together and to build new friendships. Many of the activities are offered to a range of grade levels. By mixing with other students, participation in clubs can enhance the development of social skills. Most clubs run after school, but some are offered at lunchtime for our younger children. Clubs and activities are teacher organised and supervised.
Recent clubs and activities include:
- Art and Design
- Student Council
- Rainbows, Brownies and Guides
- Dance and Drama
- Book Club
- Computer Art and Design
- Musical groups including: Wind Band, Guitar Ensemble, Zug Voices/Junior Choir and String Orchestra
- Athletics and fitness clubs including: Track and Field, Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, Unihockey and Cross Country
Middle School and High School
The clubs and activities for our older students are organised and supported by our teachers. A number of additional activities, initiated by teachers or students, may also take place.
Clubs and activities may involve travel to optional events such as workshops and festivals, and athletics tournaments. Travel locations may involve other European international schools and schools within Switzerland.
Recent clubs and activities at ISZL have included:
- Athletics and fitness clubs including: Volleyball, Softball, Golf, Running, Track & Field, Rugby, Netball, Fencing, Climbing, Aerobics, Yoga, Canoeing, Kayaking and Sailing.
- Student Council
- Musical Clubs including: Guitar, Wind Band, Zug Campus Choir, Choir, String Orchestra and Jazz Band
- Girls Leadership Club
- Creative Writing
- SAT Preparation
- Environment Club
- Art clubs including Arts and Crafts, Life Drawing, Calligraphy and Visual Arts
- Debating and Public Speaking Club
- Cooking Club
Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme
Those students who wish to take on a greater challenge can elect to work towards achievement in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Scheme. Challenging thousands of young people in 52 countries worldwide, the programme operates on three levels; bronze, silver and gold, with increasing degrees of challenge. It presents a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities that encourages responsibility, self-reliance, personal discovery and perseverance. In gaining the awards students learn by experience the importance of self-discipline, enterprise and effort.
The International Award is open to all students. Depending on age, our students can work towards the Bronze (+14 years), Silver (+15 years) or Gold Award (+16 years). This is an activity that students commit to for the entirety of a year, participating in an activity, service project, skill and various expeditions in the Alps. Students are also required to attend first aid and map skill courses throughout the year. It is vital that all participants exhibit a role of responsibility and independence while participating in the programme. We welcome parents to encourage and support their child, but our primary goal is to foster greater independence, awareness and responsibility from participants.
Students have engaged in numerous trips to the mountains and valleys of Switzerland. In addition, ISZL has offered numerous overseas expeditions to further challenge students. Students have visited Corsica, climbed Kilimanjaro and ascended to the ruins of Machu Picchu.