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End of Term Message From The Director
By Barry Dequanne, Director of ISZL

We are reaching the end of another busy and exciting term at ISZL. I find these weeks uplifting as I attend numerous meaningful and special celebrations throughout the school. Just this week, Kindergarten children walked with their families and performed holiday songs at the beautiful Lichterweg in Baar; Grade 4 students participated in the annual Festival of Lights celebrating holiday cultures from around the world; Grade 5 students enjoyed the annual Traditions Lunch hosted by parents; and High School hosted a fun-filled ugly sweater contest and cookie exchange supported by the Student Council and the Parents’ Association.

This time of year also gives me a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished together as a learning community. Personal Development Week still remains a highlight of the term with students engaging in unique global learning experiences and bringing these perspectives back to the classroom. ISZL’s Arts Week was a huge success with students in Grades 3-12 participating in exceptional workshops and performances from our Music Ensembles, Riverside Singers and ISZL Jazz Orchestra. In addition, students led a curated exhibition in the Art Factory and enjoyed a visit from artist Anthony Jegu. And, just last week Middle School students participated in a two-day coding and robotics workshop while others attended a three-day curriculum trip to Chalet Bergheim, our school’s mountain retreat in Wengen. These are just a few examples of the extraordinary educational opportunities that our students experience throughout the year.

In addition, I have been continually impressed with the school’s ability to attract and recruit talented teachers and administrators. High School Principal Eddie Wexler and I attended a Recruiting Conference in Dubai last month and met with hundreds of teachers who were interested in professional opportunities at ISZL. This week, the school is hosting four exceptional Middle School Principal candidates with the hope to make a decision by next week on this leadership position.

ISZL continues to thrive because of the strong partnership between our outstanding students, talented faculty and staff, and supportive and engaged parents. As we come to the close of the calendar year, I hope you join me in reflecting about our special community and the opportunities we have each day.

I wish you all a happy holiday season and hope you take the time to rest and rejuvenate with family and friends. We look forward to new celebrations in 2019.

 

Some highlights of recent months

Kindergarten children singing by candlelight on the Baar Lichterweg earlier this week.

The end of the term is filled with joyful celebrations of the season including the Festival of Lights on Zug Campus.

 

Musicians performing during one of many Arts Week events.

 

It was a joy to see so many families at Thanksgiving last month, a true celebration of our vibrant and welcoming community.

 

Our athletics teams have enjoyed a successful season - here the Junior Varsity Girls' Football team celebrates winning the SCIS championships on home turf.

 

High School students are looking forward to the second Youth Forum Switzerland and preparing with some impressive Series events.

 

I am always inspired by the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms. During Book Fortnight I had the privilege of reading to these Grade 1 students.

 

I am immensely proud of our excellent teachers and staff, and thank them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to our students this term.

 

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