By Cynthia Kemish, Zug Campus Nurse

This year ISZL hosted 27 nurses from across Europe for the 8th school nurse conference at our outdoor education centre, Chalet Bergheim in Wengen. The theme was ‘Gender diversity in schools and understanding traumatic experiences in childhood’, and we had 2 speakers come and present to the cohort over 2 days.

The first speaker who works for Young minds, a leading children’s charity in the United Kingdom, presented on the impact of trauma in childhood. We looked at the impact of adverse life experiences on children’s wellbeing and how to use trauma-informed approaches to support and help build resilience. Our second speaker works for another UK based organisation called Mermaids. The speaker presented on the subject of Gender Diversity and helped with understanding young adults’ experiences and how to best support them in the school setting. Both speakers were excellent and all of us have taken ideas and best practice knowledge back to our individual schools.

It was not all work, and we took the opportunity to have a break and leave the chalet and change the classroom for the ice rink. A curling lesson showed varying levels of talent for this sport, but fun was had by all.


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