Clubs and Activities
Learning extends beyond the school day
At ISZL we believe that student development extends beyond the traditional academic school day and that important learning and development should take place in other settings. All school 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 are offered in these areas, as well as activities of individual and group natures. All teachers assist with clubs.
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 organised and supervised by ISZL's teachers.
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, ISZL Zug Campus 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 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, Campus Choirs, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and ISZL Sinfonia
- 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
ISZL students who wish to take on a greater challenge may participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Scheme. As part of the programme students learn the importance of self-discipline, enterprise and effort.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award equips young people for life and work. It is the world's leading youth achievement award. In 2013, more than one million young people took part in the Award in over 140 countries and territories.
Since the launch of the award nearly 60 years ago, it has inspired more than eight million young people to transform their lives. By creating opportunities for participants to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. Their achievement in the programme is consistently recognised worldwide, which gives student an unique international accreditation of their experiences.
The International Award is open to all students. The programme operates on three levels with increasing degrees of challenge. Depending on age, our students can work towards the Bronze (14+ years old), Silver (15+ years old) or Gold Award (16+ years old).
Students commit to the programme for the entirety of a year and will participate in an activity, service project, skill and various expeditions in the Alps. Students are also required to attend first aid and map skill courses.
A vital part of the experience is 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, scaled Kilimanjaro, ascended to the ruins of Machu Picchu and climbed to Everest Base Camp.
To learn more about this programme, please visit the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme's website.