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WINTER 2016-17 | NO. 6







CONTENTS 3 From the Director 4 School News 6 Community Voices 10 Personal Development Week September 2016 12 Let's Eat! 15 What's Happening in Visual Arts? Dominic Currer – A Tribute Supplement

Dear Members of the ISZL Community,

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It is with a tinge of sadness that I write my last introduction to an ISZL Magazine, a publication I have hugely enjoyed over the years as an outstanding overview on life and learning at our school. My heartfelt thanks go not only to the people who put it together, but also to its contributors who make it possible. It is a true reflection of all that is good about our school and substantiates all that we have achieved together.

22 Five Questions with Departing Board Chariman Peter Hess 26 Connections to the Community 30 Local Sports Partnerships 32 Going Beyond The Bookshelves

In this edition you will read about ISZL’s connections to the local community as well as our visual arts programme, lunchrooms and libraries. It is also an opportunity for us to say goodbye to and recognise the contributions of our outgoing Board Chairman, Peter Hess. He has played a significant role in the success we have enjoyed in recent times and it has been a privilege for me to work with such a dedicated and knowledgeable Chairman.

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I invite you to leaf through the following pages and reflect on what an inspiring community we are part of. It has been a great honour to serve here as Director for the last twelve years alongside talented and dedicated staff and to see the potential of our gifted and passionate students. It has been an experience I will treasure always. Sincerely,

Dominic Currer Director, ISZL

© International School of Zug and Luzern  /  /  ISZL, Walterswil, 6340 Baar, Switzerland, T +41 (0)41 768-2900, F +41 (0)41 768-2901, community@iszl.ch www.iszl.ch  /  /  The International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) provides a high quality Early Years to Grade 12 international education to day students residing in the cantons of central Switzerland. ISZL Magazine is mailed without charge to current parents, alumni, former faculty and staff, and friends of ISZL. Editor: Mary Russo, Community Relations  /  /  Student Contributors: Eleanor S, Hamish D, Jasmine W, Lars P, Maximus T, Tara A E, Tiana J, Vaibhav K, Ms Northfield’s Middle School Newspaper Club, Ms Glausen’s High School Newspaper Club, Mr Carr’s Photography Club  /  /  Contributors: Adrienne Currer, Andrew Gray, Ann Northfield, Ashley Ringger, Carolina Hofmann, Céline Rust, Chris Koch, Colin Walker, Cornelia Mathys, David Edwards, Dominic Currer, Elizabeth Meeks, Elke Landon, Emma Carr, Eva Kandelaars, Hans Engl, Jacob Martin, Jennie Watteaux, Josh Armstrong, Karen Richardson, Katie Hugen, Kirsty Kelly, Laura Schoepfer, Lena Engeli, Lesley Armstrong, Liz Jewitt, Maria Haeberli, Mary Russo, Mike FitzGerald, Ole Wasner, Peter Hess, Romina Flueck, Stephen York, Sue Glausen, Val Hackel, Vicky Wasner, Wolfgang Stuckly  /  /  Photography: Adrienne Currer, Andrew Gray, Chris Koch, Hans Engl, Ian Carr, Jennie Watteaux, Karen Richardson, Liz Jewitt, Maria Schmid, Mary Russo, Matt Self, Mike FitzGerald, Peter Hess, Stephen York, Sue Glausen, ISZL Staff and Student Archives  /  /  istockphoto.com / vectorstock.com: 5, 6, 12–22, 26–35  /  /  Design and Art Direction: StuderGuldin GmbH, Zug  /  /  Printer: Multicolor Print AG



NEWS PET BOTTLE CONSTRUCTION IN GHANA As part of Personal Development Week (PDW), a group of Grade 12 students researched costeffective building practices in the hopes of introducing them to their host village of Kokrobite, Ghana. After fundraising, the group hired the nonprofit Eco-Tec for training on how to build durable structures out of PET bottles. During the summer break Eco-Tec’s founder Andreas Froese taught ISZL students how to build a 1500-liter cistern out of PET bottle “bricks” in our garden on the Riverside campus. In September these students took their knowledge to the KokrobiteChiltern Centre (KCC) where they designed and built a 2000-liter tank side-by-side with local masons. KCC will use this new water tank for experiments in rainwater harvesting, aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponic vertical gardens which are all projects researched and designed by ISZL students.

With the student’s funding, Mr Froese led construction of a school building at KCC using the same PET bottle techniques, the first of its kind in the country. This project caught the attention of the wife of Ghana’s Vice President, Matilda Amissah Arthur, who has visited the construction site and offered to moderate ribbon-cutting ceremony as she hopes her presence will bring it national attention. Based on the success of the project, KCC has five new buildings planned for next year including a community literacy centre. Eco-Tec is also considering opening a training centre in Ghana.

ISZL GALA IN MARCH Join us for our annual Gala benefitting the Fund for Excellence at the Aegerihalle in Unterägeri on Saturday, 18 March. SAVE After the sell-out success of the THE DATE! 2014 Bollywood Gala this year’s event will once again take us to Saturday the incredible sounds, sights and 18 March culinary aromas of the vast Indian subcontinent. The evening will once again include a buffet meal, entertainment and Silent and Live Auctions, concluding with dancing hosted by a live DJ. If you are interested in being part of the Gala Committee helping to stage this extravaganza, please contact us at gala@iszl.ch.


NEW ISZL BOARD CHAIR APPOINTED Ashwath Mehra will take over at ISZL’s Board Chairman, effective 1 January 2017. Both a Swiss and British citizen, Ashwath has lived in Zug for the last 26 years. He and his wife Malika have been active members of the school community for well over a decade. Currently they have one child in Grade 11 and one who graduated in 2015. Ashwath is a graduate of the Westminster School and the London School of Economics and Political Science and is the Senior Partner and CEO of Astor Management AG and MRI Advisory AG. He has been a member of ISZL’s Board since 2012. Ashwath replaces our current Board Chair Peter Hess who is leaving the ISZL Board after eight years of dedicated service. Read more about Peter Hess on page 22.

REUNIONS AND EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD Our ISZL Alumni programme has been steadily growing in recent years as we stay connected to former students, staff and families around the world. Recently alumni came together for a reunion in Amsterdam and a holiday apéro in Zug, where old friends and colleagues shared happy memories and exciting stories of life after ISZL.

CHAPTERS INTERNATIONAL TO HOST TRAINING AT ISZL ISZL will host the “Reading is Thinking” professional development course for educators from around the world in March 2017. Attendees will discover new ways to engage students and support them to expand their thinking and acquire knowledge. This coming January, Alumni Relations will be hosting reunions in London on 14 January and in Boston on 28 January. For more information, please visit www.iszl.ch/alumni. Would you like to help organize an alumni event in your city? Please email alumni@iszl.ch and let us know!






Students Maximus T., Lars P. and Eleanor S. asked their peers, staff members and parents what they love about ISZL and the responses reflect our strong sense of community.



“I like that our teachers make learning fun and interesting.”


“The school offers a wide variety of activities during and after school. It is a very social place.”


STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT GRADE 12 “I love how everyone genuinely cares about each other and achieving the best we can. The range of opportunities ISZL has to offer, from academics to sports to the arts, is amazing!“


SCHOOL MASCOT “I love the way our teachers are so committed to my children. They all do after school activities with them and take them away on trips. I really can tell that teaching is a special way of life. My kids are the luckiest eaglets in the world!”





“We all help each other to learn during the school day and there is a great variety of choice for after school clubs.”


“I like the library because there are so many books I can take home.”



“During my 20 years with the school I have found that most of the time it is a fun environment to be around. There is never a dull moment here!”

“All of the teachers and students are really nice and you make friends quickly. The playground is really big and I love when they give out birthday stones.”




“I like that there are a lot of differentcultures, ethnicities and religions that make the school diverse.”


“I love the sense of community enjoyed by all the school families, the variety of extracurricular experiences offered to the students together with the high standards in teaching and the facilities available.”



“I love my buddies.”



“I love my classes! I love teaching these students who really want to learn. Another great thing is the camaraderie between the staff and students, where everyone feels comfortable. It’s just a really great place to work!”






“Everyone at our school is really welcoming and friendly. It’s really easy to make friends because everyone is so open to new people and cultures.”


“I like that everyone gets to share what they did in class.”

“The kinetic energy felt from all staff, children and the community really engages you to develop, create and deliver consummate professionalism on a daily basis.”


“I like the method of teaching, access to technology and the food.”






“I love the work that we do in class because sometimes it is fun and sometimes it is challenging.”


“I immediately felt welcomed at the Riverside Campus and the sense of community is what I love most about ISZL as a whole.”

“It is very different to other schools around the world. We get to do a lot of activities that are fun and unique.”


SCHOOL NURSE, ZUG CAMPUS “I love how children of all ages quickly take on and embrace the school community that is created from so many different cultures, events and teaching experiences.”




“Smiling faces, kids going places, taking part in races, intuitive minds, one of a kind, frame of mind, on what to expect, reflect and respect.”



“At ISZL our kids not only get an outstanding academic education but they are also taught to be characterful and wonderful people. The whole community feels like family where everyone is involved. It is our second home!”

“I love that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts and I love the people that make it all happen.”







pirit Wear is a way for students, parents and staff of ISZL to show that they are part of something special. It helps foster a sense of belonging away from home and build enthusiasm and the warm inclusiveness of being a member of the ISZL family. Wear it at school, wear it at home, wear it supporting one of our many sports teams, wear it on holiday, wear it with attitude – wear it to show your allegiance as an ISZL Eagle! The ISZL Spirit Wear store has now gone online! Please browse our merchandise – hoodies, t-shirts, bags and Eddie the Eagle keychain – online at www.iszl.ch. Questions? Suggestions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at spiritwear@iszl.ch. Place your order on www.iszl.ch.

“ISZL gives you a lot of opportunities to excel and better yourself as a person, especially with expeditions like to Kilimanjaro and Peru. Another great thing is the chance to take extra subjects in Grade 10 like the AP Human Geo or Pre-AP Physics because you can tailor your learning to what you want to do, even before choosing between IB and AP.”






n September Personal Development Week (PDW) shook up the routines of our classrooms by transporting our students and teachers into unconventional and exceptional learning situations in Switzerland and abroad. Whether climbing mountains or sailing across the seas, our students not only developed stronger relationships with their teachers and peers, but had meaningful opportunities to get to know their host cultures.

learning, which allow student choice and may challenge students by placing them in unusual, socially demanding situations. This school year, our PDW trips visited Verbier in Canton Valais (Grades 3 and 5), Leysin in Canton Vaud (Grade 4), Schwarzwald in Germany (Grade 6) Torgon in Canton Valais (Grade 7) and Lake Garda in Italy (Grade 8). Grades 9 – 12 also travelled to Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, England, France, Ghana, Iceland, India, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Tanzania.

Care, respect and spiritual wellbeing also receive strong focus during PDW. We believe that an understanding of communities, the way we relate to these and the effects we can have upon them, are important components in the education of our students. PDW is an integral and crucial part of ISZL’s curriculum and all students from Grades 3 – 12 participate. In Grades 9 and 10 PDW trips are grade level events, which focus on developing independence, social awareness and group integration. In Grades 11 and 12 trips emphasise experiential service








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Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Lemon Soup) * * * Yellow Chicken Curry with Vegetables and Basmati Rice Vegetarian Option: Yellow Vegetable Curry * * * Sliced Pineapple


oroccan Chicken Tagine with Couscous, Sweet and Sour Turkey with Rice and Beef and Corn Mexican Wraps with a Tangy Sour Cream Sauce are only some of the exotic lunches students and staff members enjoy in ISZL’s lunchrooms.

Our well-trained chefs create new meal plans weekly and their healthy, wholesome selections are low in sugar, saturated fats and salts, yet the great taste has even the pickiest eaters queuing up for more. The fresh, high quality ingredients are sourced from regional farms, butchers and food purveyors and would certainly impress any foodie! Food and Beverage Manager Wolfgang Stuckly and Head Chef Elmar Huber joined ISZL at the beginning of this academic year, when services were brought in-house at the Zug Campus. Along with their team, they have vastly enhanced the quality of the cuisine and sped up serving times by introducing a new payment system. Passion Foods continues to expertly direct the food services at the Riverside Campus. For our lighter appetites, they offer sandwiches, snacks and refreshments at the Sports Café on the Riverside Campus as well as at Snack Attack and in the Theatre Foyer Canteen on the Zug Campus. Not only are school meals convenient, but they are also excellent value for money. A single lunch ranges in cost from CHF 9.50 to 12.50 dependent upon the age of the child. Significant discounts are offered when students are enrolled in a pre-paid lunch plan for a whole school term. To help us learn more, reporters from the Middle School and High School Newspaper Clubs relate the perspective of our students:


Soup of the Day * * * Pasta Party ce Carbonara Sauce or Fresh Tomato Sau ese Che an Grated Parmes * * * Yoghurt with Fruit


Everyday we have lunch and this year there have been significant changes to the food. Students across the Zug campus are eagerly looking forward to something delicious every day. We eat it happily and may forget about those actually behind it. Since we have new chefs, we decided to ask them a few questions about their profession and working at ISZL. One of these chefs who has made this new change to the better is Mr Stuchly, the Food and Beverage Manager. Here is what he had to say: For how many years have you been a Chef and what do you like about it? I started my apprenticeship in 1980 and have worked as a Chef ever since. I truly believe this is the best job ever! What more can you ask than being happy with your profession and love what you are doing?

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Wednesday What are your favourite foods? What foods do you dislike? I love the Mediterranean kitchen with fresh vegetables and fish. It’s simple but a tasty way of cooking. Asian, Italian and Austrian dishes are great too. I like mostly all food and I am always interested to try out new things. I hate any food that is not prepared with love and passion. Do you have any future plans for the cafeteria you could tell us about? There are a few things we have in mind to do. We are working to implement a food services committee with students, parents, teachers and kitchen staff to discuss all food related things. How are you enjoying ISZL so far? Working in school is in some ways completely different. In the hospitality business, it does not really matter who your guests are - the goals remain the same. I truly enjoy the school spirit here, the new encounters we have and the chats with students, teachers and parents. Do you find making the lunches for us challenging or is it easy? It is a new task for all of our department members. It is never easy to deal with new situations, but I am very proud to have a great team of dedicated and highly motivated chefs with me. Together as a team we are able to achieve a lot!

Soup of the Day * * * d Potatoes Beef Meatballs in Gravy with Mashe and Colourful Carrots ushroom Sauce Vegetarian: Tofu-Balls in a Creamy M * * * Fresh Apples

Sample Menu From The Zug Lunchroom Homemade soup and a choice of fresh salads is available daily from the help-yourself buffet.


Soup of the Day to, * * * Fillet with Risot Egg-fried Fish s and Lemon Slice Sautéed Courgettemy Risotto Vegetarian: Crea eese with Parmesan Ch * * * Sliced Fruit


Soup of the Day * * * Grilled Turkey Steak with Rice, Peas and Yoghurt Dip Vegetarian: Grilled Halloumi Cheese * * * Fresh Bananas

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We can all agree that lunchtime is one of the busiest times of the day for ISZL. Students eagerly flock from their classes to the Cafeteria to relax and enjoy meals from the school’s food service. Although some students choose to bring lunch from home, the majority prefers the appetizing meals provided by Passion Foods and its chefs. The food served can be summed up in one word: Fresh! A large variety is served, ranging from pasta to burritos. Moritz B., a Grade 12 student, says “I eat lunch at school quite often and I would say my favourite thing served here is the burgers.” As always, salad is offered on a daily basis as a healthy side dish or full meal. Possibly one of the best things about eating at the Riverside Campus is being able to eat a freshly prepared lunch right at school.

“My favourite thing to prepare is our Taco Salad,” says Head Chef Reto Abplanalp. His Alpler Macaroni is also popular. The two main chefs work diligently to produce nutritious and appetizing meals on a daily basis and students line-up enthusiastically to choose what they want to eat that day. It is clear by the quality and care put into their work that the cooks realize the positive impact they are having on the student body by providing a warm, wholesome meal.

COOKING TIP FROM PASSION FOODS Tired of your hands smelling of garlic after prepping for your dinner? Try this: With the water running from your tap, rinse the knife and let the water flow over the blade and onto your garlicky smelling fingers. The smell will be gone!





he Arts are thriving here at ISZL, providing our students with a forum to synthesise and communicate ideas, concepts and questions in ways not practised in other disciplines. In each division, students are gaining skills and knowledge in an increasing array of art forms. As you will read, in and outside the walls of our art studios, our teachers have been elevating Visual Art to new levels this school year.


In a sun-drenched room on the top floor of the Rigi Building, a new Visual Arts space cheerfully awaits student artists this school year. A kaleidoscope of coloured papers is lovingly lined up on shelves and brushes and pencils have been placed on display eagerly awaiting the grasp of small hands. Karen Richardson, a Visual Arts Specialist dedicated to the Primary School, hosts this inspired workspace bursting with hands-on experimentation. Art is now taught with a collaborative approach where teachers and specialists work together to develop a

stylised images balanced creative Art is now taught with a collaborative approach and have created arts programme where teachers and specialists delightful posters based on each work together to develop a featuring different grade level’s balanced creative arts program forms of transport, curriculum. This based on each grade level’s from helicopters to means that art curriculum. skateboards as well activities could as balloon and elephant link to the Unit of travel! Ideas of composition, Inquiry (UOI), Maths, balance, text font and colour Language and other have been examined in the pre-design disciplines. Taught in 6-week stage of the project and it has been quite blocks across the year, younger learners a highlight! have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of mediums, learn art Students enter their Art Room with great techniques and have some creative fun! enthusiasm and curiosity as the world of the Visual Art is proving to be exciting for So far this year Grade 5 has developed them to visit. This is a joyful place where their concept of composition and an the joy of drawing, painting, creating and understanding of watercolour technique modelling is as an experience in itself! by painting Swiss mountain scenes, which relates well to their Personal Development Week visit to Verbier. Other highlights for our Grade 5 students have been moulding clay pots, learning to draw tone and texture and creating abstract Jackson Pollock style canvases. A fantasy underground train has been a theme in Grade 2, connecting to their UOI focus on transportation links. Using the iconic London Tube as inspiration, students have designed train routes through the Albis building. Working together in pairs or small groups, their project involved mapping, planning and completing line diagrams, which related to the layout of their classrooms and the school site. Similarly they have designed and painted transport posters in an Art Deco style. The children love these simple,



The year has begun, as has the exciting programme in the Visual Arts. This year we are re-introducing the Three Rotation schedule, which allows for more indepth development and more time for studio discussions to embed ideas and techniques. During the first 11-week rotation Grade 6 students are beginning work on their soapstone sculptures. They started by learning sculpting techniques using the tools and then moving onto researching the culture of the First Nation Canadian Indians and their Totemic beliefs. When students were asked “Is the belief system behind Aboriginal Canadian Art and Totems important in our cultures/societies”, they responded: • I’m from Great Britain and people visit to see monuments and buildings, those are Totems … • People carry around phones and phones are now considered to be Totems … • No, because we have different religions … • Yes, because we have the cross and stained glass and Buddhism has Buddha in different forms… Working in groups of four, students will design and build their own Totem Pole using the soapstone Totems they have already carved. We will then be looking at more decorative primitive art forms with Celtic Knots and Mandalas, continuing the investigations into symbolism.

Grade 8 students have been looking at and experimenting with Self-Portraiture, by investigating the technical processes as well as the more conceptual side of the Selfie. This is a very difficult investigational process whilst a grasp of both artistic techniques and mathematical problem solving is needed. Photorealist artist Chuck Close has been examined due to his influence on both the black and white self-portraiture in pencil and the grid-based portrait using colour theory. When students were asked to think about the purpose of art, they responded: • The purpose of art is to entertain and make people think … • To make you feel a certain way … • To express your ideas and thoughts in a Visual Language … Additionally they reflacted on what a Selfie is in the context of their own lives. They said a Selfie is: • a photo using a front facing camera … • a picture taken of oneself … • a digital picture … 
 This is an exciting time for students in the Visual Arts. They are being asked to think about their creations in a strongly conceptual manner, relying less on just one artistic approach and understanding the interconnectedness of the technique and concept to create work of meaning, depth and longevity. Students are developing their personal understanding of the power and responsibility of artists in these turbulent times.



NAG enjoys a new jungle mural thanks to Grade 12


The NAG, Nawa Asha Griha, Home of New Hopes, is a home for street children in Kathmandu, Nepal. There are 200 children living within NAG and an additional 150 slum children who come daily to attend school. NAG is ISZL’s primary charity and the site of the Grade 12 Personal Development Week (PDW) trip this past September. Our students took on a community art project as part of their travel experience as Nicole Wick Thakuri, NAG’s founder, requested assistance in painting their outdoor climbing wall and during their week in Nepal, a small group of ISZL students transformed what started as a dull grey, geometric design into a vibrant,

living jungle scene. NAG graduate and employee Subash Sharma also joined in to lend an artistic hand. The snake, NAG’s unofficial symbol of choice, took the main focus in the composition. Three-dimensional jungle leaves were also lovingly crafted so that the young climbers of NAG could clamber and climb on them. Once the paint dried and the best climbing routes were established, an activity was devised where the young students would ascend the wall with the goal of collecting a banana at the top as a reward for their efforts. As a community art project the emphasis was on improving the environment by creating a bright and aesthetically pleasing design that was functional and

provided meaningful activities for the students. In addition to the repainting of the climbing wall, the whole trip was a great success with our students proving to be fantastic ambassadors and teachers. Nicole says "thank you ISZL for coming all the way from Switzerland and spending time with the NAGers, teaching, dancing and spoiling us. We had a fantastic time and we will all miss you. We appreciate all of the support ISZL has given us over so many years.” To learn more about the entire spectrum of Arts at our school, please visit the ISZL arts website (www.iszlarts.org).





ave you noticed some rather young faces on ISZL’s staff lately? These are our new apprentices! Three Swiss students participating in the commercial employee, media information and facility management apprenticeship programmes are training with us this school year.

develop the skills and connections to hopefully open up future career opportunities. Our first apprentice, Céline Rust, joined ISZL during the 2014 – 2015 school year and trained for two years within our front offices, Business Office and Community Relations department. She is now finishing her last year at Johnson & Johnson.

ISZL has partnered with BildxZug as part of their Vocational Education Training (VET) programme in which their students work and train within a number of local companies over a three-year period. As part of this programme, the apprentices split their time between working at ISZL and learning in the classroom at BildxZug. Not only will the students receive certification in their chosen profession, but they will also

ISZL’s participation in this programme is a reflection of our on-going commitment to support both local and international students on their chosen career path as well as our desire to foster closer ties with our local community. During their time at ISZL, we hope the challenges and opportunities of our work environment enable these bright, young locals to gain the diverse skill sets needed to be a vital part of today’s job force.

Andrew Walker, our Faculty Management Apprentice, is an ISZL graduate and is being trained internally in accordance with ISZL’s approved status as a “Lehrbetrieb” or firm where apprentices are trained.


“We are very happy to have ISZL as a partnercompany to offer practical training for our apprentices. ISZL provides challenging and suitable tasks for them in a variety of departments within a dynamic, multicultural environment. Therefore, our young learners have the opportunity to develop a wide range of technical, personal and language skills. Since we offer a specialised commercial apprenticeship programme focused on higher-level English skills, ISZL is predestined to be our partner-company. We really appreciate the effort, dedication and professionalism the whole team puts into our programmes. Together we are developing a highly skilled future workforce!” Cornelia Mathys
 Head of Host Company Network/ Deputy Manager BildxZug

Romina Flück

Media Information Apprentice Age: 20 Year in the Programme: Fourth Hometown: Muri in Canton Aargau Professional Goal: To become an English teacher Hopes to gain from working at ISZL: IT knowledge, to be part of a great team and to practise her English Hobbies & Interests: Pontoniere (rowing), singing, playing the guitar and watching films Favourite word in English: Mischief Fun Fact: She’s one of 5 children in her family

Andrew Walker

Lena Engeli

Age: 23 Year in the Programme: First Hometown: Neuheim in Canton Zug Professional Goal: To work for himself Hopes to gain from working at ISZL: Knowledge of his trade and good working habits Hobbies & Interests: Sports! He’s a keen biker and skateboarder and also likes football and rugby Favourite word in German: Staubsauger or Handschuhe Fun Fact: He’s a big lover of cats

Age: 16 Year in the Programme: First Hometown: Berg in Canton Thurgau, Siblingen in Canton Schaffhausen Professional Goal: To work in Marketing Hopes to gain from working at ISZL: To see and feel the different attributes the school can offer Hobbies & Interests: Reading, swimming, listening to music and bicycle tours Favourite word in English: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Fun Fact: She’s a synchronized swimmer

Faculty Management Apprentice

Commercial Employee Apprentice


CĂŠline Rust Former Apprentice

Age: 17 Year in the Programme: Third Hometown: Walchwil in Canton Zug Professional Goal: To live and work abroad one day Hobbies & Interests: Going out with friends, watching films and reading Favorite word in English: Whovian (Doctor Who Fan) or Scrappy Fun trivia: She knows the words to every Disney song

What do you think was unique about working at our school? Working at ISZL is not comparable to working at a corporate company. You work so closely with parents and children, without being directly involved in their education. There is a lot of background work going on, which no one would ever guess! What did you enjoy the most? I enjoyed moving from department to department, getting a complete overview of the school and seeing how everything is connected. I also enjoyed the contact with the parents and students while working in the front office. What did you gain professionally from ISZL? I definitely gained confidence in myself and was able to develop my English to a higher skill level. I also developed the courage to do things I was afraid of at the beginning, like picking up the phone or sending emails in a language that was not my mother tongue! I learned how to take on responsibilities and to think in a wider, bigger and more international way. What are your lasting impressions of your experience with us? The staff and the school community was so incredibly warm and welcoming towards me! It made starting my apprenticeship so easy and truly unforgettable. Throughout my two years with the school, I had the pleasure to work with amazing people and gain valuable experience. Looking back at the time I spent at ISZL I feel proud of what I was able to achieve and how I grew with every challenge. The school puts a lot of effort into connecting with the local community, even going as far as being part of the Swiss education system and offering young people an apprenticeship in a variety of jobs. I am very proud to now be a part of the ISZL community.




s part of the development of our dynamic and studentcentred programme at ISZL, we have taken the decision that from next year we will begin offering some career related qualifications, including Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) courses in addition to the qualifications we already offer. These courses will include an element of apprenticeship and work experience in Grades 11 and 12. These new career focused courses could be combined with either Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses to create a new pathway called the ISZL Career Related Diploma. Alternatively they could be combined with the IB Career Related (IBCR) programme framework leading to the IBCR qualification. We feel that many of our students at ISZL would benefit from the assessment style and breadth that comes with these courses. More details will follow during this academic year.

For more information, please visit: BTEC www.tinyurl.com/bteciszl IBCP qualification www.tinyurl.com/ibcpiszl





The Swiss should embrace the opportunity to build a relationship with Expats moving here. It should not be a one-sided relationship and that is why I find it so important to have served on ISZL’s Board.



eter Hess joined the Board of Trustees of ISZL in August 2008 and was appointed its Chairman in 2012. Peter is a proud Swiss citizen and served as member of the Swiss House of Representatives from 1983 – 2003 and as Speaker of Parliament in 2001. He is a Partner in the law firm Reichlin & Hess and has brought to the Board his expertise in legal matters as well as relationships with the local authorities. Peter has a reserved, refined presence, yet is quick to offer a warm, boyish smile. His charming grin hints at his softer side, which he surely shows his four daughters and many grandchildren. He is a man with a big heart and strong conviction to give to others. In December 2016 he will be stepping down from his position on the Board of ISZL. In order to celebrate his exemplary service and contributions to our school, we asked him to answer five questions reflecting on his time as Chairman. How did you become involved with ISZL and what led you to join the Board? Karl Reichmuth, a former member, asked me to join the Board in order to strengthen ISZL’s ties to the local community. I had not had experience with international schools prior to this, but was convinced that a well-functioning international school is of great benefit to the local economy. I was prepared to assist the stakeholders of ISZL to expand and govern the school. Civil service and politics are a longstanding tradition in my family. In my hometown Unterägeri, my family served in political positions on the local and cantonal level. Even in my early years I was active in the Boy Scouts and served as President of the Student Parliament. During my university holidays, I served in the military. It was a fantastic change of pace from my studies as I got to work with heavy tanks get out into nature and have my first opportunity to lead people. I think my early civil service record caught the attention of Columbia University in New York City when I applied, as I was awarded a full scholarship. I still feel it is

The Swiss should embrace the opportunity to build a relationship with Expats moving here. It should not be a one-sided relationship and that is why I find it so important to have served on ISZL’s Board.

The success of the school now is based on those initial inputs by the Board. Part of the Board’s role is to ensure that the School Director and Leadership Team translate this mission into the day-today operation of the school. You can easily see it is going well when you meet the students around the campus: It is such a great atmosphere and this is so motivating as a Board member!

How would you explain the role and importance of the Board of Trustees to our students?

What about the educational experience at ISZL have you found to be different from your boyhood school?

ISZL is a not-for-profit school, which means it does not have one single person in charge, but it is “owned” by its Foundation and Board. The Board’s most important responsibility is developing and defining the school’s mission and strategy. That is to say, the Board creates the foundation on which the structure of the school is built.

From 1960 to 1968 I attended a boarding school at the monastery of Einsiedeln. I had chosen the educational path leading to “Matura A”, which is a traditional education with old languages, Greek and Latin, as well as a focus on French and English. At that time, the teaching was very traditional “ex cathedra” with clearly fixed programmes, goals and lots of exams.

important to get international experience by studying and working abroad whilst you are young.

When I joined the ISZL Board, it was just after the school merger. At that time, the Board had a big influence on the future direction of the school as it was establishing a new vision and mission.





A single school in the local system cannot match the number of students that ISZL has. It would be a tremendous task locally if ISZL did not exist and the local system needed to absorb educating so many international students!

We wore black robes to class, went to church service regularly and were taught by monks. I remember that in our free time we had lots of opportunities for sports, music and theatre activities. We only went home during holiday breaks and had permission to leave the monastery on Sundays for walking, bike rides and things such as that, but could not stay away overnight during the weekends. We barely did any group or collaborative

work like our students do as part of the International Baccalaureate Programme. I don’t view the religious part of my schooling as a burden because I was taught about ethics and had a very humanistic education. This helped me when I entered politics and gave me a more holistic view. Public schools do not offer that kind of education, however I do see that humanistic education here at ISZL, especially at the High School level. ISZL’s students are not simply learning how to memorise and study for exam results as I was taught. Here, students are learning how to think and analyse, not just repeat back information. They are learning how to be problem solvers, have self-confidence and initiative. I was so impressed when the Board was working on the school’s Strategic Plan last year and students were asked for feedback. They made their presentations with such conviction and brought so many


valuable ideas to the table. In the long run, this type of education will serve them well as today’s young professionals are expected to be creative, motivated and flexible to learn on the job. What are the positive impacts you believe ISZL has in the local community? A single school in the local system cannot match the number of students that ISZL has. It would be a tremendous task locally if ISZL did not exist and the local system needed to absorb educating so many international students! As a lawyer, I would say that ISZL is an important part of the qualitative factors behind a business’ decision to move here and Canton Zug offers such a great quality of life for families. ISZL positively influences local culture and its philosophy. Expats seem to really feel at home and well here. Nowadays in Zug, it is normal to go into a restaurant where



ISZL’s students are not simply learning how to memorise and study for exam results as I was taught. Here, students are learning how to think and analyse, not just repeat back information. They are learning how to be problem solvers, have self-confidence and initiative.


half of its patrons are speaking a foreign language, which was not the case 10 – 15 years ago! We are becoming more multicultural and that is a good thing! In my view, there is room for broader awareness of the values and positive impacts of the school in the community. It is recognised in its respective communities, Baar and Hünenberg, as well as by the governmental bodies who are directly involved with ISZL, but I feel politicians should be considering ISZL more when deliberating issues of local education. What do you hope our students and families gain from their time living in Switzerland? What parts of Swiss culture do you hope they take with them? Tolerance and respect are basic Swiss values. Whilst there are certain groups who tend to oppose cultural differences, this Canton is a place where families with international backgrounds are widely welcomed.

Switzerland has a long-standing tradition of peaceful coexistence of a population with four linguistic and cultural parts. We have a well functioning democratic system with basic participation of its citizens in the decision making about the administration and governing of the country. Security is a hot topic, but Switzerland is still an open, safe society with few fences. The Swiss also promote independence in their young people, which is something we should all teach our children. All families living here should enjoy its beautiful landscape with mountains, lakes, forests and recreation areas! It is a wonderful place to call home no matter how long you stay!

Peter is that rare breed - a politician who walks the talk! For years he has supported Zug’s growth and successful bids to raise local employment and tax revenue through attracting foreign investment. He realises the importance of a high quality international school here and for this reason joined our Board. Peter has led the ISZL Board through a period of unprecedented growth and change while always offering a guiding hand, local insight and a calming voice. He has been a diplomatic, engaged and deeply committed member of the Board and ISZL will miss his tact, analytical mind, positivity and sense of humour. As Director, he has been both a pleasure and inspiration for me to work with. DOMINIC CURRER DIRECTOR, ISZL





hether at Chalet Bergheim, ISZL’s alpine learning centre or at the centuries old Walterswil settlement with a backdrop of grazing animals and forested hills, ISZL students spend their school days in spectacular locations that could only be called uniquely Swiss! We aim to take our students beyond the mountains, chocolate and cheese for which Switzerland is famous and help with their integration inside and outside our school walls. Our teachers spearhead our efforts and a few have highlighted the outreach within their division:



The ISZL primary school team is developing our programme by focusing on building partnerships within Switzerland and we have definitely made a great start to integrating within Swiss society. The Zug Voices Choir was chosen to participate in Zurich's Singing Christmas Tree in December 2015. The Singing Christmas Tree is located at Werdmühleplatz, just steps away from the bustle of holiday shopping on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. Lined up on a podium in the shape of an enormous Christmas tree, selected choirs spread holiday cheer with their repertoire of carols and it is a truly incomparable atmosphere. Nearly fifty children from our school pleased the crowds of Zurich, singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs in both English and German. This certainly was an example of integration with the Zurich community and we are thrilled to have been asked to perform again this holiday season. Our students sang on December 5th for the crowds dressed as elves! Singing definitely touches the heart, connecting everyone regardless of nationality or culture. Earlier this year, we continued to grow our partnerships by participating for the first time in the local Baar Kinder Fasnacht, which is a children’s costume parade. Fasnacht is an important, celebrated festival with a history spanning back to the Middle Ages and is a way the Swiss cheer up on cold, grey February and March days. It is an exciting time of celebration, dressing up, putting on masks and listening to special “Guggenmusik” by masked musicians who fill the air with a seemingly improvised cacophony. Baar came alive during the parade with children from both our international and the local Swiss community participating. It was fantastic to see our students converse in German with children from the local schools. Kindergarten and Grade 4 students made their own costumes and enjoyed parading with our school mascot, Eddie the Eagle, around the town centre before enjoying a bratwurst feast! The president of the Baar Fasnacht welcomed ISZL and was sure to let us know that it was a “joy to have the international students join the parade and for us all to be a part of the one community.” I think that speaks for itself. These experiences are important and special in the lives of our students. Through integrating more into the Swiss community we as a school are investing in the lives of our students and enriching their time within our new homes in Switzerland.



For the last seven years Middle School students have worked closely with the asylum seekers of Zug and surrounding areas. Together with Swiss and expatriate members of the community, ISZL students have hosted the holiday party for some 100 children of the asylum seekers every December. With an international feast of traditional foods provided by the hosts and guests, gifts that were lovingly bought and wrapped with the support of our students for all children as well as games and activities together, this is a wonderful family event. Beyond the party, our pupils have connected with these children through organising zoo visits, football tournaments, hikes and picnics. Working closely with social services in Zug, our children co-organise the events, which is quite a challenge in itself! Whether it be through sport, a shared meal or just a moment, it is so rewarding to see the children bonding – without common language friendships form. In addition, the Middle School for many years has worked closely with the Swiss charity Kids of Africa (KOA), which is a home and school for children in Uganda. Being locally based, KOA’s founder Burkhard Varnholt is able to connect with our students and support their work on a personal level. One of our primary fundraisers for KOA is the biannual Children’s Second Hand Sale, co-organised with Zug4You. The sale, held in Zug’s town centre, raises approximately CHF 8’000 just from unwanted goods, with all proceeds going directly to Uganda. Additionally, all unsold items are collected by the students and shared between a Swiss mountain farming community, a group for single young mothers in Zug and Eastern European refugee camps. Another meaningful local partnership in the Middle School is with the Kantonsschule Menzingen. This past April twenty local students joined our Grade 7 Phase 3/4 German class for a day. After some icebreaker activities to get to know each other, our students led their new friends on an orientation activity around campus and then the Swiss students joined period 5 lessons so they could experience what learning is like at ISZL. There was plenty of chatter afterwards as everybody compared the similarities and differences of our two schools. In the afternoon our Swiss visitors gave group presentations on life in Central Switzerland before everyone swapped contact details and bade each other farewell. We hope to visit the Kantonsschule Menzingen soon in order to strengthen this exciting collaboration.



On the Riverside Campus, one of the ways that students work with the local community is through their Service Learning programme. In Grades 11 and 12, students initiate and lead at least one collaborative service project, which often takes them outside of the school walls. Indeed, the aim of the ‘Service’ strand of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme is that students undertake a ‘collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need’ (IBO CAS Guide 2015). Service experiences should also

JASMINE W., GRADE 12 My time at the nursing home is soon finished and I am really sad that I will not able to visit Ms S. on Saturday afternoons anymore. It has been like therapy for me. She says I have been a joy to her and she thanks me every time I visit her. We always drink a coffee together and have a good laugh. I have given her my time and company for the past six months and it has been an incredible experience for me, which I will remember forever. People consider seniors to be childlike or incapable of doing things by themselves. But quite the opposite is true and I have experienced it handson as Ms S. is one of the wisest women I know and it is incredible how much she is still able to do by herself. I am hoping to visit her in my private time when I can.

enable students to recognise their role in relation to others, including the local community in which they live. Interpersonal interactions enable them to establish an increased sense of belonging to their local environment and to better understand the Swiss culture and people. Below are two reflections by Grade 12 students on a service project that involved them interacting with the local Swiss community; the first one is about a period of time spent in a local senior care centre and the second is ‘Munterwegs’, a child-mentoring project. As can be seen from their writing both experiences had a profound effect on them:

TARA A. E., GRADE 12 Although the programme does continue for another month, I have already done so many activities with my mentee and had so many great experiences. Close to every week we try to spend a day together. She loves when we bake and play with my dog on rainy days. One day we went to a chocolate factory, which we both enjoyed due to the excessive amounts of free sweets! In the past we have gone to the movies quite often and since she loves to swim, we have been to the pool a few times. Every once in a while I plan relaxing days where we take a walk around the lake, get ice cream or a drink and just enjoy the good weather. I have been able to plan so many different activities with her from iceskating in the winter to hiking in the spring. I am looking forward to keeping my connection with her after this project is over because I love planning activities that we truly enjoy together. She shares so much happiness and joy with me, which makes me feel privileged just to spend time with her.






ne of the strengths of the athletics programme at ISZL is that we encourage involvement of our athletes in local clubs. Subsequently we profit from new skills and experiences being brought back to our teams and strengthened ties to local sport organizations. Whether our students run, jump or throw for LK Zug, swim for SV Baar, ski for SC Oberägeri, row for SC Luzern, play hockey with EVZ, kick a football with SC Cham or hit a volleyball with VBC Steinhausen, the connectivity between ISZL athletics and these clubs is a vital part of our athletics philosophy. Swiss Central Basket (SCB) asked ISZL a few years ago if they could use our minibuses for tournaments and a positive relationship developed. As SCB promotes talent from local teams, provides an elite training base for Central Switzerland and supports coaches with professional training, ISZL highly benefits from this partnership. SCB Board Member Noldi Huber fondly remembers that “shortly after our founding an excellent partnership with ISZL was established and since then more than a dozen ISZL students have played for SCB selection

teams with some even playing in the highest levels of the Swiss League. During the 2015 - 2016 season Gunnar H. and brothers Nico and Toni R. were runners-up in the Swiss Junior National Championship.” To cultivate communication with local public schools, ISZL’s athletics department is involved in the annual sport coordinator meeting with representatives from across the Canton. Cantonal Sport Office Coordinator Andreas Koltszynski explains that “over the past few years our collaboration has grown and ISZL teams regularly take part in cantonal and national student championships. ISZL has had outstanding results particularly in basketball, rugby and swimming. At the Swiss schools championships in St. Gallen this year, ISZL had a third place finish for its Middle School girls basketball team as well as a fourth place for the High School girls swim team. ISZL stands out because of their team spirit and fair play! With the engagement of the physical education teachers and the utilization of the cantonal offerings, we hope that we can further promote exchange between our organizations through sport.”


We are so proud and appreciative of the great sport network we have within the Central Swiss cantons.

“ISZL’s appearance, as well as its competitive and fair play attitude, is notable and is respected not only by its opponents.”

ISZL football teams also regularly participate in the Credit Suisse Cup, which the former president of the Zug football association (ZFV), Marcello Cuccuzza Hans Jermann, describes as Swiss Football Association “the world’s biggest football tournament by far with 150,000 participants.” The participation of all schools is welcomed and the strongest teams qualify for the Swiss Finals. “Football has played a major role in integration efforts in this country for decades”, recollects Mr Jermann. “Seven years ago ZFV contacted ISZL to encourage its involvement in the Credit Suisse Cup. Today ISZL Eagles are an integral part of this event and I vividly remember the first time ISZL participated as the team was far from championship level but its presence was a true enrichment in every sense! After a few years, ISZL’s team has improved so much that it qualified for its first match

on the finals day in Basel!” Marcello Cuccuzza of the Swiss Football Association adds that “ISZL’s appearance, as well as its competitive and fair play attitude, is notable and is respected not only by its opponents.” Additionally ISZL athletes participated in Rollensprint, a Tour de Suisse promotional event, as part of the cantonal partnership. During this extraordinary competition, students and teachers raced virtually through the busy streets of Manhattan on stationary bikes specially setup in the Middle and High Schools. Several ISZL bikers earned top placement in the cantonal ranking and were invited to the Final during the opening of the Tour de Suisse hub in Baar.




s you can imagine, countless studies show how school library programmes staffed by qualified librarians have a positive impact on academic achievement. That’s why at ISZL, we are proud to boast two libraries housing a vast collection of more than 60,000 books. Our librarians are some of ISZL’s kindest and capable staff members and they have a special talent of making visitors feel welcomed and encouraged. Instead of just being a traditional archive, our libraries are hubs of active learning and a favourite spot on campus for students and parent volunteers.


The Zug Campus Library has an amazing collection of over 48,000 fiction and non-fiction books including literature in over 20 different languages. In addition, we have magazines, travel guides, parenting books, professional books, audiobooks and e-books providing something of interest for everyone. Materials are constantly being added so students never have to wait long for a new release or an award-winning book to be available. Audiobooks can be downloaded to smart devices using the Destiny Discover app, which is connected to our library collection - now students can have a book with them everywhere they go! Promoting reading and a love of literature is a passion in the library so we organize a variety of different literary events each year. Here are just a few highlights: Visiting Authors: for each division of the Campus, connecting authors and students is a wonderful way to promote reading. Middle School Battle of the Books: a reading competition between the local International Schools. Primary Book Fortnight: two weeks of literary fun including book quizzes, special story times and a variety of book promotions. Summer Reading Challenge: encouraging all in the ISZL community to participate and read over the summer. Book Fairs: we host online and physical book fairs throughout the year. SGIS Golden Cowbell Award: participation and promotion of this Swiss International School book award scheme.

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The library collection is more than just print materials though; we invest in a large number of subscriptions to online research databases to support the teaching and learning happening on campus and at home. If you have not had a chance to use these research resources please be aware these can be found on the library homepage and we encourage students to start their research with these sites. We welcomed the addition of a Makerspace in the library this year for upper Primary students, inspiring them to apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills to create, build and work on challenge projects. We look forward to this area growing and evolving over the next few years.

Families are encouraged to stop by, open up a family account and take a tour of the Campus library. A family account allows parents to take advantage of the large collection and borrow materials to enjoy at home. Check out the parent book exchange area too, where anyone can drop off books they have enjoyed and pick up a great new book. The library is open school days for students and families to use and borrow materials from 8.30 – 16.30. After school, students in Grades 4 – 8 may use the library independently to study, research, complete homework, check out new materials or just sit and read. We are pleased the library is used for a variety of activities and is a place for everyone, so stop by and come on in.



From the Riverside High School Library visitors enjoy a panoramic view of cornfields, grazing cows and mountains! High school students need a quiet and secure area to study, so we provide 35 places at desks and cubicles, or students can just lounge and read in our wonderfully comfortable chairs. They use the library at either end of the school day and during their free periods, yet lunch break is usually the busiest time of the day. We offer the latest young adult and adult fiction, many being award winners. The non-fiction section is also very well represented. All together, there are over 10,000 titles with the emphasis on quality over quantity. Our magazines cater for every whim: social sciences including psychology and philosophy, sciences, languages, music, various sports and even Teen Vogue for the fashion conscious. We have a total of 61 magazine titles to browse through. There are German, French and Spanish sections for the language classes, and teachers encourage their students to borrow regularly. Libraries today are not just books! Technology has well integrated itself into the library system. The web has an amazing amount

of information but reliable, academic resources are not that easy to find or recognise by students. Consequently we invest in excellent academic databases and paid websites in all subjects. Hence students can access up-to-date, reliable information and are not tempted to “Google” madly! Academic honesty is so very crucial in today’s world. Information Literacy skills enable students to gain and create knowledge through research. The librarian plays a pivotal role in guiding the students along this process and can utilize the Internet to make this information more easily accessible. So rather than eliminating the need for librarians, technology actually reinforces their validity. Every year we have the “Riverside Reads” where a novel is chosen and given to both the students and faculty to read over the summer. The author is invited to present a number of workshops to our students discussing the issues tackled by the book and the process of writing. We are a very happy, positive thread in the tapestry that is Riverside, where students are welcomed to work, read and seek advice. Parents are also encouraged to use our library and most welcome to browse and borrow.





Try out this selection of questions to find out how much you know about books! 1) Who is a bestselling author of adult mysteries/thrillers who now writes for young adults? a) David Balducci b) John Grisham c) James Patterson d) All of the above 2) What is the book format that looks like the novel is in comic strip format? a) Comic Book b) Graphic Novel c) Animated Journal 3) What is the name of the system used to organise non-fiction books in libraries? a) Media Management Model b) Dewey Decimal System c) Encyclopaedic Table of Topics

Answers: 1.D 2.B 3.B 4.C 5.C

4) "The Cat In The Hat" will turn 60 years old in March 2017 and it remains one of the most popular children's books ever written. Who is its author? a) C.S. Lewis b) Beatrix Potter c) Dr. Seuss 5) What would you want to get as a writer to protect your rights as a primary author of a book? a) A patent b) A notarized affidavit c) A copyright d) All of the above


2016 – 2017 WHOLE SCHOOL 18 – 26 February

February Break

27 – 28 February

Teacher In-Service

18 March


20 March

Sports Awards

8 – 23 April

Spring Break

20 May

International Day

22 May

Sports Awards

25 – 28 May

Ascension Break

9 June

Dominic Currer Farewell Apéro

23 June

Last Day Of School

22 August

First Day Of School (2017-2018)

ZUG CAMPUS 18 – 19 January

Primary School Parent Teacher Conferences

9 March

Middle School Musical

23 March

Student Led Conferences (No School)

4 – 6 April

Middle School Musical

8 – 10 May

Middle School Exams

10 May

PYP Exhibition Evening

23 May

Recorder Concert

30 May

Voice Concert

6 June

Wind & Brass Concert

7 June

Strings Concert

8 June

Guitar Concert

13 June

Summer Concert

16 June

Grade 8 Dinner

22 June

Grade 5 & 8 Celebrations


Drama Production

7 March

Personal Project Fair

17 March

Riverside Has Talent

25 March

Careers Fair

16 May

Grade 10 Visual Arts Show

20 May

Senior Prom

23 May

Summer Arts Show

3 June

Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony

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ISZL magazine winter 2016  

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