ADDITIONAL SPORT CHARGES Most of the sports we offer at TASIS are instructed by our own faculty, using our own facilities and are therefore included in the School’s tuition fees. Tennis, horseback riding, sailing, golf and squash, however, are arranged through local private clubs, and we must charge approximately CHF 250 extra for these. Prices will vary slightly each season, depending upon student interest. The fees for students wishing to participate will be invoiced separately once you have started school. Please do not send any money at this time, as we are unable to guarantee a place. You will be asked to complete the necessary forms once you arrive at school. Prices quoted are for one season only (3 seasons per year) and attendance 1-2 times per week. Please note that places for these sports are limited each season due to transportation, i.e. tennis - 8 in fall and winter seasons, riding - 8 per season, etc. Payment is not accepted in advance. Two newly added programs are Fencing and contracted AC Milan Soccer trainers to help with our Varsity and Recreational Soccer programs. Each one requires families to pay an additional fee. The fee amount depends on what sort of equipment you need to rent and/or purchase for fencing and if you make the varsity squad versus the recreational soccer squad. If you have fenced before, please bring the equipment with you on opening day. If you would like to play soccer and/or volleyball and are interested in trying out for the team, please make sure that you apply for a UK Visa prior to school starting. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have the opportunity to go to TASIS England in October to play soccer and volleyball. The turn around time from September to our trip in October is not enough time to secure a visa for you to be able to travel with the team.
NINTH GRADE ACADEMIC TRAVEL ADVENTURE At the end of October, everyone at TASIS sets off for four days of educational travel. Students in the ninth grade take an adventure course designed to expose them to some outdoor sports which many will not have experienced before. The activities will expose them to new sensations, new environments and a chance to overcome new challenges, thus broadening the students’ horizons. Activities include rock-climbing, orienteering, body-flying in a wind-tunnel, and exploring a cave, as well as a trip to Luzern and Alpamare, the biggest covered water park in Europe. We are guided by experienced instructors using safe, modern equipment, and in spite of the sensational appearance of some of these sports, the activities are conducted in controlled settings, do not carry significant extra risks and are well within the safety standards of our normal sports program. All students are expected to participate in each of the activities with their peers. If parents, however, wish to exclude a student from a particular activity, we will of course respect that wish. Students are encouraged, but not forced, to try all the activities. If you have any questions about the program or would like to discuss any aspect of the trip, please contact Natalie Philpot, Academic Travel Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TENTH GRADE SPRING ACADEMIC TRAVEL: OUTWARD BOUND At the end of February, everyone at TASIS sets off for a week of educational travel. Students in the tenth grade participate in an Outward Bound program whose objective is to build teamwork and leadership in an outdoor setting. Students learn that they become more successful by improving their interpersonal communication skills and by learning to work together to achieve a common goal. Activities are designed to challenge the students at a level appropriate to their age and include team-building and discussions, hiking and sledding, a climbing wall, a high ropes course and “Flying Fox”. The highlight is a two-night expedition, hiking through the winter landscape to a mountain cabin and summit, sometimes using snow-shoes. These activities provide a wonderful opportunity to broaden students’ horizons. Every year before departure, we have a few students who feel unsure whether they want to go; however, these are also usually the ones who return exclaiming that it was “the best Academic Travel ever!”. Years later, students still look back warmly on their 10th grade Academic Travel and are always glad to have participated. The course is supervised by professional instructors within the organization of Outward Bound International. Outward Bound has many years’ experience making these trips fun and tailors the course specifically to our needs. They provide boots, backpacks, warm sleeping bags and all other necessary equipment. In spite of the “adventure” appearance of this program, the activities the students do are always well-controlled, do not carry significant risks, and are well within the safety standards of our normal sports program. The Outward Bound course is an integral part of our sophomore curriculum and any student who, for family or medical reasons, is unable to participate needs to make up the requirement the following year. However, it is always preferable to go on the course with your own classmates. If you have any questions about the program or would like to discuss any aspect of the trip, please contact Natalie Philpot, Academic Travel Coordinator, email@example.com.
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