LVIS BLOG

  • |
  • FILTER 

Affordable Boarding School Europe

LVIS is proud to present a new Swiss Dream Starter package especially aimed at parents who would love their children to attend an affordable boarding school Europe option, but don’t want to commit for a full year. The French Host Family package will allow your child to stay in Switzerland, go to school, learn french and enjoy a dream 90 day minimum stay in Europe. Your child can of course stay longer, there are no limits on length. The idea for this program came from speaking to dozens and dozens of parents that were curious about the idea of living in Switzerland themselves for a year, but couldn’t possibly afford the time away from their current living situations. Some parents we speak to have had the dream of sending their children away to a private education in Europe or Switzerland, but just aren’t sure about the length of commitment. I mean let’s face it. A year abroad is a pretty life changing commitment, and we understand that. There are also visa requirements that make it challenging for countries outside Europe, like the US, Canada, or Australia to stay for longer than 6 months. The current Schengen Visa also non Europeans for a maximum of 6 months, and it’s challenging for those families that would like to stay longer than a year. The good news about our program is that LVIS can take of ALL of the immigration details for you. It is much easier for LVIS to apply for a single student visa from inside of Switzerland than having you fumble around in a foreign language, wondering who the right person is to speak with at the canton. Basically, the sounds of this task is so daunting as to stop even the most intrepid mum dead in her tracks. So, cross that one mommy’s to do list, and trust me, this is a big one. We can expedite the visa for you child usually within 30 days from the time you submit your application. The other big thing that you can not worry about is room and board. With our exciting new French Family host program, we can place your child with a french speaking host family to make sure that your child is as comfortable and well taken care of as possible. We have English, Spanish and Swedish speaking families available as well for parents that want their child to learn another language, or speak in their native tongue. When your child lives with a french speaking family, they’ll really be able to get the full immersion experience. Can you imagine how much your child will learn by forcing him or herself to speak french after coming home from school each day and speaking only french at home? The effect will catapult their language confidence abilities to something that will change them for the course of their lives. French is still considered one of the most sophisticated diplomatic languages spoken today, and will be sure to shape and enhance your child’s eligibility when under the admissions officers’ lens while applying for Universities a few years down the road. Now for the most important element of the Swiss Dream Starter Package, the actual school environment. LVIS is located in Verbier, Switzerland which was just voted the best Ski Resort in all of Switzerland, which really means the rest of the world. Everyone knows that Switzerland has some of the oldest and most elegant resorts on the planet. Verbier is nuzzled in between the French and Italian borders, a stone’s throw from legendary mountain town of Chamonix, France. The school currently houses between 100 and 150 students from foundation stage or preschool through to year 11 and beyond. The course work follow the well documented and widely accepted University of Cambridge’s General Certificate of Secondary Education. The course work that is accepted around the world follow the University of Cambridge’s accepted testing qualifications that allow children’s marks to transfer to most any generally accepted international program around the world. Your child will be taught all of the classic subjects that they’d learn at home. History, Social Sciences, Mathematics according to the level accept by the University of Cambridge, Geography, Science, English, and of course French. The format is generally 60% English, and 40% in French with French being the primary language spoken in the town and surrounding area. Many of our alumni are very happy with the standards that they are taught during their time at LVIS, and nearly always end up ahead when they head back to their home districts. Generally, the amount of homework that LVIS teachers send their students home with each night ranges from 30 minutes in the lower grades to 1 or 2 hours in the higher grades. We don’t want your child to be completely swamped with school work, and realise that part of the experience should also be to enjoy their time in Switzerland. After all, this could be a once in a lifetime experience, and it should be treated as such. It’s not all just about work. Of course, sports is also taken very seriously at LVIS. Being in one of the best ski resorts in the world means that the access to skiing is right out the front door. The ski lifts giving access to hundreds of kilometers of ski trails and 5 massive mountain networks are located in the heart of the town. Skiing is literally a way of life in Verbier, and as such, we take it seriously. Ski classes and training are incorporated into the curriculum during the winter semesters during the months of January, February, March and April. During these months your child will be able to take Wednesdays and Friday afternoons off to ski, as part of their course work. How great is that? The ski training focuses primarily on traditional alpine racing, freeride skiing and freestyle skiing. The Swiss coaching level is world class for all three of these skiing activities but it doesn’t mean that your child needs to be at an advanced level. We have ski classes and training for all levels, from beginner to expert. There are also many other sports asides from skiing. There’s triple A hockey, horseback riding, climbing, swimming, squash, and football/soccer, tennis and golf in the spring. Another added bonus of having your child spend time is Europe are the cultural excursions that they can expect to do on a monthly basis. We bring your child and try and show them as much of the surrounding area as possible. Places likes A’osta Italy, Chamonix France, Geneva, Gruyere, Interlaken, Lucern and many other places in the nearby area. While the program is called the Swiss Dream Starter Package and starts at 90 days, you are more than welcome to have your child stay longer than that. Up to a full year in fact is normal for most of our host family students. If you still have questions about how this program works, or the costs to send your child to Switzerland under this excellent starter program, feel free to contact us at info@lvis.ch, or hit the apply button below. By now, I am sure that you have a whole host of questions, and we will be more than happy to walk you through your particular child’s situation. We know that each and every child has their own set of special circumstances and we are experts in handling those as we are used to doing so on a daily basis.

Christmas In Switzerland

The LVIS staff and administration would like to wish you the most joyful holiday wish. From the very bottom of our hearts, we wish you the best. This is Christmas in Switzerland. As you can see, we were lucky enough to catch Saint Nicholas himself as he was passing through making his rounds. The children were thrilled to be able to spend some time with him, and also make the most of the precious short time he had before he was whisked off in his sleigh to his next stop. It's not easy being St. Nick this time of year, so we were all thankful to catch a glimpse of him. And so, until next year, we wish you a most joyous holiday season.

Santa’s surprise visit to LVIS!

We were lucky to be able to welcome Santa on his sledge yesterday and it was a nice surprise for all students who received a little hamper for Christmas before setting off on their holidays. Thank you Santa!

House System

Clash of the colours! On Monday the 12th of November all children from LVIS gathered together to compete against each other in the first annual House Afternoon! There were 6 fun stations where children had challenges to complete, some easy and some difficult! Children were challenged to work as a team - the Blue house team versus Red house team. The winning team will be revealed at the end of term in tandem with the winning number of stars collected. The groups were composed of mixed aged children, so there were the youngest children working together with the oldest, and everyone in between!     Why does LVIS have a house system? We were so impressed with the wonderful team spirit, support and encouragement we saw from all children. For those that don't know, the House system originates from England and is commonly known through the Commonwealth. Many countries outside of England still use this grouping tradition. Originally, the House referred to the houses where children liven in boarding schools. This became especially popular during the 19th and 20th centuries in British boarding schools, but many schools through the commonwealth and throughout the world adapted the same house system to encourage some friendly competition between the children. 1) Children are separate into their respective houses at the start of the school year. 2) There are a few fun houses events such as the one hosted on November 12th for the House Afternoon. 3) Other aspects of the house system will be incorporated into the activity of the children's day to day school life to encourage a team spirit. Asides from tradition, the house system promotes aspects and opportunities of team learning. The children are taught to work together in teams in a friendly and fun atmosphere while also respecting one another regardless of age or class. The house system is thought to promote fair play and team work, skills that are useful and relevant for later on in life working in team environments on projects in professional career path. It also encourages the younger children to mix with the older children, something that they don't ordinarily get to do since LVIS has now separated into two school buildings. Some of the other advantages include, promoting team leadership opportunities, quickly adapting new students, enhancing school spirit, raising awareness of school traditions, building a sense of school community. These are the reasons at least that the house system has lasted through the ages, and spread from England boarding schools to day schools across the world. The house system is common in the UK but in Europe much less so. LVIS is proud to be one of the few schools in Switzerland that follows the house system. It's a fun way for the children to get to work together as a team to achieve a common end goal. There are aspects of the classroom that are also added, and points are kept on a board in the school so the children may know which team is winning. Currently, LVIS has a red and blue house. Once the children are selected into their house as early as foundation stage 1, or kindergarten, they stay in that house. As much as possible, siblings are also kept in the same house as well so there can be a sense of family tradition and pride among the houses. The children, especially the younger ones, are quite familiar with the concept as it was made popular through the Harry Potter series. The famous matches between Gryffindore and Slytherin in Quidditch, and the selecting of the names from Dumbledore's hat. The children are all very well aware of the house system and have well conceived ideas of the fun competition between the houses. LVIS has several other house competitions planned for later in the ski season, and for a sports and field day which one be in the spring. Throughout the school year there will be a competition score board based on fun and simple tasks like completing homework on time, finishing art work, or reading. So far the team spirit has been well received by the entire school body, and the little children are especially excited to have a chance to mingle with the older children. Keep your eyes open for further updates to how your child can take part in helping his or her house become the winner at the end of the year.

Secondary overnight trip to Geneva

Last week, our pupils went on an overnight trip to Geneva. We visited many sights, including the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Ethnography and the Cathédrale Saint Pierre. More importantly, we got a chance to bond as a community and get to know each other better. LVIS was also invited to a special event at the United Nations to award a prize to the winner of a competition looking for solutions to the WHO (World Health Organisation) SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). These goals focus on bettering the planet and humanity, according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) While the judges were deliberating, LVIS got a chance to stand centre stage to share our ideas. What an excellent opportunity, speaking at the UN! By: Max, Olivia and Gabin  

New! Coding Club at LVIS

The Secondary School pupils of LVIS participated in a coding workshop, which took place over 4 sessions. They created their own cloud storage similar to Google Drive and learned about values, variables and inputs. Then, they learned a new coding language called Python, and they were able to use this code to make a calculator. As Max said, “ Learning all of this made me feel confident about taking on the world on computing!

What Is Forest School?

The first thing I was thinking during my conversation with Pam Gawith was - Wow, I wish they had the Forest School when I was growing up! But, before we get into that. What is the Forest School? To help understand the Forest School concept better, I organised an interview with Pam. She is one of the qualified Forest School teachers or practitioners at the Lemania International School in Verbier (LVIS), Switzerland. She’s currently involved in helping LVIS launch this new and exciting program generally aimed at Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) aged youngsters. For those of you not familiar with what age that is, like me, the ages between 3 and 5 years old. Pre-school, kindergarten, creche, that sort of age. Really little guys. Imagine a school where the little ones throw on a pair of wellies, a rain smock, and head out and do their school day in the forest. It’s basically experiential learning at its best. Pam describes an example day, although it sounds like by design no two days are the same. “They make fires and can cook in the class if the teacher feels up to it and the children want for that day’s lesson. They can climb trees, and jump in mud puddles if they want.  Another example of a day could be finding pine cones and talking about what they do, and how they help trees reproduce. Then, you might take those pine cones and make them into an owl, or use them in a counting lesson, or even a French/English lesson.” Of course, safety is of top concern but the children are taught to use their own common sense when it comes to what is safe or not. If they are climbing a tree and they start leaving their comfort zone, the teacher watching will guide them through their decision-making process while also making sure the children are safe and in no way could get hurt. This may make some overprotective parents shudder but as Pam explains, “Really, children have been playing outside for thousands of years. It’s the way they learn about their natural environment, and this is core to the ethos of the Forest School concept. It just works.” While the teachers may have a loose plan when they head into the forest for that day’s session,  the children are encouraged to lead the lesson. If for example while walking through the woods the group see a fox, the teacher may pivot and start giving a lesson about wildlife in the area. Another lesson could be about how the leaves change during the Autumn, the children could collect the leaves and this could be turned into a maths lesson or an art project as they take the leaves back to the class and incorporate them into a piece of art. Recently or maybe all the time, I had been thinking about how prevalent iPhones, iPads, TV’s and all the other digital devices are in my own children’s lives these days. Yes, in today’s age of digital natives the forest school sounds like an essential educational tool for all youngsters. Digital devices are far too prevalent, we’ve all seen examples of this too. The 2-year-old sitting at a restaurant watching an iPad while the family is eating together. For better or worse, these devices are everywhere in children’s lives. However, as the parents know, it wasn't always like that. We all remember growing up being outside nearly all the time. Video games? What were those? Computers were some ugly, plastic boxes that scientists or academics used, not us. The thought of getting the children outside in this day and age sounds glorious. So tell me, why have I never heard of this? I asked Pam. Why aren’t all parents clamouring for this? It sounds brilliant.   Well, the northern Europeans have definitely heard of it. The Forest School concept originated in Scandinavia. The approach to young education was widely adopted in Denmark in the 1980's as a solution to the lack of indoor facilities for preschool children. The idea is basically poverty proof too, meaning that any town can incorporate the idea as no classrooms are needed, only a nearby forest or park.  By the early ‘90s a group of education specialists and lecturers visited some Forest Schools in Sweden and witnessed the benefits, soon the idea started to take off all around northern Europe. Due to some recent publicity in the UK, the concept is also starting to gain popularity. A quick Google search for the term Forest School has the Guardian with quite a few articles going back since at least the early 2000’s. When will this program start at LVIS? “Well, basically, we are getting it going now. We have Celine who is actually just coming back from her leadership program in the UK. Once she’s brings back all of her knowledge, we’ll be rolling out the program. The program is bilingual and can go all year long. We’ve already been doing some sessions with the children now and it’s been met with tremendous success. Both with the parents and children.” The vision for LVIS is for the younger children to go out twice a week, and will be certain days of the week. There are some things that the children will need, like extra uniforms that would be required, outdoor wellington boots, perhaps a warmer jacket or rain jacket.  It will probably be set days per week," Pam explains. Some Essential Forest School Supplies Currently, there are 4 teachers at LVIS that have their certifications including one leader certification. In Switzerland, there are no qualifications necessary, but LVIS has these in place. As far as Pam knows, “we are one of the only Forest Schools in Switzerland that has fully qualified forest school practitioners, so it’s quite a big deal.” Having your young children take part in LVIS forest school is perfect if you’re in London and want to take a year off or so in Switzerland. The length of time you keep your child in the program is open, so it doesn’t have to be a full year but needs to be at least a full semester. Each session should be slightly different. As you can imagine, in Verbier you can basically pick a direction and you’ll find a new patch of forest to explore. For example, in the winter we obviously wouldn’t take the children up near the mountain or expose them to any dangerous avalanche-like terrain. On those days, we can simply load up the school van and have a lesson down in the valley where the temperature can be as much as 10 degrees warmer. So, how can you as a parent find out more about getting your young children involved in one of Switzerland’s leading Forest School programs? Currently, the only way to have your young ones take part in this exciting program is by enrolling at LVIS. To find out more information about this contact us at the school by hitting the Apply Now button just below this page. If you’re already enrolled, or live in Verbier, just email us at the school (info@lvis.ch) and we will be happy to provide more information. Help join us in educating our children about the beautiful world we all live in, and what better place to do that than in the stunning Swiss Alps around Verbier.

Secondary students visit the Gianadda museum in Martigny

On Wednesday the October 10th and Wednesday November 7th, Classes E, F and G went to visit the Foundation Pierre Gianadda Museum, in Martigny.  The gallery featured paintings by Pierre Soulages, a French artist who described his style as « Outrenoir » meaning beyond black.  The students were to freely explore the gallery and find at least one painting of inspirational interest, which they needed to recreate by sketching and answer various questions about their chosen piece.  This was firstly, so that they may discover the different shades of black and reflected light within the painting.  Secondly, sketching artwork may help students better understanding what mindset the artist was in when he was painting.  Abstract expressionism, using mainly black could be challenging for one to appreciate at first.  The challenge never fazed them at all!  It was a great visit and the students are already looking forward to the next exhibition.

International Week

We have welcomed visitors from Costa Rica, Brazil, Sweden, Australia, Greece, Morocco, Austria and Switzerland. We have learnt about all the dangerous creatures that live in the Costa Rican jungle, the Australian outback and made wonderful aboriginal paintings. We have tried Swedish herring and danced like Swedish frogs! We have smelled delicious Moroccan spices and learnt about the country. We have learnt about wild Mustang horses and silver mining. We have made and enjoyed fondue and gathered chestnuts in a beautiful autumn forest. What a busy week! Thank you to all the LVIS Parents who participated in this international celebration!

Introduction de la classe A à l’école en forêt:

Introduction de la classe A à l'école en forêt:   La pédagogie par la nature c’est offrir un environnement propice aux développements des compétences de l’enfant en respectant ses besoins. C’est lui offrir un espace où il pourra exercer ses habiletés motrices, sociales, cognitives et créatives. L’expérience en plein air offre un terrain d’apprentissage riche et diversifié aux enfants. Elle leur permet de se dépenser physiquement et d’être ainsi plus apaisés et concentrés pour réaliser de nouvelles acquisitions. Elle développe l’esprit de communauté et de collaboration des enfants. En outre, elle développe leur capacité de résilience et renforce leur confiance en eux. Être en extérieur favorise également leur autonomie et leur imagination. Par ailleurs, les enfants apprennent à découvrir la nature et le monde du vivant au travers de leurs différents sens. Cette sensibilisation leur permettra de nourrir un attachement à ce milieu qu’ils auront à cœur de préserver et protéger.

International School In The French Swiss Alps

“Uggg!”  My eldest son Finn exclaims as we drive him down for his first day of  International school in the French Swiss Alps. “Do we really have to go to this new school?” he mutters more to himself than to us.  Because we already know. We’ve been apologising, profusely, for the rapidity we left our last International school located in the canton of Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. “Listen Finn, you know you can do this. You’re getting to be an old pro at being the new child at school.“ We try and reassure ourselves as much as him. Because frankly, he’s right, going to a new school is a frightening prospect when you’re 13 years old. Two new schools in as many years makes that even more terrifying.  Part of the “problem” is that I’m an online entrepreneur and due to the flexibility on where I can work, we’ve had our fair share of moving. We are a Bermudian family, both children born on the islands with strong family connections, 16 generations of roots.  After 8 years of living in Bermuda, we decided we wanted our children to grow up speaking more than just English and moved to Mexico. We stayed there for five years until our two sons became fluent in Spanish.  While Mexico is beautiful and a wonderful country, we noticed that things were just a bit too wild, especially for two already boisterous boys approaching their teenage years.  After living in Lugano for a year, the schools in Ticino were excellent, but we were less than thrilled with the unfamiliarity of living in an urban environment.  Traffic jams, no parking, and no real social connections, Ticino wasn’t feeling like the place to settle down for the next decade. We even toyed with the idea of moving back to Bermuda but as it had been a dream of ours to live in Europe, actually, a dream of almost every single North American friend we had. And we were here, in Europe. Our immigration visas already worked out, we owned a car. To leave after 8 or 9 months, it seemed drastic. In fact, it would be insane to leave at this point. We knew we loved the Swiss mountain life, because we’d been driving an hour each way to ski at Andermatt ski resort, and during our research we came upon Lemania-Verbier International School. So what does one do when searching for a school in Switzerland? Head on over to google and type in - "International Ski School in the french swiss alps". And up pops up Lemania, or LVIS. Why not visit? What we found in the stunning Swiss alpine scenery of the Valais canton was a lovely, familial school for children from years one through year nine, and with plans to continue to the pre-University level. After a weekend trip in February to visit, accompanied by some 30 centimeters of fluffy new snow, high alpine chutes and gritty tree skiing, we were done. It didn’t hurt that the French Swiss headmaster, Thibaut Descoeudres and his team ran the school like… well, in Switzerland, you can say it. A Swiss Watch. What we found was a fun, diverse and international staff of teachers, not to mention an international student body.  We knew we had finally found the right place. It’s now some months later and Finn, with his younger brother Somers, are thriving at the school. The memory of that gruesome first day all but distant for them both, as they take every Wednesday and Friday afternoon off to go ski with their classmates. As a part of their schooling!  The boys are now comfortable taking the free bus around town to and from school, to go skiing with their classmates, and to meet up in the terrain park and practices their 360’s and back flips. Simply put. They love the school, we love the school, and the decision to move to Verbier and LVIS ended up being one of the best decisions we have made in our lives. What’s not to love about a small school with a professionally backed team, following the IGSE British school system? They go to school laughing every day as they meet up with their mates from nationalities; Chinese, Swedish, British, French, Swiss, Dutch, Norwegian, Australian & Italian, to name but a few. For a school the size of Lemania, it’s surprisingly well represented globally. The fact that they’re now on their way to learning their 3rd language with smatterings in 2 or 3 others also solidifies our very tough decision to leave Bermuda all those years ago. Thank you Lemania family for all you have done for us.

Class B trip to the Château de Valère in Sion

Class B trip to the Sion chateau de Valere today was great. They enjoyed discovering what it was like to be alive in medieval times and loved the little rooms, staircases and passageways. Inside the building is the museum of Valais history, it is worth a visit! It covers pre-historic to present day history.

World Clean Up Day

On September 15th was World Clean-Up-Day and we opened our doors to the public to raise awareness about recycling, up-cycling, reusing and sustainability. External experts came in to hold workshops and students prepared displays and presentations to talk about our planet and our oceans:      To find out more about World Clean-Up-Day please visit http://www.igsu.ch/fr/clean-up-day/accueil/

Welcome back!

We were please to have the classrooms fill up again after the summer holiday and wish all our students a great 2018-10 school year! To kick start the year we went on a school hike to enjoy the beautiful mountain setting we are luck to call home.  

Music and French camp this summer!

Lemania-Verbier International School will be collaborating with the Académie de Musique des Combins this summer offering a week's Music and French course for all levels, for children aged 8 to 15. We are thrilled to be supporting this summer camp in Verbier run by violinist Justin Lamy and LVIS French teachers. Students will be introduced to a variety of instruments and have the opportunity to work on their instrument of choice. They will also make the most of Verbier and its surroundings through different outdoor activities during the week.

Camping trip for Class B

Class B students couldn't hide their excitement about their first camping trip together, and the spot was nowhere else but in a tipi in the stunning Swiss Alps!          

Mini Olympics day for Class C and D at Les Elfes

Classes C and D were invited to take part in a mini Olympics day with Les Elfes students in Verbier today, Each team had to create their own country and then participated in lots of fun activities despite the rain! The sun came out for the prize giving at the end of the day and students had a great afternoon!    

A visit to Torino

Torino is an interesting and beautiful city to visit, and only a few hours away from us. Year 7 and8 students had a great day out visiting the National Cinema Museum, while Year 3 to 6 ventured off to the Egyptian Museum. Not to mention the delicious Italian pizza and ice cream students were treated to!         

UBS Kids Cup 2018

Students travelled down to Martigny  today to once again participate in the UBS Kids Cup, a great sports day with local schools involving a 60m sprint, a 200g ball throw and a long jump. Goood effort!           

Football training in the mountains

Every Friday, boys and girls from Classes E and F join Coach Carter for a football practice. They work on dribbling, headers, chest bumps and agility training, ending with a friendly match. All this with our stunning mountain background.

Celebrating World Book Day 2018

Thanks everyone for making an effort to celebrate all kinds of books on World Book Day today! Students and teachers dressed up in their favourite character, and shared their fsvourite book with their classmates. It was great to have so many books shared in class and students had a great day exploring them, making art and bookmarks.      

Classes E and F get a visit from renowned artist in Verbier, Rosalind Monks

Year 7 to 10 students gain awareness of how art, design and craft is all around us thanks to a visit from renowned artist in Verbier, Rosalind Monks, during their weekley Art class. The visit really opened their minds to the different job possibilities there are as an artist, and they were intrigued by Rosalind's work as an illustrator, especially the way in which she gives objects another life. Rosalind's work is inspired by the natural world and many of her patterns are influenced by jewellery, textiles and tribal designs from around the world. To find out more about Rosalind, visit http://rosalindmonks.com/   

A visit to the Maison Cailler

Students explore Cailler's chocolate world from Aztec cocoa ceremonies to today's chocolate innovations...great day out at the Maison Cailler in Broc!

Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge 2018

Congratulations to our LVIS Ski Team who participated in the Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge in Pila, Italy, and came 4th! This competition is a challenge to Schools in Britain and internationnaly based school to compete for the Artemis Champion School Cup. Juniors, Children and U12/U10 can take part, and the points system ensures that they all compete against each other. The races are open to individual entrants and are run under British competition rules in order to qualify for British Alpine Seeding System (BASS) national seedpoints.  

Class B students learn about composting and kitchen waste

Today Class B had a visit from Eloise Vestberg, who runs Aventerre, based in Volleges. She is an expert gardener and came to us today to discuss composting and how we can turn our kitchen waste into something useful for the garden. Even if you don't have a garden you can buy composting products that you can use on a balcony. Some children already knew a little about this, but they were all amazed to discover the different minibeasts (insects and worms) that live in the end product and break down the food waste into nutrient rich compost. As you can see from the photos they were very engaged!    

We celebrate the opening of the Mountain Thyme Cookery School

Students are now having their cooking lessons in the newly opened Mountain Thyme Cookery School just next door to our LVIS. Children are learning how to cook healthy food ranging from easy suppers, healthy snacks and the odd sweet treat. We are lucky to have such a great spot nearby!  

Preparations for Mountain Day celebrations

Class E & F have been preparing with Elaine France for our Mountain Day celebrations. In class they have been preparing a short survey to ask people. Yesterday afternoon they went out to practise asking the questions and test the survey on obliging shoppers at Migros Verbier.   

International Mountain Day – Please join us!

On Saturday 9th December LVIS students will be celebrating International Mountain Day. Our message is PROTECT OUR MOUNTAINS. We all need to care for our mountains as the source of our water and biodiversity. At the current rate of melt, all glaciers in our local mountain community, will have disappeared in the next 80-100 years. We need to take action now! Come and find out how to do your bit to protect our mountains.

Students learn how to make cheese

LVIS students have fun learning about the cheese making process in the Verbier laiterie. The cheeses will be ready in 3 weeks!         

Jungle Trek with Classes C and D

Classes C and D had a brilliant trip to Kerzers last Friday where they walked through Papilioramas Nature Reserve in Central America thanks to Jungle Trek, an exact copy of the 8'800 hectares of the protected area of Shipstern in Belize. They met lots of different animals amidst tropical dry forests, mangroves and orchid ponds.            

LVIS students at the United Nations in Geneva

Year 7 to 10 students spent the day at the UN as part of a Global Entrepreneurship Week event. Young entrepreneurs from around the world were invited to pitch business ideas contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and selected panel of impact investors and experts provided feedback to young start-ups on how to promote sustainable and inclusive growth through Entrepreneurship. LVIS students participated brilliantly in the Ideathon audience session at the event. They went up to the stage to present their ideas with great style and confidence in front of 150 business leaders, impact investors, an Ambassador, team members from the UN and the entrepreneurs pitching at the event. Well done!  

Trip to the Aquarium with Class B

We had a great trip today to the aquarium in Lausanne today, and saw a wide variety of freshwater and salt water fish, as well as some amazing reptiles and amphibians. It looks like we are looking at empty tanks in the photos! This was not the case! The children will get photos of their favourite creatures printed out to use in our science and literacy lessons. A major science learning objective this half term is to identify and use the terms fish, reptiles and amphibians correctly. This trip provides a great introduction.      

Sign up to the LVIS Ski Cub!

LVIS Ski Club will once again be taking place every Saturday from January 13th to March 30th, open both to LVIS and non-LVIS students aged 4 and up. This is an exclusive club for skiers of all levels, with only five children per class to one ski teacher. With only 50 spots available at 400 CHF per child, sign up by contacting us via email on info@lvis.ch or by phone on (+41) 27 565 26 56.

LVIS students explore sustainability

At LVIS, we connect academic learning to real-world challenges, empowering our students to know how to be problem-solvers in the 21st Century. As a school in the mountains, exploring sustainability as a community is a key theme for each class: to celebrate and protect our incredible environment. From this sustainability perspective, each class is making the link to their learning in the classroom and on trips, enabling each student to use and develop their creativity and thinking skills. #creativity #thinkingskills #resilience #grit #sustainability #agentsofchange #mountainschool #youngleaders

Verbier Dragon’s Den

In English, Class D have been inventing futuristic modes of transport and writing instructions for them.  They worked in groups to draw and design them and today they presented and explained their products to the "Verbier Dragons' Den."  They were confident at speaking in front of an audience and received 'special cheques' for all their hard work!  Well done!!      

37th Olympic Week

Great day out trying out new sports at the 37th Olympic Week in Lausanne.

Agents of Change at LVIS

In September, Class E & F started their Agents of Change Programme with Flow In Action Founder, Elaine France. This programme is designed to connect each student to their strengths and creativity, embedding leadership and life-skills, as well as encouraging wellbeing. Students learn how to take action to make positive impact in the community through research and raising awareness. This term, the students are working towards celebrating International Mountain Day on 9th December at Medran. They have been developing innovative ideas for saving the glaciers, understanding who is part of the community and the key messages to share with that community to encourage them to care for our mountain environment. At the LVIS event on Mountain Day, supported by Elaine, Class E & F will be creating an ‘innovation ideas wall’ in French and English, by asking people heading up the mountain for their big ideas on how to save our glaciers. #agentsofchange #mountainschool #creativity #resilience #grit #thinkingskills #lifeskills #wellbeing #servicelearning #positiveeducation

Learning about recycling in Eco Club

Students are learning about the environment in Eco Club this year. First stop: the local recycling center!          

Studying leaves and photosynthesis in Class F

Class F have been studying leaves and photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the chemical reaction that plants use to transform carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen.                        Sunlight energy 6CO2  + 6H2O ------------> C6H12O6  + 6O2 Chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants) transforms the Sun's energy into chemical energy which powers this chemical reaction. If the glucose produced by the plant is not used immediately, it is transformed into starch and stored in the leaves. Class F tested leaves for photosynthesis using iodine which undergoes a colour change in the presence of starch. The black parts in the leaves show that starch is present, therefore the leaf has been photosynthesising in the past 24 hours. Students also looked at the underside of leaves to see if we could identify the stomata (pores) of the leaf. This is where carbon dioxide enters the leaf and also where oxygen leaves the leaf. Using our microscope with the USB camera, we were able to take a photo of the stomata. We were able to clearly identify the stomata and the guard cells around them which control whether the stomata are open or closed. This is part of the ecosystem processes topic.

Billy McCoo inspired art by Class C

Class C drew and then coloured with water colour pastels in the style of Billy McCoo.  Well done!

Our literary year is off to a great start!

Our literary year is off to a great start! The pupils from Classes E and F have been reading two engaging science fiction novels: The Giver and Ender's Game.   The Giver by Lois Lowry portrays a futuristic, seemingly utopian society with no pain, suffering, or violence. Over the course of the book, however, the community's dark side is revealed... Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a high-energy read that makes it difficult to put down. It's packed full of many of the classic features of science fiction: alien invasions, predicting advanced technologies, a moral lesson which serves as a warning to humans today... Through this genre, the pupils are honing their analytical skills in literacy class by reading a variety of texts from this genre and by experimenting with tension and suspense writing using imagery. Debating and presentational skills are also practised as they consider ethical dilemmas and current issues such as cloning and climate change. #mountainschool #lvis #verbier #positiveeducation #creativeleaders #creativity #grit #findyourvoice #happiness #lovelearning #imagination #globalcitizens

Ozobot Robot programming at LVIS

Class C are starting to learn about computer programming by using Ozobot Robots, they are creating maps, with coding symbols to make the robots move in the correct direction. https://youtu.be/1HEqr7QZ65k

Happy Roald Dahl Day everyone!

Students dress up in their facourite book characters to celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday today, September 13th, and have a lot of fun in the process!     

Première semaine à l’école! (par nos élèves secondaires)

"What a great first week at school. I'm very excited because it is a new year in a new building. I am happy to meet new friends and to learn new subjects like economics and music. I am especially happy to be one year closer to university. This week passed by very quickly and I am looking forward to the rest of the year. " - Thomas, Year 8 "Je suis arrivé cette année dans l'école, cela fait une semaine et je me suis bien adapté. La nouvelle école est magnifque, les professeurs sont cool et à ton écoute. J'ai hâte de continuer d'apprendre dans ce milieu." - Alexandre, Year 10 "When I walked into the  new building I felt inspired and I was ready to learn new things and have new experiences. We had new teachers that were really motivating and I was so excited to start a new school year. When we went to lunch there were so many choices  of wonderful foods. Break time is when you can relax and have fun with your friends too." Somers Wardman - Year 9

Bien débuter l’année scolaire avec notre randonnée annuelle

Today we enjoyed a great day out hiking in the Verbier surroundings. It was a beautiful sunny day and a nice way to kick start the school year!                  

Our new Secondary School premises

We're proud to present our new Secondary School premises for Year 7 to 10 students and wish them all the best for the 2017-18 school year!

LVIS au UBS Kids Cup

Great day wat the UBS Kids Cup in Martigny. LVIS will once again participated in the UBS Kids Cup in Martigny, where they were able to compete against many different schools from the Valais region in three disciplines: a 60m sprint, throwing of a 200g ball, and a long jump. For more information: www.ubs-kidscup.ch/fr/    

Dragons with Kiki Thompson

Take a listen to Mountain Radio reporting at school with the students making their dragons. https://audioboom.com/boos/ 2540709-dragons-at-verbier- international-school

Radio LVIS with Class B

For your listening pleasure, the students of LVIS in Class B recorded with Mountain Radio Verbier today. Some great topics to listen to. https://audioboom.com/boo /2781513-the-first-radio-lvis-show

Journée Portes Ouvertes 2017

Open Day 2017. We look forward to the next!