Grade 6 Orientation Week
ISBerne always kicks off the year with a few great events, the first being the Grade 6 orientation week. The move from the Elementary School to the Secondary School takes a bit of adjusting. Students need to learn where their classes are, where their advisors’ offices are, how to access their schedules and homework in the school portal system and general expectations for all secondary students. This week-long orientation culminates in a student-led orientation for parents, where the students explain to their parents the changes and expectations to expect in Secondary School.
Outdoor Education Week
Within the first few weeks of school all students from Grade 3-12, participate in a week-long camp in the Alps. We do this camp at the outset of the year in order to take advantage of the lingering summer weather. But, more importantly, we find for an international school with a high student turn-over rate, it is a wonderful way to quickly build camaraderie among the classmates. This camaraderie will set a foundation for teamwork and friendship throughout the school year. This year the camps included hikes, mountain biking, rafting, a tour of a dam, tour of a cheese facility, ropes courses, and more!
PTC Welcome BBQ
Every fall our Parent Teacher Committee holds a welcome BBQ for the whole community. Like the outdoor education camps, this gives an opportunity to parents for getting to know one another. At ISBerne our parent community is very strong and is a valuable resource to both the school and the families it comprises
Terre des Hommes Fun Run
In recent years, our CAS advisor has partnered with the Swiss organisation Terre des Hommes for our annual Charity Fun Run. The Fun Run is a long-standing tradition at ISBerne and a great family day out. In addition to the fundraiser run, there is a BBQ lunch, a flea market and games for the younger students. Our Grade 12 CAS students coordinate the day, and they did a fantastic job this year. Terre des Hommes, who work to help underprivileged children around the world, were the happy recipients of over 2,500 francs!