The ISBerne Wednesday Afternoon English Program

ISberne is known for it’s programs that contribute to the local community. This video segment features Ulli Warren and Theresa Buehlmann, who teach English, on Wednesday afternoons at ISBerne, to students who already possess a level of spoken English but are enroled in the local swiss school system.

If you are interested in enroling in the Community English Programme, see our school website for more information:

You’ve got to use it!

FullSizeRender (1)All too often the success of additional language learning is viewed as a subject area where the end product is the successful completion of a test. The reality is, that traditional academic study can not truly prepare you for the challenges of actually having to use the language, or as educators would say, “learning through the language”.

As I recently carried out a professional appraisal of one of our French teachers, I started to realize the importance of applying the French vocabulary the students had learnt. The scenario involved the students designing their own house. The had memorised the vocabulary associated with their house design (ie: fenêtres, portes , balcon for windows, doors and balcony) and then were requested to draw a plan of their house, all the while engaging with the teacher in conversation about the house; how many rooms the house needed, whether the rooftop would be flat etc., and all in French. For the students, the challenge lay not in creating the house (their designs were amazing!), but in how they engaged with the teacher in French about the design of ma maison.

FullSizeRenderThe lesson for me as a language learner is no different than for our students. How often do I actually apply the German that I am learning in my everyday life here in Switzerland? If the example I observed here at school is anything to go by, the course I am doing will mean nothing unless I actually get to use my German.

Kind regards

Don’t forget, this coming week is Francophone week across the globe!


An ISBerne 5th grade student explores electric cars

Noah Lofthouse, a 5th grade student at ISBerne, researched electric cars for his end-of-year exhibition. In this video segment, he is interviewed by Ms. Deirdre Coghlan, Communication Coordinator at ISBerne.



Autism and Education

This video was self produced by Aidan, a Grade 5 student at ISBerne. It was part of a large school project based on the theme, Sharing the Planet and Its Limited Resources. Aidan chose to explore equal access to education and to focus specifically on Education and Autism. He was tasked with putting together a video to help educate teachers.

These are his ideas and his words, and he says it all, quite eloquently and succinctly.

Great job Aidan!

An ISBerne captured moment/ The IB Programme

A quick update on the ISBerne International Baccalaureate Programme

ISBerne CAS project in Morocco

The IB Diploma Programme includes the development of a personal commitment to life-long global citizenship. At ISBerne, all students, IB and non-IB, are required to complete the Service element of CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) in order to receive a diploma. Rather than looking at global service as an abstract academic discussion, the CAS Programme at ISBerne provides actual field experience in working with local projects in remote locations. In my long experience with NGOs, I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people working there: those who sit in offices and discuss socio-economic problems in the theoretical…and those who go out and work in the field with the heat and bugs. 🙂 

-Richard Lakin

In this segment, students recount the experience of working at a school in Morocco.


ISBerne thoughts on bullying

This video, created by a senior at ISBerne, was created to raise awareness of the fact that bullying is far too common in schools and societies throughout the world, and it is one of the most detrimental forms of violence. We need to put an end to this, as soon as we can. It may seem, as individuals, that we can’t make a big difference, but it’s together that we will.  It starts within our own communities, it starts with you.

We hope you enjoy the video, if you would like to keep updated about the ISBerne Peace Club then visit our facebook page:


As a project for our Mother Tongue Programme and to meet his CAS requirements, ISBerne senior, Oz Levin-Kas has submitted a hebrew transcription of this student video, “Thoughts on Bullying”.

מה הבית ספר חושב על הצקות בקרב בני נוער:


הסרטון, אשר נוצר על ידי תלמיד כיתה י”ב בבית הספר במטרה להגביר את המודעות שהצקות בקרב בני נוער זו תופעה נפוצה מדי בבתי ספר ובמקומות רבים ברחבי העולם  ושזה אחת הדרכים הנגישות ביותר של אלימות. אנחנו צריכים להפסיק את התופעה הזו מהר ככל שאפשר. כרגע זה נראה, שלחוד אנחנו לא יכולים להשפיע, אבל ביחד אנחנו יכולים ליצור הבדל גדול. זה מתחיל בקרב הסביבה הקרובה שלנו, זה מתחיל איתך.

אנחנו מקווים שתיהנו מהסרטון, אם תרצו להישאר מעודכנים בקשר למועדון השלום בבית הספר תוכלו לבקר את דף הפייסבוק שלנו:


טקסט (0:00-0:06): יותר מ3.2 מיליון תלמידים הם קורבנות של הצקה והתעללות כל שנה.

טקסט (0:06-0:11): אחד מכל עשרה תלמידים עוזבים את בית הספר בגלל התעללות והצקה.

תלמיד 1 (0:11-0:28): בפשטות, הצקה זה או פגיעה במישהו דרך כוח, מילולית ללעוג להם או דרך בריונות שמתחיל להיות יותר נפוץ כעת.

טקסט (0:26-0:31): יותר מחצי מבני הנוער בעולם, היו קורבן להתעללות באינטרנט.

תלמידה 1 (0:32-0:39): זה חסר כבוד ללעוג או להציק למישהו מגזע שונה, עם דעה שונה או אזרחות שונה.

תלמידה 2 (0:39-0:45): כל אחד הוא נורמאלי כמו כל אחד אחר ואנשים לא צריכים להתנהג שונה לאף אחד.

טקסט (0:46-0:50): התנכלויות והצקות הם הגורמים ליותר מ-75% של תאונות ירי בבתי ספר.

טקסט (0:51-0:56): לקורבנות של הצקות ובריונות יש סיכוי גדול יותר פי 2 עד 9 לשקול התאבדות או פגיעה בעצמם.

תלמידה 3 (1:20-1:29): אני חושבת שעדיף לדבר אחד עם השני מאשר להגיד דברים מאחורי הגב או להשתמש באלימות.

תלמיד 2 (1:35-1:38): אנחנו צריכים להתנהג לאחרים, כמו שאנחנו רוצים שהתנהגו אלינו.

תלמידה 2 (1:38-1:47) (קטע 3): צריך לספר לאנשים שמציקים ומתעללים שכולנו דומים ואותו דבר ושכולנו בני אדם שצריכים לתת כבוד אחד לשני.

טקסט (1:48-1:52): בחברה שלנו, התעללות היא הסוג הנודע והמוכר ביותר של אלימות.

טקסט (1:49-1:57): אנחנו צריכים לעמוד לצידם של האנשים שאינם מסוגלים לעזור ולהגן על עצמם.

תודה על ההקשבה.

ראיונות על ידי מיכאל אבנד.

צילום ועריכה על ידי אוסיין פרט.

טקסט (2:13-2:15):  אנחנו צריכים להגביר את המודעות, בגלל שביחד אנחנו מסוגלים לעשות את זה.

טקסט (2:16-2:22): אף אחד לא צריך לסבול את האלימות הלא אנושית הזאת.

Mary’s Meals

One of the things that I’ve often seen in my travels for NGOs in the developing world is children not being able to attend the local schools because the family can’t provide food for the child during the school day. Many people in the industrialized nations don’t realize that this is a major factor in the lack of education in impoverished communities. Mary’s Meals provides food on the school premises in areas where hunger prevents children from getting an education. As part of the IB tenet of global citizenship, ISBerne students and faculty are involved in a variety of global service projects. As someone who has seen poverty and the lack of access to basic education up close and on an international scale, I applaud the many efforts at ISBerne to better the human condition.

-Richard Lakin

Santa makes a surprise visit to ISBerne

Santa Claus made a surprise visit to ISBerne on Friday 6 December, with a few helpers in tow. He and his team went around to all the classes, including secondary school where he barged into classes and actually tossed treats at the kids, much to the surprise of the students! In the Elementary he sat and chatted with the kids. asking questions about what they were currently learning in school. (Energy sources and nutrition seemed to be the common theme) He was charmingly serenaded by many classes with their newly learned Christmas carols and holiday songs. Before departing, he passed out goodie bags to all the children, filled with clementine oranges donated by parents, chocolate, donated by Nestl´e and traditional spice cookies of Switzerland purchased by the PTC. It was a great way to start off the month of December!

An ISBerne captured moment/ The Early Learning Centre

ISBerne’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), for students aged 3-11, sets the foundation for a positive attitude toward learning by developing a child’s natural inquisitiveness and introducing to them an international curriculum & perspective at an early age. In this ISBerne captured moment, we get a sense of the enriching environment at the ELC.