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!
The ISBerne 2013 Graduation was held this past Friday at Mattenhofsaal. The graduating class was introduced by Dr. Eric Mace-Tessler, and diplomas were presented by ISBerne Director Wayne Haugen and Deputy Director/ Secondary School Principal Tobin Bechtel. The keynote address was given by Bruce Davis, Executive VP of Worldwide Business Development for K12, who highlighted the opportunity this group has been handed and their obligations as a result. There is a cell phone video of his address below. Twenty three graduates – and a lot of delighted parents, grandparents and friends were in attendance. They are headed off to a “who’s who” of post-secondary institutions. A very impressive collection of high performing students whose positive peer pressure has extracted the best from each individual.