Lake Leman International School in Morges - Aims for a holistic approach to education.
With more and more new businesses moving to the La Côte area, the demand for school places in the private sector increases each year. Fortunately a new school opened its doors in September 2011 to help meet this demand. The Lake Leman International school in Morges caters for students from Pre-Kindergarten (aged 3) up to Primary 5 (aged 11) and from September 2012 the LLIS Secondary section is opening.
Living in Nyon spoke to Anna Kaeser, the director of LLIS and Marianne Salem, the admissions director, to find out more about this new school and to discover what sets it apart from the other schools in the area.
Photo above Anna Kaeser left - LLIS school director and Marianne Salem right – school admissions director.
“Our school is situated amongst trees in the building of a former State school We are aiming to create a school which has a holistic approach to education. We will be teaching the International Primary Curriculum and International Middle Years Curriculum. This is an innovative approach to early years, primary and middle years in an international context. It is based on a set of explicitly defined learning goals for every subject of the curriculum, for personal development and, uniquely for the development of “international mindness” .
The programmes are designed to help children develop their personal strengths and potential, and to grow their skills and attitudes they will need throughout a lifetime of learning. At the heart of the programmes is a central bank of units of work. The learning goals are interdisciplinary and are themed around an area of real interest to students, respecting their own knowledge, understanding and inquisitiveness. Examples of these themes include Treasure, Rainforest, Mission to Mars and Beyond and Fit for Life. Each unit of work lasts on average between four and eight weeks and children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning is more meaningful.
LLIS is a Cambridge School
Lake Leman International School met the requirements to register as a Cambridge School and have joined the Cambridge School network. This provides a curriculum framework to develop English, Mathematics, and Science skills, knowledge and understanding in younger learners from 5-14 years. It enables teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress with two optional assessments:
• Cambridge Primary Progression Tests
• Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.
Travelling to School
LLIS wish to provide students with a safe and pleasant way to get to and from school. Students may reach the LLIS conveniently by train or mini bus service. For students arriving by car the school is very conveniently situated in close proximately to the motor way exit at Morges Ouest.
After School Activities
To nurture the interests of students and to develop well rounded individuals, LLIS offers a selection of extra-curricular activities and sports which will complement the academic programme. Encouraging physical activity is an important part of the LLIS philosophy.
Dress Code and Appearance
LLIS is very proud of the appearance of all students. It is their policy that children wear school uniform every day. It is designed to be simple and practical and, above all, gives children a sense of belonging to the school.
Our school meals at LLIS are provided by local company Jacky Show. Using local produce and only Bio/organic foods, Jacky Show has the prestigious Fourchette Verte quality mark. Chefs at Jacky Show in Lonay – minutes away from LLIS – prepare a full menu daily that is delivered directly to the school. All dietary requirements can be catered for.
Photo above – statue of children at play on Morges quayside
School near public transport
Photo above – The Gottaz train stop on the BAM line, just a few minutes from the school