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The deadline is fast approaching for any students wishing to apply for a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the GEMS World Academy Switzerland (GWAS) international day school in Etoy, Vaud. Applications should be submitted by Monday, 13 March 2017.

Any day-student considering entering the IB Diploma Programme at GWAS in September 2017 is eligible to apply for this special scholarship offer, which is awarded for the two years covering Grades 11 and 12. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, however special talents in the arts or sport will also be taken into consideration.

These merit-based scholarships will provide families with a welcome reduction in tuition fees from 10% up to 100% for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

The GWAS IB Diploma Programme gives 16- to 18-year students a unique opportunity to excel academically, while also focusing on their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Like all the school’s IB programmes, it encourages students to learn independently, embrace responsibility, and be more analytical and open-minded. The school believes this offers students the perfect grounding to become well-rounded, successful global citizens.

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Geneva English School has just announced the location of its new international secondary campus to be opened in September 2017.

Taking over a significant portion of the ground floor of the newly-built Modulis Business Park in Versoix, the campus will benefit from an ultra-modern, open-plan design that will inspire progressive learning within a state-of-the art environment.

Comparing the new location to the current primary campus in Genthod, headmaster Tim Meunier told knowitall.ch, “Geneva English School is one of the most highly respected primary schools in the region. Established in 1961, it has a strong tradition for providing a caring, community-oriented education that nurtures individual pupils and ensures that the personal and academic development of every child is met.”

He continued, “When we saw the new location for our secondary campus, we knew immediately that this was the perfect place for us to begin the development of the next phase of our school: a secondary campus which encompasses all the best qualities of our primary school, in particular its small-school ethos, but which takes advantage of all that a brand new building can offer in terms of 21st century learning.”

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Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is taking part in an unusual classroom initiative this week, from 30 January to 4 February 2017.

The French initiative, called La CLISE (CLasse Inversée : la SEmaine), promotes the notion of a "flipped classroom", which encourages students to actively learn course material at home via digital technology and then use class time to solidify their knowledge.  Teachers are thus freed from directing instruction, and have more time to work with their students on the harder task of assimilating knowledge.

This pedagogical model is now becoming more and more popular in schools. It is described as a reversal of traditional teaching so, instead of being taught new material by teachers at school, the students are asked to study the material at home, usually via video. And what used to be done at home is now done at school. Under the new model, students and teachers have more time for activities, group projects and discussions that give real meaning to academic material.

According to education specialists, this approach increases student motivation, makes teachers more available to students, encourages the use of new technology, increases the amount of group work, and gives students an active role in their learning.

The Classe Inversée : La Semaine (#CLISE2017) is an international event that showcases the flipped classroom method. Over 200 information sessions and workshops will take place this year throughout the world, including in Switzerland at Haut-Lac International Bilingual School.

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Private education is the theme of two new mini-exhibitions to be launched in Geneva and Lausanne next month.

Called EduKid, the exhibitions will take place on 1 February at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne, and 8 February at the Novotel Hotel in Geneva.

Given the huge competition that now exists between local schools, especially within the private sector, these new exhibitions have been set up to help clarify for parents the wide range of options that are now available to families living in this region.

EduKid exhibition manager, Alex Herren, told knowitall.ch, "EduKid is targeted at parents who want the very best for their kids, and who realise that a good education is the key to success when it comes to accessing the world of work. The exhibition will also help parents find alternative solutions for those children who are experiencing difficulties at school."

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A new Montessori school will open in Nyon on 9 January 2017, catering for both expats and locals.

Conveniently situated in the new La Petite Prairie development, half way between Nyon train station and the A1 motorway, The Secret of Childhood Montessori school will offer a full-time school programme for children aged 3 to 6 years. The curriculum will follow the HarmoS standard that has been adopted by all French-speaking cantons in Switzerland and which facilitates the transition to the public school system.

When the school opens in January, there will be two teachers on the staff, one English-speaking and one French-speaking, both with diplomas awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and many years of experience as teachers in a Montessori environment.