International School Parent Magazine - Summer 2024

Welcome to the Summer Edition of International School Parent Magazine We begin this issue with some exciting news. I have had the pleasure of working with many of you already as the Content Manager for ISP and would now like to re-introduce myself as the new Editor. Nick remains an integral part of ISP but will now focus exclusively on growth and development. Summer not only means longer days and more time outside, but also the end of the school year and the start of the long summer vacation. Extra time together is wonderful, but it can also be challenging. In the article “How to get Kids to Listen Without Yelling” Mette Thielmann walks us through managing our frustrations and gives us some easy to-follow steps for better communication with our children. You can find this article on page 58. In this edition, we meet two amazing women, Karin Altorfer and Rosemarie Kurath. Both are Head of School at Swiss Boarding Schools Disentis & Zurich (SBSDZ) – Karin is the Head of the city campus, and Rosemarie the Head of the mountain campus. In this article, Karin and Rosemarie explain their dual campus offering and the benefits this brings to students and their families. The variety of activities available in Switzerland this summer is astounding! Find out more about amazing rail adventures, as well as articles on activities such as climbing, cycling, the Olympic Museum and more. Finally, we are thrilled to present to you a magazine filled with interesting and informative articles, exciting experiences, and practical tips for parents. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to bringing you more content in autumn.

Welcome to the Summer Edition of International School Parent Magazine

We begin this issue with some exciting news. I have had the pleasure of working with many of you already as the Content Manager for ISP and would now like to re-introduce myself as the new Editor. Nick remains an integral part of ISP but will now focus exclusively on growth and development.

Summer not only means longer days and more time outside, but also the end of the school year and the start of the long summer vacation. Extra time together is wonderful, but it can also be challenging. In the article “How to get Kids to Listen Without Yelling” Mette Thielmann walks us through managing our frustrations and gives us some easy to-follow steps for better communication with our children. You can find this article on page 58.

In this edition, we meet two amazing women, Karin Altorfer and Rosemarie Kurath. Both are Head of School at Swiss Boarding Schools Disentis & Zurich (SBSDZ) – Karin is the Head of the city campus, and Rosemarie the Head of the mountain campus. In this article, Karin and Rosemarie explain their dual campus offering and the benefits this brings to students and their families.

The variety of activities available in Switzerland this summer is astounding! Find out more about amazing rail adventures, as well as articles on activities such as climbing, cycling, the Olympic Museum and more.

Finally, we are thrilled to present to you a magazine filled with interesting and informative articles, exciting experiences, and practical tips for parents. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to bringing you more content in autumn.


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48 Activate <strong>Summer</strong> Mode!<br />

50 Preparing Your Child For University:<br />

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56 Get Kids To Listen Without Yelling<br />

60 The Glossary Of LGBTQ+ Terms<br />

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Welcome to the <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Edition of <strong>International</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>Parent</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

We begin this issue with some exciting news. I have had the pleasure<br />

of working with many of you already as the Content Manager for ISP<br />

and would now like to re-introduce myself as the new Editor. Nick<br />

remains an integral part of ISP but will now focus exclusively on<br />

growth and development. You can find his contact details below.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> not only means longer days and more time outside, but also<br />

the end of the school year and the start of the long summer vacation.<br />

Extra time together is wonderful, but it can also be challenging. In the<br />

article “How to get Kids to Listen Without Yelling” Mette Thielmann<br />

walks us through managing our frustrations and gives us some easyto-follow<br />

steps for better communication with our children. You can<br />

find this article on page 58.<br />

In this edition, we meet two amazing women, Karin Altorfer and<br />

Rosemarie Kurath. Both are Head of <strong>School</strong> at Swiss Boarding <strong>School</strong>s<br />

Disentis & Zurich (SBSDZ) – Karin is the Head of the city campus, and<br />

Rosemarie the Head of the mountain campus. In this article, Karin and<br />

Rosemarie explain their dual campus offering and the benefits this<br />

brings to students and their families.<br />

The variety of activities available in Switzerland this summer is<br />

astounding! Find out more about amazing rail adventures, as well as<br />

articles on activities such as climbing, cycling, the Olympic Museum<br />

and more.<br />

Finally, we are thrilled to present to you a magazine filled with<br />

interesting and informative articles, exciting experiences, and practical<br />

tips for parents. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to<br />

bringing you more content in autumn.<br />

Korinne<br />

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Swiss Boarding <strong>School</strong>s Disentis & Zurich<br />


Swiss Boarding <strong>School</strong>s Disentis &<br />

Zurich (SBSDZ) offers students<br />

in grades 9 - 12 an exceptional<br />

educational experience across two<br />

campuses. With a city campus in<br />

Winterthur/Zurich and mountain campus<br />

in Disentis, SBSDZ is set to welcome<br />

students from around the world.<br />

The SBSDZ city campus is led by<br />

Karin Altorfer and the mountain campus<br />

by Rosemarie Kurath. Both women are<br />

experienced school heads and bring a<br />

wealth of knowledge and leadership<br />

expertise to their roles.<br />

Former French and German grammar<br />

school teacher, Karin Altorfer, has always<br />

been interested in education. She started<br />

teaching and leading school programmes<br />

for <strong>International</strong> GCSE and A Levels six<br />

years ago. Karin aims to accompany young<br />

people from all over the world on their<br />

journey through school.<br />

Rosemarie Kurath is a qualified teacher<br />

for English and History. Teaching in<br />

Austria, Northern Ireland and Switzerland<br />

has given her significant experience and<br />

insight into various school systems. For her,<br />

the main priorities are to create a supportive<br />

and inclusive learning environment where<br />

students feel valued and are encouraged to<br />

flourish and succeed.<br />

We were fortunate to speak to both Karin<br />

and Rosemarie to learn more about SBSDZ<br />

and their unique dual campus system.<br />

“It is our duty to support students individually,<br />

not just academically but holistically, and both<br />

campuses are completely dedicated to this.”<br />

What inspires people to choose SBSDZ?<br />

RK: Being able to choose between two<br />

wonderful, yet different, experiences is<br />

one of the main reasons families opt for<br />

our schools. We are very fortunate to offer<br />

two exceptional campuses. This means we<br />

are able to cater to the different needs and<br />

passions of students, also at different stages<br />

of their education. What we offer is very<br />

unique.<br />

I am based at the Disentis campus.<br />

It is a wonderful place in the middle<br />

of the countryside and high up in the<br />

Alps. Students who choose our campus<br />

appreciate peace and quiet. Perhaps they<br />

want to focus on their studies in a tranquil<br />

environment. It is also quintessentially<br />

Swiss! When international students think of<br />

Switzerland, they think of mountains.<br />

Our village has around 2,000 inhabitants.<br />

It is small, but has everything you need.<br />

We are a very familiar small school. We<br />

are able to really get to know our students,<br />

address their concerns, and support them<br />

appropriately. Overall, this is one of<br />

the strengths of SBSDZ. It is our duty<br />

to support students individually, both<br />

academically and holistically, and both<br />

campuses are completely dedicated to this.<br />

KA: I agree, our most unique feature is the<br />

choice of educational environment - the<br />

peace and nature of the mountain, or a<br />

livelier city experience.<br />

Obviously, for most students, they come<br />

to us for the quality education we provide.<br />

However, being able to choose between not<br />

only two campuses, but also two ambiances,<br />

and having the flexibility to change campus<br />

every year if they wish makes SBSDZ a<br />

very attractive choice.<br />

On both campuses, we have exceptional<br />

facilities for student athletes. At our city<br />

campus, we have top-class sports facilities<br />

surrounding the school that our students<br />

have access to. For example, at the same<br />

location students see ice-rinks in winter and<br />

What are the vision and educational<br />

philosophies of SBSDZ?<br />

KA: The vision is to have a boarding school<br />

where students from all over the world<br />

come together for a high-end educational<br />

experience centred around the IGSCE and<br />

A Levels, across two exceptional locations.<br />

One of our philosophies is to give<br />

students - and their families - choice, based<br />

on their needs during their journey with us.<br />

Students can decide whether they want to<br />

live in the city of Winterthur/Zurich or in<br />

the mountains at the Disentis campus. And<br />

this can change depending on their goals<br />

and interests at any time throughout their<br />

studies. Perhaps younger students prefer the<br />

nature of the mountains, but as they get<br />

older they prefer a city environment where<br />

they can have more activities within a city<br />

context. As students mature, their passions<br />

change and this considerably influences<br />

where they want to study.<br />


“Our teachers bring different cultural backgrounds into the classrooms<br />

and together with their individual passions and strengths, provide a<br />

well-rounded learning experience to our students.”<br />


each-volleyball pitches in summer from the<br />

classrooms. When students see all of these<br />

great facilities they want to be outside using<br />

them - it’s really motivating. Even if you’re<br />

not an athlete when you start at our school<br />

you soon become one!<br />

RK: Similarly, our mountain campus<br />

provides the most beautiful scenery and<br />

is located in one of Switzerland’s most<br />

popular alpine skiing destinations. In the<br />

summertime, the mountain campus also<br />

offers biking, hiking, and climbing. There<br />

are so many wonderful opportunities to<br />

enjoy the outdoor life.<br />

How would you describe the community<br />

at SBSDZ? What measures do you have<br />

in place that ensure a welcoming and<br />

inclusive environment?<br />

KA: We have a wonderful admission<br />

team and they travel all over the world.<br />

They meet with agencies and families in<br />

their home countries. However, it is our<br />

policy that families visit our locations in<br />

person because deciding where your child<br />

goes to school is too important to have<br />

never seen the campus and met the staff<br />

firsthand.<br />

When families come to Switzerland, we<br />

want to show them everything we can offer<br />

their child. Our campuses are not far from<br />

each other so usually viewing both locations<br />

is a viable option. It is really important<br />

that we also have different cultures at our<br />

school - this also includes staff and teachers.<br />

Our teachers bring different cultural<br />

backgrounds into the classrooms and<br />

together with their individual passions and<br />

strengths, provide a well-rounded learning<br />

experience to our students.<br />

RK: Part of our school - the grammar<br />

school - has a long tradition. It started<br />

as a Benedictine school over 1,400 years<br />

ago. Over time we have developed an<br />

international brand. Previously we served<br />

boarders from within Switzerland and<br />

southern Germany. However, now we<br />

have broadened our scope and welcome<br />

international students from around the<br />

world.<br />

It’s lovely to bring different cultures<br />

together, especially in the middle of<br />

the Alps, where Romansch is the local<br />

language. Our domestic students mix and<br />

mingle with the international students and<br />

of course our boarders also have meals and<br />

activities together, meaning they form a<br />

close-knit international community.<br />

This gives the international students<br />

access to local students, and local students<br />

experience living with people from other<br />

cultures.<br />

What extracurricular opportunities<br />

are available to students across both<br />

campuses?<br />

KA: In Winterthur/Zurich, as I mentioned,<br />

we have amazing sports facilities - in<br />

addition to the ice-skating rink, we also have<br />

a tennis hall, and a handball court. We also<br />

have plans to build another sports complex<br />

Winterthur offers wonderful cultural<br />

experiences with some world-class<br />

museums. With the larger city of Zurich<br />

on its doorstep, students have access to a<br />

wide variety of musical and other cultural<br />

opportunities during their stay with us.<br />

For students interested in music we have<br />

a collaboration with the local conservatory.<br />

They can take music and singing lessons<br />

there.<br />

And of course, even when students<br />

choose the Winterthur Campus, they<br />

always have the opportunity to go skiing<br />

in Disentis or other slopes nearby. Skiing<br />

is very popular here and the students<br />

should take the opportunity to go skiing or<br />

snowboarding in the winter as part of their<br />

Swiss experience.<br />

At the Disentis campus, we also have our<br />

own cinema. It has a capacity for around<br />

50 people and is well-loved and used by<br />

students.<br />

How does technology fit into your<br />

curriculum and the way you deliver<br />

classes?<br />

RK: Technology is very much integrated<br />

into our classrooms and the school in<br />

general. From Wi-Fi access, to digital<br />

white boards and tablets for each student<br />

- technology is embraced and seen as<br />

crucially important.<br />

Our teachers are equipped with<br />

modern technology to enhance their<br />

teaching and deliver the curriculum with<br />

excellence. We have made significant<br />

strides in incorporating digital learning<br />

tools, allowing our teaching team to stay<br />

ahead of the curve and provide engaging,<br />

personalised experiences for our students.<br />

All our teachers receive training in digital<br />

and online teaching methods so we use<br />

innovative technologies to foster important<br />

skills such as collaboration, creativity, and<br />

critical thinking. We are very committed to<br />

delivering high-quality education that meets<br />

the evolving needs of our students and their<br />

families.<br />

What qualifications and experiences do<br />

you look for in your teaching staff?<br />

RK: We look for highly qualified and<br />

committed teachers from all over the world<br />

with a background of teaching excellence.<br />

Many of our teachers are active as<br />

examination experts for the IGCSE and<br />

A-Level exams.<br />

If somebody wants to enrol at SBSDZ,<br />

what is the first step in the admissions<br />

process?<br />

KA: As a quality international school, we<br />

try to look for a match between the student<br />

and the school. We will ask for details on the<br />

student both academically and otherwise.<br />

We want to see evidence of a curious mind<br />

and someone who focuses not only on their<br />

studies but also engages themselves in other<br />

extra-curricular activities. We want to see<br />

the whole person and not simply grade<br />

reports.<br />

Early on in the process we invite them<br />

to see our campus/es. We give them a<br />

tour and speak to them about our school<br />

and community. When possible, parents/<br />

students also visit classes and get a real<br />

first-hand experience of what we offer. In<br />

Disentis, potential future students may also<br />

stay in the boarding house overnight. The<br />

most important thing is that they really<br />

come and see us. Of course, we have online<br />

meetings as well, but at some point they<br />

need to experience our school and the place<br />

their children will call home while they are<br />

with us.<br />

Whether in the mountains or in an urban environment, Swiss Boarding <strong>School</strong>s Disentis<br />

& Zurich provides a safe and comfortable home for your child during their studies. In the<br />

friendly, yet performance-oriented, atmosphere of our English-language boarding schools,<br />

our learners can develop their skills and prepare for their <strong>International</strong> A Levels – a<br />

qualification that opens the doors to the world’s most prestigious universities.<br />

https://www.sbs-disentis-zurich.ch/<br />



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HIM Business <strong>School</strong> is renowned for<br />

the quality of its teaching. An impressive<br />

97% of students are hired after obtaining<br />

their diploma, 90% of former students<br />

occupy management positions or have<br />

created their own business within five years<br />

of graduation, 70% work in the luxury<br />

and lifestyle sector, and 30% work in the<br />

consulting, education, finance or healthcare<br />

sectors.<br />

The school notably delivers a bachelor’s<br />

degree in business administration in<br />

partnership with the University of<br />

Northwood in the United States, and offers<br />

two specialisations, one in luxury brand<br />

management and one in financial analysis<br />

and wealth management.<br />

Swiss Education Group is committed to delivering world-class education that equips our<br />

students with the critical thinking and practical business skills that are most needed<br />

in the hospitality industry and beyond. Find out more about our world-class school and<br />

educational programmes at www.swisseducation.com<br />


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The IB Continuum logo for use by IB World<br />

<strong>School</strong>s offering three or more IB programmes<br />

An IB Continuum logo, with overlapping spheres connecting the<br />

Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP),<br />

Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme<br />

(CP), has been developed. This visual represents the alignment<br />

and articulation of IB programmes and the IB’s philosophy of the<br />

continuum of international education.<br />

These are the preferred versions of IB programme<br />

logos to be used by authorized IB World <strong>School</strong>s<br />

To protect our identity and to ensure it is<br />

consistently displayed to best effect, a<br />

‘minimum clear space’ surrounding the<br />

identity should be applied. A means of<br />

determining the minimum clearance is to use<br />

half the height of the IB button as shown<br />

here.<br />

IB World <strong>School</strong> logo Verticle key line IB programme logo<br />

The IB Continuum logo for schools is available in<br />

the following application styles.

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Improving learning around<br />

the world for over 30 years<br />

Writing about international<br />

schools in 2008, Hayden and<br />

Thompson 1 located their<br />

origins in the perceived need in some contexts for<br />

a form of schooling not available through national<br />

systems. At that time, the growth in the<br />

number of schools was relatively steady.<br />

In <strong>2024</strong>, the effects of globalisation, the<br />

dominance of English as an international<br />

language and the post-pandemic shift<br />

towards regionalisation are some of the<br />

influencers on a market that now has<br />

14,010 schools serving 6.9 million students<br />

and employing 646,645 teachers 2 .<br />

<strong>International</strong> schools have not only grown<br />

significantly in numbers but evolved – in<br />

response to shifts in global demographics,<br />

educational trends, technological<br />

developments and the increasingly diverse<br />

needs of students. Such diversification has<br />

contributed to a richer and more inclusive<br />

learning environment with greater emphasis<br />

on critical literacies, cultural responsiveness,<br />

global competence, environmental<br />

stewardship and well-being and holistic<br />

development.<br />

From its nascent years committed to<br />

improving learning with the original<br />

development of the <strong>International</strong> Primary<br />

Curriculum (IPC), the <strong>International</strong><br />

Curriculum Association (ICA) now<br />

works in partnership with schools in<br />

over ninety countries. Its early tagline of<br />

Great Learning, Great Teaching, Great Fun has<br />

evolved into the ICA Model for Great<br />

Learning, underpinned by the latest<br />

research and neurological understandings<br />

in addition to being reviewed, improved<br />

and co-constructed in partnership with its<br />

community of schools.<br />

The ICA Model for Great Learning is at<br />

the heart of our <strong>International</strong> Early Years<br />

Curriculum (IEYC), <strong>International</strong> Primary<br />

Curriculum (IPC) and <strong>International</strong> Middle<br />

Years Curriculum (IMYC), implemented by<br />

a team of over 15,000 committed educators<br />

from around the world, benefitting students<br />

in over 1,000 schools.<br />

Ensuring that our <strong>International</strong><br />

Curriculum is responsive to the shifting<br />

landscape of international education, and<br />

that it remains current and relevant is a<br />

key priority for us. One of the strengths<br />

of our Association is that we strive to find<br />

1Corporate author : UNESCO IIEP [3186], Person as author: Hayden, Mary [5], Thompson, Jeff [7], <strong>Parent</strong>: Fundamentals of educational planning, ISBN: 978-92-803-1320-8, Year of publication:<br />

2008 2 ISC Research, February <strong>2024</strong> What data tells us about the international schools market<br />



“Ensuring that our <strong>International</strong> Curriculum is responsive to the shifting landscape of<br />

international education, and that it remains current and relevant is a key priority for us.”<br />

new ways to work in partnership with our<br />

community of schools and to continually<br />

engage in the conversation focused on<br />

improving learning.<br />

<strong>International</strong> learning goals have been<br />

embedded in our curriculum model from<br />

its inception. The goals have evolved from<br />

an initial focus on international mindedness<br />

to a more holistic approach to international<br />

learning that includes global competence<br />

and most recently glocalisation. We are<br />

engaging with our community now to<br />

explore the powerful relationship between<br />

a glocalised curriculum and culturally<br />

responsive pedagogy to ensure relevance,<br />

authenticity, equity, inclusion and enhanced<br />

engagement and agency of learners.<br />

The ICA Model for Great Learning<br />

is at the core of our association – an<br />

active, well-connected, global community<br />

of educators committed to improving<br />

learning, championing quality and<br />

unlocking potential. We work in partnership<br />

with schools to realise this commitment<br />

through a range of services encompassing<br />

our curriculum, impactful professional<br />

development opportunities and a supportive<br />

and sustainable accreditation pathway.<br />

At the heart of all our services is the ICA<br />

Model for Great Learning which drives<br />

experiences designed to improve learning<br />

and nurture environments where learners<br />

can flourish and educators can thrive.<br />

Building further on our commitment to<br />

improving learning and unlocking potential,<br />

the ICA Accreditation pathway provides<br />

a supportive mentorship scheme for all<br />

schools looking for quality learning and<br />

how they can identify the impact on their<br />

learners. Our mentors work alongside<br />

school leaders to facilitate a rigorous selfreview<br />

process, championing quality of<br />

learning and teaching and nurturing truly<br />

progressive learning communities. Marking<br />

a school’s successful journey through this<br />

process is the ICA Accreditation status.<br />

From its origins thirty years ago to the<br />

association it is today, the ICA continuously<br />

drives to translate its vision into a reality.<br />

Through strategic planning, comprehensive<br />

research and collaborative approaches,<br />

the ICA is nurturing a dynamic learning<br />

ecosystem where continuous improvement<br />

and knowledge sharing are shaped and<br />

enhanced by its learning community and for<br />

its learning community. As the ICA expands<br />

its reach and impact – improving learning,<br />

unlocking potential and championing<br />

quality – it is not merely imagining a future<br />

educational landscape but actively engaged<br />

in shaping it, empowering educators and<br />

learners alike.<br />


THE<br />

WONDER<br />

OF<br />


- from one generation<br />

to the next<br />



I<br />

learned to garden with my mother in<br />

a patch of rocky soil on Gotts Island<br />

in Maine. My mother had learned her<br />

gardening habit with her grandfather when<br />

she was a girl. My mother grew up in New<br />

York City and her grandfather’s place out<br />

on Bailey Island was a place of solace and<br />

wonder for her. As we dug the stones out of<br />

our tiny patch and planted seeds for curly<br />

cress and lettuce we listened to the wind in<br />

the spruce trees and the waves against the<br />

shore and without words, that same sense<br />

of wonder she had experienced years ago<br />

was transmitted to me. From her, I learned<br />

to bury what would be garbage and to look<br />

for whatever was at hand to build the soil. I<br />

have been a gardener ever since. My life is a<br />

series of gardens dug out of clay and sand,<br />

ringed with the rocks I dug out, enriched<br />

with compost and seaweed, manure and<br />

bedding; leaves in the fall, and grass<br />

clippings in the summer.<br />

60 years later, as headmaster at the<br />

American <strong>School</strong> of Madrid, I brought<br />

a log from my compost pile to a Grade 9<br />

biology class. The teacher wanted the class<br />

to “dissect” the log and discover the life<br />

inside. I visited as the class began. I was<br />

struck by the squeals and how students<br />

backed away from the log, how they only<br />

reached out tentatively. Except for one girl.<br />

She tied her hair back and got into it.<br />

“You’ve been in a garden before.” It<br />

wasn’t a question.<br />

She looked at me, like, of course.<br />

The class filled out the sheet and drew<br />

their observations but while they might have<br />

achieved the standard, only the garden girl<br />

got to the heart of the lesson. She got her<br />

hands dirty and literally dug into the log,<br />

tracing the complex network of life inside.<br />

Since then, I have made a regular thing<br />

of bringing compost and my worm friends<br />

into Kindergarten classes. You can’t wait for<br />

Grade 9 biology.<br />

Look, they say. The worm is dancing on<br />

my arm.<br />

I can see the segments. For those of you<br />

not well-versed in worm anatomy, a worm’s<br />

body is made up of segments.<br />

They squeal. They are 5 years old<br />

after all, but after they squeal they get<br />

into the heart of the lesson. They find the<br />

magnifying glasses and microscopes to get<br />

a closer look. They make habitats for their<br />

new friends to learn how the worms mix<br />

soil and turn our waste into nutrients for<br />

new growth.<br />

Many of our students live in apartments<br />

or have limited access to gardens. Their<br />

experience of nature is the theme park<br />

version they visit on family vacations when<br />

they are too busy being ferried from activity<br />

to activity to slow down enough to meet a<br />

worm friend or hear the wind in the spruce<br />

trees or the waves against the shore.<br />

We have had several attempts as a school<br />

to introduce students to gardens and<br />

gardening. Our school garden began with a<br />

good intention and high expectations. The<br />

teacher who got it going had an idea of<br />

crops being harvested but no sense of the<br />

investment in soil that would be necessary.<br />

Another teacher was inspired by the<br />

concept of a greenhouse. The greenhouse<br />

was built but the teacher moved on. The<br />

plot and the greenhouse sat idle until<br />

another gardener showed up by chance.<br />



Taylor hails from Houston and was<br />

working on a farm north of Madrid. I<br />

showed her the abandoned greenhouse and<br />

the weed-choked garden patch. She saw<br />

potential and land just waiting to be put to<br />

use. The garden began as an after-school<br />

activity. The kids scratched the hard ground<br />

with plastic tools while Taylor wielded a<br />

hoe. But the seeds sprouted and the kids<br />

took home mint and rosemary, lettuce, and<br />

radishes. They were hooked and the next<br />

year more joined the club and we went<br />

from Taylor on her own to Team Taylor.<br />

The Middle <strong>School</strong> began a gardening<br />

elective. Middle <strong>School</strong> and Upper <strong>School</strong><br />

Tech classes installed a solar panel, built<br />

compost bins, designed fences to keep<br />

out the rabbits, and installed an irrigation<br />

system. Each afternoon the kids wielded<br />

hoes and the garden grew. One compost bin<br />

became two, then three. Taylor convinced<br />

the maintenance team to bring all the grass<br />

clippings and leaves to the compost area.<br />

She worked with the cafeteria to collect<br />

all their vegetable scraps. Other teachers<br />

collected coffee grounds. Classes made<br />

compost containers for snack leftovers.<br />

You get the point I am sure, but I will<br />

spell it out. It is a gardening article and<br />

growing from seed to fragile seedling to<br />

sturdy plant takes time and attention. It<br />

takes a gardener. But it rallies a community.<br />

It teaches sharing and the value of hard<br />

work. The garden gives back.<br />

Recently, the U.S. Embassy Green<br />

Team came to visit. They wanted to learn<br />

about composting. They wanted to do<br />

better. They brought a donation of fruit<br />

trees and berry bushes but they came to<br />

learn. From the kids. The Garden Club<br />

took them on a tour of the garden. They<br />

turned the compost pile to mix in the day’s<br />

contribution from the cafeteria kitchen.<br />

They demonstrated the compost screen and<br />

carefully explained the proper technique<br />

for wielding a hoe. They loaded the Green<br />

Team with lettuce, onions, and herbs for<br />

salads. Farmers share, they explained.<br />

At the end of the visit, we circled<br />

up. Kids and diplomats. Teachers and<br />

administration. Our hands, dirty of course,<br />

went to the center. No farmers, no food, we<br />

chanted.<br />

There are lessons you can’t learn from<br />

books or in a lecture. These are the lessons<br />

you learn in a garden. If your school does<br />

not have a garden, come visit ours. Farmers<br />

share.<br />

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students of all nationalities. ASM is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and<br />

research, and to developing students who can make a difference globally.<br />

We empower lifelong learners to take on challenges and thrive, care for others in our<br />

diverse international community, and think globally and creatively toward a better future.<br />

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- a dream job?<br />

We asked four students of SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern why becoming a hotel<br />

manager is attractive to them and what the motivation was to start a hospitality management<br />

degree programme. Read here what thoughts they shared with us.<br />

Jonas Zindel<br />

- SHL student in semester 1<br />

To become a hotel manager<br />

remains appealing for young<br />

people, as it offers a unique<br />

chance to meet a lot of<br />

different people and positively<br />

impact their lives. Guests<br />

come to a hotel with their<br />

most precious belonging – their free time – and it<br />

is a privilege to be part of this experience. To give<br />

the guests the best possible stay is an honour and<br />

something very worthwhile. For me personally, it has<br />

always been a passion to bring joy to other people<br />

and to fulfil their wishes. The profession of hotel<br />

manager offers me the opportunity to combine this<br />

passion with entrepreneurship.<br />



Marc Muff – currently doing<br />

his management training<br />

Becoming a hotel manager in<br />

the future is a very attractive<br />

opportunity, as it offers many<br />

career paths. These enable<br />

young people to explore their<br />

skills and interests and to<br />

develop themselves further.<br />

Also, the hospitality industry opens up the possibilities<br />

to work and live in different places all over the world.<br />

The profession also offers new challenges every day and<br />

the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, as<br />

you are constantly confronted with different situations<br />

and people. In this dynamic and the constantly changing<br />

environment you can especially develop your skills in the<br />

areas of hospitality, teamwork, leadership and problem<br />

solving. All of these aspects were crucial for my decision<br />

to pursue a career in hospitality. Furthermore, it is an<br />

incredible enrichment for me to put a smile on guests’<br />

faces and making their stay a true experience. Working in<br />

hospitality sometimes feels like a play at the theatre that is<br />

ongoing, and we have the privilege to play our part in it.<br />

Chiara Bortis<br />

- SHL student in semester 3<br />

Young people want to have a job<br />

that they can identify with and that<br />

they enjoy. Being a hotel manager<br />

gives you lots of opportunities to<br />

realise your potential and everyday<br />

life is very varied: no day is like the<br />

other. Hotel managers are so much more than pure leaders.<br />

They are hosts, conflict solvers, organisers, they take on<br />

creative tasks, are the main contact person for both guests<br />

and employees, act as a link between different departments<br />

and are representatives of the company. You have the<br />

opportunity to get involved on so many levels and always<br />

try out new things, which makes the job very attractive.<br />

Another aspect that I appreciate a lot is the chance to take<br />

on responsibility. As you deal with people every day and the<br />

world of hospitality is rapidly changing, you are constantly<br />

faced with new challenges, which allow you to outgrow<br />

yourself. Also you can work all over the world and make lots<br />

of new contacts. I see a lot of doors opening and the network<br />

that you build in the process is very valuable. At the end of<br />

the day the people you meet and the great memories you<br />

create are what makes the profession what it is.<br />

Belinda Angehrn - SHL student in semester 2<br />

When I was a child, our family used to go to the same hotel for years. Every time, we were warmly welcomed<br />

– it almost felt like coming home. And, over the years, that hotel literally turned into my second home. So<br />

much so, that I have been dreaming of having my own hotel since I was seven. Already back then, I put<br />

together a «mini concept» of my hotel. Even today, fourteen years later, this dream has not changed. I am<br />

passionate about delivering an outstanding service: making the impossible possible is a plus for the guest,<br />

but more so something I strive for. There are also no limits in the hospitality industry: there are so many<br />

career paths, new products, global chains and thousands of different concepts to explore. And: making total<br />

relaxation possible, smiling faces and the fascination of guests - that’s exactly why the hospitality industry is<br />

extremely attractive to me.<br />

Chiara, Marc, Belinda and Jonas study at SHL Schweizerische<br />

Hotelfachschule Luzern which is one of the two original Swiss hotel<br />

management schools, successfully running since 1909. SHL offers a<br />

Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management which is accredited by the<br />

Swiss federal government and recognised worldwide, as well as the Swiss<br />

Advanced Federal Diploma «Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF».<br />

The «BSc in Hospitality Management» is a four-year or four-anda-half-year<br />

full-time programme in English that follows the principles<br />

of a dual approach to education by combining academic knowledge,<br />

relevant operational competencies and modern management expertise.<br />

The degree includes two paid internships and provides students with<br />

transferable skills in hospitality leadership, management, strategy and<br />

operations.<br />

The school is famous for its practice-oriented, interactive way of<br />

teaching, the personal environment and the high employability rate<br />

after graduation. Discover more about SHL, its campus in the heart<br />

of Switzerland and the «BSc in Hospitality Management» programme<br />

right here: https://www.shl.ch/en/study/courses-of-study/bachelor-inhospitality-management/programme<br />




An Immersive Journey<br />

25 May <strong>2024</strong> to 19 January 2025<br />

Step into the mesmerising world of<br />

Paris Olympique and be immersed<br />

in the three Parisian editions of the<br />

Olympic Games – 1900, 1924 and <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The Olympic Museum’s newest exhibition<br />

is a 360° experience entitled “Paris<br />

Olympique: An Immersive Journey”,<br />

opening in Lausanne, Switzerland on<br />

Saturday, 25 May.<br />

Paris Olympique will guide visitors<br />

through large-scale projections of “La<br />

Ville-Lumière,” or “City of Light”, past<br />

and present. Set to a thrilling musical<br />

score against the backdrop of Paris,<br />

explore the Olympic sites, the cultural<br />

and sports trends, the champions and<br />

the transformation of the Games from<br />

anonymity to the world’s greatest sporting<br />

event.<br />

Paris in 360°<br />

Paris Olympique is an audiovisual show<br />

featuring minimal text and maximum<br />

immersion, accessible for all ages and<br />

language speakers. This circular immersive<br />

journey, guided by large-scale screens,<br />

music and audiovisual content, is organised<br />

around four themes.<br />

Olympic sites: The three Olympic<br />

Games hosted in Paris have had a profound<br />

impact on the city’s landscape and its<br />

inhabitants. Explore how the Olympic<br />

Games and Paris have contributed to each<br />

other’s development over the past 124 years.<br />

Sports and champions: The Olympic<br />

sports programme is not stagnant; it reflects<br />

and even anticipates sporting trends in<br />

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society. This theme spotlights the incredible<br />

athletes who have participated in these<br />

Games and some of the events, from<br />

basque pelota to rope climbing, as well as<br />

new sports like breaking, in which they have<br />

competed.<br />

Identity: What have the Olympic Games<br />

become over the years? Explore the Games’<br />

journey from anonymity to global fame<br />

across the three Parisian editions, from 1900<br />

when the Exposition Universelle took centre<br />

stage to the spectacular events planned for<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Spectacle and culture: The Olympic<br />

Games are more than sports competitions<br />

– societal, artistic and cultural elements are<br />

an integral part of each edition. This theme


explores Opening and Closing Ceremonies,<br />

artistic competitions, cultural events and the<br />

crucial contributions from the world of arts<br />

and culture to the Parisian Games.<br />

Duration:<br />

15 minutes<br />

Languages:<br />

English, French,<br />

German<br />

Cost:<br />

Free entry<br />

Try out “extinct” Olympic sports<br />

The exhibition’s two interactive sports<br />

areas feature events that won’t appear<br />

on the Paris <strong>2024</strong> programme – or likely<br />

any upcoming edition in the near future.<br />

Visitors can virtually test their capabilities<br />

in “200m obstacle” swimming and rope<br />

climbing.<br />

Snap a selfie<br />

Don’t miss the photo opportunity with the<br />

French Olympic and Paralympic mascots,<br />

the Phryges, and pose while holding an<br />

official Paris <strong>2024</strong> torch. Be sure to check<br />

out the Olympic medal on display as well.<br />

Augmented reality experience<br />

Visitors can step into the Paris of yesteryear<br />

and experience Olympic augmented<br />

reality (AR) experiences at the museum<br />

through the official Paris <strong>2024</strong> app on<br />

Google Play and the Apple App Store.<br />

For more information, including a full<br />

activities and events programme, please visit<br />

olympics.com/museum.<br />




It’s more than just a train<br />

Certainly since the world record for the longest passenger train in the world in October 2022, they have been<br />

a global celebrity: everyone knows the red carriages of the Rhaetian Railway. Follow in the footsteps of the<br />

railway pioneers, savour the aroma of the herb fields in Valposchiavo or hunt for exciting prizes together with<br />

the children’s conductor “Clà Ferrovia”. Throughout the canton of Graubünden, the Rhaetian Railway creates<br />

lasting memories and takes its passengers to some of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.<br />

On the spectacular Albula Line, the view of the<br />

breathtaking landscape is accompanied by freshly<br />

prepared dishes made from seasonal, local produce.<br />

The Rhaetian Railway’s (RhB) culinary trips in the nostalgic<br />

Gourmino dining car from the 1930s guarantee twice the pleasure.<br />

Other gourmet trips with exquisite menus, select wines or magical<br />

entertainment are possible throughout the canton. The Bernina<br />

Express with its large panoramic windows also travels the Albula<br />

Line. From Chur or St. Moritz to the most southerly Swiss valley<br />

of Valposchiavo and further to the Italian town of Tirano, the<br />

observation-car train travels through 55 tunnels, crosses 196 bridges<br />

and easily climbs to the highest point of the track at 2,253 metres<br />

above sea level in around four hours. Shortly before the Bernina<br />



Express leaves Switzerland, you will notice the fragrance of<br />

peppermint, orange mint and sage, thyme, lemon balm and lady’s<br />

mantle. This is where Reto Raselli created his herbal paradise. The<br />

range also includes spices such as oregano and lovage, which are<br />

grown against the idyllic backdrop of Lake Poschiavo and processed<br />

into organic herbs. The Rhaetian Railway makes this herb paradise<br />

in Le Prese accessible with a guided tour of the fragrant herb fields<br />

and production site of the Raselli Erboristeria Biologica.<br />

Across Graubünden with the family ticket<br />

Every first Sunday of the month, families can travel 2nd class in<br />

all graubündenPASS zones for the special price of just 30 francs.<br />

The family ticket is the perfect way to enjoy RhB’s combi offers<br />

and PostBus excursion tips, and offers attractive discounts. Clà<br />

Ferrovia, the RhB children’s conductor, also travels on the rails of<br />

the Rhaetian Railway, taking the “little ones” on fantastic journeys<br />

through the Swiss canton of Graubünden and to wondrous far-off<br />

worlds. If you prefer to discover Clà’s world on your own, you can<br />

go on a Clà Ferrovia treasure hunt. This is why RhB has developed<br />

the Clà Ferrovia app, with which you can collect points and win<br />

various prizes. There are destinations to be found along the entire<br />

Rhaetian Railway network with puzzles, challenges and fun games.<br />

Immerse yourself in the era of the railway pioneers<br />

A detour to the Landwasser Viaduct is a wonderful option on the<br />

way to Bergün. From Filisur station, the Landwasser Express takes<br />

you through the picturesque Graubünden village to the viewing<br />

platform, which offers a view of the imposing structure: 142<br />

metres long and 65 metres high. The mighty viaduct was built in<br />

1902 to complete the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula Line. A unique<br />

interplay of nature, culture and technology, which has rightly been<br />

designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. Once you<br />

arrive in Bergün, the Albula Railway Museum right next to the<br />

station provides an insight into railway history. If you would like<br />

to travel along the Albula Line yourself, you can do so here in the<br />

simulator of the legendary Crocodile locomotive. More than 600<br />

exhibits bear witness to pioneering work and bring the more than<br />

100-year railway history of the Swiss canton of Graubünden back<br />

to life.<br />

It quickly becomes clear that RhB has long been more than just<br />

a means of transport. The world of the Rhaetian Railway offers<br />

experiences – for memories that last.<br />



Solothurn, the most<br />

beautiful baroque town<br />

Urban ambience, historical backdrop and a varied gastronomic scene: Solothurn is multi-talented.<br />

And melts hearts with its incomparable charm.<br />

The historic town at the southern<br />

end of the Jura and directly at<br />

the Aare is well worth a visit. A<br />

wide range of history and cultural activities<br />

as well as great nature experiences are<br />

guaranteed. Even the journey to the city is<br />

relaxed and beautiful. Solothurn is easily<br />

accessible by train and the ride is a great<br />

way to get in the mood for a cool, romantic<br />

city trip.<br />

Old town & city tours<br />

If you are standing in the middle of the<br />

Old Town facing the imposing St. Ursen<br />

Cathedral, you have arrived in Solothurn.<br />

Join a fascinating guided tour of the town<br />

and discover its secrets, available every<br />

Saturday in October in English. Follow<br />

the guide as they lead you through the<br />

picturesque alleyways of the historic old<br />

town, across magnificent squares and past<br />

numerous sights. Immerse yourself with the<br />

city’s baroque past and discover the vibrant<br />

present.<br />

Art & Culture<br />

With the variety of its history, it is obvious<br />

that Solothurn has a lot of art and culture<br />

to offer. The number of museums is<br />

impressive. Whether art or nature museum,<br />

the collections are of great value. The “Old<br />

Arsenal” in the middle of the old town is<br />

very popular - and has shaped the cityscape<br />

for 400 years. Another highlight is certainly<br />

Waldegg Castle. Beautifully situated, the<br />

country estate of the Solothurn patriciate is<br />

a place of glorious history.<br />

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Shopping & culinary delights<br />

If you are up for some shopping, Solothurn<br />

is the place to be. The beautiful stores<br />

and chic boutiques in the heart of the old<br />

town cater to every taste. And the small<br />

town at the River Aare has one of the<br />

highest densities of restaurants and bars in<br />

Switzerland. It even has its own Riviera,<br />

which exudes a Mediterranean vacation<br />

atmosphere with its secluded terraces and<br />

colorful parasols.<br />

Local mountain & Weissenstein cable car<br />

The Weissenstein is an outdoor paradise<br />

all year around. Take the cable car from<br />

Oberdorf to the Weissenstein and enjoy the<br />

fascinating panorama at the top. An easy<br />

circular hike directly from the cable car<br />

mountain station or a challenging ridge hike


- both are unforgettable. And of course, the<br />

culinary delights at mountain guesthouses<br />

or hotel are also a must on this all-round<br />

experience.<br />

Aare & Boat trips<br />

The boat trip on the Aare from Solothurn<br />

to Biel/Bienne is considered one of the<br />

longest and most beautiful in Switzerland.<br />

On the leisurely route, you can see the<br />

storks in Altreu, the historic town of Büren<br />

a. A. and the impressive lock in Port.<br />

More information: solothurn-city.ch<br />


Exciting family excursion<br />

to the medieval Thun Castle<br />

Discover with your family the majestic Thun Castle<br />

and its charming city.<br />

schlossthun.ch/en<br />

Thun Castle<br />

Schlossberg 1 | CH-3600 Thun | P 0041 33 223 20 01 | info@schlossthun.ch | schlossthun.ch<br />

Thunersee – Brienzersee

Basel‚s Hidden Stories<br />

Are you looking for something fun for the next children‚s birthday party?<br />

Or would you like to take your school class on a voyage of discovery<br />

through Basel?<br />

Then book the action-packed walking tour “Basel‚s Hidden Stories„<br />

including one copy of the book by Jeanne Darling and Jooce Garrett<br />

with two fascinating fairy tales.<br />

Price from CHF 300<br />

Duration 1 h 15 min.<br />

Languages German or English<br />



Top family holiday on a<br />

magical mountainside<br />

Is this the dream family escape? Kids<br />

are brilliantly entertained<br />

while parents are totally<br />

rejuvenated. And it’s all<br />

in high style, literally,<br />

as the Bürgenstock<br />

Resort Lake<br />

Lucerne is<br />

spectacularly<br />

located on a<br />

500-metre-high<br />

ledge above the<br />

lake from which<br />

it draws its name.<br />

Whatever your idea of<br />

perfect parenting you’ll<br />

find all you need in this Alpine legend.<br />

Want them to engage with nature,<br />

learn to milk a cow or make<br />

Swiss cheese? Tick. Are<br />

they little chocolate<br />

fiends? Join a<br />

gourmet pâtissier<br />

in a choco class.<br />

Perhaps they<br />

are bouncing<br />

with energy,<br />

or just need<br />

to be tempted<br />

away from the<br />

screen, Bürgenstock<br />

Resort Lake Lucerne<br />

has world-class sports<br />

facilities. Stunning tennis courts host top<br />

notch trainers. Whether they’re budding<br />

champions or just learning to hold a<br />

racket, here’s the place. There’s pickleball<br />

too, famously fun for all the family. The<br />

calendar of golf competitions encourages<br />

young sportifs onto the scenic Alpine<br />

course, you might take a swing yourself.<br />

Calm and creativity<br />

While kids leap for joy, parents weep with<br />

relief as they relinquish themselves to the<br />

heavenly Bürgenstock Alpine Spa. Leave<br />

the little ones in the adjacent Kids Club,<br />

their own colourful heaven. By the time you<br />

float out, they’ll have created something<br />

astonishing out of sticks or pom poms and<br />



been thoroughly cossetted. Of course,<br />

if you have a mini spa devotee they can<br />

choose a fruit facial, fairy manicure or<br />

princess pedicure.<br />

Enchantment<br />

Arriving at the Bürgenstock Resort is an<br />

event in itself. Cross Lake Lucerne by<br />

hybrid catamaran and ride the bright<br />

red funicular 500 metres up the magical<br />

mountainside. The kids will be enchanted.<br />

Your accomodation is also pretty special.<br />

The vast bathtub seems to float in the<br />

scenery, delightful distraction until little<br />

fingers go wrinkly. Snuggle up in fluffy robes<br />

next to the flickering fireplace, then nestle<br />

them in their special cloud bed made up in<br />

the bay window, they’ll drift off for sweet<br />

dreams.<br />

Reassuringly Swiss<br />

The Bürgenstock Resort team will really<br />

transform your holiday. There’s a genuine<br />

family spirit which you sense when they’re<br />

dealing with your own family. New parents<br />

will find this a tender environment.<br />

Knowing the kids are cared for by Swiss<br />

professionals is very reassuring. It’s definitely<br />

somewhere you can let go and finally enjoy<br />

precious ‘me time’.<br />

Tempting offer<br />

There’s an excellent Family Getaway<br />

available to book. It includes a pass for the<br />

resort’s Hammetschwand Lift, whooshing<br />

you into out-of-this world scenery on the<br />

mountain peak. The highest outdoor<br />

elevator in Europe has been thrilling world<br />

travellers for nearly 150 years. There’s a<br />

Treasure Hunt across the 60-hectare resort,<br />

with dashing fun through the forests. Kids<br />

have ‘Splash’ n Flash’ time between two<br />

pools, and an exclusive family screening at<br />

the Bürgenstock Cinema with treats. The<br />

icing on the cake is for parents, unlimited<br />

time in the ‘World’s Best Hotel Spa’. A<br />

family holiday on this mountainside will<br />

make many new memories and they’re<br />

bound to be absolutely magical.<br />

Contact:<br />

reservations@burgenstockresort.com<br />

Stay dates: 29 th March - 31 st October <strong>2024</strong><br />

Family Getaway | Bürgenstock Resort Lake<br />

Lucerne (burgenstockresort.com)<br />


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to continue our continuous learning journey<br />

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“This was a valuable and worthwhile journey, the<br />

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From Zurich-West to Water Tales:<br />

Go Beyond the Guidebook on<br />

Themed Tours in<br />

Zürich, Switzerland.<br />

Every second Wednesday, 5 pm<br />

➡ zuerich.com/english-themedtours<br />



The Ballenberg experts<br />

present over 30 different<br />

traditional crafts, skills and<br />

professions - like the pottery.<br />



– at the Swiss<br />

Open-Air Museum<br />

110 historic buildings from all regions of Switzerland, over 200 farm animals<br />

and craftsmanship from days gone by: at Ballenberg you experience<br />

Switzerland with all your senses. The spacious grounds of Switzerland’s<br />

only open-air museum stretch between the communities of Hofstetten and<br />

Brienzwiler, above Brienz, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.<br />

Various cultural events take place during the<br />

season of the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg.<br />

At Ballenberg you will find historic<br />

buildings from all over Switzerland<br />

as well as over 200 farm animals.<br />

Every time you visit the Swiss Open-<br />

Air Museum Ballenberg you’ll<br />

discover something new. Start your<br />

Ballenberg visit with a stroll through one of<br />

the 110 historic buildings. From the modest<br />

home of a day-labourer to the impressive<br />

farmhouse of a large Bernese farming<br />

family: take a look into parlours, kitchens,<br />

dining rooms and bedrooms and imagine<br />

the daily life of the inhabitants. In 13<br />

different regions – from the Jura to Central<br />

Switzerland, Ticino to high up in the Alps –<br />

you can visualise the domestic situation and<br />

rural life of a bygone era.<br />

66 hectares of cultivated landscape<br />

The buildings in the Swiss Open-Air<br />

Museum Ballenberg are all situated in welltended<br />

cultivated landscapes. At Ballenberg,<br />

land is traditionally cultivated with old tools<br />



and equipment. Seeds are still sown in the<br />

fields using horses, a team of oxen ploughs<br />

furrows in the field. Farmers’ gardens are<br />

laid out according to historical patterns<br />

and almost forgotten varieties of vegetables<br />

and fruit are often grown in them. Discover<br />

the varieties that grow and flourish in the<br />

Ballenberg gardens and experience all<br />

the care and maintenance work that is<br />

necessary during the seasons. Watch our<br />

employees sowing and harvesting, learn<br />

how vegetables and fruit were preserved<br />

in the past and with luck be able to fill<br />

your bag from the market stall with freshly<br />

picked produce from the gardens and fields<br />

before you make your way home.<br />

Over 30 traditional crafts<br />

Can you smell it too? The smell of freshly<br />

baked bread is in the air! In the bakery<br />

“The Ballenberg experts present over 30 different<br />

traditional crafts, skills and professions.”<br />

belonging to the ‘Stöckli’ from Detligen/<br />

Radelfingen BE, fresh Ballenberg bread<br />

is baked every day. Watch the bakers as<br />

they carry out their work or pay a visit to<br />

the alpine dairy from Kandersteg BE to<br />

discover how tasty Ballenberg “mutschli”<br />

are made using fresh milk. It’s not only food<br />

production that can be followed daily at<br />

the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg.<br />

Many old crafts are actively practised in<br />

the workshops: do you know what filoching<br />

is? How does traditional rope-making<br />

work? The Ballenberg experts present over<br />

30 different traditional crafts, skills and<br />

professions. Maybe you’ll discover a new<br />

hobby on your next visit to Ballenberg!<br />

More than 200 farm animals<br />

Besides architecture, crafts and numerous<br />

exhibitions and activities, more than 200<br />

farmyard animals bring life to the openair<br />

museum. Observe the slow-paced but<br />

powerful oxen grazing, watch the awkward<br />

foal taking its first steps, let the cheeky goats<br />

tease you or please the little piglets with a<br />

caress. Here and there flocks of chickens<br />

cluck their way through the museum’s<br />

grounds or geese refresh themselves with<br />

a splash in the stream. There is always<br />

something going on in the pastures and<br />

stables at Ballenberg.<br />



All Aboard the<br />



Enjoy a fascinating 3 hours and 15 minutes journey between Montreux and Interlaken<br />

onboard the GoldenPass Express. Thanks to the big panoramic windows in all<br />

travel classes, you are fully immersed in the stunning landscape. In addition to 1st<br />

class and 2nd class, 18 “Prestige” class seats await you in two elevated compartments.<br />

Montreux, Château-d’Oex, Gstaad, Zweisimmen, Spiez, Interlaken... a whole<br />

country appears in all its splendour and diversity. Embark on an exceptional train<br />

that combines technology, comfort and gastronomy.<br />

©Tobias Ryser<br />

The history of the GoldenPass<br />

The idea of linking the tourist regions of Lake<br />

Geneva, Gstaad and the lakes of Thun and<br />

Brienz dates back to 1873. Existing railway<br />

tracks used distinctly different systems: metric<br />

between Montreux and Zweisimmen and<br />

normal gauge between Zweisimmen and<br />

Interlaken. This meant that single trains were<br />

not able to travel the entire distance between<br />

these regions.<br />

Throughout the years various plans were<br />

made to facilitate uninterrupted travel.<br />

However, in 2008, MOB proposed an<br />

innovative solution. Rather than changing the<br />

tracks, the bogies - the removable carriages<br />

that support the coach - were modified<br />

instead. This allowed the train to move from<br />

one track type to another thanks to the gauge<br />

changing ramp built in Zweisimmen.<br />



Sit back and relax<br />

The GoldenPass Express Prestige<br />

compartments are characterised by their<br />

very comfortable, heated seats which enable<br />

the passenger to always face in the direction<br />

of travel. The Prestige area is raised by 40<br />

centimetres allowing passengers to be fully<br />

immersed in the landscape.<br />

Gourmet Journey<br />

A journey is experienced not only with<br />

your eyes but also through flavour. Aboard<br />

the GoldenPass Express, you will have the<br />

chance to sample a range of local products,<br />

from cheese made nearby to Frutigen caviar,<br />

fresh fruit juice from the Valais, Lavaux<br />

wines and beer from Interlaken - All served<br />

to your seat.<br />

Embark on the GoldenPass Express and<br />

experience some of the most beautiful<br />

landscapes in Switzerland, from the lake<br />

to the mountains, from the city to the<br />

countryside, from the palm trees to the<br />

snowy peaks, the GoldenPass Express is one<br />

of Switzerland’s legendary trains.<br />

Pre-booking is highly recommended for 1st<br />

and 2nd class and mandatory in Prestige.<br />

www.gpx.swiss/en/<br />



©Zürich Tourism<br />



For many visitors to Switzerland<br />

Zurich is the first stop on their Swiss<br />

adventure. A bustling city of over<br />

400 000, Zurich offers a wonderful mix of<br />

culture, history, urban development, and<br />

natural environment. For visitors wanting<br />

to become familiar with the rich history of<br />

the city, or expats who want to know more<br />

about their new home, we are offering<br />

specialised tours in English every second<br />

Wednesday evening from April to October.<br />

These tours go beyond the basics and<br />

offer a deep dive into a range of different<br />

themes. Our professional and passionate<br />

tour guides captivate participants with<br />

fascinating stories and interesting facts<br />

about Zurich. Up-coming themes include:<br />

©Zürich Tourism<br />

Reformation in Zurich - 26 June, <strong>2024</strong><br />

This historical tour provides you with<br />

comprehensive information and insights<br />

about how the Reformation came about<br />

in Zurich. We stroll past the majestic<br />

facades of the most important churches<br />

in downtown Zurich, and discuss the key<br />

stages in the work of reformer Ulrich<br />

Zwingli.<br />



Water in Zurich - 10 July, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Zurich´s cityscape is adorned with over<br />

1,200 public fountains – with fresh, crystal<br />

clear drinking water that everyone can<br />

enjoy for free. On this tour, you will learn<br />

the importance of the Sodbrunnen and<br />

Zisternenbrunnen fountains that date back<br />

to the Middle Ages and visit a selection<br />

of heavily symbolic fountains such as the<br />

Hercules Fountain and the Lindenhof<br />

Fountain, dedicated to the brave women of<br />

Zurich.<br />

Me, My Zurich, and You - 24 July <strong>2024</strong><br />

Anyone who wants to get to know Zurich at<br />

a more personal level should go on the “Me,<br />

My Zurich and You” tour. On this tour,<br />

local guides provide insight into their own<br />

private Zurich. The tour leads once around<br />

Zurichʼs lake basin, with stops at the harbor,<br />

Quaibrücke, Bellevue, and many other<br />

interesting places along the way.<br />

Zurich’s Powerful Women<br />

- 07 August <strong>2024</strong><br />

Is it possible to drive away an army<br />

without spilling a drop of blood? That’s<br />

exactly what the valiant women of Zurich<br />

did. On this tour through the inner city,<br />

we visit places related to the work and<br />

accomplishments of renowned locals such<br />

as Adele Duttweiler, Franziska Dosenbach,<br />

Nadezhda Suslova, Johanna Spyri, Mileva<br />

Maric and many more.<br />

Architecture in Zurich - 21 August <strong>2024</strong><br />

This walking tour takes around two<br />

hours and introduces architecture fans to<br />

significant buildings in Zurichʼs inner city.<br />

Between the majestic State Museum and<br />

Sechseläuten square, you will be guided<br />

past monumental constructions like the<br />

main train station, both universities, as well<br />

as numerous guild houses and religious<br />

buildings.<br />

Made in Zurich - 04 September <strong>2024</strong><br />

From iconic personal care articles to<br />

aesthetic coffee machines – in Zurich,<br />

products are created that impress with<br />

their innovation, design, functionality, and<br />

quality. On this fascinating tour through<br />

one of Zurich´s youngest neighborhoods,<br />

interested visitors get to know a selection of<br />

genuine Zurich products. These are made<br />

by creatives with a great deal of passion<br />

and inventive spirit. During the tour, guests<br />

will have the opportunity to taste some of<br />

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the products, as well as learn about the<br />

historical and architectural background to<br />

the vibrant neighborhood around Zurich<br />

Main Station.<br />

Dada Art Movement<br />

- 18 September <strong>2024</strong><br />

In 1916, exiled artists gathered in Zurich’s<br />

then disreputable Niederdorf district. Just a<br />

few meters from where Lenin was living in<br />

exile, Hugo Ball and his future wife Emmy<br />

Hennings established the legendary artist<br />

hangout Cabaret Voltaire, which welcomed<br />

all people, styles and schools of thought.<br />

The Dadaists – as they began calling<br />

themselves – experimented with sound<br />

poems and simultaneous poems, collages<br />

and photo montages, and were undoubtedly<br />

the most international, noisiest and<br />

probably also the most innovative artists of<br />

their day. The Dada city tour will introduce<br />

you to the initiators and show you where<br />

they used to hang out in Zurich.<br />

History of Money in Zurich - 02 October<br />

This exciting tour through Zurich recounts<br />

the city’s long relationship with money, as<br />

highlighted by impressive and interesting<br />

facts: What does the silk industry have<br />

to do with banks? Who were the city’s<br />

Tourist Information<br />

Im Hauptbahnhof<br />

8001 Zürich<br />

Website: www.zuerich.com<br />

Email: info@zuerich.com<br />

Phone: +41 44 215 40 00<br />

Cost: From CHF 25.00<br />

money lenders<br />

and where did people<br />

first envisage a bold vision for the future?<br />

Answers to these and other intriguing<br />

questions will be explained during this<br />

leisurely stroll with a focus on historical<br />

economic aspects.<br />

Zurich’s Love Stories - 16 October <strong>2024</strong><br />

Where did composer Richard Wagner meet<br />

the love of his life – even though he was<br />

already married? What is the “marriage<br />

room” at city hall used for? And who<br />

stopped the infamous womanizer Giacomo<br />

Casanova from entering Zurichʼs Einsiedeln<br />

Abbey? These are just some of the many<br />

romantic, funny and tragic anecdotes you<br />

can look forward to on this very special<br />

tour.<br />

Archaeology in Zurich - 31 October <strong>2024</strong><br />

Fans of archeology can watch history come<br />

to life in the heart of Zurich’s old town.<br />

On this tour, we delve into the mysteries<br />

of the Ehgraben medieval sewage system,<br />

track down the old city walls and enjoy a<br />

stunning view from the Roman fortress.<br />

This is the perfect tour for anyone keen to<br />

learn more about Zurich´s long-forgotten<br />

secrets.<br />



©Fotografie Fokus Thun/Christoph Gerber<br />

Family weekends in Thun<br />

Situated on the banks of Lake Thun,<br />

encircled by two branches of the<br />

River Aare and nestling<br />

against a stunning mountain<br />

backdrop, the city of Thun<br />

welcomes visitors. The<br />

unmistakable landmark<br />

of Thun Castle<br />

has towered over<br />

the rooftops of the<br />

Zähringen city since<br />

the 12th century. A<br />

weekend here with the<br />

family presents a perfect<br />

opportunity to fall under<br />

the spell of the city by the River Aare and<br />

discover the charms of Lake Thun.<br />

©Schweiz Tourismus/Marc Luethi<br />

The invigorating waters<br />

of Thun<br />

Standing on the banks<br />

of Lake Thun, and<br />

with the River Aare<br />

flowing through the<br />

city, Thun offers<br />

many chances<br />

to freshen up in<br />

cooling waters on a<br />

hot summer’s day. The<br />

Schwäbis River Pool invites<br />

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you to leap into the water from a bridge,<br />

then drift within the river pool effortlessly<br />

to the next bridge. A choice of swimming<br />

pools, a slide and diving platforms of<br />

three, five and ten metres await you and<br />

your children at the Thun lido. Those who<br />

prefer to cool off in natural waters can<br />

also wade directly out into Lake Thun. As<br />

if that weren’t enough, the kids can play<br />

table tennis, beach volleyball or football<br />

to their hearts’ content while their parents<br />

relax on the expansive lawn. To get a fresh<br />

perspective on the landscape around the<br />

lake, Lake Thun is also ideal for stand-up<br />

paddling or canoeing excursions with the


© BLS Schifffahrt AG<br />

family for instance on<br />

the Lake Thun Canoeing<br />

Trail.<br />

Highlight: Thun Castle: From symbol of<br />

power to museum<br />

Today’s castle and its outbuildings<br />

was originally a fortified complex. As<br />

archaeological excavations revealed, a<br />

grand residence with an enclosing wall<br />

was built here as early as the 12th century.<br />

Accommodated in what was once the keep,<br />

the historical museum opened in 1888.<br />

Today it is operated by the Foundation<br />

Thun Castle.<br />

While parents visit the museum to<br />

discover absorbing facts about the castle,<br />

their kids can spend some time playing a<br />

detective game and following clues. Crack<br />

the code and open the wooden box in the<br />

castle dungeon to receive<br />

a reward. To make your<br />

trip to the museum<br />

an exciting shared<br />

occasion, the whole<br />

family can join the<br />

search in the “Made<br />

in Thun” game.<br />

Boat trips on<br />

Lake Thun<br />

If you’d prefer not to<br />

cross Lake Thun under<br />

your own steam, simply<br />

sit back and savour the view<br />

on a leisurely boat ride. As you ply<br />

deep blue Lake Thun, drink in the sight<br />

of the majestic mountains that dominate<br />

the region, and the ancient castles<br />

dotting the shores of the lake. The<br />

Globi Family Day Ticket from<br />

BLS Interlaken Lake Cruise<br />

not only guarantees an<br />

unforgettable trip, it’s easy<br />

on your wallet too.<br />

©Schloss Thun<br />

Recommended hotel:<br />

Boutique Hotel<br />

Schlossberg<br />

Discover the most beautiful<br />

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Oberland, and the city of<br />

Thun in particular, when you<br />

spend an unforgettable night<br />

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your dear children at the Boutique Hotel<br />

Schlossberg. Overlooking the courtyard<br />

and keep in an open-plan family room<br />

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one-time prison wing of Thun Castle, kids<br />

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room includes a desk, television, shower,<br />

coffee machine and minibar as well as free<br />

Wi-Fi. The next morning, fortify yourself<br />

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full advantage of the PanoramaCard, which<br />

offers many benefits.<br />

More information: thunersee.ch/en<br />

Contact: thun@thunersee.ch<br />

©Restaurant & Hotel Schlossberg




As spring turns into summer and<br />

the days become longer, it is the<br />

perfect time to enjoy outdoor<br />

activities in Switzerland. Even without<br />

snow, there are exciting ways to enjoy<br />

Switzerland’s nature and in particular,<br />

its mountains! From cycle tours to rock<br />

climbing, and even bike boarding, there are<br />

numerous exhilarating ways to spend your<br />

summer!<br />

The Wheels Keep Turning - Bike Tours<br />

With over 12,000 kilometres of signposted<br />

cycling paths that criss-cross diverse<br />

landscapes and terrains, Switzerland is a<br />

cyclists’ paradise!<br />

There are almost 360 cycle<br />

tours showcased on<br />

switzerland.com. There<br />

is something for<br />

everyone ranging<br />

from short scenic<br />

rides to longer<br />

multi-day<br />

trips, as well<br />

as routes for<br />

touring bikers,<br />

leisure cyclists and<br />

e-bikers.<br />

Along the bike<br />

trails and cycle routes<br />

are extremely comfortable pit stops - the<br />

award-winning Swiss Bike Hotels. They<br />

offer comfortable rooms, as well as bike<br />

garages, repair services, maps, local cuisine<br />

and much more.<br />

The Sky’s the Limit - Rock Climbing<br />

Climbing in the Val d’Hérens is a very<br />

accessible experience. With its many<br />

lovingly renovated and entirely re-equipped<br />

routes that can be found in the Val<br />

d’Hérens Climbing Guide . From beginnerlevel<br />

escarpments to challenging rock faces<br />

for seasoned climbers, every site has its<br />

own character, rock type and enchanting<br />

surroundings.<br />

In summer, the cool air of the<br />

Alps allows visitors to scale<br />

the heights in even the<br />

hottest of months.<br />

The Val d’Hérens<br />

is a paradise<br />

for vertical<br />

adventures all<br />

year round,<br />

the Via ferrata<br />

and ice climbing<br />

complete the range<br />

of activities on offer.<br />

The valley offers<br />

many routes for<br />

beginners where they can gain experience<br />

while enjoying the natural beauty of the<br />

surroundings. Experienced mountain guides<br />

are also available to help you get started.<br />

For those with more experience, the Val<br />

d’Hérens offers some sizable challenges<br />

with sheer walls and technical climbs that<br />

test your strength, focus and technique. The<br />

variety of terrain allows every climber to<br />

find the right routes for them.<br />

Cruise Control - Trotti Bike<br />

Board Adventure<br />

Trotti Bike Boards promise summer fun<br />

for the young and young-at-heart as you<br />

race down from the Rossweid to the village<br />

of Sörenberg! The “fat-scooters” have<br />

oversized tires, look cool and guarantee<br />



riding fun for all ages. Catch the Rossweid<br />

gondola to the top (1470m above sea<br />

level) to find the beginning of this exciting<br />

activity! The fast-paced descent takes<br />

you past wonderful mountain meadows,<br />

a sparkling reservoir, the Schlacht alpine<br />

cheese dairy farm and back to the Rossweid<br />

gondola (1166 m above sea level) station<br />

at the bottom. This exhilarating half<br />

day activity is suitable for people aged<br />

10 and up. Stay overnight at one of the<br />

nearby accommodation options and enjoy<br />

traditional food at the Erlebnisrestaurant<br />

Rossweid.<br />

For more information on these and other<br />

fantastic summer activities, visit our<br />

website: switzerland.com<br />




How <strong>Parent</strong>s Can Help<br />


You may be approaching one of<br />

the first major milestones in your<br />

child’s life – IB or A Level results.<br />

What’s next? Higher education, a gap year,<br />

an apprenticeship, or diving headfirst into<br />

a career?<br />

Preparing for adulthood and<br />

independence is the beginning of a new<br />

chapter in your child’s life, where they will<br />

be exposed to new experiences, a diverse<br />

range of people and the sudden impact of<br />

independence as a young adult.<br />

To ensure a smooth transition, no matter<br />

what path your student chooses, students<br />

need to prepare adequately. Knowing that<br />

your student has taken all the necessary<br />

steps to navigate a successful transition will<br />

help them feel more confident and prepared<br />

for the challenges that lie ahead.<br />

In this article, we will provide tips and<br />

advice on how students can prepare for<br />

university with the knowledge, preparation,<br />

and confidence to successfully survive and<br />

thrive on campus. Most of these steps<br />

will also apply to the various other routes<br />

that students may take and can be applied<br />

accordingly.<br />

The Practical Aspects of Preparing for<br />

University Life<br />

Preparing for university life involves more<br />

than just academic preparation. Students<br />

need to consider practical aspects of<br />

university life that can impact their overall<br />

experience.<br />

This section discusses some practical<br />


“Students need to learn how<br />

to stick to a budget when<br />

shopping for groceries, how<br />

to anticipate their needs with<br />

a meal plan, how to make<br />

a shopping list, and how to<br />

store their groceries.”<br />


“Sports activities address wellbeing in two ways – for physical health and wellbeing,<br />

and as a great way to make friends, especially if they play on a sports team.”<br />

considerations for university life, including<br />

financial planning and support, health,<br />

and wellbeing, social integration and<br />

networking.<br />

Learn Some Life Skills<br />

By life skills, I mean the practical tasks that<br />

will be required when living independently<br />

away from home. This includes knowing<br />

how to cook a few meals so that students<br />

don’t starve in the first week or blow their<br />

monthly budget by buying overpriced ready<br />

meals or takeaway food.<br />

Students need to learn how to stick to a<br />

budget when shopping for groceries, how to<br />

anticipate their needs with a meal plan, how<br />

to make a shopping list, and how to store<br />

their groceries.<br />

Other key skills that every student needs<br />

to learn include how to do laundry, the<br />

basics of cleaning and personal hygiene.<br />

Understanding public transport and<br />

knowing how to deal with emergencies<br />

could also be added to the list of life skills<br />

needed to navigate university life.<br />

Financial Planning and Support<br />

Managing finances is one of the main<br />

concerns for most students. Financial woes<br />

are a major reason why many students<br />

drop out of university, with more than four<br />

out of five students struggling to make<br />

ends meet, according to an annual student<br />

money survey conducted in the UK.<br />

The stress of worrying about money<br />

can affect a student’s mental health and<br />

wellbeing. Therefore, it is important to take<br />

the time to create a realistic budget together<br />

with your student, that takes into account<br />

the cost of tuition, accommodation, food,<br />

and other expenses, and for them to<br />

learn how to manage bills first, and social<br />

spending second!<br />

Eligible students should also explore<br />

financial aid options such as scholarships<br />

and student loans.<br />

All international students should open a<br />

local student bank account to manage their<br />

finances and avoid unnecessary foreign<br />

exchange fees.<br />

Health and Wellbeing<br />

Maintaining good physical and mental<br />

health is essential for academic success.<br />

Students should be encouraged to make use<br />

of campus health services and resources<br />

such as counselling and student support<br />

services.<br />

Another key benefit to a student’s health<br />

is the use of sports facilities. Sports activities<br />

address wellbeing in two ways – for physical<br />

health and wellbeing, and as a great way<br />

to make friends, especially if they play on<br />

a sports team. Regular training sessions<br />

are a great way to help your student bond<br />

with teammates, get out of the classroom<br />

/ residence regularly during the week,<br />

and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Freshers’<br />

Weight is a thing!<br />

It is also important for students to register<br />

as soon as possible with the on-site medical<br />

centre, if available, or a local GP surgery,<br />

in case of urgent need. Read more about<br />

Freshers’ Flu to prepare and equip your<br />

student in advance.<br />

Consider taking out health insurance to<br />

cover medical expenses, depending on the<br />

location, and teach your student how it<br />

works.<br />

Social Integration and Networking<br />

Making friends and building a support<br />

network are also important for a student’s<br />

wellbeing and academic success.<br />

Connecting on social media is a useful<br />

way to get to know other students prior to<br />

departure, so they may break the ice before<br />

arriving on campus.<br />

Attending orientation events and getting<br />

involved in extracurricular activities are the<br />

best ways to meet new people and build<br />

connections. The Student Union is also a<br />

valuable resource for social integration and<br />

networking.<br />

Preparing to Leave Home<br />

Preparing thoroughly for this transition can<br />

help make the process of leaving home and<br />

starting university less daunting, so parents<br />

should support their students by preparing<br />

them with the necessary skills to start<br />

university with confidence in their ability<br />

to live independently and hit the ground<br />

running.<br />

You will still receive the inevitable “How<br />

do I …” texts and phone calls, especially<br />

in the first few weeks, so think of it as a<br />

transition for you too!<br />



See you in Solothurn<br />

Discover the most beautiful baroque town in Switzerland.<br />

In the historic centre you will find the imposing St. Ursus<br />

Cathedral, the main square „Märetplatz“, picturesque little<br />

streets and much more. After a fascinating guided tour,<br />

the name „Ambassadors‘ City“ no longer remains a secret.<br />

The public guided tours in English take place every Saturday<br />

at 2.30 pm until 26th of October <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Booking is required: solothurn-city.ch/guided-tour<br />

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4500 Solothurn<br />

T +41 32 626 46 46<br />

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I’m sure we’ve all been there, where we<br />

feel that yelling has been our ‘go-to’<br />

reaction. We might start out with the<br />

right intentions, we listen and we stay calm.<br />

But in the end we grab the last resource we<br />

have – suddenly we are YELLING – and<br />

only then do they finally listen and take<br />

us seriously. It works in the here and now<br />

but not long term! And I get it; it takes lots<br />

of practice and patience to get what we<br />

are asking for without yelling or losing our<br />

temper.<br />

Why should we NOT be yelling!<br />

• When we yell we have lost all control of<br />

ourselves and any chance we had of staying<br />

in charge of the situation. Actually, we have<br />

given away all the power we might have<br />

had.<br />

• When we start yelling we have stopped<br />

all forms of healthy communication<br />

since we are not listening any more. Our<br />

negative emotions have taken over and are<br />

controlling us. There is no way forward to<br />

“When we yell we have lost all control of ourselves<br />

and any chance we had of staying in charge of the<br />

situation. Actually, we have given away all the<br />

power we might have had.”<br />

solve the issues that respects our kids and<br />

sits well with us.<br />

• It sends a signal to our kid’s brains that<br />

they are in danger and they will most<br />

likely go into fight or flight mode and will<br />

automatically fight back or move away (run<br />

away from us, in fact they are just running<br />

away from danger).<br />

• Yelling can have a long term effect on our<br />

kids if it happens too often and we become<br />

out of control. Nobody likes to be yelled at<br />

and it is a humiliating experience they will<br />

carry with them.<br />

• We are our kids’ biggest role model and<br />

from an early age they copy everything we<br />

say and do and how we say it! I think you<br />

know what I am about to say now…Yes, if<br />

we want our kids to stop yelling and start<br />

listening we need to show them how!<br />

So how can get our yelling under<br />

control?<br />

Everything starts with an emotion (anger,<br />

frustration, lost, sadness, disappointment<br />

etc), that lead to our actions (yelling, hitting,<br />

shaming etc). So if we want to manage our<br />

loud voice and word overflow we need to<br />

first check in with our emotions – what we<br />

feel in the here and now:<br />

1<br />

Notice the feeling when it comes and<br />

STOP what you are about to say and<br />

take a deep BREATH. Nothing else for<br />

now. Just STOP and BREATH.<br />


“Yelling can have a long term effect on our kids if it happens too often and<br />

we become out of control. Nobody likes to be yelled at and it is a humiliating<br />

experience they will carry with them.”<br />

THINK: what am I feeling right now<br />

2 and why – verbalise it: ‘I feel really<br />

upset / angry / frustrated right now . At<br />

this point don’t fight it, just step into the<br />

feeling and accept it as it is. ‘This is my<br />

feeling and I cannot get rid of it, but I don’t<br />

want it to control how I parent next!’<br />

Notice any self-thoughts or doubts<br />

3 and then challenge them: I am a good<br />

parent, I can do this, I want to be a positive<br />

role model for my child to follow, they are<br />

good kids most of them time, I love my<br />

child and my family.<br />

Then allow a pause before you do or<br />

4 say anything. This will ground you to<br />

the moment and help you to calm down.<br />

5MAKE A DECISION: now that you<br />

have checked in with yourself you are in<br />

a better position to choose what you will do<br />

and say, or NOT do and say. And it’s OK to<br />

take a time out or ignore a child’s behaviour<br />

– as long as you re-engage later and restore<br />

the balance and connection with the child<br />

and your family.<br />

Make it a family agreement to work<br />

6 on the yelling. Sit with your family and<br />

agree to a ‘you use your calm voice’ rule.<br />

You can agree to a signal that you can give<br />

each other when anybody is about to yell.<br />

You can also agree to the consequences of<br />

yelling i.e. if anyone yell we say it nicely<br />

‘please use your calm voice’ or other actions<br />

that work for you or your family.<br />

Admit to mistakes: we are human, you<br />

7 will get it wrong, but awareness is the<br />

first step to change. You might at times fall<br />

back into the trap of yelling. Go back and<br />

say, ‘that was not my finest hour and I will<br />

work on it changing that’.<br />

And be kind to yourself: just by reading<br />

this article you are already changing things<br />

for the better, since you care and are<br />

willing to work on things. No one said that<br />

parenting was going to be easy and most of<br />

us are trying our best and sometimes that is<br />

good enough!<br />




Double degree with University of Plymouth (UK)<br />


• <strong>International</strong> Management<br />

• <strong>International</strong> Relations and Diplomacy<br />

• Digital Media<br />

• Business Analytics<br />

• Computer Science<br />


THE<br />


OF LGBTQ+<br />

TERMS<br />


One of most common fears of LGBTQ+ allies is that they will accidentally offend an LGBTQ+ person by using the wrong<br />

terminology. There is a genuine worry about inadvertently getting it wrong, especially when someone is passionate<br />

about wanting to get it correct.<br />

Firstly, don’t worry. Most people won’t mind a genuine mistake – just apologise and move on. The second-best thing<br />

you can do is get it right the next time. Being familiar with LGBTQ+ terms has a double positive impact. It will give you<br />

the confidence to navigate diverse genders and sexualities and it’s also one of the best ways to show your support and<br />

respect for LGBTQ+ people.<br />

There are a large range of terms out there. Here are some to get you started.<br />

A<br />

Ally: Someone who supports, educates<br />

themselves about and champions for the<br />

rights of LGBTQ+ people.<br />

AFAB/AMAB: The short form of<br />

Assigned Female at Birth/Assigned Male<br />

at Birth – used when a person’s gender<br />

identity is different to their sex.<br />

Aromantic (Aro): People who do not<br />

experience romantic attraction.<br />

Asexual: A person who has little or no<br />

sexual attraction to other people. It is a<br />

sexual orientation just like any other.<br />

Assigned gender/sex: The gender/sex<br />

that is assumed when a person is born.<br />

B<br />

Binding: The process of wrapping<br />

material or wearing a manufactured binder<br />

to reduce the appearance of a person’s<br />

breasts and minimise gender dysphoria.<br />

Biological sex: The biological differences<br />

between males and females. A person’s sex<br />

is assigned at birth based on their genitals,<br />

but sex can also be assigned later in life -<br />

when a person is intersex.<br />

Biphobia: The dislike and prejudice of<br />

bisexual people.<br />

Birth name: The name given to a person<br />

by their parents at birth. Commonly used in<br />

reference to trans people.<br />

Bisexual (bi): A person who is sexually,<br />

emotionally and romantically attracted to<br />

more than one gender, commonly the same<br />

as their own and another.<br />

Blockers: Also known as puberty blockers,<br />

they are prescribed to stop a person from<br />

going through puberty. They are used<br />

as part of the gender affirming care of<br />

transgender children.<br />

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Bottom surgery: Surgery that changes<br />

a person’s genitals to match their gender<br />

identity. Commonly not available to people<br />

under 18 years.<br />

Butch: A term that distinguishes more<br />

masculine women from their feminine<br />

counterparts.<br />

C<br />

Chosen family: The people that<br />

LGBTQ+ choose as their family when their<br />

genetic family is not supportive of their<br />

gender and/or sexuality.<br />

Cisgender (cis): A person whose gender<br />

identity aligns with their sex assigned at<br />

birth. E.g. someone who was born female<br />

and is living as a woman. Known also as<br />

being cis.<br />

Cis het: Someone who is cis gender and<br />


Cisnormativity: The assumption that<br />

everyone is cis gender.<br />

Closeted: A person who has not told<br />

anyone about their LGBTQ+ sexuality or<br />

gender.<br />

Coming out: When a person decides to<br />

share their LGBTQ+ identity with other<br />

people.<br />

D<br />

Deadnaming: Incorrectly using a<br />

transgender person’s birth name after they<br />

have changed it as part of their transition.<br />

Demiboy/Demigirl: A young person<br />

who feels that part of their identity<br />

aligns with masculine/feminine<br />

characteristics, but it’s not the whole of<br />

their identity.<br />

Detransition: The act of reversing a<br />

gender transition. In itself, it does not mean<br />

that a person regrets their transition. Some<br />

decide being trans person in a cisnormative<br />

world is too hard. They are still trans but<br />

decide to hide it to make life easier. Only<br />

1-2% of people detransition.<br />

Drag (drag queen/drag king): A<br />

creative person who dresses in exaggerated<br />

makeup and clothing and performs on<br />

stage. A drag queen is usually a man<br />

dressed as a woman, whilst a drag king, is a<br />

woman dressed as a man.<br />

E<br />

Enby: Another word for a person who<br />

identifies as non-binary (as in N.B). E.g. “I<br />

am enby.”<br />

F<br />

Femme: A lesbian who presents as<br />

‘traditionally’ feminine (clothing, makeup,<br />

behaviour etc).<br />

FTM: The acronym for a transgender<br />

person who has transitioned from female to<br />

male.<br />

G<br />

Gay: A person who is sexually, emotionally<br />

and romantically attracted to people of the<br />

same sex.<br />

Gender: The socially constructed roles,<br />

behaviours, expressions, identities that is<br />

expected of girls/women, boys/men and<br />

other genders.<br />

Gender affirming care: The range of<br />

medical, social and psychological care<br />

which supports and affirms a person’s<br />

gender.<br />

Gender binary: The idea that there are<br />

only two genders.<br />

Gender diverse: Refers to a person<br />

whose gender identity is different to man/<br />

woman.<br />

Gender dysphoria: The distress that can<br />

occur for people who feel that their gender<br />

identity is mismatched to their sex assigned<br />

at birth.<br />

Gender euphoria: The relief and feeling<br />

of joy that trans people experience when<br />

their body matches their gender identity.<br />

Gender expansive: An umbrella term for<br />

people who lives outside the stereotypes of<br />

binary gender. Also known as gender nonconforming.<br />

Gender expression: How a person<br />

chooses to express their gender (clothing,<br />

jewellery, hairstyle etc.)<br />

Gender fluid: Refers to a person whose<br />

gender changes over time.<br />

Gender identity: A person’s internal felt<br />

sense of their own gender.<br />

Genderqueer: A person who does not<br />

associate their gender with man/woman.<br />

H<br />

Het: The short form of heterosexual<br />

Heteronormativity: The assumption<br />

that everyone is heterosexual<br />

Heterosexual: A person who is sexually,<br />

emotionally and romantically attracted to<br />

people of a different sex.<br />

Homophobia: The dislike and prejudice<br />

of gay people.<br />

I<br />

Intersectionality: The concept that<br />

people experience multiple discriminations<br />

across their different identities. For example,<br />

a Black gay woman will have additional<br />

inequalities than a White gay woman.<br />

Intersex: A person whose genitals,<br />

chromosomes and reproductive organs do<br />

not fit the typical definition of male/female.<br />

Inclusive language: Language that does<br />

not assume roles or identities. For example,<br />

‘sibling’ instead of brother/sister and ‘child’<br />

instead of son/daughter.<br />

L<br />

Lesbian: A woman who is sexually,<br />

emotionally and romantically attracted to<br />

women.<br />

Lesphobia: The dislike and prejudice of<br />

lesbians.<br />

LGBTQ+: An umbrella term for<br />

people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,<br />

Transgender and Queer. The + symbol<br />

refers to all other genders and sexualities<br />

outside of cisgender and heterosexual.<br />

Sometimes you will see LGBTQIA+<br />

(the I is for Intersex, the A – agender/<br />

asexual). In North America, you will also<br />

see LGBTQ2S. The 2S refers to Two-spirit<br />

people, who are part of Native American<br />

culture.<br />

M<br />

Microaggressions: The frequent<br />

intentional and unintentional prejudice that<br />

marginalised people experience.<br />

Misgender: To assume the wrong gender<br />

about a person is to misgender them.<br />

MTF: A person who has transitioned from<br />

male to female.<br />

MX: A gender neutral pronoun.<br />

N<br />

Nibling: A gender-neutral term for niece<br />

or nephew.<br />

Non-binary: A person whose gender falls<br />

outside of the categories of man/female.<br />

Neo-pronoun: A new type of pronoun<br />

which doesn’t express a gender. They can<br />

be used by anyone, but are commonly used<br />

by transgender, non-binary and gender<br />

non-conforming people. Examples include:<br />

xe/xem/xyr (commonly pronounced zee/<br />

zem/zeer) and ze/hir/hirs.<br />

O<br />

Orientation (sexual): A term which<br />

refers to who a person is sexually attracted<br />

to.<br />

Out: When a person is publicly open about<br />

their sexuality and/or gender, they are ‘out’.<br />

Outing: The act of telling other people<br />

that you are not cis gender or heterosexual.<br />

P<br />

Pansexual: A person who is attracted to<br />

all genders.<br />

Pronoun: Words which replace nouns. For<br />

example: he, she, they.<br />


Q<br />

Queer: People who reject any concept<br />

of social norms, commonly to do with<br />

sexuality and gender.<br />

Questioning: A person who is questioning<br />

their sexuality and gender and yet to label<br />

it.<br />

QTPOC: Queer and Trans People of<br />

Colour.<br />

R<br />

Rainbow Family: A family where the<br />

parents are in a same-sex relationship, are<br />

gender diverse or are part of the LGBTQ+<br />

community.<br />

S<br />

Sex: Male, female or intersex – defined<br />

by a person’s genitals, chromosomes and<br />

reproductive organs.<br />

Sex assigned at birth: The sex which<br />

a doctor gives a child at birth, based on<br />

looking at their genitals.<br />

Spectrum: No one person is the same.<br />

There is a spectrum of being LGBTQ+.<br />

Social transitioning: The process by<br />

which a person changes how they express<br />

their gender to other people e.g clothing,<br />

hairstyle, pronouns, name and other<br />

reversible actions.<br />

T<br />

TERF: Stands for Trans Exclusionary<br />

Radical Feminist – feminists who do not<br />

believe that transgender people’s gender is<br />

legitimate and are hostile towards them.<br />

Top surgery: Surgery to remove or<br />

augment breast tissue to create a more<br />

masculine or feminine chest for trans<br />

and non-binary people. Commonly not<br />

available to people under 18 years.<br />

Transgender (trans): People who have<br />

an incongruence between their sex assigned<br />

at birth and their gender identity.<br />

Transgender woman/girl: A woman/<br />

girl who was assigned male at birth.<br />

Transgender man/boy: A man/boy<br />

who was assigned female at birth.<br />

Transitioning: The process of aligning<br />

your sex to your gender identity.<br />

Transphobia: The dislike and prejudice<br />

of transgender people.<br />


Brother Boy/Sister Girl (Australia): Aboriginal communities use this term for<br />

transgender people.<br />

Faʻafafine (Samoa): Males whose femininity appears in childhood and who the<br />

culture recognises as different to ‘typical’ boys. In pre-contact times Faʻafafine were<br />

keepers of cultural traditions and commonly asked by parents to name their children.<br />

Femminiello (Italy): A traditional Neapolitan cultural term (1500s) to describe<br />

people who are assigned male at birth but who dress as and assume female gender<br />

roles. Today, they’re still seen to bring good luck and have sacred roles within some<br />

local Catholic rituals and celebrations.<br />

Hijra (South Asia): Describes a cultural identity/third gender. Legally recognised<br />

in India, the hijra feature in Hindu religious texts and have an ancient history of<br />

playing sacred roles in Hindu ceremonies.<br />

Māhū (Hawaii/Tahiti): Refers to people who embody a third gender and hold<br />

traditional spiritual and social roles within the culture.<br />

Sekrata (Western Madagascar): Sekrata describes the people in the Sakalava<br />

ethnic group who are born with male characteristics, but displayed feminine<br />

behaviours and are raised as girls by their families. They’re considered to be sacred<br />

and hold supernatural powers.<br />

Two-Spirit (North America): A term used by Native Americans to describe<br />

people in their community who have both a masculine and feminine spirit. It<br />

encompasses gender, sexuality and spirituality.<br />


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