We chose the school primarily because of its size and for our children to become fluent in German. We believe that teachers and staff in what is effective a boutique family-oriented school, are able to focus in more effective ways, due to smaller class sizes and the constantly joyful environment.
When visiting the school for the first time, we felt very comfortable with the surroundings, the greenery. The happiness in the kids faces was very obvious even during a brief visit.
We asked Oliver and Max the question “What do you like about SSiS” and their answer was “everything”! They have built amazing friends, are incredibly happy with the care and knowledge imparted by their teachers, the fact that it’s a small community and they actually know most of the kids by name, which is quite rare in most schools. Even the staff knows most kids by name. They also enjoy the school meals, the lush environments, the pool, playground, the amazing library with books in different languages, the pace of the lessons offered and the wide range of ECAs offered. Basically, everything 🙂
As one of our main goals was for both kids to become fluent in German, we’re very happy that they’ve picked the language pretty quickly, with the support of additional German Lessons which are offered to non-German speakers.
The school diversity is incredibly important: even though roughly half of the students come from a Swiss /German background, the other half is made up from a wide range of cultures which allows kids to learn from one another, understand families’ traditions which will we hope will help them become open-minded and understanding adults.
Finally, a number of the Green and Earth related initiatives the school has launched, has instilled in them a sense of responsibility to help the planet and be aware of the challenges facing the environment.
(Paola Barcacel & Jens Toepfer, Dominican/German, Singapore 2022)