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Mr Pasche, our Director celebrates 40 years at Brillantmont

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A year reaching its end is a time for reflection and celebration. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to change jobs every two years, moving from one challenge to another. That is not the case for the staff at Brillantmont. The size of the school means that the range of tasks and jobs to be done is always varied and changing, as the school constantly evolves and moves forward. Consequently, several staff members have been at the school for many years, which ensures continuity and a long-term vision.

Nobody embodies this better than our Director, Mr Philippe Pasche, who this year celebrates his 40th year at Brillantmont. He began working at the school as a young accountant, also teaching commerce and sports. He has always been eager to develop students' interests beyond the classroom and, as an accomplished sportsman, to get them moving! Particularly keen on skiing, he has shared many memorable moments on the pistes and some people might not know that he is in fact a qualified ski teacher. He always looks forward to joining the students during their week long ski trip, which in February  2018,  is to the village of Zinal. Working closely with the owners of the school, the Frei family, Mr Pasche's role has evolved over the years and on the retirement of Mme Frei, who had been Head for over 40 years, he stepped into the role of Director General. With the support of Deputy Director Ms Boland, he successfully leads Brillantmont forward.

As we celebrated him at a recent dinner, he reflected on his years and his journey within the Brillantmont family. The way the school has changed and developed over the years, always trying to keep excellence and the students' success and well-being at the centre of our vision, has given him immense opportunities to develop talents and competence in many domains. The demands of his role and leading a community of 200 people means that life is never dull and proves that "variety is the spice of life." Surpassing everything however, is his respect and affection for the students and the satisfaction he gains in seeing them mature and develop is the greatest reward he could wish for.

We would like to congratulate him on this milestone anniversary and thank him for his years of commitment and passion for Brillantmont.

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My first term in a Swiss Boarding School

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The first term at Brillantmont has whizzed by with many exciting events paving the school calendar. The first few days, when we welcomed new students, on their first experience away from home, seem a distant memory. Our students are now well and truly immersed in school life and part of the BM family. After the first weeks of hard study, the October break to Nice and Verona provided a welcome taste of European dolce vita. Back in school, the annual Reading Week celebrated the power of words and brought out our students' creative sides. The ever popular Model United Nations trip to Singapore provided unique opportunities to develop leadership and group work skills. Habitat for Humanity have worked tirelessly on fundraising events to support their upcoming building trip to Portugal and et's not forget the numerous trips, international evenings and learning projects which have also filled this term.

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Putting reading right at the heart of the school

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Every year Brillantmont celebrates the written word during Reading Week. Librarian Mrs Robbins and English teacher Mrs Nikyulu , who organised it, are not alone in believing that, even in this digital, fast-paced world, nothing beats turning the printed page.  As the softly falling snowflakes herald the arrival of winter, what could be better than snuggling up with a good book and being transported to another world?

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Boarding school life - Bertrand Piccard inspiring a whole generation

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Brillantmont students had the fantastic opportunity last week to attend a presentation by Bertrand Piccard, the famous Swiss explorer, whose accomplishments are part of a long-standing family tradition; his father Jacques was a pioneer in oceanography and his grandfather Auguste was an extraordinary physicist, perhaps best known for stratospheric balloons. Bertrand's own desires to push back the boundaries of exploration reached new heights, literally, when he became the first man to successfully circum-navigate the globe, non-stop,  in the Breitling Orbiter 3 hot air balloon. In 2015, he accomplished the first round-the-world solar flight in  history in his   Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, which was designed in collaboration with Lausanne's EPFL.   

Through his exploits, he is keen to share his concerns about today's world - sustainable development, poverty, climate change -and in so doing, stimulate discussion and ultimately promote concrete actions leading to change. Brillantmont students were very enthusiastic about his presentation, which proved most thought-provoking.

Ben says, " He addressed the fear that you have in certain situations and explained why he has lived his life in that way. Clearly, it's important for him to live his dreams and he  told us also that we should live ours." Megan added, "He got straight to the point and explained that you should be confident in your own abilities. If someone tells you something can't be done because it's never been done before, that's the worst excuse, because it means there's someone in the world who can do it. He made us realise that if we don't take affirmative action, there won't be any changes in the world."

Piccard's environmental concerns resonated with Bettina, who shares his view that " in Switzerland, we are very aware of recycling and maintaining a clean atmosphere; being able to move away from non-renewable sources of energy  in the future is important. " Her feelings were echoed by Andreas, who says, "I'm going to live in the future and my children too, so the future we create is important to me." Let's hope that such an inspiring presentation will lead BM students to be engaged and committed actors in the destiny of the world around us.

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Boarding school life - our autumn trip

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Life at boarding school means you get to go on lots of fun trips and this autumn  break, a group of Brillantmont students were lucky enough to go on a trip to Verona, Italy and Nice, France. Verona is of course the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and no trip there would be complete without a visit to Juliet's balcony, although Brenda commented that "it was really small". (This is true!)  The students had the chance to discover the charms of Verona, its historic centre, as well as letting their hair down in the Gardaland

amusement park.

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Coming back to Brillantmont

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A new school year is ready to start at Brillantmont International School. As students across the world pack their bags, ready to step into this exciting new period of their lives, many will probably feel a bit nervous. It's understandable. Leaving  the security and comfort of home to go to boarding school is a huge step. "Will I fit in? Will I make friends? What happens when I get homesick" are just some of the apprehensions they may have.

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We Celebrate our 135th Birthday with an Alumni Luncheon

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Last week we had a lovely celebration of Brillantmont International School’s 135th birthday! The weather was sunny and hot as alumni of all ages gathered on our campus to remember their time at the school and immerse themselves in the wonderful legacy BM has built. Below, enjoy some of the photos from the afternoon.

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Advantages of Studying at a Small Boarding School

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Over the course of building and expanding our ever-more-popular school blog that explores all aspects of boarding school life, we have spoken with many parents, students, staff, teachers, and alumni about what makes a top Swiss boarding school. Some strong themes have come out of these discussions and interviews over the years. One of the big ones is that the size of your boarding school has a huge effect on a student’s learning experience and level of connection with teachers and other students.

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Leadership Conference Teaches Valuable Skills for Future Success

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This spring at Brillantmont International School students had the opportunity to attend a number of great events, take school trips all over the country and even abroad, learn new sports and perfect old favorites, and join in on club activities like the annual MUN conference. One of the highlights of this Swiss boarding school year was the 2017 Brillantmont Leadership Conference that was organized to help nourish student potential. Mr McClean described the aim of this year’s conference as follows:

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Some of the Best Boarding School Field Trips of 2017

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Boarding school field trips, excursions and other extra-curricular activities are always some of the most memorable times at boarding school, whether they are close to home or farther afield. This year at Brillantmont International School, students enjoyed many smaller trips around Switzerland as well as several trips abroad (Barcelona, Singapore, The Hague, Belgium, Andalucia), which included two incredible trips to Greece and Azores.

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