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Model United Nations (MUN) - Exclusivity for all at Brillantmont!

| 2 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

What is MUN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Students research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

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An amazing Autumn Half Term trip to the French Riviera

| 0 comments| by Martyn Dix Martyn Dix

One advantage of Brillantmont’s location in Switzerland is that we can easily organise trips to different parts of Europe which are very close by.  Every autumn half term holiday we organise a week-long trip and this year our students went to the French Riviera.

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National Digital Day in Switzerland - robotics and coding in Brillantmont

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

Thursday October 25th is National Digital Day in Switzerland. This government run initiative is in its 2nd year and aims to promote and encourage digital skills across the country.

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Friends for life at Brillantmont International School

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

Boarding school life is about so much more than just the learning. It’s about belonging to a community, sharing experiences, growing and developing alongside others.

Living with others of the same age creates a unique bond; you share triumphs and joys and you’ve also got people to support you when the going gets tough. The friendships you make during your time at Brillantmont will shape and impact your life.

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My first few weeks at Brillantmont International School

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

So much has already happened at Brillantmont since school started back in September. Our new students have settled in well and already feel very much at home in our warm, friendly community and we are proud of how our returning students have made them feel welcome. As Mr Mc Clean, Assistant Academic Head enthuses, “It has been a terrific start to the new academic year. The students are positive, engaged and working hard but more importantly the sense of enjoyment is tangible.”

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Brillantmont is heading to Asia in October and November 2018

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

We are delighted to announce that Brillantmont will be coming to Korea, China and Japan. Our travel dates are as follows:


  • 30th October - Seoul, Korea
  • 1st November - Beijing, China
  • 3rd November - Shanghai, China
  • 4th November - Tokyo, Japan 
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An exciting new learning adventure: new STEAM courses added to the mathematics and technology curriculum at Brillantmont

| 0 comments| by John Kennedy John Kennedy

September 2018 saw the launch of our new coding classes in our mathematics and technology department. In partnership with TechSpark Academy and EPFL, all of our grade 8 and 9 students are now learning computer programming as part of their core Brillantmont curriculum. These courses have been met with great enthusiasm by our students. Brillantmont is the only school in Switzerland to make such a course a compulsory part of the learning programme. Isn’t that a fantastic opportunity?

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Welcome to the new school year at Brillantmont International School in Switzerland

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

Today is a big day! It's the day we welcome back boys and girls from all over the world to start the new school year. The transition into a boarding school abroad can be daunting and even scary. It's normal to feel a bit anxious and apprehensive about being far from family, maybe for the first time.  Here, we share some advice to help make this new stage in your lives as smooth as possible.

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Brillantmont students give back on a Habitat for Humanity trip

| 4 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

For several years Brillantmont International School has been working in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Every year students do year-long fundraising activities and thanks to the generosity of our school community (who have enjoyed many bake sales, tombolas, pizza evenings and more) over CHF.4000 was raised. The highlight of the club however, is the building trip which sees students head to exotic desinations like Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia but also closer to home. This year students returned to Portugal, a country to where BM students have been several times in the past. Too often, we associate poverty with developing countries, yet, it is prevalent in the just around the corner, as our students saw.

They headed to Braga in Northern Portugal, where they helped build a house for the Alves family. Sakura and Sofia explain; "After arriving at the site we were lead by Joaquim Alves to see the place were he is currently living.  He showed us to a garage, where he lives with his wife and his 19 year old daughter. The space was really crowded, and he showed us all the pills he has to take because of his kidney problems. After seeing his current living conditions we got the motivation we needed to continue with our hard work to give Joaquim his dream house. "

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Brillantmont International School discovers Berlin, June 2018

| 0 comments| by Sarah Frei Sarah Frei

Taking learning beyond the classroom is very important and at Brillantmont, the teachers like nothing better than to show new cities to our students, so they can discover them together.  With that in mind, a small group of students headed to the German capital, Berlin - a city which has played a key role in modern European history.

Their busy schedule had a fun edge as they had a cross-city treasure hunt, with specific information to seek out during their week.

The students stayed in Alexanderplatz, which bears witness to Berlin's political upheavals. Since German reunification in 1990, this famous square has had a huge overhaul,  bringing it in line with the modern city but there is still lots of evidence of it's chequered history.The architecture was radically modern for the time and designed to impress the world. What better place to immerse the students in this exciting city?

Accompanied by Maths Co-ordinator, Mr Kennedy (and German teacher, Mrs Kottsieper) Mathematical skills were tested, as students measured angles between monuments and over the course of the week mapped and calculated  angles and distances between famous sites. A city bike tour was another great way to explore the city, as well as having fun!

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The group packed it all in - Panoramapunkt,  Potsdammer Platz, the Reichstag, Angela's Merkel's apartment, the Victory Column, Checkpoint Charlie, sections of the remaining Berlin Wall, Berlin TV Tower and encounters with all sorts of famous figures, including a famous mural of Brezhnev kissing Honecker.


For Valerie, one of several graduates, it was her last Brillantmont trip, so was particularly special, now that "the end is upon us!"


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