The origins of SGIS can be traced back to Lugano, October 1966, where only the second-ever Autumn Conference of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) was held at Villa Negroni, the home of the The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). ECIS had been founded only the previous year, following a meeting at The College du Leman (CDL) in March 1965.

Following the Lugano conference, informal soundings were made through 1967 and 1968 with the idea of linking international schools in Switzerland.

Eventually a working party met at Institut Le Rosey, Rolle, in the spring of 1969, with the mandate of drawing up a set of statutes. The working party comprised of Brian Bissell (Commonwealth American School, Lausanne); Terry Gale (CDL); Mike Hope (Lycée des Nations) and the Headmaster of the host school, Malcolm Whitehead.

The first formal gathering of lectures and workshops, chaired by Brian Bissell, took place at The English Speaking School of Berne (now the International School of Berne), in October 1969 when forty delegates attended.

Each year, following its foundation, SGIS provided subject-specific workshops for teachers; and comprehensive sports events for students.

In 1989 a two-day conference was held in Thun, with the renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, as the keynote speaker. This was deemed such a success, that an annual two-day conference has been held each year ever since, attracting around three hundred educators from the member schools.

Mission statement

The Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) exists to support international schools in Switzerland and neighbouring countries in achieving their educational goals and to provide representation on issues of common interest.

General overview

The following are excerpts from the Articles of the Organization.

The Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to:

  • promote closer links among teachers, administrators, and students of its member schools;
  • promote professional development for teachers and administrators;
  • provide opportunities for arranging educational, cultural, and sporting activities among member schools;
  • provide a forum for the sharing of educational resources;
  • represent the concerns of international schools in Switzerland to local and federal authorities;
  • cooperate and maintain professional contacts with other regional and international educational bodies and associations.

SGIS promotes the following activities:

  • Conferences/Workshops: Conferences and workshops shall be held regularly during each academic year.

  • Sports: To promote inter-school sports competition at every level, the SGIS Sports Committee, composed of the member schools' Sports or Athletic Directors, shall be established. The SGIS Sports Committee shall recommend the appointment of one of its members as the SGIS Sports Coordinator to the Executive Committee.

  • Standing Committees: To support and promote the purposes of the SGIS, Standing Committees may be created at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM): The AGM shall be held in the fall of each year. 50% of the regular member schools shall constitute a quorum. Each regular school designates an official representative who may vote on its behalf. Members shall be notified in writing of the date, location, and agenda of the AGM not less than four weeks in advance.

    The functions of the AGM are:
    • election of the Executive Committee;
    • approval of the Treasurer's Report;
    • action on membership recommendations submitted by the Executive Committee;
    • consideration of any other business.

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Upcoming events

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    Regional Training Centre at Zurich International School Schedule: Thursday, 11th October 2018 - 08:30 - 16:00 Training Location: Zurich International School (ZIS), Steinacherstrasse 140, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland More info and registration

  • Girls Codeathon

    9 & 10 Nov. 2018 In recognition of the continuing challenge to increase gender diversity within STEM and Computer Science, the International School of Lausanne is partnering with GirlsCoding.org to host a Girls Codeathon on Friday 9 November and...

  • Safeguarding Workshop

    Date and time: Thursday 22 November 9:00 - Friday 23 November 16:30 Location: Aiglon College, Chesières. What is it? This two day workshop led by the Safeguarding Team at Aiglon College and Robin Watts, safeguarding trainer and consultant (...

  • EAL Jobalike

    This year's SGIS EAL Job Alike meeting will take place on Friday, 1st February 2019 at the International School Rheintal.

  • SGIS MFL Workshop

    MFL CI / TRPS WorkshopLiam Printer Comprehensive Input and Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling Suval Montreux | Date - TBC More...

The SGIS Annual Conference 2019

« Can we walk the talk? »

WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 1st AND 2nd 2019

at International School of Basel, Switzerland

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