William Lovell was born in Toronto, Canada. He attended secondary school at Upper Canada College and received his post-secondary education at the University of Guelph where he studied political science, education and communication. From 1971 to 2011 he was director and co-owner, with his wife Sandra, of the John F. Kennedy International School in Saanen, Switzerland. He served for many years on the board of directors of the Swiss Group of International Schools, the Tourist Office of Saanen and the Rotary Club of Gstaad. Bill dedicated his entire professional career to the development of the John F. Kennedy International School and summer camp.

In his retirement, Bill has endeavoured to improve as a skier, sailor and grandfather and to further enhance and expand the concept of international education in any way he can - e.g. through the development of Lovell International Camps. Bill has been married to fellow educator Sandra Lovell since 1968 and together they have two children - Alison, a former international school teacher who now lives in Toronto and manages her own design company, and Bryce who is a business graduate and heads up Lovell International Sport and Education Camps in Gstaad. He is the proud grandfather of five grandchildren.

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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