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.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Everyone can provide mental health first aid!

In this two-day training, First-aiders are taught a basic knowledge of a range of mental illnesses and crises. In addition to theoretical knowledge, practical skills are practiced through interactive exercises and role-plays. With your newly acquired
skills you will make an important contribution to the quality of life of those around you. With your knowledge you can strengthen both your own mental health and that of others.

Friday, 1st of October, 2021 09h00 - 12h30 and 13h30- 17h00
Saturday, 2nd of October, 2021 09h00 - 12h30 and 13h30- 17h00
Completion: Exam incl. certificate
Cost: CHF 380.-
*Lunch is available for an extra cost

Trainers: Lisa Lusti Aiglon College | Wellbeing Coordinator
Mecky McNeil ensa English Instructor Coordinator

For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Lusti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://ensa.swiss/en/