On Saturday, 12 September, 58 enthusiastic and committed ISB students, parents and staff came together with thousands of people around Switzerland to volunteer for the annual Swiss Clean Up Day. This national event is organized by IGSU, the interest group for a clean environment, and encourages people to organize local clean-up campaigns in their communities. Our clean-up campaign was driven by Daniel, a Grade 1 student, who wished for the school to make a difference.
Kate Chakravarty is a student on a mission. Appalled to learn that we only have 79 years until all the rainforests are gone, she decided to take action. By harnessing the power of the school community she created Run4Trees - a sponsored run executed in PHE lessons.
Enya Seguin is dedicated to improving healthcare around the world. An alumni of ISB, she co-founded a start-up while at University and now works for a company that delivers unique health innovations to vulnerable communities. We sat down with her to discuss how her time at ISB helped seed her passions, how she got to where she is today and what advice she would give to fellow students.
We recently caught up with ISB alumna, Annika Hagemann ('12), during her visit to Basel earlier this year while working on a documentary about multiple sclerosis. "With Grace" tells the story about a young actor and singer living in Basel, Grace Sanders, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 26. It is being made in collaboration with a media education platform which will educate school children about the neurological condition and dispel the many myths that surround it.
We were thrilled this week to welcome all of our students to International School Basel! We are fortunate during these extraordinary times to be able to open our three campuses for face-to-face learning. Welcome to the 2020/21 Academic Year at ISB!
Currently predicted as an undergraduate with a First Class Honours, school was not always easy for Thomas Washuus ('16). After receiving his not so stellar IB exam results, Thomas was unsure about his future studies. Fast forward to 2020 and not only did Thomas complete his bachelor's degree in Computer Science, he is predicted to achieve First Class Honours and discovered his possible career paths. He tells us about his journey from high school to university and what he has learned along the way.
ISB alumna, Lisa Schmidt ('15), who completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in international law at Leiden University, is now pursuing a graduate diploma in law in the UK. Recently, she completed her internship at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UN-IRMCT). We are glad to be able to connect with her again and learn about her path to finding her passions and landing this coveted opportunity.
For the past 25 years, ISB has been proud to be an accredited IB World School preparing students for success in university life and beyond. This year, ISB had a total of 122 candidates taking IB Diploma Programme examinations, with 118 students entered into the full Diploma Programme. Despite the challenges this year has brought, the students of the class of 2020 have shown resilience, determination and perseverance and we are proud of their outstanding achievements both academically and outside the classroom. We congratulate our students and wish them success as they move into the next step of their journey.
Register for the Girl Up leadership summit, scheduled for 13-15 July, which is a gender-inclusive event that brings together people from all over the world to talk about the need for Global Movement for Gender Equality.