Junior School | Ages 3 - 10
Welcome to ISB Aesch Campus
Welcome to a place where students, parents, teachers, teaching assistants, and staff work together to maximize the educational experience for all the constituents within our school community. By exhibiting a growth mindset and creating a collaborative, team-based working environment where individual strengths of all are harnessed into a synergy of effort and collective responsibility that is at all times benefiting students, we aim to create an environment where students love learning and are empowered with the capacity to learn.
George Dolesch, Junior School Principal
In 2007, ISB opened Aesch Campus – a modern building designed to accommodate the needs of younger Primary Years students (Early Childhood 1 - Grade 5, ages 3 to 12)
The structure of Aesch Campus takes advantage of as much natural light and wide open spaces as possible. The large classrooms have high ceilings with hardwood floors and large picture windows. The building provides a warm and positive environment for young students. Moving between homerooms and specialised rooms, students benefit daily from a wide range of group and individual learning experiences and activities.
Located on Arlesheimerstrasse, easily accessible by tram 11, walking and biking paths. Directions to Aesch Campus.
- Well-stocked library, with multimedia features
- Large, well-equipped music classrooms
- Large culinarium which seats 250
- Aula/Auditorium for assemblies and performances
- Double gymnasium
- Outdoor facilities including artificial playing field, a running track, basketball and multipurpose courts
- Outdoor playground with beautiful panoramic views of the castle-dotted Jura mountain ranges encircling the campus
- On-site nurses and medical room
Health and Safety
A student’s health and safety is of paramount importance.
We believe that students at ISB, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, grow in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding (adapted from UN Convention of the Rights of the Child). Whilst it is not possible to fully protect all students, ISB has a Child Protection Policy in place to respond to concerns of ‘physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s)’ or any other person who comes into contact with the child. (Article 19, UN Convention of the Rights of the Child)
In line with the school’s Mission and Philosophy, ISB is committed to ensuring that all children in our care are afforded a safe and secure environment that nurtures academic, social and emotional growth. To this end, ISB views this commitment as a ‘partnership’ (ISB Mission and Philosophy), involving all members of ISB community.
As a school located in Switzerland, we comply with Swiss Federal and Cantonal laws pertaining to child protection.
At ISB there are professionally-trained and qualified nurses to provide care when needed, and clear guidelines to help maintain a healthy environment for all.
All three campuses have a medically-equipped room and are staffed by trained and qualified nurses. They are available to provide first aid and basic medical care as well as helping and advising regarding local health care facilities. All staff are trained in basic first aid and a number are certified first aiders. Staff rooms contain a notice board with photos of students who have serious health issues to enable staff to easily recognise these students.
All staff and parents are issued with an ISB ID badge. This must be worn in a visible manner whilst on the school property. Visitors are required to sign in at the main reception desk at either campus and are issued with a visitor’s badge. All visitors must sign out and return the badges before leaving the premises. Any person without a proper ID will be addressed and directed back to Reception to sign in.
Lockdown and evacuation practices take place on a regular basis. This is done to ensure that students and all personnel on campus are well-prepared in the unlikely event of such emergencies. This is also required by the School’s accreditation agencies. Procedures are reviewed with students prior to the practice of drills. Parents are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with the procedures.
The Aesch Campus library is specially designed for our younger learners.
The library provides a collection of more than 22,000 books to support students and staff in enjoying and implementing the Primary Years Programme. Children that have a mother tongue other than English can enjoy An International Language Section which features picture books in more than 20 languages, including German, French and Italian.
The library curriculum is closely tied to the Units of Inquiry. Through weekly lessons, students are introduced to literature, information texts, and develop research skills. The skills learned at Aesch Campus will assist students as they move up through the curriculum and into the Fiechten and Reinach campuses. Our aim is to create a life-long learners in every student.
During a class visit, students may be found learning to use the library to satisfy their information needs and also developing a love of literature by:
- Selecting books for home reading;
Using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to search the online collections;
Learning about the Dewey Decimal Classification and library organization;
Searching for resources and collecting information related to their PYP units of inquiry or personal interests;
Searching online databases such as Encyclopedia Britannica or Wolfram Alpha;
Citing different sources of information;
Learning and actively being good Digital Citizens;
Reading for individual enjoyment and personal growth;
Listening to, telling or dramatising stories;
Learning about authors, illustrators Learning about different genres of literature including biography, poetry, reference, etc.;
Learning how a book is made and the terms applied to different parts of a book, for example, text, spine, cover, end papers, etc.;
Learning strategies which enable them to become independent library users.
Lunch at ISB
Good nutrition is a foundation for health and well-being.
Mealtimes provide opportunities for relaxation and sociability. Students at ISB are offered a variety of nutritious and balanced meals freshly prepared by our caterer, Passion Food, including hot meals with salad and dessert/fruit, salad bar or a selection of prepared sandwiches and snacks. Students have the option to sign-up for the lunch program on a daily basis, pay on the day, or bring their own lunch.
ASPIRE - After School Programme
ASPIRE supports students and their parents after the school day has ended.