News & Events
Students aged 4½ to 18 are now invited to apply to TASIS Summer Programs in Lugano, Switzerland. For dates, prices, course offerings, and additional information about all three programs–Château des Enfants (CDE), Middle School Program (MSP), TASIS Summer Program (TSP)–visit the TASIS Summer Programs website or view the Summer Programs 2016 catalog.
Robotics, which was a huge hit with CDE and MSP children last year, will be back this summer. The course was a key part of a new MSP clubs initiative designed to provide students with an opportunity to try something new. Other clubs included photography, filmmaking, and computer programming, and this summer TASIS will continue to offer engaging clubs to nurture students' minds and encourage further exploration.
The TASIS Summer Program will feature an exciting new Italian cooking course, La Cucina Italiana, for students aged 14-18. In addition to mastering traditional recipes, students will study vocabulary to use at local markets, tour Italian food factories, and learn about knife skills and dining etiquette.
High school students looking to gain an edge in the competitive world of college admissions will want to consider two rigorous academic courses that were added to last year’s TSP curriculum: International Baccalaureate Preparation and Academic Writing. Fashion enthusiasts will again have the opportunity to take the TSP’s unique Fashion and Textile Design Course.
The TASIS Summer Programs–which will continue to offer students a number of intensive language programs, many courses in Visual and Performing Arts, and ample travel opportunities–seem to fill up earlier each year, so apply now to ensure a spot for the summer of 2016.
To see photo albums from the summer of 2015, click here.
Betsy Newell, or "Mrs. Betsy" to generations of young students, retired this summer after 25 years as Director of Le Château des Enfants (CDE), the TASIS summer program for students aged 4-10. She also celebrated her 75th birthday and 72 years as part of the TASIS family, dating back to Mrs. Fleming's first summer program in Pennsylvania, Frog Hollow. Longtime co-director Meagan Vincent will take the reins from summer 2016.
Meagan made the following heartfelt toast at Betsy's birthday party this summer. Her words echo the thoughts of everyone who had the pleasure of working with Betsy. We wish her all the best and hope she comes to visit during her summers off!
I have had the pleasure of growing up with Betsy. So many of the qualities I have tried to develop are because I know Betsy. She has helped me set goals for myself and become a better teacher, leader, and person. Her influence on me has been immeasurable. Most importantly, she has shown me what it means to be a great woman.
This sad day has been imminent. Betsy has been at the helm of CDE for longer than I have been alive, chasing children around and dealing with her staff and the parents and everything else that comes under the umbrella of Director. She deserves a rest.
And since I knew this day would come, I’ve been paying attention. And I’ve learned some things about how to emulate this great woman, or how to attempt to be The Next Betsy.
To entertain well, you must always have a selection of decorative plates, fancy cocktail napkins, and chilled bubbles on hand. When guests are invited, plan ahead. Have a seating chart ready, be certain that there are equal numbers of men and women and, if not, that the men are spread around and that they aren’t stuck with the same ladies for too long. And if you feel inclined, don’t be afraid to head off to bed, leaving the most responsible guest in charge of loading the dishwasher.
To be a thoughtful guest, never come empty-handed. Bring a bottle of something. Have some paté or fresh lox on hand for a random occasion and never underestimate the power of a thoughtful re-gift. In the end, it really is the sentiment that counts.
To be an exceptional educator, you must love children, all children, equally. Children from around the world are intriguing and engaging people who can contribute to the world around them, and certainly to a conversation at the dinner table. She has taught me to keep my expectations high, and that children will meet the expectations set for them.
To be an outstanding mentor, teach by example. Leave room for mistakes and discuss the positive and negative sides of the issues that come up every day, explaining the variety of ways to handle various problems or situations. Be supportive, be honest, be constructive.
To be an unparalleled director, think ten steps ahead. When forced to make snap decisions, immediately consider every option and possibility and make the most sensible choice, which may not be obvious to the rest of us. Lead with authority and grace. Be involved with everything. Command respect. Most importantly, keep track of every penny and be smart with the budget so that you have room to get a case of Prosecco once in a while.
Betsy learned much of this from her mentor, Mrs. Fleming, and carries on her traditions in all that she does. We all will constantly remind ourselves of these qualities for years to come here at TASIS. When faced with a situation that seems helpless, where Betsy once thought, “What would Mrs. Fleming do?”, we will think, "What would Betsy do?’'
Betsy, your commitment to this School and to us will resonate with all of us for decades to come. We will miss your daily presence beyond measure, but we will never forget your legacy. You are a true icon, and a pillar of this institution. Thank you for all you have done for us, and for me.
TASIS summer programs opened its doors to a total of 310 boarding and 95 day students to its campuses in Lugano and Château-d'Oex. Children from the US, Russia, Brazil, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, China and many others were welcomed on opening day. There are 121 returning students this year, and over 20 alumni who have sent their own children to one of our summer programs.
Students were greeted by TASIS counselors, faculty and staff ready to lend a hand with luggage and to guide families around campus. Families dropped off their children, got them settled into their dorms, and were invited to the Villa De Nobili for lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The programs kicked off with games and ice breakers for all. The next day, the programs had students in language placement tests and first time excursions to explore the local area.
Students, staff and faculty are enjoying the beautiful weather in both Lugano and Château-d'Oex - and having a wonderful time!
Enjoy viewing galleries of images from the first few days of the programs. Visit Smug Mug to view and purchase even more images. New this summer: the Switzerland Summer Programs Blog for more stories - take a look!
All of our Lugano programs will visit the Expo this summer. Highlights include the Pavilions, which feature the cultures of 140 countries around the world, and the Children’s Park, which helps children understand sustainability through hands-on activities. The Future Food District focuses on the future of food production and consumption. Already a huge success, Expo Milano 2015 is a celebration of cultures, big ideas, and technology centered around the theme of Feed the Planet, Energy for Life.
Families coming to Lugano to drop off or pick up their children should consider visiting this once-in-a-lifetime event. Shuttle buses will run from downtown Lugano to the venues. Or come back in October, when TASIS will be representing Ticino at the Swiss Pavillion!
Visit the Expo Milano website for more information.