KIVA – a fresh approach to bullying
The school’s adoption of an internationally recognised anti-bullying programme in 2020 underscores its approach to balanced learning. The Finnish programme KiVa addresses school bullying through prevention, intervention and monitoring. IIL is to date the only KiVa certified school in Switzerland.
The programme focuses on addressing bullying in a preventative way by creating an inclusive environment where all students feel safe.
“It is important to create an inclusive environment where students learn empathy and tolerance, as well as resilience to overcome obstacles,” says Chase Jones, a secondary teacher and certified KiVa trainer at IIL.
As part of the preventative measures, children learn about emotions, develop empathy and how to identify bullying and help someone who is being bullied.
“The goal is to move students from being silent witnesses to become defenders of students who are being bullied,” says Mr Jones.
Fair play – physical development
The approach to sport at IIL is to combine a balanced physical education with the holistic development of the child, says IIL Head of Sports, Arnaud Denis
The goal is to foster an enjoyment of sport, even among pupils who don’t see themselves as sporty and to encourage students to discover and learn new sports practices throughout their school career.
“It is equally important during sports education to teach positive values such as mutual respect and fair play among students,” says Mr. Denis.
One of the school’s achievements is a massive boost in the number of students participating in inter-school tournaments, growing to around 300 students in football and netball in 2020.
The school’s sports coaches have produced several sports guides and use the latest technologies such as iPads to film students and help them improve their performance.
As of 2022 the school will provide a protocol accommodating high-level sports performers at the school with an adapted programme to allow them to pursue their passion alongside a solid academic education. For example, they will have access to online lessons and will have half days off to accommodate sports commitments.