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This Month at TASIS

April 2022

April 2022

From Book Week and Easter celebrations before our two-week spring holiday to sports contests and Academic Travel after, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.


Exam Prep

Upperclassmen began April by taking Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) practice tests in preparation for their end-of-year exams. Read about how TASIS students posted impressive IB and AP results last year.



Tenacious Tigers

The Middle School girls volleyball team traveled to International School of Zug and Luzern for a tournament on April 2. The TASIS Tigers won three of their four games to finish second overall. Read a recap.



The Magnificent Seven

Each year, TASIS honors a group of High School students who exemplify the qualities we refer to as the Magnificent Seven. These timeless virtues—Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision—are character traits that were of utmost importance to our founder, M. Crist Fleming, and continue to be highly valued by the TASIS community today.

The 2022 recipients were announced on April 4 during a High School assembly. Congratulations to Helga Gradeci (Integrity), Nitya Dalmia (Respect), Wil Pacini (Responsibility—not pictured), Carly Bachofen (Compassion), Susanna Campbell (Humility), Ryan Arbid (Service), and Nina Mondin (Vision)!



The Hunt for the Golden Eggs

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) organized several wonderful Easter egg hunts for students of all ages on April 5. See more photos.


A Fine, Fine Week

During the week of April 4–8, the Elementary School celebrated reading and writing with lots of exciting Book Week activities. Students dressed up like their favorite literary characters, heard from guest readers from all over campus, created edible books, “dropped everything” and read outside, participated in story walks, chatted with a visiting author, and more. See some photos.


Author Q&A

During Book Week, award-winning author Mac Barnett paid a (virtual) visit to the Elementary School to discuss his novels, answer questions, and encourage the young students to find enjoyment in reading and writing.


Spring Training

In preparation for their first tournament of the season, Varsity Tennis players worked on their game at the Villa Principe courts on April 5. See more photos.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

On April 8, Grade 5 students put together a Protozoa and Chimaeras Museum in ES Science Teacher Mr. Laurent Carsana’s laboratory. The students created their own single-celled organisms and hybrid animals and discussed their creatures’ unique survival traits with visitors. See more photos


GSP Travel Reconvenes with a TASIS First

Over the course of the two-week April holiday, 20 TASIS students traveled to Thailand for the first Opsahl Global Service Program (GSP) trip since February 2020 and the first GSP trip to Thailand in school history. Led by Opsahl Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff, Global Service Program Assistant Borana Sarcevic, and four additional faculty chaperones, the students spent much of the trip working closely with OurLand, a wildlife reserve and education center located at the southern tip of the Western Forest Complex and Salakphra Wildlife Sanctuary—a region heavily impacted by habitat loss, degradation, and human-wildlife conflict. They visited three types of wildlife sanctuaries to learn about ethical elephant tourism, talked to those on the front lines of human-elephant conflict, and helped out locals when and where they could. Check out the group’s journal, a video, and more photos from the trip.


TASIS Robotics at the World Festival

A total of 35,140 teams from 110 different countries participated in the 2022 FIRST LEGO League Challenge, and just 108 qualified to compete at the FIRST Championship World Festival in Houston, Texas, over the course of April 20–23. Congratulations to Coach Amy Bloodworth and the inspiring all-female team of Serafina Ballerini ’26, Olivia Canga ’26, Maddy Costa Felix ’26, Mariaurora Rosso ’24, and Diana Xiao ’26 for this incredible accomplishment! Learn more and see the team reflect on the journey of a lifetime.


Philosophizing with Professor Koch

IB Theory of Knowledge students discussed ethics with Villanova University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Peter Koch, a TASIS Speaker Series visitor, on April 26. The thought-provoking discussion covered clinical ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of medicine.


Lending a Hand

Grade 7 students in Ms. Muna Kaya and Ms. Ruth Viader’s Middle School service learning group helped sort donations bound for Ukraine at a Lugano redistribution center on April 26.


Swiss Champs

The Varsity Golf Team won the SGIS Championship at Golf Club Montreux in Aigle on April 27. Led by Riccardo Baroni '22, Matteo Di Bisceglie '23, and Eric Dong '25, TASIS bested a field of nine schools to be crowned champions of Switzerland. Read a recap and see more photos.


Tigers Soar in Geneva

The Varsity Track and Field team competed at the SGIS Championship in Geneva on April 28 and produced many team and individual highlights, including junior Claudia Clarke Gosalvez’s leap of 1.40 meters in the high jump, which set a new school record. Read a recap and see more photos.


Walk this Way

On April 29, 16 students and several faculty chaperones set off to trek 40 kilometers of the Via Francigena (Camino to Rome) trail, a historic medieval route and pilgrimage that has been walked for centuries. Interested students will have a chance to complete a second leg of the Camino in the fall. See more photos.