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This Month at TASIS

November 2023

November 2023

From eye-opening Academic Travel trips across Europe and stellar performing arts events on campus to breathtaking views of Montagnola and outstanding accomplishments in athletics, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.


Golden Hour

Sunrise on the morning of November 1 revealed snow in the peaks surrounding campus.


Taking Class on the Road

On October 31 and November 1, High School students and faculty members embarked on 18 Academic Travel trips to 13 cities/regions in seven countries: Austria (Vienna and Baad), France (Paris and Normandy), Greece (Athens), Italy (Florence, Liguria, and Venice), Malta (Mdina), Spain (Madrid), and Switzerland (Geneva, Leysin, and Zurich). Take a look at some photos.


Outward Bound

While most students traveled to culture capitals of Europe for their Fall Academic Travel, some grade 10 students and faculty chaperones ventured into the wilderness of Austria for six days of outdoor adventure. See more photos


Experiencing Switzerland

Middle School students and faculty members journeyed to Gstaad, Switzerland, for their Fall Academic Travel trip. In the beautiful mountains, forests, and lakes of western Switzerland, the students worked together to complete team-building challenges, navigate high ropes courses, climb rock walls, and much more. See more photos.


Sharing Her Talents

Cory Chen ’27 treated her peers to a piece of classical guitar music at a High School assembly on November 6.


Preparing for Success

The members of the TASIS Cheer & Pom team met on November 7 to train for their first-ever competition, FC Brings it On, which was held in Paris on November 25. The team, which was just established last year by Ms. Amy Hutchson, went on to finish in second place in a competitive field that featured teams from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom!


Tigers vs. Wolves

The Girls Varsity Soccer team welcomed teams from across Europe to Ticino for the Division 1 European Sports Conference Championship on November 11–12. See more photos of the Tigers facing off against Carlucci American International School of Lisbon in the game for fifth place. 


Big Reveal

Members of the High School Faculty helped announce this spring’s High School musical, The Little Mermaid, during a Performing Arts assembly on November 13 that also included a dance by the Cheer & Pom team, several music performances, and a preview of the Fall Play. See more photos and a short highlight video.


Finding the Right School

TASIS welcomed admissions representatives from 53 schools in eight different nations to campus for the second annual TASIS University Fair on November 13. See more photos and learn more.


Planting Veggies

On November 15, grade 4 students in Mr. Laurent Carsana’s Science class used iPads to design optimal garden plots. See more photos.  


After Hours

Campus lit up with lights as the sun set over Lake Lugano and distant mountains on November 16.


Student-led Organizations

TASIS’s Student Council organized a Club Fair on the Kay Hamblin Terrace on November 17. High School students had the opportunity to meet with student leaders and gather information about TASIS’s many clubs and activities


The Salem Witch Trials

The High School Fall Play premiered on the evening of Friday, November 17, in a packed Palmer Cultural Center, and the cast and crew would go on to deliver two more outstanding performances over that weekend. See more photos.


New York City Reunion

More than 200 TASIS alumni and friends enjoyed a fabulous evening at the elegant Yale Club in New York City on Friday, November 17. Learn more.


NISSA Champions

On November 18, the Varsity Girls Volleyball team was crowned champion of the NISSA Tournament after defeating the American School of Milan in the finals 25-16, 25-16. See more photos.


Alumnus Shares His Journey

TASIS was honored to host TASIS alumnus and communications and public affairs advisor to global leaders John Procter ’98 on campus on November 20–21 as part of the 2023–2024 TASIS Speaker Series. Mr. Procter delivered a keynote address to the senior class in the Palmer Cultural Center on Monday evening and spent additional time with the Model UN group, the members of the TASIS Speaker Series Committee, and economics and history classes over the course of his two-day visit. Learn more.


Dining with the Headmaster

Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff joined Ms. Lisa Olsen’s 2nd-grade class for a special lunch in Casa Fleming on November 21. Over the course of the fall, Mr. Nikoloff has met with every homeroom class in grades 2–5 to chat about the Elementary School and to discuss the symbols within the TASIS crest and how they represent educational principles important to the school.


Putting on a Show

Surrounded by their peers and teachers, the Middle School Theater Club performed six original scenes in the Palmer Center on the afternoon of November 21, 2023.


Athletics Banquet

Varsity athletes and their coaches gathered in De Nobili to celebrate a successful fall season on the evening of November 21. Students enjoyed a special dinner while coaches recognized team leaders with awards. See more photos.


Tooth, Goodness, and Beauty

Grade 2 students took a closer look inside their mouths before learning about teeth in Mr. Laurent Carsana’s science class on November 22. See more photos.


In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments 

Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) performed its fall concert, World of Wonders, in front of a packed house in the Palmer Cultural Center on the evening of November 22. Watch the incredible performance and learn more about the concert inspired by Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s New York Times Bestselling book World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments.


Thankful for More Travel

Many High School students and faculty chaperones spent the long Thanksgiving weekend of November 24–26 traveling on Academic Travel trips to six exciting destinations around Europe: Malta (Ancient & Medieval History), Rome (Ancient & Medieval History), Florence (Modern History), Tuscany (to walk the Via Francigena), Amsterdam (a Qualifying Adventurous Journey cycling trip for Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award candidates), and Paris (performances for the Cheer & Pom team, High School Choir and Ensemble, and Sweet November Dance Company). See more photos.


Special Performances

While in Paris, the TASIS High School Choir and Ensemble—guided by Performing Arts Department Chair Erika Cramp—performed Christmas songs and other classics in the historic Church of Saint-Sulpice, a massive cathedral that was used as a filming location in the popular 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code. Their impressive program consisted of more than an hour's worth of music from choir songs to solos, duets, and ensembles. See video highlights.

The following week, on November 29, the Middle and High School Choirs and Ensembles had the opportunity to perform at the famous Singing Christmas Tree at the Zurich Christmas Market.


Winter Wonderland

Middle School boarding students spent their Thanksgiving weekend getting an early taste of winter in snowy Zermatt. See more photos.