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HS Weekly Bulletin | February 16, 2018
Posted 02/16/2018 04:00PM


The world has become so small that it compels us to have our thinking become big, if we are ever to make the big dream come true.

– M. Crist Fleming, 1991 Yearbook message

The Parade of Flags, during which students representing more than 60 nationalities bask in the applause and support of the School community, launches International Week at TASIS. I am particularly moved when the whole School supportively cheers the passing of a small country, represented by a proud student walking across the gym floor with the national flag draped over his or her shoulders.

If the best of nationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in a single nation, then the best of internationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in all nations. In fact, internationalism really is recognition of the true, good, and beautiful values that we share as humans regardless of nationality, reflected through the unique prism of a particular nation.

A TASIS alumnus from the 1980s recently wrote, “What made TASIS special was...the students. I forever have fond memories of Jews, Arabs, Persians, Christians, and one semi-Buddhist on the same rugby team.” I can’t help but wonder if this alumnus also recalls the letter Mrs. Fleming sent to all alumni in 2001, in which she stated, “I want to believe as I age that the dynamic of TASIS will go on forever—that it will continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings.”

Whether it’s the entire MS’s energetic International Karaoke Contest, the ES’s moving International Showcase, or the HS’s spirited International Food Fair, International Week represents the best of TASIS and Mrs. Fleming’s vision of the world as “one big family.”

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 24–Friday, March 2 Spring Academic Travel
Friday, March 9 Yearbook portrait retakes
Thursday, March 22 Winter Sports Assembly
Friday, March 16–Saturday, March 17 HS Spring Musical
Sunday, March 25–Sunday, April 8 Spring Break

Another Great International Week Comes to a Close!

Please enjoy this article (with video footage) about Monday’s Opening Ceremony, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, a performance from the combined School Choirs, and a great speech by MS student Maria Svetlova. Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

At Friday’s Closing Ceremony, TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim handed out trophies for the High School World Cup Tournament, and Andrea Sun '21 performed a beautiful rendition of Jane Zhang's "Dream it Possible." Congratulations are due to Team Italia (won the boys’ tournament and raised CHF 560 for the Serving Southern Africa Global Service Program group), Team EH (girls’ tournament champions), Pavel Angjelov ’19 (Golden Glove Award), and Nick Barbieri ’18 (MVP and Golden Boot Award).

More photos from International Week will be posted on the TASIS SmugMug page soon.

Register Now for the Spring Musical: Annie Get Your Gun

This year’s High School Spring Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, April 13, at 19:30. Two additional shows will be performed on Saturday, April 14 at 19:30 and a matinee performance on Sunday, April 15 at 14:30.

A rip-roaring, colorful love letter to the men—and particularly one woman—who shaped our collective vision of the American Wild West of the 1800s, the show features songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin (whose music fills the American Songbook with hits like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas"). Perfect for the whole family, audiences are guaranteed to leave the theater humming, tapping their feet, and loving the lively characters and feel-good plotline.

To reserve seats or learn more about the show, visit

Spring Academic Travel

All parents should have received an email from their child’s Spring Academic Travel trip leader this week with itinerary and packing information. Please see some basic information about each trip below, and please contact Academic Travel Director Natalie Philpot with any questions.

February 22–March 3 

Trip Leader


Check-in Place

Check-in Time

India • GSP

Mr. Joyce

079 866 3924



February 24–March 3

Trip Leader


Check-in Place

Check-in Time

Morocco • GSP

Mr. Mulert

079 866 3620



February 24–March 2

Trip Leader


Check-in Place

Check-in Time

Poland • Modern History

Mr. Fredericksen

079 866 3907

De Nobili


Crans-Montana • Ski Adventure

Mr. Diviani

079 398 3017

De Nobili (between 8:30–10:30)

February 25–March 2

Trip Leader


Check-in Place

Check-in Time

Greece • Ancient History

Mr. White/Ms. Heard

079 866 3936

De Nobili


Normandy • US History

Mr. Grimm

079 866 3923

De Nobili


Budapest • History and Culture

Ms. Schlicht/Ms. Schumacher

079 866 3901

De Nobili


Stockholm • Combined Arts

Ms. Forrest

079 866 3739

De Nobili


Tuscany • IB II Mock Exam Retreat

Mr. Stickley

079 866 3704

Parking lot


Chess Tournament at TASIS on March 3

Swiss Chess Tour will host a chess tournament on the TASIS campus (Monticello 1 and 2) on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3. The check-in period will run from 13:45–14:25, and the tournament will begin at 14:30. Prizes will be awarded at 18:40.

TASIS students of all ages can enter the tournament for free (provided that they know the rules of chess), and parents and other members of the community are also welcome to participate for an entry fee of CHF 20. Please see the flyer below for registration details.

Portrait Retakes on March 9

Portrait Retake Day will be held on Friday, March 9, in the MCF Library for any students and faculty/staff who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook, in Veracross, and in the faculty/staff directory, so it’s very important that students remember to go.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests

February 21

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs. U17 Cassarate

Palestra, TASIS campus

March 6

Varsity Badminton • SGIS Doubles

Palestra, TASIS campus

March 6

Varsity Girls Basketball vs. BC Vedeggio

Palestra, TASIS campus

March 8

Varsity Girls Basketball • ESC


March 8

Varsity Boys Basketball • ESC


March 8

Swimming • ESC


Recent Athletic Results

February 10

Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Tournament

2nd Place

Volunteers Needed for Spring Gala: Building the Future

The TPA has begun to plan this year’s Spring Gala (“Building the Future”) and is looking for volunteers to help organize the event, which will include an auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. The Gala will be held in the Palestra on Saturday, April 21.

The TPA would also be delighted to receive any donations for the raffle and auctions. If you have any new items or services (e.g. bags, yoga lessons, etc.) you would be willing to contribute or would like to volunteer to help in any other capacity, please contact Brunella Pignaton at

No HS Bulletin Next Two Weeks

Because there are no classes during the week of February 26—March 2 due to Spring Academic Travel, we will not publish a HS Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 23, or on Friday, March 2. Classes will resume on Monday, March 5, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 9.

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