Our students are all given the opportunity to explore their passions, whether they are in sports, languages, technology, drama, music or art. Our clubs change regularly to allow children to try a number of activities during the school year and are intended to keep children active, interested and challenged. Some examples of our clubs include: NASA's GLOBE science club, yoga, Formula 1, swim team, maths challenge, cooking, first aid, dance, Harry Potter club, choir, film & media, Model United Nations, unihockey, football, judo, Magical Arts, construction, cross-country, arts & crafts, rugby, table tennis, Design & Technology club and drama. In addition we can facilitate for private music and language lessons.
Extra-curricular activities help children to develop confidence, socialise with others and learn self-discipline. Our staff offer many of the clubs. We also work with a number of partners in the Geneva/Lausanne area to offer activities beyond school facilities as well as on campus.
In addition to a full and rigorous programme of physical activity as part of the curriculum, sport is a key component of the extra-curricular provision. We have a wide-ranging programme of sports and physical activity, so every child can find something to enjoy. At our school we aim to provide a very high standard of coaching and competition for the best sportsmen while enabling everybody to find something they can enjoy. Students can participate in sports every day if they wish, and for the enthusiast there are outstanding opportunities to compete and excel. LCIS competes in the following team sports: football, uni-hockey and netball. For individual sports, LCIS competes in cross country, skiing, swimming and badminton. In the future, we will begin to compete in golf.
Physical education and recreational activities are an important part of school life. In addition to the Physical Education, Swimming and Skiing programmes, many children are involved in sporting activities both on the schools activity programme and in local clubs and societies. Many of these are free of charge, although some are offered by outside providers who require payment.
Our teams participate in outside events organised by Nord Anglia Education, the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) and the Association des Directeurs des Instituts de Suisse Romande (ADISR).
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
La Côte International School offers the world’s leading youth achievement award: the International Award (IA) at Bronze, Silver and Gold level to students from MYP3 upwards. Students take part in a range of Skills, Service and Physical activities alongside Adventurous Journeys in the mountainous areas of Switzerland. More information on www.intaward.org
Music, arts and drama
At La Côte International School we encourage our students to appreciate others’ music and to make their own. Our students study music throughout their school life and are taught by specialist music teachers who deliver a curriculum specifically designed for NAE schools by The Juilliard School. Our students are introduced to the recorder at an early age. Many also benefit from private lessons during or after the school day. We have a school band, as well as a lunchtime choir club and guitar club.
The performing Arts play a vital role in the life of the school. The annual school musical involves over half the school, whilst there are other opportunities for students of all ages to appear on stage.
Art plays a huge role in the curriculum, and we proudly display a range of art and crafts created by our students in the school.
After school activities
Your child will have the chance to explore a range of activities at our after-school clubs during the school year, from yoga and Mandarin to NASA's GLOBE science club, cookery and dance. There are many sports clubs including judo, football and unihockey as well as non-sporting activities including design club, journalism and sport booster morning club. The Clubs & Activities offer changes during each of the three terms in the academic year. This allows for a variety of activities to be explored by your child.
Middle Years students can benefit from several activities and clubs that add to the skills taught during the programme, such as the opportunity to join an orchestra.
Many of our students are members of local community sports and social clubs, and we promote involvement in the community. In partnership with our French programme, we encourage students and their families to join local clubs and associations, for pursuits such as sailing, horse-riding and football.
Other clubs are hosted by the school, including Violin, Judo and Girl Scouts.
La Côte International School has contributed to many good causes since it was set up. Every year, our students and their families support the Operation Christmas Child Project, which provides gifts to children in need in over 100 different countries. In addition, each year we select at least one other charity to support through various fundraising activities. We believe charitable work through the school can inspire students and families to make a real difference in the local and global community.