The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life, some of them irreversibly, but SEK Education Group has done its best to adapt to these changes and overcome them to offer its students a learning experience that exceeds expectations year on year. And one of the greatest experiences being a SEK student is living and learning for several months, or a full academic year, with classmates at SEK International School Les Alpes.
This year, following their arrival on 16 January, students have enjoyed the amazing experience of learning at SEK-Les Alpes for a year, a challenge they face with enthusiasm and dedication. With a mix of education, culture and sport, the students spent the first days adapting to their new environment with activities in the snow and visits with snowshoes to St. Nicolas La Chapelle, the French village located in Val d’Arly, close to the school, which is located in the French Alps, specifically in the French Savoy.
Physical Education classes are one of the greatest experiences that SEK-Les Alpes offers its students. Sports such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding or alpine skiing, all in the midst of nature, taking advantage of the pistes and trails that traverse the landscape surrounding the school during this time of year.
In addition to their regular lessons, which are taught using the International Baccalaureate method, at SEK-Les Alpes students learn with other types of extracurricular activities, as happened during the Holocaust Victims Commemoration Day, in which they tackled the events that shook Europe in the first half of the last century, and students and teachers talked about what happened in the concentration camps, what the Nazis sought to achieve, the victims, and also their executioners.
On weekends, it is common to organise and enjoy activities such as a “treasure hunt”, games in which students must search for clues throughout the boarding house and in which everyone participates, both students and teachers. Another example are the orienteering and map reading activities, in which boxes with clues or riddles are hidden in different points around the school, and that students must find in the shortest possible time.
Film screenings are also common at the SEK-Les Alpes gym, where dances are also held, in which students perform choreographies from the 1920s to the present day. Every weekend, and every day in particular, is an adventure in SEK-Les Alpes, without neglecting at any time their lessons, the evolution and the academic progress of each of the students.