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Posted Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 3:54:00 PM

On Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April 2018, two members of the IB organisation came to OBS for the IB Diploma Programme Verification Visit. This is the final step before any school is allowed to start with teaching the Diploma Programme curriculum (Gr. 11 and 12). Since September 2016, the DP Team at OBS, led by our IB Coordinator, Louise Hoyne-Butler, have been diligently working on the implementation of the Diploma Programme. During this time, all chosen IB staff members have been attending IB Professional Development Courses abroad, including Milan, Prague, Florence, London etc. This enabled the IB Staff to familiarise themselves with their subject requirements and design an unique curriculum for our students. The final application had been sent as planned on the 1st of October 2017, with all policies and documents required.

During the Verification Visit, the IB Visiting Team have throroughly checked all the IB requirements. They've conducted interviews with all IB staff members, Head of Upper School, Management Team, OBS Careers Counsellor, Librarian, Head of Special Needs, potential IB students and their parents. They have also checked the logistics incl. laboratories and art facilities.

OBS will now be provided with their results within three months regarding permission to teach the Diploma Programme. The IB Visiting Team members were extremely complementary of our future IB students who were described as polite, funny, confident, thoughtful and reflective. We're looking forward to share the final outcome of the visit with the school community soon!

Posted Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 3:53:00 PM

On October 13th, Grade 6 and Herr Speerli, Coding, Robotics and Applied Physics teacher launched 2 weather balloons from the school initiating the Ikarus Project at OBS. The entire school turned out to join in the count-down and watch the team put together the computer and camera "package" that was attached to the massive helium balloons before launching. It was a special morning and such a fun way to see Science in action....which was Speerli's plan all along. Furthermore, Grade 6 used this event to do part of their filming during Project Week and add to their film creation.

As you can see from the photos, the balloon probes flew 30km through an hostile environment where the temperature drops to -70°C and air pressure is less than a tenth of that at sea level. The space capsules must therefore protect the electronics from freezing and withstand the pressure differences. On the way back to Earth, the balloon probes fell through the atmosphere at a tremendous speed. Their free-fall was lessened by the use of a parachute and thus, the space capsules survived the ground impact undamaged. We found our technical equipment because the GPS system had survived the landing and transmitted the exact coordinates of the landing site. Speerli says, "The difficulty of this endeavour is great and the risks are high! But these challenges are the main attractions of this project!" See more amazing OBS Space photos:

Posted Monday, Apr 9, 2018 11:13:00 AM

The OBS Matura Class passed the practical test excellently: at the winter session of the Swiss Federal Matura Examinations in Zurich, the first Matura year of the OBS has scored half to one mark better than the Swiss average of all candidates.

Mrs Appenzeller, in 29 out of 30 exams, the OBS candidate was above the Swiss average. Are the OBS students particularly gifted? I see two reasons for this extraordinary success: the intensive individual support of our students and our innovative concept. The young people are very happy to go to school with us, so they automatically learn more easily.

What makes the concept of the OBS Upper School so successful? We try to meet the needs of each student by customizing the learning method and material. In our school a student is not supposed to only listen to the teacher for 40 minutes straight, but is allowed to leave the room after 20 minutes of input to work in a group or individually if she/he wants and her/his coach thinks it`s a more successful way of studying. On the other hand, if a student needs more practice, she/he will always find material on various competence levels on our learning platform, as well as learning software which corrects answers immediately. This reveals whether the subject material is known or not. What`s more, there are always teachers in the learning atelier who can be asked.

Are teachers superfluous? Is everything done on the computer? Definitely not! The centre of our school are the teachers not the computer. Not all students can learn independently right from the start. That`s why our teachers upload learning goals and material on the learning platform the evening before. Doing this we can guarantee that the teachers have more time for those students who really need our support during the school day. OBS teachers are motivators and sources of inspiration for the students. Exactly this is so important in our Matura programme, which must deepen knowledge that is not equally interesting to all students.

Is bilingual education not a disadvantage for the Swiss Federal Matura? Our candidates did the bilingual Swiss Federal Matura. Geography, History, and the minor subject will be examined in English. These three subjects are taught in English from Grade 10 onwards. So this built a perfect basis.

What about the German competence at the Matura? Our students have time until grade 12 to gain mother tongue language competence in German (and English). Though after the middle years not all students are ready to do the entrance exam at the public Gymnasium in German. It has been proven that a multilingual brain acquires knowledge differently, but until reaching the Matura year German competence is permanently increasing. That`s why our German lessons have a specific structure to support language acquisition optimally.

See an overview of the results of the first part of the federal Matura:

The difficulty level of the exams varies from year to year. Therefore, it is not the green line which reflects the performance of the school but the yellow line. Concerning the individual results of OBS Grade 12 students, in 29 exams out of 30, the OBS student is above the Swiss average.

Posted Monday, Apr 9, 2018 9:57:00 AM

Last month we opened our doors once again to our families and the public to give a glimpse into the daily program of our bilingual all-day school.

March-Anzeiger & Höfner Volksblatt, April 10, 2018.

On Open Day, we offered the opportunity to look into our successful teaching concept and to learn more about the different educational levels offered. Bilingual tutoring and classes were attended in the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primary and high school, as well as robotics, computer programming and aikido. Tanja Alvesalo, Admissions Director, commented, "This Open Day once again provided a wonderful opportunity for our pupils, students and teachers to welcome existing families and new interested parents to the classrooms". CEO, Uwe Feuersenger, School Management, Staff and Board Members of the OBS Parent Association were all present to welcome visitors and show the school to interested parties. The school thanks all visitors, the PA and OBS staff for a successful Open Day.

Building a strong community is very close to the heart of the OBS, which was re-lived on the now-traditional children's marketplace weekend between the two Open Days. Parent Association and hardworking helpers showed full commitment during the Friday and Saturday market, where many items changed hands. A portion of the proceeds of this year's children's market is donated to the association Sternentaler, which advocates for families in difficult situations.

Open Days and children's markets take place twice a year. More info can be found in our school calendar.

More information about the club Sternentaler can be found at

Posted Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Valeria and Paul-David are passionate about and dedicated to dancing; they practice rigorously 4 times per week. At the end of March they reached the 1st place at the Cantonal Dance Championship of Canton of Zurich. How do you manage to complete training and competitions AND be successful at school? The system oat OBS Upper School makes it possible to operate sports at a high level (also in ice hockey, rowing, golf, horseback riding, etc). How does it work? Accurate learning objectives and material that are always available online help to learn efficiently: everyone knows exactly what is expected of them in a subject. In addition, during the day time windows are built in which the students can work under supervision to do their homework, so they have time after school for training. And thirdly, a coach ensures that the balance between sports and school is good for every student.

Congratulations to Valeria and Paul-David!

See the full video here:

Posted Friday, Mar 2, 2018 5:06:00 PM

HIghlights of the Year! Stayed tuned for the next half year of special OBS moments!

Posted Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 5:39:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Since the start of the winter season, our Kindergarten and Primary School students have spent several fun and active mornings at Icepark Erlenmoos in Wollerau. In February, Grades 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 spent 1 day each at the Brunni-Alpthal ski-region, at the foot of the majestic Mythen; they revelled in either snowshoeing or skiing/snowboarding, honing their skills or learning a new sport. Grade 3 & 4 enjoyed the bright sunshine in the mountains while, Grades 5 & 6 endured a colder and foggy day but had just as much fun! At the end of March, our Upper School will go to Lenzerheide for their annual Ski Camp - stay tuned for some photos and reports on their trip. Next year, we are excited to announce that, in partnership with Ski School Einsiedeln, OBS will again offer a bus service to their ski school, starting on Saturday mornings in January - February in 2019. You will be receiving more information in November.

Posted Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

I would like to invite our OBS parents to the Scholastic Book Club which is up and running over the next few weeks.

Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every €1 you spend on this month's Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.

(If you have any problems with your ordering just send me an email with your wishes and I can help you place your orders.)

Feel free to browse the latest books from Scholastic and order them conveniently online. The books that you have chosen will be sent directly to the school and I will distribute them directly to the students or you can pick them up directly from me at the main office.

The OBS Library and teaching staff appreciate your purchases for our resources for the school.Wishing you all a very nice break.

OBS Library

*Please place your order online by March 19th, 2018.

Posted Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Student Exchange „Geneva" 2018

February 1 – 3, 2018

Part I

Our annual cultural exchange programme with the Geneva Gymnasium Lycée Töpffer took place this year, from February 1-3. Four excited exchange students from Geneva arrived at the Zurich train station on Thursday, where they were warmly welcomed by four students from OBS. Mrs. Gabriele Mittendorfer and Madame Virginie Leclercq were responsible for organising the itinerary for the three day programme, which included a stay with guest families, visiting OBS, and ending in a cultural sightseeing tour of Zurich.

The aim of this event, our second annual student exchange, is to offer students from two different cantons the opportunity to participate in everyday life, get to know host families and, of course, to enhance intercultural learning. Moreover, French and German language competency can be practised and increased. We would like to extend special appreciation and thanks to our host families, without their incredible hospitality and dedication to the students the event would not have been possible.

The students from Geneva participated very actively in various lessons at OBS for a whole school day. A heartfelt thank you to all of my colleagues who participated in the design of individual lessons for this group.

Zürich and Geneva are wonderful cities to visit. This year, the highlight of the cultural sightseeing tour was a very interesting trip to the opera. There, we had the opportunity to go onto the stage, marvel at the props, and really discover what it is like to work in an opera house.

We would also like to say how much we appreciate the openness and flexibility of the Heads of both schools, Mrs. Appenzeller and M. Gabioud, who let us carry out this courageous project. We are very much looking forward to visiting Geneva, where we will experience part II of our cultural exchange.

February 2018

Gabriele Mittendorfer

Posted Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM

OBS is proud to welcome Jörg Tietz to our team. Jörg comes to us with 25 years of culinary experience and an impressive background: Flyhof Weesen, Hotel Alpina Brauwald, Steigenberger Petersberg (formerly used as a German government guesthouse), and Weisser Bock, Heidelberg, to name just a few. Born and raised in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany, Jörg eventually came to Switzerland in 1997 where he met his wife; together they have 4 children, 11-15 years old, two of which are foster children. Not only does Jörg know how to cook for a large family with all different tastes, but his professional experience ranges from working in some of the most highly renowned restaurants to cooking and catering to the needs of large groups. Furthermore, he is comfortable cooking both high gastronomy as well cooking and meeting the needs of a retirement home.

During the three weeks that Jörg has been working at OBS as Head Chef, he has focused on restructuring the Kitchen to include only freshly cooked meals, varied menus (to meet all our "student-customer" tastes and specific allergies or intolerances), and having meals covering the essential nutritional groups (i.e. proteins, fruit, vegetables, vitamins/minerals, carbohydrates, fibre, etc). His menus also consider the varying tastes between the younger students and the older Upper School students. Jörg's Kitchen is free from produced foods or convenience foods and wants to bring more exposure to "Swiss Superfoods"! He takes pride in making fresh salad dressings and vinaigrettes and bringing fresh green salad to each table. He is a firm believer in seasonal and regional foods, in supporting our local and bio oriented Swiss farmers. Jorg's kitchen sources his produce from Früchte Bamert.

After the summer holidays, Herr Tietz will have completed the "restructuring of the Kitchen", including Kitchen Staff retraining and broadening their cooking repertoire. Going forward, the students will receive, during Znüni and Zvieri, varied Vollkorn/ whole-wheat or brown bread every day. Zvieri is a "snack" prepared primarily for the children who stay after school hours, in Late Care. However, any child can have Zvieri - they just need to ask for it through the Kitchen. Above all, Jörg's most important "customers" are the students at OBS. He loves hearing that "the food was great today" but of course understands that he cannot make them all happy - "we all have our personal food likes and dislikes, just like at home." And of course, all children are welcome to a second serving or a salad bowl refill. No one, foremost OBS Head Chef, wants a child to go back to afternoon classes hungry, "there is always enough food", says Jörg. Furthermore, he welcomes OBS parents to come anytime for a casual meal; feel free to contact him and reserve a spot for lunch, anytime! He is at OBS all day long and welcomes your questions and comments.

OBS is excited for the culinary changes that lie ahead in the hands of Head Chef, Jörg Tietz, and the experienced OBS Kitchen Staff. Please welcome him, together with OBS, and allow him to bring a new freshness and new nutritional components to our already high standard of quality school cooking!

En Guete!

Posted Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 5:24:56 PM

Later this year Reto Speerli and his Robotics/ Coding Team will be heading to the WRO, a truly global competition dedicated to science, technology and education.

Starting in 2004, World Robot Olympiad has developed to a truly global competition. WRO tournaments are organized in more than 60 countries and each season new countries join the movement. The WRO international final in November is hosted by a different country each year.

World Robot Olympiad Association is a non-profit organization. All revenue from sponsorships and fees is invested in support of our mission, which is to promote robotics in STEM education worldwide.

Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 6:00:01 PM

Höfner Volksblatt article from January 23rd featuring CEO, Herr Feuersenger , the school and our fight for a new OBS campus. Read here and here

HV website article (not full version)

Posted Monday, Jan 22, 2018 11:16:35 AM

Check out the newest episodes of OBS TV at your convenience.
In case you forgot the password, please go here:

Posted Friday, Jan 19, 2018 12:54:00 PM

On January 18th, Geneviève Appenzeller hosted a Parents Info Evening for parents and students transitioning from Primary to Upper School. In case you missed the evening event, check out the presentation to learn more about OBS Upper School's unique offerings compared to other schools and more details about the US in general. Contact the Upper School with any questions.

View Presentation

Geneviève Appenzeller-Combe
+41 55 511 38 40 and +41 79 109 71 52

Posted Friday, Dec 22, 2017 12:46:00 PM

Dear OBS Community,

As the snow has reached the shores of Lake Zurich, we know that it is soon time to conclude 2017. As the end of the calendar year invites us all to engage with some reflection, we look back at some pertinent milestones that have shaped our Primary School to date.

Our ambitious goal of introducing both Lehrplan 21 alongside the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) has been well received by our students, who have shown more engagement and curiosity than ever before. Our teachers have enjoyed receiving new impulses that invite them to incorporate contemporary pedagogy, while keeping true to valuable traditions within education. As always, we encourage our parents to maintain an ongoing dialogue with their children about what we are learning and experiencing at school, as this not only supports what we do in the classroom but also lays the foundation for the trustworthy partnership that is needed between school and home.

A further highlight over the past semester was the introduction of iPads through our move to becoming a 1:1 iPad school. While the initial introductory stage prioritises induction and guided experimentation, we look forward to being able to use our new 'textbooks' as learning tools that will better allow us to differentiate, individualise and create learning experiences that will spark even more curiosity. In today's world of surplus information, it is not about finding information as much as it is about carefully selecting and critically analysing data. We are confident that our iPads will, alongside other benefits, help to equip our students with such vital skills.

As we progress into the new calendar year, we look forward to the second semester, which will with no doubt provide us with new experiences and discoveries in our journey of teaching and learning. No matter whether you will spend the festive season near of far, we wish everyone a relaxing and memorable time, cherishing precious moments with family.

Not pictured:

Genevieve Appenzeller and Sam Borek-Coxen

Posted Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Last weekend, OBS hosted the annual Christmas Staff Event. Employees enjoyed a festive and beautiful meal and party together, celebrating atop (1077m) of the snowy Raten. It was a lovely evening of reminiscing, as well as, honoring the OBS anniversaries.

We thank these individuals for their continued commitment:

5 years - Ieva Jankava, Lucy Whitfield, Mara Streuli, Marina Imhof, Simone Messerli, Stephanie Roscoe and Whitney Buchli

10 years - Andrea Schnellmann, Darren Dinnage, Francine Riesenmann and Joni Weeks

Read the Staff End of Year Poem

Posted Friday, Dec 15, 2017 2:51:36 PM

Despite the rain and cold weather, we had a great turnout of students, families and staff at the PA Christmas Apéro. We were happy to see some many of you come together at our little Weihnachtsmarkt; it's a special time to connect (or reconnect) before the Holiday break. The Upper School also displayed and sold their stunning and varied art works; proceeds will all go to a local charity. Furthermore, we extend a BIG thank you to the Parent Association and all their helpers who managed to put it all together in the rain. OBS wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year!

See more photos

Posted Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 12:18:00 PM

On Saturday 9th December, the Upper School Team met for an exciting and highly productive Team Day where the staff members looked at the new LP21 curriculum alongside the learning goals of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) for the new Grade 7 students. The curriculums together (LP21 and IMYC) provided the teachers with a challenging and unique opportunity to fully collaborate and design a tailored unit of work for our students which promotes international mindedness together with our high academic standards surrounding a main theme.

The Upper School Team will be implementing the IMYC alongside the LP21 curriculum during two phases next academic year, with the remaining phases focusing on the newly designed LP21 curriculum. The Team are enthusiastic and are looking forward to the new and exciting changes in the Upper School.

Posted Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 3:53:00 PM

OBS got into the giving spirit again with our annual Christmas in a Box Children's Advent program. Working with Hilfswerk Osteuropa Mission, OBS families gave generously to support Osteuropa and give gifts for children in Eastern Europe who are less fortunate and/ or who are orphaned. The hundreds of gifts accumulated under the tree in the school entrance over the last two weeks. Fifth Graders, Kay, Josephine and Marilou were excused from class to help this morning move the gifts to the truck, together with PA's Sally, Susanne and Raymond, plus OBS Staffers, Yasmin and Daniel. "It's so wonderful to see all the beautifully wrapped gifts going to help children so far away and to see how much OBS gives back!", says Yasmin. Our OBS presents will be trucked to Serbia, Hungary and Ukraine. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to everyone at OBS who donated a gift for Christmas in a Box!! Thank you for your support and generosity.

Soon after the truck of gifts pulled away, Sally Steptoe and Susanne Rutsch, from the Parent Association, got working on decorating the 4m+ OBS Weihnachtsbaum!

Learn more about Hilfswerk Osteuropa Mission

See all the photos

Posted Monday, Nov 27, 2017 12:27:00 PM

The Holiday Season got kicked off with the Annual Gingerbread House making event! This past Saturday brought about 100 OBS students, parents and relatives together for this festive tradition, during the morning or afternoon session. It was a great success and loads of festive fun for our 30+ families who took part, by participating on site or taking the Gingerbread House Kits home. A BIG thanks goes out to the Kitchen Staff, Event Management and all helpers for organizing, preparing and executing this annual event.

See all the photos here:


Posted Friday, Nov 24, 2017 9:16:07 AM

On 17. November, Grade 7 and 8 students presented their Science and/or Math projects to other OBS students and teachers. For their projects, they researched, gathered data, and experimented on various topics with the help of Mrs Fischer and Hr. Lambert. The exhibition was interactive, so all students had fun going around to the different tables learning about interesting Math and Science topics!

Read more and see all the photos here:

Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 11:21:00 AM

Organized jointly by the OBS Parents' Association and the school, the event enjoys great success every year. Together with their parents, all children were able to let their creativity run wild during the Räbenschnitzen in the school and on Thursday, 16 November, the Räben were allowed to illuminate the Eichenstrasse to the Schwerziwald. After singing songs together around a large bonfire they went back to the playground where hot sausages, tea and Gluhwein awaited the children and their parents to help warm them up in the cold weather! Thank you to the PA and Kindergarten Team for making this another wonderful event for our students and families.

See all the photos and videos here:

Posted Monday, Nov 6, 2017 11:45:56 AM

Meet the new Parent Association Board of Directors!

Meet your new OBS PA Board Members! (Left to right) Kortina Horn, Raymond Hamersma, Susanne Rutsch, Sally Steptoe & Kim Nägeli. Learn more about the PA and how you can get involved.

Posted Monday, Oct 30, 2017 2:21:00 PM

OBS opened its doors again this week to families and the public to get a glimpse of what happens each day when school begins! The day started with welcoming parents/ visitors to join Babycare, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten or Primary School students during their classes, which included IPC or IEYC bilingual lessons, robotics, coding and Aikido, to name a few. It continued into the afternoon where OBS Upper School students and teachers demonstrated live chemistry, guests could audit the Latin lessons and view presentations on the Upper School concept, mathematics, Biology and IB. Tanja Alvesalo, Head of Admissions, commented "It's always wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new parents; we had a great turn-out from OBS families and incoming or prospective families. It was an important day to showcase this wonderful place and always heartening to see how proud our students are of OBS." CEO Uwe Feuersenger, Department Heads, Staff and Parent Association Board Members were all on hand to greet and welcome visitors and show interested parties around. Thank you to all our families and guests who joined our Open Day, and for contributing to the fabric of our special school and community.

See all the photos and video here:

Posted Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 10:38:12 AM
Posted Friday, Sep 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Join us at Obersee Bilingual School (OBS) for our annual Open Day on October 25th, 2017, and experience our dynamic and innovative bilingual environment.

We welcome prospective families, OBS parents, and the public. See look forward to seeing you there!

Babycare, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Primary School
Classroom visits, Coding & Robotics, Aikido and much more...

Upper School
Live Chemistry, Latin Lessons

Rolling Presentations: Upper School concept, Biology, Mathematics, German, English and IB.

Posted Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Annual OBS PA General Meeting (AGM)
Obersee Bilingual School, Eating Hall
Thursday, 21st September, 2017 at 19:30

Dear Parents,

The OBS Parents Association Board kindly invites you to our Annual General Meeting.

18:30 Grade Reps Kick-off and training session. Details will be sent out directly to the Reps. Interested parents are welcome. Please note: training session mandatory for new Grade Reps, one make-up date will be offered. Handouts are available.

19:30 Annual OBS PA General Meeting: All parents are invited to take part in the meeting and to exercise their right to vote. Please find the agenda here.

20:30 Apéro riche: This is a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new parents and discuss how to contribute to our community for the benefit of our children. – Sponsored by the PA

We are looking forward to seeing you on 21st September at the OBS Eating Hall! If you have any questions, please contact any of the board members at

Best regards,
OBS PA Board

Posted Monday, Sep 18, 2017 11:42:45 AM

Did you miss last week's Parent Evening for Grade 7 & 9? Do you want to review again the presentations? Find them all here.

Feel free to contact the school with any questions.

Posted Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 3:55:00 PM

DId you miss the Parent Evening for Zyklus 2? Or do you want to see the presentation again? Contact us with any questions.
Please find here.

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