Fulfilling our responsibilities
At ICS, we put a strong emphasis on learning through service and believe in the importance of both learning about service and offering service.
Our Mission Statement commits us to ‘fulfil our responsibilities’ and at ICS, we put a strong emphasis on learning through service and believe in the importance of both learning about service and offering service.
There is no defined time commitment in terms of hours of service that students have to undertake. Instead, we encourage students to understand that service to others is a responsibility that the ICS community fosters and to try to involve themselves in some form of service activity. Students learn about organisations that provide help to others and work with them directly.
At ICS, students learn about service in various ways.
Our Primary students participate in the Swiss scheme '2xChristmas' where boxes of donated gifts are delivered to families in need.
Our Secondary students organise an annual winter food drive for Socialwerke Pfarrer Sieber, a Zurich organisation supporting the poor and homeless.
Students document and reflect on their service in their Service Learning booklets.
ICS has its own Service initiatives including:
ICS is proud to be the only Round Square school in Zurich. Our membership in this prestigious global organization benefits students in numerous ways.
Round Square is an international network of schools sharing a platform for developing courageous and compassionate leaders. Committed to building life skills and competencies in students, meaningful, experiential learning opportunities are a touchstone of the programme.
Our Nepal Partnership
ICS has a partner school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD) is a boarding school for children from remote Himalayan villages.
Schooling is not compulsory in Nepal and schools in the Himalayas are very few and far between. SMD gives children an education they would not otherwise receive.
Our Scholarship scheme changes lives
A scholarship to ICS can change the life of a Nepalese student. SMD only goes up to Grade 10, so its students need to find another school if they want to continue their education. When they come to ICS, they study for the IB Diploma - and this opens the door for them to go on to university.
With families from 55 countries, our vibrant and engaging parent community offers a valuable social network.