Extra Curricular Activities

We provide our children an all-round OBS experience, where they can explore new interests and pursue their hobbies. At OBS, children expand their learning beyond the classroom. We use a balanced curriculum with opportunities for character development, languages, maths, arts, physical activity and many more. Our high-quality after-school programme generates positive outcomes for children including improved academic performance, classroom behaviour and health.

The varied clubs are held in an educational and exciting environment. The children, together with their friends, can continue the day within the school and are not torn from their usual learning environment for extracurricular activities.

All club teachers are chosen carefully based on their knowledge of the subject and their experience working with children.

Aikido

Aikido 合気道 is a form of Japanese martial arts often translated as ‘way of unifying life energy’. It is designed for the purpose of self-defense but is great for exercising every limb and joint in the body as well as increasing flexibility, muscle tone, co-ordination and awareness. Although you get fit practicing Aikido, it focuses more on movement, timing and reaction, while giving your brain a good work-out at the same time.

Teacher: Bashar Ahmed

Language: English

Time: Wednesday 1-2.10pm (Grade 3 – 6)

2.30-3.40pm (Grade 1 – 2)

Age Group: Grade 1- 6

Price: 480 Chf/ Semester

Art Class

This class is for primary students at every level. We work on themes and realising them as art forms. We work with various motifs and shapes. We learn painting, drawing, use of colour, different perspectives and abstract art in a relaxed atmosphere where the children are able to unfold their creativity.

Teacher: Isabelle Habegger

Language: German

Time: Tuesday 4-5pm

Age Group: Grade 1 – 6

Price: 494 Chf/ Semester

Art Studio

The Art Studio is happy to welcome artists who would like to practice, develop and grow their skills in a range of mediums. Each week there will be a theme, however, if artists wish to carry on with individual projects, this is also welcome. The idea of the after-school class is to encourage students who are passionate about art to be creative within their own projects while given guidance throughout. Each year, we will be holding an Art Exhibition, where the artists will be able to exhibit their work. It is highly recommended for those who wish to pursue BG as a subject for the Matura or Visual Arts for the IB Diploma.

Teacher: Louise Hoyne-Butler

Language: English

Time: Tuesday, 4pm – 5pm

Age Group: Grade 7 – 11

Price: 250 Chf/ Semester

Balanced Beings

If increasing optimism, focus, resilience and overall wellbeing is something you hope to provide your child with, then look no further. Kay “Kai” and Stephi Elsener (trained Meditation and Mindfulness Teachers) will be offering a semester long Mindfulness course to Cycle One and Cycle Two children. During the sessions, students will be guided through activities, challenges and meditations in which they build upon the above mentioned skills. Mindfulness has been proven to reduce stress, increase attention control, build compassion, calm children down and make them generally happier in everyday life. These practices are built upon a present-moment awareness and teach children how to handle situations that are sometimes out of their control. Mindfulness, when applied to everyday life, should become as common and routine as brushing ones teeth each night, it just takes a little practice.

Teachers: Kay und Stephi Elsener

Language: Englisch and German

Time: Tuesday, 4 – 5pm

Thursday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten- 6. Klasse

Price: 500 Chf/ Semester

Ballett

Ballet is an art form created by the movement of the human body. It is theatrical – performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought, concept or emotion. Ballet can be magical, exciting and provoking at the same time. There are six widely used, internationally recognized methods to teach or study ballet. In this class we teach the Royal Academy of Dance method (English style). The most identifiable aspect of the RAD method is the attention to detail when learning the basic steps, and the progression in difficulty is often very slow. While the difficulty of an exercise may only increase slightly from grade to grade, more importance is placed on whether the student is performing the step with improved technique. For example, plie exercises are employed consistently throughout the lower grades to enable the student to progressively deepen the plie and improve turnout. The principle behind this is that if enough time is spent achieving optimal technique before introducing new vocabulary, the easier it is for the student to learn the harder steps, while exercising basic technique to the maximum at all times.

Teacher: Iris Inderbitzin

Language: German

Time: Wednesday, 12.30 – 1.30pm (Grade 1-6)

1.30 – 2.30pm (Kindergarten)

2.30 – 3pm (Prekindergarten)

Age Group: Prekindergarten to Grade 6

Price: Kindergarten – Grade 6 480 Chf/ Semester

Prekindergarten 240 Chf/ Semester

Bollywood Dance

Our goal is to have fun with dancing and learn the different dance styles of India. Bollywood dancing is a dance form that is energetic, graceful and above all, lots of fun! It engages every part of the body including the brain, so we learn coordination in a fun way.

Teacher: Veena Bhana Steiner

Language: English

Time: Monday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Grade 1 – 6

Price: 480 Chf/ Semester

Buildtastic

Buildtastic provides a fun and casual setting for children to practice listening, following instructions, and public speaking. Using an education oriented set of Lego, each child will build a new mechanical model every week as well as explore their creativity.

Teacher: Winnie Rieder / Elena Heck

Language: English

Time: Monday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten

Price: 25 Chf/ per lesson

Chinese Private

This is a Chinese course for children who have passed ACCL- Step One Chinese assessment test, or have an equivalent level. This Chinese course is especially designed for children without any Chinese background or Chinese born overseas. The purpose for the course is to introduce Chinese culture, Chinese festivals (taking place at the time of teaching), and Chinese language to the students. Children will be challenged to recognize and write simplified and traditional characters. This course will work towards passing the ACCL-Step Two Chinese assessment test.

Teacher: Chinese School Luzern

Time: Wednesday, 1 – 2pm

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 2

Price: 50 Chf/ per lesson

This is not a course for beginners, participants need to pass ACCL step three test or have equivalent Chinese knowledge before registering for this course.

Chinese Intermediate

This is a Chinese course for children who have passed ACCL- Step Two Chinese assessment test, or have an equivalent level. This course provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn Chinese further. Using an audio-lingual approach, and through conversation practice, storytelling, sing Chinese songs, and play games, the children will learn Chinese in a dynamic learning atmosphere. The course focuses on not only on oral conversation, but also on continuously enlarging the vocabulary pool of the students. Children will be challenged as well to recognize simplified and traditional characters. This is not a beginner’s Chinese course.

Teacher: Chinese School Luzern

Time: Tuesday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 6

Price: 50 Chf/ per lesson

This is not a course for beginners, participants need to pass ACCL step three test or have equivalent Chinese knowledge before registering for this course.

Clay Class

In this clay modeling course, the children learn how to use their imaginations using clay and colour. Working with clay modeling, supports creativity as well as developing technical know-how and coordination. Clay modeling is a creative process which supports many aspects of a child’s development.

The price includes all materials and firing of the clay models.

Teacher: Christine Bächlin

Language: German

Time: Thursday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 5

Preis: 530 chf/ Semester

Drama

This course will explore the rules of theatre and performance, beginning with fostering understanding, respect, speaking with clarity and diction, building trust, communication and confidence in a trustworthy and dynamic environment.We will also use our creativity and imagination to create a scene to watch and critique. Kids will engage in performance techniques of all kinds and will be encouraged to act out and take engaging creative risks with ideas in character, problem solving, improvisation and all other theatre training techniques. We will be doing this with mime, mask, creating character, monologues and public speaking, improvisation, drama games and ensemble activities, choreography, movement and storytelling.

Teacher: Joanne Postma

Language: English

Time: Monday, 4 – 5pm (Kindergarten – Grade2)

Monday, 5 – 6pm (Grade 3 – Grade 6)

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 6

Price: 600 Chf/ Semester

French Advanced

This clubs is for students who have good knowledge in French: good oral expression, some reading and writing skills.

In this club, reading and writing are honored. Students will learn and improve French skills through fun and group activities.

Teacher: Elodie Reynaud

Time: Thursday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Grade 2 – 6

Price: 600 Chf/ Semester

Swiss Time

In this after school class children will be exposed the language of the country they live in. With puppet shows, stories, songs, dancing and telling their own stories they will have an introduction to Swiss German.

Teacher: Marlis Zarrouk

Language: German

Time: Thursday, 4 – 4.45pm

Karate

Get stronger. Be safer. Develop the indomitable character of a true ninja.

Our Sensei is pleased to be able to pass onto his students the philosophy of Kimura Shukokai Karate. Mutual respect for each other and the joy of movement are particularly important to him. His students regularly participate in national and international competitions with great success.

Karate is an Asian form of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows and is a widely practiced sport. It is performed barefoot in loose, padded clothing with a coloured belt indicating the level of skill. It requires both mental and physical training.

Karate not only requires commitment to technique, but also to physical exercise, mental training and respect towards morals and ethics. Mental training means cultivation of character and promotion of spiritual strength.

Teacher: Karate Center Rapperswil

Language: German

Time: Thursday, 4.00 – 5.00pm

Age Group: Grade 1 – 6

Price: 480 Chf/ Semester

Little Story Tellers

Little Story tellers is based around language skill for both non- native and native speakers

Goals: Working on listening skills; build confidence; improve working memory and story recall; team work; improvisation, creativity and most of all, to have lots of fun.

Teachers: Stephanie Roscoe, Ieva Jankava

Language: Englisch and German

Time: Monday, 4 – 4.45pm

Age Group: Prekindergarten – Kindergarten

Price: 425 Chf/ Semester

Math Tutorial

This class welcomes you to take full advantage of the math tutoring support for all Upper School students. The teacher is dedicated to helping the student achieve successful outcomes in their math courses. Feel free to come with any questions or mathematical problems – happy to find the right solution together.

Teacher: Shaelom Fischer

Language: English

Time: Thursday, 4.00 – 5pm

Age group: Grade 7-12

Price: 200 Chf/ Semester

Music and Singing

In this club the children learn the basics of music (rhythm, notes, measure and much more). We get to know and test different instruments (boom whacker, xylophones, flutes, body percussion, etc.). The children learn how to make music and songs with other children (singing and playing).

Teacher: Michelle Stalder

Language: German

Time: Wednesday 12.30 – 1.30pm

Age Group: Kindergarten to Grade 2

Price: 500 Chf/ Semester

Number Wizards

Number Wizards is all about becoming comfortable and confident using number, shape, pattern and sequence in a fun and challenging way.

The teacher has been supporting children aged 4 to 12 in numeracy skills for many years both in the UK and Switzerland.

The foundation of numeracy skills is to have fun with numbers and gain confidence to explore the magic needed for the future ahead.

As the class is all about fun, board games, memory challenges, puzzles and exploring pattern and sequence are all the inspiration for the group.

Teacher: Stephanie Roscoe

Language: English

Time: Thursday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 1

Price: 540 Chf/ Semester

OBS Robotic Club

“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!” This quote from Steve Jobs underlines the importance of comprehensive ICT teaching. Coding will become even more important for all professions of the future! The students of Obersee Bilingual School will work with technology, robotics and computer science in the OBS Robotics Club and also build and program their own LEGO robots. The EV3 building kits and the software have been developed especially for young people. The assembly of the robots is very easy, many pupils are already familiar with LEGO technology. The drag-and-drop software allows intuitive programming with a graphical interface. Participants will learn the advanced programming skills necessary to take part in national and international robotics competitions.
The World Robot OlympiadTM is aimed at technically enthusiastic girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 19 year old. The teams consist of two to three participants, who are supervised by a coach during the preparation and the competition. After the publication of the competition tasks in mid-February, the teams can prepare themselves for the upcoming challenge. Each team designs and builds a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot and programs it so that it can act autonomously on the robotics table. On the competition day in June the robot has to be reassembled by the team within 150 minutes, without using pre-assembled parts or instructions. The winner of the respective category will get the unique opportunity to travel to the international World Robot Olympiad to compete with the best from all over the world.

Teacher: Reto Speerli
Language: German
Time: Thursday, 4.15 – 5.45pm
Age Group: Grade 4 – 9

Price: 770 Chf/ Semester

OBS Robotic Club Junior

The course objective is to introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of mechanical and software engineering. The children will build motorised models out of Lego bricks and generate research posters. At the end of the course the children will participate at the First Lego League Junior exhibition where they will present their results. During our preparation time we engage in technic, algorithmic thinking, coding and robotic. The material used in the club (Lego WeDo and Lego Mindstorms) as well as the registration fee for the First Lego League Junior is included in the price. More details can be found under www.first-lego-league.org.

FIRST® LEGO® League Junior was created by an initiative of the American foundation FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO and has been developed to bring children from six to ten years to the STEM theme. The children will be introduced to the topics by the colorful bricks they already know.

Accompanied by two or more adult coaches, the teams (up to six team members) explore real existing problems such as resources, recycling, energy, or the coexistence of humans and animals. They create a Show Me poster that presents their discovery and their team, and they build a motorized model of LEGO bricks. On the “journey” the children learn to work together in a team and explore the wonders of science and technology. The focus of the project are the FLL Junior Core Values such as respectful approach, shared experience and critical thinking. At the end of each season, the teams meet for an exhibition to present their results, share ideas and have fun together.

Teacher: Reto Speerli

Language: German

Time: Tuesday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Grade 1 – 6

Price: 480 Chf/ Semester

OBS TV

We will produce a monthly news broadcast which will be available on the school Vimeo channel. These broadcasts will be aimed at the whole school community and could be shown during Class Core Time and Assemblies or on the TV in the hallway of the ground floor. We will have an increased focus on parents next year as we will begin to include items from the monthly newsletter in each episode.

Alongside the monthly newsletter the news show will include regular studio items directly reported by the studio presenters. These could include but are not limited to;

Upcoming events, announcements, birthdays, sports events, recognitions (OBS Values – nominations by teachers), lunch menu (if we begin to do weekly broadcasts) and weather quote of the month/week.

Also included will be at least one item per show to include location interviews. These could include but are not limited to;

Class spotlight on particular projects (interviews – students talk about their involvement in class projects and share results/products), teacher feature (Interview – get to know more about a teacher and their interests).

Teacher: Jonathan Irving

Time: Thursday, 4-5pm

Age Group: Grade 4-9

Playball

he main activities’ emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of sport and movement skills with the balance between participation and the quality of each skill. This programme provides fun activities for children to practice individual skills more rigorously, which subsequently develops competence and starts to develop muscle memory. In addition to practicing these skills more thoroughly, we begin to introduce skill sequencing – which is the process of stringing individual skills together to form a sequence of skills – the foundation of all sports.

EARLY TWO`S is for the youngest children from the time they start to walk until their 2nd birthday. It’s an introduction to everything their little body can already do. From catching, throwing, kicking, bending, stretching to walking, running, jumping and the visual, auditory and tactile skills

Teacher: Playball Team

Language English

Time: Tuesday, 3.30 – 4.00pm

Age Group: Babycare, as soon as the child can walk till 2 years old

Price: 285 Chf/ Semester

Different Age Groups:

I CAN DO is PLAYBALL’s introductory programme for 2 and 3 year olds. It focuses on laying the basic foundations of movement in order to enable your child to accomplish more challenging sport related skills as they get older. A 2 year-old is still discovering the wonderful things that their bodies can do and need a lot of practice in basic skills through fun but structured sessions. Using exploration and discovery, we work in a creative way to encourage the children to move more freely, understand their balance and stability, stretch their physical boundaries, develop spatial awareness with object manipulation, perform big movements with confidence, develop counting, colour recognition and word familiarisation. This Club will help your child reach essential physical milestones. The emphasis is on participation rather than competence and ensuring that your child’s first experience of sport and PLAYBALL is positive and exciting.

The WATCH ME PLAY PLAYBALL programme recognises and develops the growing skill set of your 3 and 4 year old child. Our focus here is on participation within a group, teaching children in a friendly, caring and supportive environment through carefully structured lessons. A healthy balance is maintained between fun and learning as your child is introduced to basic movement and sport development skills that will lay the foundation for future successful sports participation. Between the ages of 3 and 4 the child reaches a stage called the “elementary stage” of movement. In this stage the child has greater control and a basic sense of co-ordination and spatial awareness.

Teacher: Playball Team

Language English

Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5pm

Age Group: Prekindergarten

Price: 494 Chf/ Semester

 

The DINKIES programme is specifically designed for 4 and 5 year olds and is perfect for children just starting school. Using a series of structured lessons, your child is given the opportunity to practice skills which will develop their confidence to begin the exciting journey into sport participation. In this stage children begin the process of reaching the “mature stage” of movement development. They are ready to cope with putting the foundation skills together and ready to tackle more advanced skills.

Our DINKIES programme develops a wide variety of ball skills, places an emphasis on individual participation, and gives the necessary confidence to overcome any fears or anxieties about playing sport.

The PREPS programme covers more demanding ball skills that will form the essential base for the most popular sports that are covered in their school environment. As with every PLAYBALL programme, the PREPS sessions are structured and age appropriate. The programme deals with the refinement of sport skills including an introduction to basic team work, the development of skills needed in a basic game situation and an introduction to partner work. It’s here where we encourage getting it right, which develops persistence and does away with the fear of “can’t catch, therefore,can’t play”.

With PLAYBALL PREPS you can really see all the individual sport skills coming together. Growing competency, confidence and motivation enable the kids to work together towards a common goal.

Teacher: Playball Team

Language English

Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten

Price: 494 Chf/ Semester

Language English

Time: Tuesday, 4-5pm

Age Group: Kindergarten

Playball Fussball

The Playball soccer classes are age specific and the curriculums follow a progressive pathway from discovery and the basic building blocks of
jumping, throwing, rolling, hitting, catching, kicking to learning a variety of sports skills and much much more!

Playball children engage in activties which promote self confidence and encourage them never to give up, The continuous scientific study behind Playball shows that the type of activities the children take part in, accelerate the neural pathway development between the brain and body. This has a marked impact on how children will perform cognitively as well as physically at school.

Teacher: Playball Team

Language: English and German

Time: Wednesday, 1.00 – 2.00pm (Prekindergarten – Kindergarten)

Friday, 4 – 5 pm (Kindergarten 2 – Grade 2)

Age Group: Prekindergarten – Grade 2

Price: 494 Chf/ Semester

Religion

The children learn to be and become themselves. They find oneself and learn to live with each other and with God.

They relate to others, to understand and accept their individuality. They are committed to the realization of common concerns according to the basic commandment: “Love God and your next like yourself.”

We express basic experiences in life and relate to the Christian language and symbolism. The children find access to life-giving and the liberating message of the word of God in the biblical traditions, in the testimonies of the Christian culture and the church.

Teacher: Ann Kaufmann and Doris Müller

Times: Monday, 4-4:45pm Grades 1 and 2 (ref./kath. religion – requirement for first communion and confirmation)

Monday, 4:15-5pm Grades 5 & 6

Tuesday, 4-4:45pm Grades 3 and 4 (ecumenical religion)

Age group: Grade 1-6

The registration is binding for one school year.

Costs:

For children who belong to the Roman Catholic or Evangelical Reformed Church and are residents in the District Höfe (Freienbach, Pfäffikon, Hurden, Bach, Wilen, Wollerau, Feusisberg or Schindellegi) the religious education at OBS is free of charge.

For children who belong to one of the two national churches mentioned above, but live outside the district Höfe the parents will receive an invoice at the beginning of the semester of CHF 500 for the whole school year.

The parents are obliged to pay this invoice. You can get the invoice reimbursed at your local church – please contact your church directly for further information on whether a refund is granted.

For non-members of the church, the tuition fee is CHF 500 per child per school year regardless of the place of residence.

Swiss Time

In this after school class children will be exposed to the language of the country they live in. With puppet shows, stories, songs, dancing and telling their own stories they will have an introduction to Swiss German.

Teacher: Marlis Zarrouk

Language: German

Time: Thursday, 4 – 4.45pm

Age Group: Prekindergarten – Kindergarten

Price: 400 Chf/ Semester

Swiss German and Swiss Traditions

The aim of this club is to introduce children to Swiss German and the Swiss culture. With much verbal communication and games, music and crafts, the children learn to understand and speak Swiss German in a playful way. Also typical Swiss traditions are discussed. In addition, we get to know our Swiss nature and geography.

Teacher: Irène Stocker

Language: German

Time: Monday, 4 – 5pm

Age Group: Grade 1 – 4

Price: 400 Chf/ Semester

Spanish Intermediate

In this club the teenage students will find the opportunity to further increase their Spanish knowledge and correct their common mistakes. In order to develop a better competence level, they will be exposed to different sources to support their learning path like audios, texts, videos, dialogues , one on one support and mainly a specialized book ELE methodology (Español como lengua extranjera / Spanish as a foreign language) to reinforce their grammar, vocabulary and the typical linguistic abilities of  this level.

They will find a fun and exciting environment to share, discover and learn with friends about not just the language, but also about Spanish and Latin American culture.

 

Teacher: Maria Menendez

Language: Spanish

Time: Monday, 4 – 5pm

Thursday, 5 – 6pm

Age Group: Upper School

Price: 450 Chf/ Semester, Book to be seperatly paid

Spanish Beginners

In this club the teenagers will start with the basics of the Spanish Language, following a specific beginners book with the ELE methodology (Español como lengua extranjera / Spanish as a foreign language) to support the right acquisition of the new knowledge, including vocabulary for daily basis, basic grammar, pronunciation, etc. The course is meant to be a fun space, where the students can find more than just the experience of learning Spanish, but also the feeling of a different culture, full of new things to discover, which for sure will catch their attention and interest.

Teacher: Maria Menendez

Language: Spanish

Time: Monday, 5 – 6pm

Wednesday, 3.15 – 4.15pm

Age Group: Upper School

Price: 450 Chf/ Semester, Book to be seperatly paid

Play & Learn Spanish Group (Mother Tounge)

In this club the kids will learn Spanish in a fun way through dancing, singing, exploring, playing, etc.  They will naturally develop their language bases to increase and strengthen  the use of their Spanish knowledge.

The participants in this lesson should already speak Spanish or at least a little in result of having the reference of a native speaking parent at home.

Teacher: Maria Menendez

Language: Spanish

Time: Wednesday, 2 – 3pm

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 2

Price: 450 Chf/ Semester, Book to be seperatly paid

Young Spanish Friends Mother Tounge

In this club the kids from primary cycle 2, will reinforce their knowledge with a special book designed for their ages and full of interesting exercises and tasks with a perfect touch of recreational activities.

The participants in this lesson should speak Spanish as a mother tongue and practice it regularly, that way, this will be a perfect space to correct those little and recurrent mistakes in order to develop a better use of grammar, pronunciation, intonation and in general a better use of the language.

Teacher: Maria Menendez

Language: Spanish

Time: Wednesday, 1 – 2pm

Age Group: Grade 3 – 6

Price: 450 Chf/ Semester, Book to be seperatly paid

Young Spanish Friends Beginner

This club is suitable for encouraged children to learn Spanish as an extra language, the course is designed for non-native Spanish speakers and the only requirement for joining is to be willing to learn this popular language. They will follow a book edited specially for kids in the beginning stages of learning and is regulated to the special methodology  ELE ( Español como lengua extranjera / Spanish as a foreign language), which will guide the participants in a very structured way to gradually acquire knowledge of the Spanish language. This method will offer an entertaining learning path, with interesting topics for kids and a variety of extra fun activities which will result in them continuing to have an interest for learning Spanish while still enjoying each lesson.

Teacher: Maria Menendez

Language: Spanish

Time: Thursday, 3.50 – 4.50pm

Age Group: Grade 3 – 6

Price: 450 Chf/ Semester, Book to be seperatly paid

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