Sports at the Lyceum Alpinum
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Sport has always been a great tradition at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz and accordingly it plays an important part in the life of the school. The school motto "mens sana in corpore sano" indicates the fundamental value of physical well-being and of intensive physical activities as the basis for a harmonious development of the whole person. Gordon Spencer, the legendary British Games Master, firmly implanted sporting values such as "how you play the game", "team spirit" and "fair play". These values still guide us in the physical education of our students.
Today, the sports offered by the Lyceum Alpinum are certainly an important consideration for new students in their decision to attend the school. The broad offer underlines the high importance the school places on sport. The range of Games, the school teams and the various events at the Lyceum Alpinum contribute to the exclusive image of our boarding school.
Sport at the Lyceum Alpinum is organized in different categories:
1. School Sports (compulsory subject for boarders and day students)
2. Games (compulsory for boarders, open to day students)
3. School Teams (voluntary for boarders and day students => depending on selection)
4. House matches (new: compulsory for boarders and day students)
5. Events (attendance compulsory or voluntary for students, depending on event)
6. International Award (responsible: Mark Jones)
7. Leisure sports activities
8. Sports trips
9. Sports awards
School Sports for boarders and day students takes place twice a week for 60 minutes; the subject is taught by qualified sports teachers. As from school year 2009/2010, School Sports will count towards promotion in Matura classes. Sports lessons follow the Cantonal Matura curriculum for Physical Education and Sports as well as the detailed curriculum in accordance with CIS criteria.
The importance of sport at the school is enhanced by its up-grading to a promotion subject. For all the disciplines which are taught in accordance with the Matura curriculum, the sports teachers have established clearly defined standard assessments and have tested them in the course of an entire year.
Games are compulsory for boarders, regular attendance is required. It is possible for day students to take part as well. Games really fulfil the role of sports clubs as known outside boarding schools.
Games disciplines are defined for the whole school year, depending on the season.
Late summer: Cricket, Fives, Soccer, Tennis, Golf Driving Range, Golf, Biking
Autumn: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Unihockey, Boxing, Swimming, Jazz dance, Gym
Winter: Ice Hockey, Skiing und Snowboarding, Curling, Ice-skating
Spring: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Unihockey, Boxing, Swimming, Jazz dance, Gym
Summer: Cricket, Fives, Soccer, Tennis, Golf Driving Range, Golf, Biking
In addition to the compulsory School Sports and Games students may be selected for one of our Junior or Senior School Teams, depending on their interests and talents. The aim of building up these teams is to prepare the team members specifically for various sports events. Frequently, teachers and boarding house staff act as trainers for the Junior School Teams.
Leisure Sports Activities
The extensive sports facilities of the Lyceum Alpinum open up for students the possibility to do sports in the evening or at weekends. The following leisure sports are offered:
Indoors: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Unihockey, Gym, Badminton
Outdoors: Soccer, Tennis, Fives, Cricket, Ice Hockey, Golf Driving Range, Golf Course (Handicap < 30)
Our School Teams often travel abroad on major tours to cities and countries such as Hong Kong, Barbados, England, Spain, Saudi-Arabia, Germany etc., to play against other school teams. These regular competitions are an additional motivation for students to be focused and disciplined in their training.
Students who excel in sports (teams or individual performance) at school events or in external competitions are regularly mentioned and honoured at Assemblies.