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ANNUAL REPORT

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3 Editorial Congratulations! It wasn't that long ago that you and over 120 colleagues took the entrance exam and passed it with flying colors. In the 25th class you belonged to the best right from the start and you managed the intermediate doctorates without any problems. And now, after a steady development, you've made it. As the best in class, you can enjoy a very special award. Bravo! Am I correct in assuming that you also consider the performance of the "supposed" model boy to be remarkable? Nonetheless, you may be wondering what he is doing in my editorial and why he can certainly reap additional laurels, already richly blessed with compliments. In your opinion, an entry in the “Congratulations” section on page 12 would have been enough. Or do you think that all the students who are allowed to receive their diploma or high school diploma at the various celebrations (see p. 10) have achieved great things and therefore deserve the same recognition? Maybe you are right. On the first day of school at the KSH, up to 25 different individuals meet in the individual classes, who are sure to gather the hope of every class teacher into a conspiratorial community. The introductory excursion in the first quarter should also contribute to this (see p. 38). A functioning class association plays an important role throughout the Kanti period. It helps to overcome inevitable, supposedly huge obstacles and it carries elated through lofty heights. The common trembling during the probationary period and the joy of being together about the completed doctorate, the discussion about stalled “independent work” or “Matura work” and the mutual recognition of the extremely interesting results (see S), the collective stage fright The theater performance and the enjoyment of the thunderous applause (see p. 44), the cooperation in preparing the final exams and the unforgettable experiences on the final trip (see p. 33) - a list that could be continued as desired. From this point of view, it really does not seem appropriate to emphasize any individual in the class. Stefan Fischer class association and each of the 25 participants had only one goal: to be better than the 24 colleagues or competitors. Having to complete the Kanti under these circumstances would be simply unbearable. Under these circumstances, however, to contest the project competition for the extension of the Heerbrugg Cantonal School is quite normal and our Primus, by the way, his name is Jack, did an exemplary job. On page 28, you can see why Jack managed all of the “promotions” without any problems and was ultimately selected as the best project by the jury. It is undisputed that the existing school complex no longer meets the operational requirements. The available space is far too small. The anticipation for the planned expansion is therefore great. The containers will disappear and be replaced by contemporary classrooms in the extension. The already varied and original class projects (see p. 16) are given new opportunities through group rooms. This certainly also applies to everyday lessons, where independent work should also be encouraged. The Economics Student Council is an example of this (see p. 40). The entrance area of ​​the Kanti will be given a completely new look. The auditorium will find itself in a different place and with it the many cultural events that take place here every year (see p. 42 and p. 45). "We only celebrate what has been accomplished." Goethe In contrast to our observatory, which celebrated its 10th anniversary (see p. 20), we can also congratulate Jack, but there is no reason to celebrate yet. He still has to take his school leaving certificate. I hope that he will soon be able to do this in a referendum. Let our annual report convince you that it is worth supporting the construction project. Please forgive me if I make an exception this year and we devote a whole double page to the Primus described at the beginning. It was not included in any annual report 1

4 Contents 1 Editorial 3 Foreword by the Rector 4 Chronicle of the school year Graduation ceremonies Congratulations 13 New Rector 14 We welcome 15 Assure quality, gain trust 16 Study week 3GSb 17 Competitive sports and doping 18 Polysportive week years KSH observatory 21 Matura theses 24 Directory Matura theses 28 Project expansion of the cantonal school Heerbrugg 30 Class 3L trip to Rome 33 Matura trip to Holland 35 Class exchange with the Swiss School in Rome 38 Excursion 1Sb 39 Stock Exchange and Literature Museum 40 Economy and Law 42 Author's reading 43 Theater 44 Spanish Theater Day 45 Acis and Galatea 46 Farewells 50 Alumni Association 52 Employees 53 Pupils 56 graduates 2 annual report

5 Foreword by Rector B If you look at the wide sandy beaches and the steadily rolling waves during the holidays, there is something very calming about it, it seems to wash over all bumps and cancel out any human noise in a rush, absorbing it into the rhythms of nature that is always the same. Back in everyday life, this feeling returns when the children hold collected seashells to their ears and believe they are listening to the sound of the sea. Thomas Widmer, Rector But waves from the world of school can also be felt during the holidays. The new French President Sarkozy called for a “service minimum” in schools in the event of strikes, a minimum presence so that working parents know that their children are welcomed and looked after at school. Fortunately, conflicts of interest in our school can usually be resolved by other means than strikes. Fortunately, a trend towards minimal education has not caught on across the board, despite the reduction in lessons and the passing on of more and more school costs to parents. Fortunately, as parents, you can count on your children not only being looked after at the canton school, but also being taught. Nevertheless, it seems to me that Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal contains something valuable. A school must be present and provide support for pupils in difficult situations and with learning processes. The Kantonsschule Heerbrugg took a number of steps in this direction in the past school year: by setting up a psychological counseling center, developing a crisis intervention concept and introducing preparatory courses for the Matura test. A school needs to make students feel welcome. A lot has happened at the Heerbrugg Cantonal School in recent years to ensure that the class teacher is well supported and to give young teachers the best possible introduction to this important task. Every state school, including a cantonal school, must always be aware of its obligation to serve society. "Service" here does not mean anything degrading, but modesty and a classification in a larger context. Isolation, arrogance and nostalgia lead in the long run to the side. Schools have to be present, be alert and mindful, live in the present. "Presence" means, according to its Latin origin, among other things, "present (make)", "effective", "strong", "be determined", "show (oneself)". These seem to me to be sensible guiding principles for a contemporary, open-minded school. To be present means to learn a lot and to have the size to correct and discard it later. Only those who are in the present and perceive what is happening around them and within themselves are able to act. Teachers and schools must be measured by their ability to act constructively and to constantly renew themselves and the school. This includes the fact that the Heerbrugg Cantonal School started to set up a systematic quality management system last year. Being mindful and awake means being able to look closely and listen as a teacher and as an organization not only to look inward, but also to open windows to the outside world. Last but not least, being present also means showing oneself: Schools have to learn to show themselves and their achievements in public in order to be noticed and to gain support for construction projects and educational work, for which the teachers do great things in everyday life. Let us consider this great task from time to time. We don't have to travel to the sea for this, but can listen to a shell like children and hear the sound of the whole world. Annual report 3

6 Chronicle of the 2006 school year August 14th Opening of the new school year by Rector Thomas Widmer. Welcome to the teaching staff and employees in the Buechberg restaurant in Buchen-Staad. 18. Ecumenical reflection at the beginning of the school year in the Protestant church in Heerbrugg Klassen Gymnasium: Pre-Matura exams. Sports days of the different grades. Athletics 4-fight girls (1st grade): 1st Ramona Baumgartner 1Sa, 2nd Jasmin Kaspar 1F, 3rd Laura Hoby 1Sb Athletics 4-fight boys (1st class): 1st Daniel Saguer 1WE, 2nd Maurus Wyss 1E, 3. Sven Vuletic 1NaPa orienteering girls (2nd and 3rd grades): 1st Dorothea Federer 2GM, 2nd Fatima Ayari 3MSa, 3rd Tina Bernhard 3GSb orienteering boys (2nd and 3rd grades): 1st Adrian Scherrer 2NP, 2nd Michael Wicki 2Wa, 3rd Melchior Vanrenterghem 3Wa September 1st REED: «Day of the round table». "Take a look" - night of the open roof at the Kanti Heerbrugg observatory. 2. REED: Quality culture, see S E: Parents' evening. 20th Piano Concerto "Mozart Mozart" In 2006, on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his works were performed in special concerts around the world. This also happened throughout the year at the Kanti Heerbrugg. On September 20, the pupils of a piano class played the “final chord” for the Mozart year. On the program of our concert there was mainly piano music exclusively by Mozart, of course. Concerts in which sound creations by a single composer are played for one and the same instrument are a difficult undertaking and place high demands on the players as well as on the auditorium. The result could be heard: the program included pieces for one, two and three pianos and a composition for four hands. Two arias and a movement from a violin sonata were intended to provide additional charm. The third movement from the piano sonata KV 381 in D major was played brilliantly by Peter Loher. Christoph Graf mastered the well-known "Alla turca" (KV 454) in full splendor and at breakneck speed. Claudia Walser sang the aria “Voi, che sapete” from “Le Nozze di Figaro”, cleanly and with admirable ease; her singing teacher Gabriele Hunziker had prepared her for it. Marco Cristuzzi delighted the audience with two movements from what is known as an "easy" sonata, the title of which is "Sonata facile", which is misleading as it requires the pianist to have a finely differentiated touch and high precision. The aria of the Queen of the Night from the “Magic Flute”, which Claudia Walser interpreted effortlessly and safely even in the highest tones, was rewarded with loud applause. Julia Gloor, a student of Rosalia Röczey, played the first movement of the violin sonata KV 378 in B flat major with a full and beautiful sound. The end of the program was the concerto in E flat major for two pianos and orchestra (KV 242); Dario Graber, Severin Gloor and Denis Uffer played one of the three movements. Anna Danielewicz took over the orchestral part on the third piano. Dorothea Federer announced the pieces of music. On this evening, the performing music students presented impressive and significant interpretations of classical works. While most young people consider classical music to be uninteresting or too difficult, a handful of teenagers proved that the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart can motivate and inspire them to great efforts and can sound exciting and beautiful. They all coped well with their task. Everyone worked a lot for this concert and learned a lot in the process. Anna Danielewicz The first grades go on a one-day excursion, see p. 38. Project weeks: 2GM: Photo week (Kurt Schwendener, Carl Leyel). 3E: Ecology Days Ecosystem Rivers (Cornelia Bally, Dieter Burkhard). 3GSb: Historical-political and religious-cultural discussion of Tibet (Meinrad Vögele, Markus Bruderer). see S L: Endurance sport and performance 4 annual report

7 2007 diagnostics, doping (Markus Buschor, Kurt Krattinger), see S NaPa: Word versus image analysis of German, French and English films (Theo Scherrer, Albert Keller). 3Wa, 3Wb: Wirtschaftswoche (Ernst Capiaghi, Claudia Frei, Hannes Kampfer, Werner Kuntschik, Judith Mark). Class exchange: 3MSa: Visit to the Swiss school in Rome (Benedikt Weissenrieder, Eva Rothenberger), see p. 35. Educational trips: 3F: Croatia / Porec Rijeka, Plitwitzer Seen, Rovinj, Pula (Guido Scheuber, Heiner Sulser). 4GK: Barcelona Museo Picasso, Sagrada Familia by Gaudi, Dali Museum in Figueres (Benedikt Götz, Sabine Matt). 4L: Holland Emmerich, Rotterdam, The Hague, Deltawerk, Amsterdam (Hans Haselbach, Bert Mogg), see S NaPa: Calafell Sights of City and Country in Catalonia (Albert Guntli). 4NbPb: Ravenna (Franz Spirig, Walter Winiger). 4S: Round trip through Andalusia visiting Ronda, Cordoba, Granada, Almunecar and Malaga (Sonia Fumarola, Alexandra Staffelbach). 4Wa: Mallorca landscape and culture of an island away from mass tourism (Martin Pozivil, Matteo Cerutti). 4Wb: Culture and sport in Crete (Patrik Waibel, Patrik Good). September / October October 26th evening for the parents of the first year students. November 11. 3M: SIZ user exam. 13. Vocational half-day for the third grade of the grammar school. 15. Reading with Hansjörg Schneider, see p. First orientation about the Kantonsschule Heerbrugg for secondary school pupils and their parents. 20./21. Window for open lessons: 1E: “La chanson française” Text analysis, listening comprehension, singing (Matteo Cerutti). 1Sb, 1Wa: speaking and theater exercises (Jürg Zimmermann). 2F: Visit to Munich with a focus on the industrial revolution, urban development and National Socialism (Walther Baumgartner, Martin Pozivil). 3M: Introduction to Salsa Dance (Sonia Fumarola, Isabel Hutter). 3NaPa: Gonzen iron mine geotectonics, mineralogy, petropaphy (Peter Lenggenhager). 3Wa: Visit to the Medical History Institute in Zurich as part of the project course “History of Epidemics and Diseases” (Stefan Rohner, Dieter Burkhard). 3Wb: Excursion to Stuttgart City tour with a visit to the stock exchange, Schillerhaus, Schiller National Museum and Modern Literature Museum (Hannes Kampfer, Milena Todic), see SE, 4Wb: Participation in the IHK event “Future of Eastern Switzerland” on the topics of the economic situation and economic forecast (Patrik Waibel). 20th Kantian concert autumn break.

8 Chronicle 22. Authorities event: Factory tour of the company SFS AG. An unmanned forklift drives through the factory halls December 9. Second orientation via the Heerbrugg canton school for secondary school students and their parents. Christmas evening for teachers and employees as well as their partners in the auditorium of the KSH. 22. Christmas party Christmas holidays. January 4th New Year greeting of the employees and the teaching staff by Rector Widmer with a small drink. 9. WMS: Greetings from those responsible for the internship. 12./19. A futsal tournament was held for the first time on two Fridays after school ended. This special form of indoor football is played without boards and with a smaller ball. The tournament, organized by Sandro Hutter and his class 3NaPa, was won by class 3Wa. 19./20. «Acis and Galatea» Staged oratorio by G.F. Handel, a joint project of the M-class choirs and school orchestras of the canton schools in Heerbrugg and Sargans, see S E: Pre-vocational school-leaving exams. 25./26. 4E: Oral practice exams. Window for open lessons: 2Wb: Tell staging of individual scenes, directing and acting (Cornelia Rizek-Pfister). 3Wb: Debating (Milena Todic). 4Nab: Excursion to the zoological garden in Zurich, practical work on the subject of behavioral theory (ethology) (Albert Guntli, Patrik Good). 4Pab: Lego robotics competition Development, construction and programming of a Lego robot (Benedikt Götz, Walter Winiger). The students of the major subject Physics 4P held a competition. The aim was to use a robot to graze as many Lego blocks as possible in the shortest possible time on a course with obstacles. Accordingly, the students were given the task of programming the Lego robots intelligently and preparing them for their task in the best possible way - a challenge that all participants enjoyed. Final corrections to the Lego robot before the 4GM, 4S competition: English perspectives after / with the Matura Former students report on their projects / experiences in various English-speaking countries (Anita Kuhn). A Window on the English-Speaking World What could I do after finishing school? This might be one of the most frequently asked questions of a student in the last year of his or her time at the KSH. The variety of possibilities is enormous and going abroad for a while seems to be a big wish of many students. So, our English teacher Ms. Kuhn had the idea to invite three former students of her to come and tell our two classes 4S and 4GM about their recent projects and adventures in different English-speaking countries.The young ladies Manuela Berger, Corine Herman and Barbara Nüesch came with a huge amount of enthusiasm and told us their stories and some interesting facts about life in Canada, Australia and in England. They showed us a lot of very impressive pictures of the countries and told us some funny stories about what they had experienced there. It was really exciting to listen to some curious stories about what happens, for example, if you lose your hotel key at night and you have to wait in an area of ​​half-naked women for somebody to rescue you After the three really interesting presentations it what cake and drinks time. At different round tables, we could talk to the three ladies and ask more detailed questions in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. They answered everything with a lot of charm and dedication and could give us excellent advice on how to organize such a project and even some useful addresses. The students enjoyed these special lessons a lot and were glad to receive first-hand information about the three English-speaking countries and traveling there. «It was really very interesting and informative. They also encouraged 6 annual reports

9 individual trips and influenced my way of thinking. It sounded like a lot of fun, "said one student about this event. In general, both classes said they liked the idea of ​​an afternoon like this because the voices of older students are sometimes more impressive than the ones of teachers or parents. What everybody was pretty amazed at as well was the three ladies readiness to come into our classroom at all, their careful preparation, their enthusiasm and their English! That really boosted our motivation and must have been another reason for organizing an event like that. Stephanie Sonderegger and Patrizia Kühnis, 4S 4Wa, 4Wb: Visit to the Dachau concentration camp and city tour through Munich on the topic of “National Socialism in Munich” (Stefan Rohner, Andreas Seiler). Semester end. 27. Kantiball, organized by the student organization. 29. Beginning of the second semester. Ruth Stöckli's keyboard games «Keyboard games» aka piano music between Pachelbel and Yann Tiersen, combined with music history (s) almost on time for the new semester, invited Ruth Stöckli-Erni to a listening and guessing lesson: to prelude pieces by her students. It is common that the «evening music» of the 15 performers is garnished with puzzles; One could expect more that dance song and film smack, aria and meditation, canon and spiritual, that is, diverse forms occur; The fact that, for a change, texts on language and a prayer (Gounod) were heard and sketches they had written (Cosima Jüstrich, Noemi Scherrer) made the appeal of this January evening in room E 30. It is not difficult to be devout when Vera Hürlimann interprets Debussy's “Clair de Lune” or accompanies her sister Katrin for the Ave Maria by Charles Gounod; and not difficult to stay attentive when a sheet of riddles writhes through the music-making lesson. Incidentally, listening and listening has literally become a lesson in terms of dynamic art of expression and compositions from four centuries that are suitable for pupils' ability. Rainer Stöckli February 10. Public presentation of various Matura theses. 16. Parents' evening. 19. REED: Lecture by Dr. Kalabic on the topic of “Burn out and Work-Life Balance”. 23rd anniversary celebration: 10 years of observatory, see S E: Company exploration I entrance examination FMS, WMS. 4Wa, 4Wb: Wirtschaftswoche (Ernst Capiaghi, Ursina Custer, Hannes Kampfer, Patrik Waibel), see p. 41 March entrance examination for grammar school. Winter sports camp: Celerina (86 participants; Markus Buschor, Rainer Langenegger, Gesa Horak, Johannes Eberhard, Patrik Good). Davos (66; Patrik Waibel Patrick Lenherr, Ursina Custer, Claudia Frei, Cornelia Bally). St. Moritz (45; Patrick Strickler, Gaby Bürki, Jacqueline Jäger, Stefan Rohner). 4E, 3F: Wirtschaftswoche IHK 3L: Rome week (Hans Haselbach, Kurt Krattinger), see S NaPa, 3NbPb: Technology week (Dieter Burkhard, Stefan Lang). During a week, the two classes dealt in depth with the importance of technology and the engineering profession. Visits to ETH Zurich, EMPA St. Gallen and NTB Buchs gave them an insight into the world of technology. A large number of presentations on topics such as the importance of technology in human history, developments in the field of information and communication technology or the need for ethics in the application of technology completed the intensive program. The only downer: For organizational reasons, no practical part in which the students can be active could be integrated into the program. Fermenter plants of the EMPA annual report 7

10 Chronicle of spring break. April May 1st REED: ICT «Fresh-Up Half Day». 14th Kantian concert GM: class exchange, visit to Liberec (Regina Wendel, Martin Pozivil) E: special week in French-speaking Switzerland (Ernst Capiaghi, Matteo Cerutti). The craft of peat cutting is demonstrated 30. May shopping This year's May shopping took the employees to Altstätter Schollenriet. Under the expert guidance of two members of the Pro Riet association, the participants were shown the beauty, but also the vulnerability of this fascinating natural landscape. For twenty years, the association has been successfully promoting the ecological upgrading of previously intensively used plots of land and the protection of species. During the tour, the traditional craft of peat cutting was also presented in practice. The event ended with dinner in a nearby barn in the middle of the Riet. June E: Language stay in the English-speaking area. 7. Matura E: Language stay in the French language area D: Diploma exams in writing. 4M: written vocational school-leaving exams. 4. Classes Gymnasium: Matura exams in writing Classes: Sports weeks, see S Classes Gymnasium: Project lessons and independent work on the Matura work. 1NaPa: Renewable Energies (Cornelia Bally). The whole class 1NaPa met on Wednesday morning in the KSH. We started with an introduction to the theoretical part of our work on the subject of “Renewable Energies”. Before noon we started walking towards Berneck. A little above Berneck on the edge of the forest, Lukas showed us his scouting skills and lit a fire on which we fried our sausages. With this refreshment we hiked on to Mr. Stieger's Minergie houses. He told us about the difficult planning and construction phase of his houses and demonstrated their low energy consumption. Then we got an insight into the environmentally friendly and extremely complicated house. At the end of the exhausting but informative day, we were allowed to take a test ride on Mr. Stieger's electric bike. Simon Baumgartner, Arbnor Papaj, Fabian Ammann 1Sa: Excursion to Constance with the topics of medieval townscape and Reformation (Walther Baumgartner, Stefan Rohner) F: Job-related internship D: Oral diploma exams. 4M: Oral vocational school-leaving exams. 4th grade high school: Oral Matura exams. 29. Farewell to the teachers leaving the KSH, see page 46. July 2. Keyboard games “with new toys” were arranged by Ruth Stöckli-Erni as a piano class just before the end of the school year. As has been the custom for years, the players' parents, relatives and comrades have been invited and apparently also gladly come to the five-quarter-hour program from o'clock: the music room E 30 was occupied. In addition to the Routinières, 8 annual reports appeared with samples of their current playing ability

11 has no fewer than eight first graders; they gave 13 rehearsals for the best, with a keen sense of interpretation. New to the program was that with compositions from the second half of the 20th century, the most modern, often only one-page-long pieces for piano were presented: between classics such as Bartók, Debussy, Grieg, Satie and Tchaikovsky, one could hear Kurtá, Boje, Desmond, Heilbut, Hellbach , Norton. Ruth Stöckli also made some of the latter obvious: on transparencies you could (if you could) follow the scores and noticed some completely idiosyncratic notation. It can be seen as a merit of the program designer that, on the one hand, high school graduates still played in high spirits, although they had already been dismissed from classes and examinations; that on the other hand, even the youngest could be won over to play avant-garde. Rainer Stöckli grammar school classes: Various pupils take part in the Wirtschaftswoche with the IHK. Presentation of the projects that were submitted to the "KSH Extension" competition, see S Graduation ceremony of class 3D (technical secondary school), see p. 10 Vocational high school graduation ceremony for class 4M (business school), see S Matura celebration, see S matchday football, Girls: 1. 4Wa, 2. 2LINPa, 3. 2SbWb football, boys: 1. 3Wa, 2. 3Wb, 3. 2Wb1 floorball, girls: 1. 2GM3, 2. 3MSa, 3. 3Wb2 floorball, boys: 1. 3Wa1 , 2. 3L / 4L, 3. 2SbWb basketball, girls: 1. 1GM1, 2. 1NPSb2, 3. 1F1 basketball, boys: 1. 1Wa1, 2. 1NaPa1, 3. 1NbPb summer holidays. Annual report 9

12 Graduation ceremonies 2007 Milena Todic FMS graduation ceremony and WMS vocational school-leaving certificate This year's FMS and WMS celebration took place in an almost family-like group. Dramatic sounds from the Kantiorchester (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and a playful mix of styles with jazz elements by Carlo and Alessandro Moreni (self-composed film music “Der Lift”) could be heard. But it wasn't just musically that the signs were pointing to a new departure: the rector Thomas Widmer emphasized the value of the internships, from which the students return to everyday school life transformed: they were more mature, friendlier and more self-confident in their last year at the canton school Heerbrugg, which they would now leave as “entrepreneurs of their own lives”. Stefan Frei, keynote speaker and CEO of Alpha Rheintal Bank, used his own training biography to demonstrate the importance of courageous decisions that can lead to success, but also to failure. Although the diploma has no expiry date, it only gains in value with professional experience. After all her thoughts on the future, the graduate Sina Bergamin devoted her closing speech to the “good old days” at the Kanti, because that's how we will soon be talking about these years. She reminded of friendships that were made and of lived values ​​that are not in the testimony. The knowledge of the difference between meiosis and mitosis will also increase once you get to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" sit down, certainly pay off. The FMS class gave presents to their teachers, while the WMS graduates showed photos from the four years they spent together, because “Your pictures will last forever”, according to the song played by Laith Al-Deen. After the 3F class teacher Guido Scheuber had handed over the diplomas and the 4E class teacher Ursina Custer the diplomas, Daniela Ladner (FMS) and Julia Hegetschweiler (WMS) accepted the award from the alumni association for the best final grades of the year. 10 annual report

13 Maturafier 2007 I In contrast to the FMS and WMS graduation ceremony, the Maturafier 2007 was characterized by more classical musical interludes. In the opening speech, the rector Thomas Widmer spoke of “high school graduates” because he would like to see them as those who have left the country, who should use their newly won freedom responsibly or “steer their horse of freedom” against “mental retirement”. According to National Councilor Thomas Müller, who gave the keynote address, the training is “one of the most elegant and sustainable things that parents give their children”. After the “monopoly of knowledge” has lost the “classical school”, the guest speaker is primarily responsible for teaching values. Raffael Zanoni (4Wb) used a few buzzwords that caused great amusement to organize “Millions of Thoughts” that go through a young person's head after four years at the Heerbrugg Cantonal School: “You had to chrampfä” here, even if you were parents and apprentices of the same age would sometimes overlook that. The Chrampf barometer does not reach the same level for everyone, but it was not always "easy" as after the grades were submitted. When the grades were announced, however, when the Matura prank was abolished or when cleaning services had to be carried out on a Saturday, Raffael Zanoni only came up with the word “shitty”. And finally, the time at the canteen was simply “great” (translation: “great, great”), which is why there is also melancholy when 114 young people leave this school in different directions. Raffael Zanoni came to the conclusion, not without malicious joy, that the high school diploma was the “reward for an easy-horny cramp-scapegoat”. The best high school graduates: from left Karin Okle, Naemi Schelling, Manuela Büchler, Dominik Oehler, Thomas Anliker The education councilor Florin Rupper dedicated his opening address at both celebrations to the upcoming changes at the Heerbrugg Cantonal School: He wished the new Rector Bertram Mogg Ge skill and success and expressed his hope that the voters will approve the building loan for the urgently needed expansion. May his hope come true so that one day the graduation ceremonies will no longer take place in a sufficiently large auditorium and the subsequent aperitifs will no longer take place in the gym! 114 high school graduates then received this wage, each in their own way, from their class teachers. The President of the Alumni Association, Sylvia Bertele, presented the most successful high school graduates of each class with a gift: Thomas Anliker (4NaPa, 14), Naemi Schelling and Karin Okle (4GM, 13.5), Manuela Büchler (W, 13) and Dominik Oehler (Languages and Latin, 11.5).

14 We congratulate the best of every department of the grammar school and the most successful graduates of the business and technical high school: Matura course: Thomas Anliker (NP), Karin Okle and Naemi Schelling (GM), Manuela Büchler (W), Dominik Oehler (SLI) Business school: Julia Hegetschweiler Fachmittelschule: Daniela Ladner Mario Kohler (4Wa) celebrated the Swiss championship in fistball with his team from KTV Widnau. Fabian Egger Livio Zellweger (4Ta) was on the podium twice at the U18 Swiss Championship. He received the silver medal in the hurdles and the bronze medal in the triple jump. Severin Gloor (4L) won a bronze medal in the hurdles competition at the U18 Swiss championship. Claudio Fehr (3L) took second place among the Kumite boys and third place among the Kata boys at the Swiss championship of the SWKO (Swiss Wadokai Karate Do Organization). Fabian Egger (2Wa) achieved 2nd place at the "Best European Drummer Contest" in Frankfurt and is therefore one of the best drummers in Europe. Noemi Litscher (back left) and Mirjam Lehner (front left) in their gymnastics group Noemi Litscher and Mirjam Lehner (1GM) won the silver medal at the Swiss Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship with the senior women group. They were also able to celebrate the same success at the Swiss Federal Gymnastics Festival in Frauenfeld. Manuel Buschor (1Sa) and his partner Patric Müller were able to celebrate the silver medal at the Swiss U15 beach volleyball championships. As the culmination of the successful season, they were voted “Team of the Year” in the “Rheintaler” athletes' poll and finished the U15 ranking as No. 1 in Switzerland. 12 Annual report Claudio Fehr

15 New Rector Introduction of Bertram Mogg On August 1, 2007, Bertram Mogg took over the rectorate of the Heerbrugg Cantonal School as the successor to the resigned Thomas Widmer. Bertram Mogg grew up in St. Gallen. He studied history and German at the University of Zurich. After graduating, he first taught at the canton school on Burggraben. Since 1986 he has been the main teacher at the Heerbrugg Cantonal School. From 1998 to 2002 he was director of the Swiss School in Rome. After his “Roman times” he returned to school as a history teacher at the Kanti Heerbrugg. Bertram Mogg lives in St. Gallen with his family and pets. The woman, Esther Uhland, teaches at ISME and also works as an artist. The children Manuel (11 years old) and Oliver (14) attend secondary school and the Kanti am Burggraben. Fabian (17) is completing an administration apprenticeship with BMS at the municipal administration in Mörschwil. In terms of school policy, the new rector has interesting tasks ahead of him. The SEM quality project aims to further expand KSH's good level of performance. The organization of an orderly school day during the renovation and new construction period will certainly represent a major challenge, always in the hope and in Bertram Mogg's confidence that the St. Gallen residents will agree to the urgently needed construction project. It is very important to the new rector to create a positive, collegial learning climate that is characterized by optimism and future-oriented.

16 We welcome: New at the Kanti Simone Bischof, German Alois Andermatt, philosophy, ethics Elina Erhart, history Dominik Kesseli, drums Erich von Sury, guitar Evelyn Sinz, administrative employee Simone Nüssli, administrative employee Caroline Sieber, deputy librarian 14 Annual report

17 Ensuring Quality, Gaining Trust Patrick Strickler School Development SEM I n recent years, public and private institutions have endeavored to ensure quality, which is intended to strengthen them both internally and externally. It creates awareness of one's own strengths and helps to counter weaknesses properly. The Education Council of the Canton of St. Gallen decided that school development at secondary schools (SEM) should be systematically carried out and reported in a three-year cycle. The teaching staff of the canton school Heerbrugg was founded on 2.September 2006 in an in-house teacher training course familiarized with the subject of school development and various forms of quality management. This day encouraged a number of teachers to actively participate in the new form of school development. They formed the so-called Sem coordination group. The Rector Thomas Widmer provided them with one of the speakers on Impulstag, Veronika Barczak, as a professional project companion. At the first meeting of the Sem coordination group, everyone present brought their own ideas about school development and quality management. Relative agreement on the procedure was not reached until the third meeting: From then on, the group embarked on the adventure EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management). Since then, our Heerbrugger coordination group got to know the new instrument for quality assurance in practical work, informed the teaching staff about the progress and concluded the preparatory phase for the actual inventory in May 2007 with satisfaction. Project mandate The basic idea of ​​the project is that potentials are recognized and used. Realistic and tangible improvements can only be brought about with transparency about the strengths and weaknesses of our school. The starting position at KS Heerbrugg is favorable, we already have some structures. This includes, among other things, in-school teacher training SCHILF, vocational assessment of the Stemi, information channels such as the teachers' convention, «Kanti aktuell», annual report, homepage, etc. In addition, the existing model of the KSH describes the school culture at our school. According to the SEM guidelines, quality assurance measures should be developed, implemented and evaluated in at least two subject areas within three years (evaluation with final report). Concerning quality management, an external evaluation (assessment at EFQM) should then be successfully completed. The coordination group quickly realized that good preparation is very important and accordingly requires time. In the first three months, fundamental questions were repeatedly asked and answered and our own work was often viewed critically. Now that the preparatory phase has been completed, the SEM project is about to take the next big steps: taking stock and defining goals. After that, in the second year of the planned cycle, what has been decided can be implemented. Conclusion The teachers involved, when they joined the coordination group, accepted the challenge of personal and overall school change. They hope for a lively exchange, good cooperation and open communication in the group and with the staff. In all of this, quality management must take into account the forces of those involved. It was clear from the beginning that school development is a process that takes a long time and is constantly changing. The dynamic that such an assignment can trigger, however, was probably not foreseeable by very few members when they started work in autumn 2006. Quality grows at the base. College and employees of the Kanti Heerbrugg in lively discussion. Of course, there are still some questions from the early days that remain unanswered. The benefit, however, from getting involved in the new, the unknown or the unknown is many times greater, so that the countless thought processes, disturbing conversations and the considerable time burden were very worthwhile. The Heerbrugg Cantonal School can only benefit from quality management in school development. Annual report 15

18 Study week 3GSb Elian Bösch, Katia Rudnicki, 3GSb Tibet In the last week before the autumn break we dealt with the subject of Tibet, about which we had learned a lot in the previous project lessons. On Monday morning we met for a meditation exercise, to which Mr. Bruderer introduced us. He showed us different sitting positions and how we should breathe. Another type of meditation was to observe a certain object for a long time and carefully. We rounded off the morning with painting mandalas. An introduction to Tibetan literature awaited us in the afternoon. Different fables were presented by individual groups in the form of role-plays and pictures. The performances were very entertaining and there was a lot of laughter. One day later we visited the Museum of Cultures in Basel, through which we were guided by Mr. Mantoe, a Tibetan refugee. He explained to us the meaning of the most famous symbols and signs of Buddhism and we marveled at the foreign works of art. After the tour we had the opportunity to ask Mr. Mantoe questions. Through his personal experience, he was able to answer our questions very impressively. The visit to the museum was an interesting experience for everyone. After lunch we had a city tour ahead of us. Everyone received a map of the city, and despite the pouring rain, the class was in a good mood and motivated. We visited the minster, enjoyed the view over the city of Basel from the Palatinate, looked at the Blue House and the town hall. After the tour, which had positively surprised us, we boarded the train home exhausted. We reached the Tibetan monastery in Feldkirch, which we visited on Wednesday, by car. Monk Manfred was already waiting for us. After we took off our shoes, he led us into the meditation room. Sitting in a circle, on red pillows, we were allowed to ask the monk questions. He answered all of them patiently and reported about his everyday life and his life in the monastery. We were also able to visit the stupa, a representation of the spirit of Buddha, on a small hill after a short walk. After this short walk we were invited to a Tibetan lunch with the other monks. Then we said goodbye again. The following day we were able to welcome Ms. Dolkar Gyaltag, who grew up in Tibet, in our midst. She told of her childhood experiences and described situations of the Chinese-controlled everyday life in Tibet. We were all deeply touched by issues such as flight and separation from their families. We gained a lot of new knowledge through this conversation. We were all looking forward to the afternoon, our assignment was to cook a Tibetan dinner ourselves. We split up who does what. It was bought, cooked and decorated. The afternoon went smoothly except for a few minor mishaps. Most of them also liked the unfamiliar dishes. There was a cozy atmosphere and after dinner we talked and laughed for a while. At the end of our study week we watched the film “Seven Years in Tibet” on Friday. After we had dealt intensively and realistically with the world of Tibet over the past few days, we were now able to see it with completely different eyes. Much that we would not have noticed before now caught our eye immediately. The 3GSb class has fond memories of a wonderful and interesting week. 16 annual report

19 Competitive Sports and Doping Tobias Baumgartner, Andreas Bürgler, 3L Competitive Sports and Doping I n the window days from September 25 to 29, 2006, we, Class 3L, dealt with the overarching subject of “Competitive Sports and Doping”. In a first block, we got an insight into the areas of “stamina and endurance” with our sports teacher Markus Buschor. In a second block we looked at some aspects of “doping in top-class sport” as part of the chemistry class together with chemistry teacher Kurt Krattinger. On Monday morning we worked out the theoretical basics. We were given a basic knowledge of fitness, fitness training and proper nutrition. In addition, we prepared the walking and lactate tests in the theoretical part. In the afternoon we went to the running track at the indoor swimming pool in Balgach for the practical implementation of the tests. First, we all completed the walking test, which gave us information about our individual fitness level. Equipped with a heart rate monitor, we walked around the track at a constant pace and observed our heartbeat rate. For the lactate level test, we split into two groups. Six test persons had to run a total of four times each 1200 meters. The pace was increased every 1200 meters, starting with light jogging up to the personal maximum pace. The rest of the class took a drop of blood from the runners' fingers at regular intervals in order to measure the lactate value with a special measuring device, which provides information about the lactic acid content in the body. We were told to pay particular attention to hygiene. In addition, the runner's heart rate values ​​were noted and recorded in a table. All of this had to be done very quickly so that pauses that were too long did not falsify the results. The use of the piercing and measuring devices was very instructive and also quite entertaining. Since the runners always appeared at certain intervals, there was also time for one or the other little joke. Nevertheless, the tests were carried out carefully and without problems and the results were then properly evaluated. On Tuesday, each student worked independently on a documentary about doping abuse in a sport of their choice. The work was loosened up by instructive and entertaining short films about the history of doping and its role in sport and society. We also devoted the morning of the third day to our independent work, before we were allowed to go climbing in the Aegeten in Widnau as a reward in the afternoon. After introducing the climbing equipment and an introduction to safety and climbing techniques, we mastered various routes on the well-equipped climbing wall. The three special days gave us the opportunity to deal intensively with the topic of doping, which, despite its large presence in the media, was new territory for us, especially during major sporting events. We also had the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of our own body and gained insights into the world of competitive sports. Annual report 17

20 Polysportive Week Markus Buschor Summer Sports Week T he new special week concept of the Heerbrugg Cantonal School provides for a winter sports camp for the 1st grade and a summer sports week for the 2nd grade. In the summer sports week, which was held for the first time, the sports teachers offered various types of sports to get to know or to deepen, for which the students had to decide and register in advance. The offers differed in terms of content and cost, as an on-site project or as a storage week. They were all designed in such a way that up to six hours of sport could be done every day. 120 pupils tried their hand at their limits in kayaking, climbing, canyoning and inline skating, spent a week in a tent, got to know the beauties of a river trip or promoted their technical and tactical skills in football, baseball, tennis or basketball. Tenerife camp The Centro Sportivo in Tenero offers an infrastructure that makes every athlete's heart beat faster. The generously designed facilities, the bordering on Lake Maggiore, the southern ambience and the unlimited (sports) opportunities make this facility unique. In addition, Tenero has an accommodation building and a small tent town with military tents that can sleep around 20 people. Two such tents for the students and two small private tents for the teachers served as accommodation. 17 school girls and 15 school children were allowed to take part in this multi-sport week, the main emphasis of which was on climbing, kayaking on the lake, baseball and beach volleyball. Sports teachers Rainer Langenegger and Markus Buschor and geography teacher Gesa Horak were in charge of the week. For the first time in a kayak Many students felt a little queasy when they sat down in a wobbly kayak for the first time, closed the spraydeck and made the first careful paddle strokes. The initial fear quickly evaporated and soon the students were moving fairly safely on the lake, even if one or the other kayak did not always obey its rower and took its own direction or an involuntary capsize was inevitable. The deliberate disembarkation under water near the shore made the hearts beat a little faster, but this endeavor also turned out to be problem-free in the end. Climbing on the rock After an introduction to the climbing wall, the highlight was a day trip to Ponte Brolla at the entrance to the Maggia Valley. The plate-like rock faces are ideal for beginners and allow everyone to choose routes that suit their ability. In groups of three, the students climbed various steep and difficult rock formations in the climbing garden. One student climbed and two were responsible for securing it. To relax and cool off, the Maggia invites you to take a bath with a beautiful river basin. Trend sports baseball and beach volleyball are considered trend sports and are increasingly being integrated into lessons. For most of our students it was the first more intensive contact with these games. In a short time and with various exercises, they quickly developed an excellent understanding of the game and showed significant progress in the practice phases and the following tournaments. The beach volleyball tournament at an astonishingly high level became a highlight. The teams worked hard and dug some balls out of the sand. Inline hockey with full protective equipment turned out to be a highlight for some steadfast people. Polysportive week at the KSH Guido Scheuber and Felix Kessler use the sports facilities and the offer in the region. The 17 women and 14 men got to know the sports of judo and archery, which were new to most of them. They received an introduction to climbing at the Aegeten sports facility in Widnau. The many new impressions, the use of bows and arrows, the fall training in judo, the handling of climbing ropes and belay devices demanded a lot of concentration and stamina from the participants. In juggling, volleyball training and baseball, it was important to promote physical and coordinative skills. At the beach volleyball tournament in the Badi Berneck, the players fought doggedly for every point. In ideal weather conditions, the whole group hiked to the Meldegg. The week ended with a game tournament with floorball and volleyball. The students look back on an atmospheric, very varied and intensive week of sports that went without any problems or injuries. 18 annual report

21 Football Camp Football is still very popular with young people. The 15 women and 15 men who experienced an intensive week of football under the main direction of sports teacher Patrick Lenherr confirm this. P. Lenherr was supported by the teachers Matteo Cerutti and Patrik Good as well as the FC Sion team player Alain NgaOndoua. On the soccer fields of FC Widnau they found ideal training conditions, the new artificial turf could be played very well even in bad weather. During the whole week, the participants devoted themselves to the technical and tactical elements of football, practiced passing and stopping, dribbling, juggling and shooting at goal, got to know different tactical variants of free kicks and got an insight into the different game systems. They tried to apply what they had learned in a game tournament. Outdoor Sports A group of 25 schoolgirls experienced a strenuous week with the two sports teachers Gaby Bürki and Jacqueline Jäger. The prelude was a hike in the Alpstein from Eggli over the Fähnernspitz to the Ruhsitz and over the Plattenbödeli to Brülisau. Climbing and inline skating After an introduction, the girls in the Sargans climbing hall, secured by their colleagues, climbed the various, sometimes overhanging routes. Finger and arm strength as well as courage and trust in the partners were required. So that the leg muscles were not neglected, they made the way home from Buchs to Altstätten on the Rheindamm on inline skates, a challenge for many that they will not soon forget. Canyoning for beginners The courage to try new things and trust in the leadership were also required for canyoning beginners in the Dornbierer Aach. Abseiling in the waterfall, sliding down rocky slides, traversing steep slopes, jumps from up to six meters into the crystal clear water, none of this is for the faint of heart. According to the motto “no risk, no fun”, the girls did not shy away from any risk and immersed themselves in this wonderful world of experience. River trip and Nordic walking This adventure was followed by a highlight on the water. After detailed instruction, the participants paddled down the river in inflatable canoes on the old Rhine. Teamwork and armwork were required to move the canoes forward in the lack of current and to prevent constant circling. The calm river and the bank landscape created a very special atmosphere. The sport week ended with an introduction to Nordic walking. Despite tired legs and bad weather, the students tried to benefit as much as possible from this event. Experiences, valuable experiences, different impressions, maybe a little sore muscles, pride in the achievements and the courage to try new things, and much more, our students should have taken away from this week.

22 10 years of KSH observatory Benedikt Götz TAKE A LOOK! In astronomical terms, the observatory that adorns our roof has only existed for a twinkle in the eye and yet it has been 10 years since Prof. Dr. Fritz Schoch officially opened the observatory. Even in the many years of planning there were more turbulent and quieter times.The same can be said of the decade of practical operation. In bad weather and during the day it was often quite quiet on the roof. In the evenings, however, the observatory regularly woke up from its slumber and there was a lot of activity. There were reports of rushes of up to 80 people per night at the nights of the open roof, she has experienced "Jugend forscht" work, astronomy courses, guided tours and projects. Not to forget, of course, the great astronomical events such as the solar eclipse in 1999 and the transits of Mercury and Venus, which pupils and teachers enjoyed in classes. Many have seen the wonders of space through the tubes of the observatory. Above all, our students have the opportunity to practice practically oriented astronomy with the large telescopes. The participants in the astronomy courses and students who are writing a high school diploma thesis on an astronomical topic regularly benefit to a particularly high degree. They are often "regular customers" on the school roof. In this series there were some outstanding successes to be recorded, Barbara Burtscher won a youth research award with her observations of the comet Ikeya-Zhang, followed by another youth research award for Patrick Raschle, again based on observations of the variable star herself carried out on the roof «EX-Daconis». Aaron Coulin is currently doing an exciting Matura thesis on the spectroscopy of stars. Many other interesting works on the planets, stars and galaxies line the path of the history of the observatory. Here, tangible science is practiced on a small scale. The school observatory has a long history, as the physics assistant and employee of the observatory, Mr. Walter Winiger, remembers: “20 years before the actual observatory was built on the roof of the school, Prof. Fritz Schoch started planning. There were some setbacks ... »The long way to the realization was paved by generous donations from donors and not least by the observatory support association. A large part is certainly above all the tireless efforts of Prof. Dr. Thanks to Schoch and Winiger. The observatory has been in active operation for 10 years, since 1999 under the direction of Prof. Benedikt Götz, who maintains and maintains the observatory and is constantly expanding it a little. The observatory, which is one of the best equipped in Eastern Switzerland, now has a modern CCD camera with the ability to take color images of astronomical objects. In addition, a modern filter can be used to observe solar flares. With this set of instruments, the pupils of the canton school are literally “brought closer” to the world of the stars. The observatory is used extensively and is also very much appreciated by schools in the region. During special astronomical events and nocturnal tours, the students have the opportunity to admire the heavenly spectacle and learn a lot about the endless world up there. The festivities for the 10th anniversary on were of a special kind: A kind of «light & sound show». With the participation of Prof. Karl Hardegger at the piano, a classical concert with astronomical themes was given. The appealing program included pieces from the «Moonlight Sonata» by L.v. Beethoven and "Claire de lune" by Claude Debussy. For the eye, atmospheric astronomical images were conjured up parallel to the screen, which merged the whole thing into a galactic total work of art. Around 80 people from the Rhine valley did not miss this heavenly highlight. Hopefully many “light years” of the KSH observatory were toasted during the aperitif. The subsequent public tour extended the program into the late hours of the night with astronomical delicacies. 20 Annual Report

23 Matura thesis Steven Köppel, 4NaPa Why can potentially explosive gas mixtures not be ignited using a cigarette? A lot of people think that one can set gasoline and other fuels on fire using a burning cigarette. In fact most of us have seen someone do this in a movie. It is interesting however, that this is actually not possible. I studied this phenomenon for my Matura paper to explore the reasons for it. One of my goals was to do some practical work in the laboratory, which I could nicely realize with this study. In the year 2000 I had the chance to go to the United States for two years. This was a great opportunity to learn English. So when it was time to write my Matura paper it became clear that it would be a good idea to write it in English. My tutor Prof. Dr. Peter Bützer supported me in doing so and he especially helped me find the translation for all the technical terms necessary. He was also the one who encouraged me to explore the topic of the cigarettes that can t ignite gasoline. As he said, experts knew for a while that it was impossible, but not why. So he was also quite interested in finding out more. We started by looking at different possibilities for the cause. There were two main points. First of all we looked at what s called the Davy effect. Sir Humphry Davy invented a clever safety lamp for coal and gas mines. It had a fine grating around the flame which effectively prevented the surrounding gas from igniting by distributing the heat across a large area. We thought that the ash at the tip of a burning cigarette could have done the same. But as our experiments showed that was not the main reason. So we considered the second thesis. Maybe the ash has some kind of inhibiting effect on the ignition of the gas. That is to say that the ash might act similarly to a catalyst, just in the opposite way. It could in fact be shown that the ash, or other substances containing carbon, really prevented the cigarette from igniting the fuel. It works similarly, in principle, as the antioxidants in our body, which prevent harmful reactions. The ash also prevents a reaction, namely a chain reaction with so-called free radicals which is the basis of every fire. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to research the way this phenomenon works exactly chemically speaking. It would be interesting to see someone else continue this research to find out more. I can really recommend doing do; I had a lot of fun working in the laboratory and figuring out the tricky parts of this topic. Annual report 21

24 Maturaarbeiten May Ping Loh, 4GK Study of a Secondary School Student s Life Comparison of Singapore and Switzerland I magine going to class every day with 39 other students, spending most of your weekends finishing your homework or revising last week s work and on top of all that going to tuition classes regularly. Well, for Singaporean students, this routine is quite ordinary and not surprising at all. The stress and pressure that students have to endure can reach a certain level where they get so desperate and end up doing foolish or even tragic things. One impressive example which turned up in a newspaper in 2001 reported that a 12-year-old schoolgirl had committed suicide after doing badly for her end of year examinations and a survey even showed that more than to 12-year-olds fear failing examinations more than they fear their parents deaths. After living in that environment for 14 years and also experiencing the Swiss school system, I wanted to compare both of the school systems more scientifically with surveys and even with diaries of some students. Furthermore, I was keen on finding out if the majority were feeling stressed as well. Assembly Hall with the whole school (Singapore) My Matura paper consists of differences between the two secondary school systems in Singapore and Switzerland. The main emphasis is on students and how the surroundings affect a child's life. One big factor in Singapore is the stress which pupils experience as a result of the strict teaching and the difficult school system. There are a few reasons as to why pupils face such a pressured school life. Firstly, with Singapore's high population, students have to compete with a larger number than in Switzerland. The average number of pupils in class is 40, whereas in Switzerland the average number is only 19. Secondly, teachers recommend students to take tuition in order to catch up with school, or even handle the topic that will be taught in the future to be well-prepared. As if this was not enough, parents push their children to be the best in class, giving them additional examination papers to complete. Thus, not only are the students under stress, but it is also likely that their parents may even have to take medication to handle the pressure of schooling. Besides the stress, I also compared other factors that would affect a student's life. One difference is the uniforms. In Switzerland, pupils are allowed to wear what they like, while in Singapore it is compulsory to wear uniforms as it is an act of discipline and also shows a sense of pride. There are so many different designs and amazingly the type of uniform may also be a reason to enrol in that particular school. School uniforms are not worn in Switzerland, thus different styles and groups are formed. This may sometimes create peer pressure on particular students who feel that they have to change their way of dressing to be normal in school. On the whole, Switzerland's natural resources allow students to exercise and enjoy nature freely. Teachers may even take them on excursions if the weather is good and teach them outdoors. This variety in teaching can help pupils to express their own ideas in an open environment. Moreover, the whole class can get to know each other better, therefore creating a friendlier and relaxing feeling in school. Swiss schools also prepare students for the future by making them hold speeches and presentations so that they can interact with other people easily without any awkwardness. However, Singapore s school system has its advantages as well. Most students are used to the stress and are well prepared for work life. Pupils are also able to organize their time and complete their work with a lot of efficiency. I have learned a lot from my research and found out that there are exceptions, as not every student in Singapore goes to tuition. Meanwhile, I was surprised to discover after the evaluation of the surveys that there were a sum of pupils in Switzerland who were having tuition. To sum up, I feel that it is not important to prove which system is better. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. As far as I m concerned, there has to be a good balance in both outdoor and indoor studying. This makes students efficient in using their brains, giving them creative thinking to excel well later in their adult working life. 22 annual report

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