Welcome to La Grande Boissière Secondary School!
Conrad Hughes – Principal
A springboard toward higher education and employment, Secondary School is where students realize and stretch their potential and make the best choices for their future. The ability to construct an individually tailored bilingual programme is a distinguishing feature of our school: most subjects at all levels are offered both in English and in French, and students can choose their language of instruction in almost any subject in either language.
Mentors provide academic support through small group work and play an important role in maintaining collaborative relationships between individual families and the school. The Guidance Department provides career advice and supports students throughout the application process to universities around the world.
- 800 students, aged 13 to 18
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and High School Certificate
- Universal Learning Programme (ULP)
- Bilingual à la carte: Almost every subject available in French or English.
- Extensive extra-curricular programme
- Cafeteria and bus service available
- School hours Monday to Friday: 8:15 – 15:30 (8:15 - 16:15 for Years 12 and 13)
- Extended Support Programme for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties (limited places)
Below are just a few of the reasons we are proud of our school and our school community.
Please pay us a visit to find out more!
Think, Create, Innovate!
In its dedication to the Guiding Principles for Learning in the 21st Century developed in collaboration with UNESCO, our Secondary School at La Grande Boissière has put theory into practice through the STEM Centre. STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” and involves learning these subjects through interdisciplinary projects that use technology and practical methods of teaching. The STEM Centre is a place where students can expand their thinking by creating and solving open-ended problems involving robotics, electronics, programming and design.
The fundamental aim of the STEM Centre is to host 21st century learning experiences that move away from traditional, theoretical, single-subject learning, and towards greater creativity through critical thinking, information literacy and interdisciplinary, project-based learning. To further this aim, we have developed courses with key academic institutions, such as the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the universities of Geneva, Stanford and Durham, as well as leading institutions in the technology and engineering sectors, such as CERN, Solar Impulse, Hydros, LEGO® and Disney.
With bright open spaces to imagine new worlds, wall-to-wall whiteboards to brainstorm and hypothesise, and state-of-the-art equipment to explore and experiment, the STEM Centre creates the ideal atmosphere for students to dream and invent. Combining different subjects, but also different year groups, we aim to merge various elements of the curriculum to encourage innovative ways of thinking and building. As a result, every day is a success as our students become ever more curious about the world around them, and come up with projects that captivate both their classmates and teachers.
The STEM Centre has become the headquarters of a number of student-run clubs, such as the Engineering Competition Club, the LEGO® EV3 Mindstorm Battlebots Club or the Java Programming Club. Since its opening in September 2016, the STEM Centre has enabled our students to gain new skills in such areas as programming, 3D gaming and printing, robotics, space exploration, GPS navigation and digital mapping, or even product design and creation. STEM projects are not just about science, technology, engineering and maths, they are also about ethics, sustainability, creativity and problem solving, which is why our motto at the STEM Centre is “Think, Create, Innovate!”
Looking ahead to the future, we hope to develop a full programme, including STEM curriculum projects, guest speakers, workshops and events, and make the STEM Centre a place where the minds of today work together creatively to improve the world of tomorrow.