Student leadership is an essential component in the life of a residential community and can play a meaningful role in establishing the welcoming and yearlong supportive atmosphere that makes living together a positive experience for all.
LAS Fred Ott Leadership Program as well as Student Council and LAS clubs have been set up to give opportunity to students to enhance and practice their leadership skills as well as give back to communities they live in – dorms, school, village of Leysin and beyond.
Fred Ott Leadership Program –
Ambassadors and Prefects
Prefects are chosen by the Dorm Heads in the beginning of each school year and their main role is to assist Dorm Heads and Dorm Teams with running duties and organizing events in the dorms.
Ambassadors are recruited in a formal process in April every year for a year long curriculum that involves world-class leadership training and other responsibilities beyond dorm duties (mentioned above) like: pursuing three projects benefiting dorm/school community, acting as a voice for student body through participation in Student Council’s works, taking active part in Community Service clubs, welcoming new students during orientation weeks.
Both groups are expected to be role models to the whole student body by maintaining high ethical, academic and behavior standards spelled out in Student Handbook and the Leadership Code of Conduct created every year by the group.
To view the Ambassadors blog, click here.
Student Council (StuCo)
Student Council (StuCo) is a student organization designed to better the lives of LAS students, achieving this goal in a number of ways. StuCo aims to facilitate effective communication between the student body and the administration, soliciting feedback from students at weekly meetings on various school-related topics, and lobbying the administration on the students’ behalf. StuCo strives to keep student morale as high as possible, organizing community events such as dances and athletic tournaments throughout the year. In addition to these activities, the Council serves the Leysin commune in doing community service work on International Day.
The President, Vice Presidents and Chief Information Officer lead the work of StuCo. Students in these positions are elected in all school votes for one-year term.
Habitat for Humanity
LAS has sponsored annual trips with Habitat for Humanity since 1996. In the year-long club, students learn about Habitat for Humanity as an organization, about the need for housing around the world through student-led presentations, how to fundraise, and how to build. At the end of the year, students participate in a building project in a European country, spending three days on site and one day touring in the region.
In recent years, LAS has participated in building sites in Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, and Romania. Starting in Summer 2013, SIS students also now have the option of selecting a Habitat for Humanity trip for their summer cultural tour.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a US organization that was established to recognize outstanding high school students. The NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
There are four main purposes of the NHS: “To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.” These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection at LAS. The “Magic Mountain” Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. At LAS the NHS is involved in fundraising for the Terry Fox Run, the Mercy Trust orphanage in Thailand, and for other worthy causes. Members also organise and participate in numerous events throughout the academic year, such as hosting the refugee centre Christmas party, to further develop their service, leadership, service and character.