I love the concept of the new Middle School and I like the way it’s been designed. It’s great to have a lovely new building. But for me, the building itself isn’t the most compelling part of the proposition. It’s about the future it represents: the potential for children. Thinking about those who came before us, they also did a fantastic job for the school, in what I am sure were far more difficult circumstances. This latest project is just another part of that natural process of renewal.
I am also mindful of the big picture. For me, ZIS is key to helping parents who move here become familiar with their new home and become part of a community. Many of the big banks and insurance firms here in Zurich have an international workforce, so the school is an important factor in helping to attract talent.
That’s why, when I was approached to see if Zurich Insurance and other financial companies would consider a corporate contribution to the new Middle School, I was happy to help. As so many of us are involved with the school one way or another, we know how this new facility will make a difference. The entire process of giving was very smooth: once we had made that commitment, we trusted the school to allocate the resources in the right way.
Many ZIS parents – myself included – are relatively privileged. I think it is good for us all to reflect on the role our education has played in where we are today. I am a great admirer of the ZIS philosophy of education. Children are taught subjects, of course, but they are also encouraged to be curious and explore that curiosity, rather than just read a book and answer questions. I’m excited to see how having fantastic facilities like the new Middle School will help trigger those interests.
Chief Financial Officer of Zurich Insurance, and parent to Samuel, Class of 2016 (2007-16), Alexander, Class of 2020 (2007-20) and Lewis (Grade 11)