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Znüni News – Monday August 19

We are back in the saddle, and we hope you that had a pleasant, relaxing and energising summer holiday.

Yesterday was a lovely day to finish the holidays, for those who wanted it offered the perfect opportunity to make the most of the lake and some 531 swimmers took part in the “crossing of the lake” competition. A 17 year old Texan won by swimming across in 16 minutes and 42 seconds, apparently his Swiss grandmother had signed him up to take part whilst he is vacationing here.

Another 26 000 people decided to take part in the Sempach Slow up event which allowed people to go around the lake on bikes, inline skates or even rollskis.

But these numbers are nothing compared to the crowds who will be going to Zug next weekend for the largest Schwingfest in the country. Starting on Friday, this competition will pit the best Schwingers against one another to win the title of champion. You can find out more about it here.

This morning close to a hundred thousand kids return to the local schools in the canton of Lucerne. That’s over 4000 young ones heading to kindergarten, 40 000 going to secondary school and 5500 who are going to the cantonal high school.

With a maintenance budget of 75 million francs, the schools are always trying to keep their infrastructures up to date, which is not always easy.

All 5600 teachers are using the national Lehrplan 21 method to teach the children up to the 7th grade (i.e. first year in secondary school).

The weather may seem autumnal now but as of Wednesday we will be back in summer mode, so plenty of sunshine can be expected for the weekend.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.