Divali Celebrations at Green Oasis School

Green Oasis School is committed to delivering a British Curriculum that recognises and celebrates different cultures from around the world. Our Guiding Statements include:

-Green Oasis School’s commitment to internationalism and intercultural understanding is explicitly embedded in the Guiding Statements.

-GOS believes strongly in educating our students to appreciate, understand and respect all peoples both from within China and abroad. 

Part of this education is to celebrate and acknowledge different festivals from around the world, so on Wednesday 7th Nov. staff, students and parents celebrated the Indian ‘Festival of Lights’.

This festival is held each year in India and other parts of the, it is celebrated with feastinggifts, and the lighting of lamps

Here at GOS we celebrated by creating a Rangoli art piece for our reception area. This beautiful peacock was made with coloured rice and flour. Rangoli patterns are created in courtyards and foyers during festivals and often are regarded as bringing luck for the year ahead.  Students, staff, parents and alumni helped to create a beautiful peacock complete with lanterns and candles.

Students and staff were encouraged to come dressed in traditional Indian costumes, and as the pictures below show our Year 1 students embraced this with delight with many of the girls coming dressed in Indian attire. 

Staff and students were also treated to Indian sweets at lunchtime made of crushed cashew nuts. These proved to be a great hit with both adults and children!

With people in the world traveling more than ever before and more of us living outside our own countries, GOS is proud to be able to celebrate with our community a little part of another culture, to educate and delight our students and our community. 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Green Oasis School Expanded Department of Additional Support

Green Oasis School recognizes that its children are not only served through the general curriculum and extracurricular activities.  GOS appreciates that all students have unique learning styles and needs that go beyond the classroom which impact their ability to fully realize their potential.  That is why Green Oasis has an expanded department of Additional Support. 

The department is headed by a certified special education teacher who has worked as a learning specialist in many types of schools in several countries.  He is experienced teaching all levels of academic content, has expert contacts who help him guide parents of children who might require physical, occupational and speech therapy, and specializes in behavior management.  A Chinese bilingual teaching partner provides further learning support.  She is a China-certified English teacher.  They work with pupils in the regular classroom as much as possible, imparting tactics to increase self-sufficiency. 

Our school counselor tends to the social & emotional needs of the student body and also offers assistance to employees.  She has extensive qualifications in working with children of all ages in a range of therapeutic approaches in different environments.  Plus, she is a practiced health educator who is highly proficient teaching non-native English speakers. 

Moreover, as a member of the Council of International Schools, our department is developing a gifted & talented program, to even more closely align us with the Green Oasis School Vision: Educate, Nurture, Inspire Excellence.  Our G/T students will be interacting with other students throughout China and around the globe. 

Though the Additional Support Dept. directly assists a small percentage of the GOS family, A.S. team members work in collaboration with all staff members to further enhance teaching & learning throughout the school.  The team presents varied professional development opportunities and gives numerous students tools besides typical instruction.  These services include improving organization, study, test-taking, memory, social skills, cognitive learning strategies and many more.  These instruments will not only help cultivate the whole child for their post-secondary education but for an independent, productive lifetime.

We are proud of the work of the A.S. team and know that many students have benefitted from at times a simple chat to long-term assistance.  This is all part of the holistic approach to education that Green Oasis School takes in all areas of the curriculum.

 

While GOS is a selective school, with students having to be successful in entrance tests suitable for their age, some learning challenges only surface as children mature and develop.  As nurturing is such an important part of our Vision we want to ensure that all of our students have been given the best opportunity to meet their full potential.

Jack Birgl

Head of Additional Support 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

New Beginnings- an Exciting Time at Green Oasis School

The ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The educational journey for our students at Green Oasis School is no different. It starts from the moment children enter our classes to the day when they leave; hopefully a little wiser, more knowledgeable and confident to face the next step on the journey their lives will take.

It is a fact that schools are only a very short part of people’s lives, and yet those 12 or 13 years are some of the most significant. The experiences, opportunities, confidence and skills they learn through their education, be they academic or social, which will ultimately mold them into the adults they will become in the future.   Of course it is also how students use these opportunities and it is the hope of every educator that our students use them wisely with thoughtfulness and above all share our passion for ensuring they reach their full potential.

Although we are all ultimately responsible for our own journey as teachers, we know we are also responsible for guiding our students to ensure they make the right choices in life. This is why at Green Oasis School, our Vision is so important to us. Our most important work is to ensure students are educated, nurtured and inspired to face the journey they will take both at school and when they leave. Part of that is to accept that mistakes are part of the life we will have and should not be avoided as they are often what make us stronger. It is how we recover from these mistakes that are most important. Part of our responsibility at GOS is to ensure students have the tools and the support to do just that. Mel Gibson, the movie actor has had plenty of ups and many downs, his quote I believe sums up the need to understand that a mistake is not a failure, but a chance for a new and maybe exciting beginning. He writes:

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” —Mel Gibson

Looking ahead is exactly what we must all do. Mistakes are part of life; we learn from them, they can make us resilient and more determined. Here at Green Oasis we understand that students are growing, changing and open to new experiences. It is part of our Vision to ensure they are nurtured and learn to make choices and decisions that are the best for them. We also know that mistakes are inevitable and not the ‘end of the world’, thus they need to see them as a learning tool to improve and grow as young adults.  At GOS it is important to us that we do nurture our students, guide them and give them the support they need throughout their time with us through formal classes and during the day through counseling and from teachers.

Green Oasis School is aware that in our 18 year history, we have had many students through our doors. It is our hope that they have all been inspired to become the adults we knew they could. As we approach our 20th Anniversary, we would be keen to hear from alumni and read their stories. We invite our former students to contact the school through email, so we can continue to celebrate your achievements and successes in life.

Helen Swan 

Principal

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Place Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Improving Food Quality at Dream School – Green Oasis School

As part of our work in PSHE, looking at our dream school, we have focussed on the food we eat at lunch time. We have spoken with many people – students, the caterers, teachers and the Principal as well as our parents.  

The reason we were doing this was to find out if we could improve the quality of food in the canteen. 

We also wanted to make sure that we had enough nutrition in our lunch so we have enough energy to learn in the afternoon. 

We began by discussing the problems we saw in the lunchroom and then split into groups – one looked at nutrition, one our favourite foods, one our least favourite foods and one looking at potential menus. 

We created questions for a survey.  We considered the different methods of cooking – when Ms Anne did not know exactly what was in the back kitchen, we asked to go and look (we enjoyed that).  

We then went to speak to the Principal about meals in her previous school (they sounded delicious) and her ideas for a rotating menu. 

We then spent lunchtime gathering evidence – so much evidence. After that, we discussed biased data and collation. Collating data simply means putting it into groups and working out what we have between us. 


Favourite foods:

We got a lot of answers for this – some were ingredients and some were meals.  The top 5 answers were: 

Ms Anne said no to all of the sugar and fast food☹ So we kept looking till we found something that did not contain sugar. 

We took this information and gave it to the menu group. We then looked at the least favourite foods.  These were so many that we could not come up with a top 5.  Included were vegetables, sweet things, and carbohydrates. 

We also looked at textures to make sure that our food was exciting.  The most popular was cold – not many people liked wet. 

Menu 

When we looked at the menus, we considered that many of us like food from other countriesWe knew that there were a few problems for us.

Problem number 1: The catering

We need food that can be prepared off-site, brought at school and served to us. 

Problem number 2: the choice 

Currently we have a choice of four mains, two sets of vegetables, bread or potatoes and a sweet item.  The Principal and Ms Anne suggested that we cut down the number of choices so that the money would go further and we could have better quality and selections. We considered an option of a meat main or the vegetarian version and also a spicy option and a non-spicy option.  

We made these suggestions and gave it to the menu group. These are what they came up with: 

We are going to meet with the caterers to try and help them make food that we like.  We will not change things quickly but we are hoping that they will listen. 

 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Merchiston International School Opening Ceremony

On 13 October 2018, Merchiston International School (MIS) held its’ Official Opening Ceremony. MIS, located in Longhua district, is the first British boarding international school in Shenzhen. This big event attracted almost 1000 visitors, comprised of distinguished guests who have travelled far and wide: The Lord Provost of Edinburgh – the Right Honorable Frank Ross, Director of Longhua district Education Bureau — Mr Wang Yuxi, Deputy Consul-General of Guangzhou British Consulate – Mr Andrew Ould; the Board members of Merchiston Edinburgh, as well as all many Shenzhen citizens. 

Merchiston International School Opening Ceremony video

Merchiston International School (MIS) in Shenzhen is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School (MCS), a top-ranked independent school located inEdinburgh, Scotland, UK with a glorious history of over 185 years. MIS is also the first international school in Shenzhen providing an authentic British education and boarding system. Located in the Longhua District in the north of Shenzhen city, MIS occupies a ground space of 20,000 square metres providing a building area of 50,000 square metres, which can accommodate 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school opened its doors to boys and girls aged 5-18 (Years 1 to 10 and 12) in August 2018. English is the primary language of instruction in MIS. Students from Years 1 to 9 study the English National Curriculum, with additional access to Mandarin (Putonghua) language learning as part of the core curriculum. Students from Years 10 to 13 study for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations and GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level examinations. With over 50 teachers who are all highly qualified – all with teacher qualifications and experience, many with a Masters ‘degree and PhD,  – with over 80% coming from the UK. MIS has attracted extensive attention from both public and media since announcing the opening in November last year. In May 2018, we were honoured to host The Lord Provost of Edinburgh and his team from Scotland. The BBC filmed a documentary at MIS which will be aired in October in the UK. During the Opening Ceremony, The Lord Provost of Edinburgh unveiled the plague for MIS in person. The Right Honorable Frank Ross mentioned that MIS was born from the strengths of culture and education of both Shenzhen and Edinburgh. In his speech he  said “it is clear for all to see that this campus represents an equal commitment to work across civic society to foster similar endeavours. However, above all else, the building represents a statement of confidence, in a City which has substantial ambitions in trade, science, innovation, sustainable economic growth and in establishing international links, which is even now punching well above its weight here at Merchiston International School, these leaders will be moulded to provide confident, competent, respectful and inclusive leadership both in their chosen fields and in the location that they choose to live, either at home or abroad. This represents a substantial and continuing legacy from time at this school and one that I hope will match the 185 years of operation of the original school in Edinburgh.”. 

The Director of Longhua Education Bureau – Mr Wang Yuxi also expressed his praise of MIS, “the quality of teaching staff is superb with outstanding foreign teachers; the studying environment for students is comfortable and creative. I firmly believe that this aspirational teaching team led by Mr Lynn will surely create an international education platform for our students to grow and develop. For this vision, the Education Bureau will try our best to support this wonderful school, we will offer our help when needed. We hope in the future, MIS will have stable development whilst growing according to the laws and regulations set by the Shenzhen Education Bureau, and I sincerely wish that MIS will become the education beacon in this region!” 

 

 

 

MIS Official Opening Ceremony is an amazing event, which showed the beauties of both Chinese culture and British culture with wonderful tradition characterised performances: bagpipes performance, choirs singing by students from MIS and MCS (Scottish pieces and Chinese p

ieces), Merchiston School Anthem “Ready Ay Ready”. The event was finished by a Traditional Chinese lion dance show, then following Chinese tradition, The Lord Provost Frank Ross, Mr Wang Yuxi, as well as the Board members of MIS – Mr Vincent Chen and Mr Jianjun Lyu painted the Lion’s eyes.

The guests were led to the outdoor sports field, so that they could enjoy various  entertainment activities planned by MIS. These activities also showed the different cultural characteristics of both China and UK. MIS has declared 13 October as Founders Day and will also present a grand performance full of Chinese and British culture for Shenzhen citizens every year. 

 

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Shen Wai International School PYP Chinese Ensemble is Established Now

On 6th September, Shen Wai International School successfully held “The Beauty of the Chinese Traditional Instrument” concert in the SWIS Theater.

In order to enrich students’ after school life and to lead them to learn and  appreciate the essence of the Chinese traditional culture, SWIS established its first PYP Chinese Ensemble and received warm response from the parents and students.

SWIS is delighted and honored to invite Shenzhen’s famous Erhu professor Ms. Hongwei Liu to take charge of SWIS Erhu after school activity this year. Ms. Liu gave a presentation on Erhu and showcased her fantastic skills which made a great impression on the audience. SWIS Student Dance Team presented an interdisciplinary performance with Ms. Evelyn Zhang, Conductor of SWIS PYP Chinese Ensemble & Pipa teacher. The performance was a feast for both the eyes and ears.

Parent representatives shared their excitement and gratefulness to the school: “Our sincere thanks go to SWIS for providing the best teaching and learning platform and resources for our children. We would like to encourage more expatriate families to learn to appreciate the beauty of Chinese traditional Music. ” The conductor of MYP Chinese Ensemble—-Ms. Fritha Jameson showed the audience photos of their ensemble performances over the past years and expressed her wish to build a strong connection between the PYP and MYP Chinese Ensemble groups.

The concert ended with the beautiful melody “Chrysanthemum Terrace” jointely performed by Ms. Hongwei Liu and Ms. Evelyn Zhang.  The audience was thrilled with their performance and applauded enthusiastically.

SWIS Board Director Mr. Guoxiang Gong and School Director Ms. Ally Wu attended the concert and sent their congratulations on the establishment of the PYP Chinese Ensemble. They encourage the students to embark on their musical journey with the Ensemble and wish the Ensemble a successful future.

9月6日,“国乐飘香——聆听指尖上的中国”民乐分享音乐会在深外国际部校剧场成功举办。

为了丰富学生业余生活,让孩子们能近距离了解和学习优美的中国文化,在校方领导的倡导,支持下, SWIS第一届小学部民乐团于今年正式成立,得到了来自家长和学生的积极响应。在民乐团成立之初,学校有幸邀请到了中国教育学会音乐教育分会常务理事,深圳特级教师,中外二胡专家—-刘宏伟老师,负责乐团的二胡课后班教学工作。分享会上,刘宏伟老师带领现场观众领略了二胡的魅力,并分享了她从事二胡教学的宝贵经验和教学计划。 
分享会的开场,八名校舞蹈队的成员和SWIS首届小学部民乐团总指挥及琵琶老师张义舒老师一起,开启了一段优美的跨学科教学成果展示—-琵琶与舞蹈的对话。

 

IB教育倡导由学生引导的自主学习。来自不同国家的民族乐器小学员们也主动用双语分享展示了他们的学习心得和成果。

家长们也非常兴奋和骄傲,表示感恩SWIS给孩子们提供了如此宝贵的资源和平台,让孩子们从小有机会去了解和学习中国传统民族乐器。家长代表在现场建议和鼓励在中国生活的外籍学生家庭更多地了解和学习博大精深的中国民族音乐。 中学部民乐团指挥—-Ms. fritha Jameson随后向观众展示了中学部民乐团近年来的演出成果,提出了小学部和中学部民乐团的持续衔接性,鼓励小学部的学生们认真学习民乐。

分享会以二胡和琵琶老师合作的优美旋律《菊花台》结尾,获得了家长和学生一致好评。

国际部理事长龚国祥和校长邬晓莉亲临现场,鼓励孩子们认真学习和发扬中华优秀的传统艺术文化,并祝愿小学部民乐团发展的越来越好!

 About Shen Wai International School  

Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is located in the beautiful scenery of the Shenzhen Bay. SWIS covers a floor area of 24,000 m2 with a construction area of 42,000 m2 and is equipped with extensive first class facilities. It serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The school altogether has 54 classrooms with a capacity of hosting 1,080 Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in total. Its refined style of architecture, green and picturesque campus and modern facilities and equipment make the school an attractive place to learn.

SWIS aims to provide distinctive high-quality education to students by employing talented expat teachers and introducing distinctive curriculum, teaching models, and management patterns. Teachers are recruited from diverse backgrounds and form a highly skilled, hardworking team who keep the learning and well-being of their students as the primary focus. Education provided by the school covers pre-kindergarten to middle school. The teaching will be in small classes led by certified expat international school teachers with international teaching experience.

As a CIS and WASC accredited and an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. SWIS follows a high-quality international curriculum and provides essential traditional Chinese language and culture courses as well. By conducting its multi-level and extensive international cooperation and exchange, SWIS aims to introduce leading education philosophy and experience for achieving its objective of cultivating truly global citizens who can bravely step out into the world with an open mind and make a difference.

深圳外国语学校国际部位于风景秀丽的深圳湾畔,占地面积2.4万平方米,总建筑面积4.2万平方米,是一所为在深工作对外籍和港澳台人士子女服务的国际学校。学校最大办学规模为54个班、1080名学生,包括幼儿及小学部和中学部。学校建筑典雅精致,环境优美,设施设备先进。

深圳外国语学校国际部引入国际先进教育理念和管理模式办学,聘请高水平外籍教师任教,严格按照国际学校的办学标准运作,绝大多数任课教师是母语为英语、持有国际知名高等院校颁发的相关教育专业学士或以上学位文凭、持有国际教师资格证书并且具有丰富的国际教学经验的优秀外籍教师。在课程设置上,采用国际先进课程体系,同时开设中国语言文化课程。

深圳外国语学校国际部是深圳首所同时获得CIS和WASC双认证的学校, 学校教学采用IB国际课程,为幼儿四岁至十二年级学生提供优质国际教育。我校已获得IB PYP(小学课程), IB MYP(中学课程),以及IB DP(大学预科课程)认证,是EARCOS和ACAMIS的成员学校。学校的教学以探究式为特点,追求卓越。学校鼓励学生在他们的学习中成为积极的参与者,诚邀家长作为学校大集体的成员共享学校的生活。

Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963
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The First Day of Merchiston International School, Shenzhen

The First Day of MIS 深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校开门迎新

Monday 27 August 2018, the first day of Merchiston International School. 2018年8月27日,深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校迎来首批预训新生。

 

Head of School Mr Chris Lynn and Educational Consultant Mr Andrew Hunter greeted all students and parents in the school atrium.

校长Mr Chris Lynn 及校监 Mr Andrew Hunter 在学校中庭内向学生及家长表示欢迎。

“Yes, this is an exciting day. We are all gathered here for the very first time, for the first day in the life of this amazing new Merchiston International School. Wherever you go in your future academic lives and your careers, you will be able to look back and remember that you were here for that first day.” Said Mr Chris Lynn, the Head of MIS.

“这是激动人心的一天。我们第一次集聚在这里,见证深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校的启程。无论将来你们的学业和职业生涯将你们带到何方,你们都将记住这一天,在曼彻斯通的第一天。” 深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校校长Mr Chris Lynn说。

Learning at MIS:

在课堂上:

In the library:

在图书馆里:

Students playing and enjoying sports:

在体育活动中:

In the dining hall:

在餐厅里:

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No. 12 Shilongzai Road, Dalang Sub-district, Longhua District, Shenzhen

深圳市龙华区大浪街道石龙仔路12号(大浪时尚小镇)
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+86 400 867 0177

Shen Wai International School (SWIS): The school of choice for IB continuum education

Rae Johnstone 

Established in 2011, Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is one of the fastest growing international schools in Shenzhen.  Next year the students who attended the school in its founding year will be the first graduating class, having completed the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).

SWIS is purposely built to be an IB continuum school, which means that everything from the staff to the building itself are designed with that goal in mind. Staff are employed from all over the world; what they have in common is that they all have valuable experience teaching the IB program.

For such a young school, SWIS has achieved an incredible amount.  They have world-recognised accreditations from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and to add to this prestigious list they have recently been granted accreditation with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). These international achievements are representative of how far the school has come in such a short period of time.

Being the only government invested, non-profit international school in Shenzhen, SWIS accepts students from the expatriate community as well as children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. This leads to an eclectic group of students who come together to build a community in which they can learn and grow together as well as forming life-long friendships.

Shen Wai International School follows the IB mission statement of aiming to ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’ This is followed through the range of student-led projects at SWIS, particularly throughout the Middle Years and Diploma Programs.

The Middle Years Program has a real-life approach to learning, founded in the cross-curricular units which make up the core of the program. Students are taught to become independent, organised and creative, with a focus on critical thinking and reflective learning. In Grade 8 students work together on a community project, designed to give back to the community they are part of – locally, regionally or globally. Following this students plan, design and carry out a personal project which is also based on the Service learning area of the IB program. This enables students to become more internationally-minded and aware of their role as global citizens.

After School Activities (ASA) play a significant role at SWIS, providing students with the opportunity to take part in activities and projects external to lessons. One example of an ASA project at SWIS is fund-raising and support of QianZhou Primary School. As well as donating money to the school, SWIS students have also taught children at the school, helped to build a new playground and have visited in their own time to help out. This has provided invaluable support to a school which has very few students and even less facilities.

During Grades 11 and 12 students take the IB Diploma Program at SWIS. Here the focus changes, as students now need to prepare for university and the wider world. Students choose topics within six courses: Studies in Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Sciences; The Arts; Mathematics; Individuals and Societies. For the Diploma Program, assessment of the courses is through external examination as well as teacher assessment. Across and alongside each course, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS); In addition, they have an extended essay to write on a topic of their choosing. TOK provides the glue to make connections between all disciplines and develops students into enquiring and reflective global citizens. CAS provides students with the opportunity for non-academic pursuits, often extending outside of school hours, and can be connected to ASA projects. The extended essay gives students an idea of university-level research and preparation for college assignments.

Learning at SWIS doesn’t just take place on the state-of-the-art campus. Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is an integral part of the curriculum throughout the PYP, MYP and DP, and includes educational trips to Hong Kong and Cambodia as well as other parts of mainland China. Here the students have the chance to experience other cultures and ways of life, and they can see how they fit into the global community.

Why choose SWIS? Shen Wai International School is purpose-built to be an IB continuum school. It is ideal for expat families new or returning to Shenzhen, as students become incredibly internationally-minded. This is demonstrated through how they see the world and the service projects they come up with both within and beyond school life. Small class sizes, experienced staff and a balanced program of academia, sports and other activities simply add to the attraction of attending SWIS.

If you would like to find out more information about Shen Wai International School (SWIS), simply visit their website www.swis.cn and book a school tour.

Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963
Past Events of Shen Wai international School:

Shen Wai International School (SWIS) Student Publishes Report on Dachong Reconstruction

SWIS学生Huang Siyi发表大冲改造前后调查报告

Huang Siyi goes to Dachong Village for field work

Huang Siyi goes to Dachong Village for field work

Huang Siyi, a Grade 11 student from Shen Wai International School, recently published a report titled “The inspiration that Dachong Village renewal can give to areas with high density in developing countries.”

Urban village renewal is a key part in city development, and the reconstruction of the Dachong urban village in Nanshan District is one such urban upgrade undertaken in Shenzhen.

An intern at the Shenzhen Real Estate Research Center Urban Renewal and Old Village Reconstruction Group, the 17-year-old described the whole renewal process of the urban village in her report from five different perspectives: business, commercial office, residence, transportation, greening and public facilities. She examined rights confirmation, people-oriented renewal plans, and the close cooperation between the government and project developer as the three criteria for measuring the outcomes. Huang also mentioned Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo as other examples of the global phenomenon of densely populated urban areas that are resource-inefficient.

During three months of observation and research from April to early July, Huang concluded that the city should be developed continuously alongside population growth, and project developers and the government should play their respective roles. She also stated in the report that supporting facilities and humanistic care are significant, and culture should be integrated with communities during the renewal process.

Her report was then selected and published on the official WeChat account of Shenzhen Real Estate Research Center for its exemplary information.

Explaining that choosing the best information to be included in her research was her biggest difficulty as we live in a society of ubiquitous information, Huang said, “I have a deeper understanding of urban planning after finishing this report. Urban planning is concerned with the comprehensive consideration of many areas and it impacts the future of the city.”

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Born and raised in Shenzhen, Huang said she became interested in urban planning through listening to her parents when she was a little girl. By attending lectures, reading books and doing internships, Huang wishes to learn more about urban planning.

Her dream is to be a great urban planner, like her parents. She hopes she will be able to use her knowledge to improve the health and well-being of people in the city.

“I want build a city that finds a balance between the economic and the environmental,” she said.

Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963
Past Events of Shen Wai international School:

Shen Wai International School Healthy Living Month 2018

What an amazing “SWIS Healthy Living Month” this year! 

The SWIS Parent and Teacher Association (SWIS PTA) had organized a variety of fun and educational activities that focused on exercise, healthy eating and healthy body & mind. We hope all the experiences will help ensure our SWIS community lives a happy and healthy lifestyle. A big THANK YOU to everyone for truly making this month a SUCCESS!!

新一届的SWIS家校委员会(PTA)在五月SWIS健康生活月57-31日)期间为社区带来一系列有趣又有爱的亲子健康活动。 今年延续往年的传统,号召大家一起积极运动, 关注身心健康,学习健康知识。我们很高兴地看到这些活动得到了社区成员的热情响应! 在此,学校PTA希望向所有参与筹划,付出行动的老师,家长和学生表达衷心的感谢!  

Here is a quick recap of some of the wonderful activities that happened this month.

让我们共同回顾2018SWIS PTA健康生活月的精彩瞬间:

SWIS PTA Healthy Snack Giving Days 健康食品派发 

The SWIS PTA organized 4 Healthy Snack Giving Days to distribute healthy snacks from each ofthe 5 major food groups. These activities took place every Monday after school at3:30pm, with PTA members and parent volunteers handing out free healthy snacksfor the SWIS community to enjoy.

在五月的每个星期一的放学时分,学校PTA成员和家长志愿者在校门口为学生分发健康食物。出于营养均衡的考虑,每个星期派发的的食物的品种各有不同。https://mmbiz.qpic.cn/mmbiz_jpg/Q6DxW1J9qzylFZoucJO929NYhicj1GAsPWOGpANj4IEfic6wYGTicOlmhMVJLOz5Ak51IsX4iaz4YyQk6icNdUS2YMQ/640?wx_fmt=jpeg&tp=webp&wxfrom=5&wx_lazy=1

 

Here were the Healthy Snack Giving Days designated for the 5 food groups:

May 7th: GRAINS

57日, 谷物 (健康杂粮棒) 

May 14th: VEGETABLES and PROTEIN

514日:蔬菜和蛋白质 (有机水果胡萝卜、圣女果、豆奶)

 

May 21st: DAIRY

521日:乳制品 (芝士棒、酸奶)

 

May 28th: FRUITS

528日:水果 (苹果、香蕉、葡萄干)data:image/gif;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAABCAYAAAAfFcSJAAAADUlEQVQImWNgYGBgAAAABQABh6FO1AAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==

SWIS PTA Educational Presentations 系列健康讲座:

 

The SWIS PTA also organized 3 interesting presentations for the SWIS community. There was a presentation on the “Anatomy of Good Posture” for our Secondary students, as well as aparent lecture on “Chiropractic Health care” on May 15th.  We had a second parent lecture on “Dental Care for Healthy Smiles” on May 25th. The final parent lecture was on “Healthy Parenting: Good Behavior in Children” on May 29th. 

A big thank you to all our guest speakers for their presentations: Dr. Steve Chiarello from Vista-SK; Dr.Teddy Wu from U-Dental; and Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras from Vista-SK. We would also like extend our gratitude to all the parents that attended the sessions and we hope you have obtained useful information to help you focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and well-being. 

今年,我们很高兴地邀请到社会各界的医学专家来到SWIS为社区提供专业的健康知识介绍及现场互动演示。在此,我们衷心地感谢来自维世达的美式整脊专家Dr. Steve Chiarello和心理医生Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras,以及来自友睦口腔的口腔专家Dr.Teddy Wu。它们分别为社区带来了以下讲座:

·      515 家长讲座:脊骨保健

·      525 家长讲座:健康牙齿 相伴一生

·      529 家长讲堂:如何引导孩子形成良好的行为习惯 

Dr. Steve Chiarello from Vista-SK
Dr. Steve Chiarello from Vista-SK
Dr.Teddy Wu from U-Dental
Dr.Teddy Wu from U-Dental
Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras from Vista-SK
Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras from Vista-SK

 

 SWIS PTA Family Run 家庭亲子晨跑  

The SWIS PTA Family Run is a fun, fitness activity for families to spend time together whileexercising. We had 8 successful Family Run days this month. The event was at7:45am–8:15am, every Tuesday and Thursday, from May 8th to May 31st.We would like to thank all the participants of the SWIS PTA Family Run and we encouragefamilies to continue planning more exercise time together and have fun!! Joinus next year for more fun fitness activities!

“SWIS PTA家庭亲子晨跑(原SWIS PTA家庭里程俱乐部)是一项充满趣味的健康运动项目,以家庭为单位,鼓励学生及家长培养强身健体的良好习惯,享受跑步的乐趣。该活动在5月的每个星期二和星期四早上7:45-8:15分在校操场举行。今年,PTA为此项活动特别定制了里程奖牌。每个参与跑步的家庭都领取了跑步里程记录册,每跑完操场一圈即可获得一枚盖章印花。以家庭为单位,每跑满24圈后就能兑换一枚活动奖牌(获得奖牌数量不限)。

我们很高兴地看到许多家庭坚持跑了全部8天的晨跑!家长们的参与给了孩子更多的动力。孩子们的坚持也让家长们十分骄傲!         

Thank you all! 感谢您的支持和参与!

SWIS PTA SWIS 家校委员会 

 

Family run photo gallery 亲子晨跑家庭相册

Chinese Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963

Shen Wai International School – PYP Annual Visual Arts Exhibition

PYP Annual Visual Arts Exhibition 艺术前线 深外国际部小学部视觉艺术展

On Friday, May 18th, the PYP Visual Arts department held our second annual Exhibition. Our elementary artists have been working diligently all year and this was a wonderful chance to showcase their hard work. Students displayed pieces created from a variety of mediums including collage, prints, digital art, weavings, Papier-mâché, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, drawings and more.

518-25日,我校视觉艺术教学组在教学楼的艺术长廊举办了小学年度艺术展,面向社区展示这一学年学生们完成的艺术作品。作品展示了小艺术家们用多种材料创作的作品,如拼贴,印刷,数码艺术,编织,纸雕塑,陶瓷,雕塑,绘画等。  

In addition to individual work, the exhibition showcased many examples of collaborative work as that is an important part of our Arts program. Students proudly showed their parents around the exhibits, explaining how they created  their projects and what they learned in the process. Teachers enjoyed mingling with parents and greeting excited students who were enjoying the gallery display. It was a wonderful opportunity for all who came to experience the wealth of creativity in the PYP program at SWIS.

在独立完成的作品之外,教学组还展示了一些艺术课程中很重要的合作艺术作品。展览期间,小艺术家们骄傲地向他们的父母介绍这次展览,向家长们讲述他们如何学习和创作这些艺术作品,艺术老师们也参与了学生和家长们的谈话。在学年即将结束之际,艺术展无疑是分享孩子们无限创造力的优秀平台。

Heather Johnston 

PYP Visual Art Team Lead 

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 About Shen Wai International School   

Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is located in the beautiful scenery of the Shenzhen Bay. SWIS covers a floor area of 24,000 m2 with a construction area of 42,000 m2 and is equipped with extensive first class facilities. It serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The school altogether has 54 classrooms with a capacity of hosting 1,080 Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in total. Its refined style of architecture, green and picturesque campus and modern facilities and equipment make the school an attractive place to learn. 

SWIS aims to provide distinctive high-quality education to students by employing talented expat teachers and introducing distinctive curriculum, teaching models, and management patterns. Teachers are recruited from diverse backgrounds and form a highly skilled, hardworking team who keep the learning and well-being of their students as the primary focus. Education provided by the school covers pre-kindergarten to middle school. The teaching will be in small classes led by certified expat international school teachers with international teaching experience. 

As a CIS and WASC accredited and an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. SWIS follows a high-quality international curriculum and provides essential traditional Chinese language and culture courses as well. By conducting its multi-level and extensive international cooperation and exchange, SWIS aims to introduce leading education philosophy and experience for achieving its objective of cultivating truly global citizens who can bravely step out into the world with an open mind and make a difference. 

深圳外国语学校国际部位于风景秀丽的深圳湾畔,占地面积2.4平方米,总建筑面积4.2万平方米,是一所为在深工作对外籍和港澳台人士子女服务的国际学校。学校最大办学规模为54个班、1080名学生,包括幼儿及小学部和中学部。学校建筑典雅精致,环境优美,设施设备先进。

深圳外国语学校国际部引入国际先进教育理念和管理模式办学,聘请高水平外籍教师任教,严格按照国际学校的办学标准运作,绝大多数任课教师是母语为英语、持有国际知名高等院校颁发的相关教育专业学士或以上学位文凭、持有国际教师资格证书并且具有丰富的国际教学经验的优秀外籍教师。在课程设置上,采用国际先进课程体系,同时开设中国语言文化课程。 

深圳外国语学校国际部是深圳首所同时获得CISWASC双认证的学校学校教学采用IB国际课程,为幼儿四岁至十二年级学生提供优质国际教育。我校已获得IB PYP(小学课程), IB MYP(中学课程),以及IB DP(大学预科课程)认证。学校的教学以探究式为特点,追求卓越。学校鼓励学生在他们的学习中成为积极的参与者,诚邀家长作为学校大集体的成员共享学校的生活。

Chinese Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963

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Shen Wai International School Grade Four Chinese Culture Week

国际部理事长龚国祥题词——“唐风”
国际部理事长龚国祥题词——“唐风”

From May 7th to 11th, Grade four students had a wonderful opportunity to experience Chinese Culture Week through a series of fun activities, such as Shih-Ching Presentation, Tang Poetry Exhibition and Chinese Poetry Competition, hosted by Chinese Department. During the week-long event, the students not only had fun accessing authentic traditional Chinese clothes and instruments, they also gained a deep understanding of Chinese ancient poetry, this ignited their enthusiasm for learning and inquiring further into Chinese language and culture.  

五月七日至十一日 ,深外国际部四年级举办了第二届中国传统文化周。本次文化周以“雅言唐风传颂为主题,开展了《诗经》文化讲座、中国传统乐器欣赏、中国传统兵器介绍、中国传统服饰展示、考古挖掘体验、唐诗探究走廊、中国诗词大会等一系列精彩纷呈的活动,为SWIS社区带来一场中国文化盛宴。

On May 7th, Mr.Zizhang from Shenzhen Poetry and Liturgy Association was invited to SWIS. He gave a presentation to all Grade four students about Shih-Ching, the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry.  As Mother’s Day was to be celebrated that weekend, Mr.Zizhang presented and shared a poem with our students which praised motherhood. 

五月七日,深圳诗书礼乐协会的子张老师给四年级的学生 开展了“走进《诗经》” 文化讲座。适逢母亲节,子张老师为同学们讲解了《诗经》中歌颂母亲的名篇《凯风》。“凯风自南,吹彼棘心。棘心夭夭,母氏劬劳。”讲座尾声,子张老师带着孩子们一同吟唱,体会华夏先民的孝敬之心,深意绵绵。

In a previous unit, students were part of small groups and explored selected Tang poets. They were asked to choose one Tang poet and minimum of three different pieces of their poetry to explore. Students inquired into the poet’s life and created timelines, background knowledge and artistic conceptions of the poems were discovered. On May 10th, students dressed up and showcased their learning with the greater SWIS community through a range of multimedia including: posters, book creator, Weebly, podcasting, calligraphy and painting. 

五月十日,学生们迎来了本届文化周最期待的一个环节—“唐风”唐诗探究成果展示。在诗歌单元的学习中,学生以小组为单位,每个小组选择一位唐朝诗人及其三首代表作,在老师的指导下对诗人的生平、诗歌创作背景、诗歌中的意象及营造的意境等进行探究,最终以海报、视频、广播、网页、书法、画作等多种媒介呈现。展示活动当天,学生们身穿中国传统服饰,自信从容地分享自己的探究成果,耐心回答观众提问。 

With the award ceremony on 11th of May, 2018, the Chinese Poetry Competition has successfully come to a close! Congratulations to the prize winners! In celebrating our student’s achievements we also wish to thank all of the teachers and parents for participating in this wonderful and inquiry based event. 

五月十一日,第二届中国诗词大会在 学生们清朗的歌声中拉开序幕。经过激烈的初赛角逐,每班胜出的五位同学组成班级代表队,争夺最后的冠亚季军。四年级诗词大会是学生们最喜爱的大型活动之一。大会参考中央电视台《中国诗词大会》的节目形式,通过对小学阶段诗词知识的比拼及赏析,带动学生重温那些曾经学过的古诗词,分享诗词之美,从古人的智慧和情怀中汲取营养,涵养心灵。

We look forward to this becoming an annual SWIS Chinese cultural event! 

Chinese Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh Visited MIS

On 13 May 2018, the founding Head of Merchiston International School, Mr Chris Lynn, was delighted to welcome to the Shenzhen campus the Right Honourable Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh Frank Ross, City of Edinburgh Councillor Kate Campbell, Mr Martin McDermott, First Secretary Scottish Affairs, Dr Jiangtao Ma General Manager Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange and Mr Simon Shen, General Manager of Scottish Development International, as well as representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office.  

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh visits Merchiston International School
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh visits Merchiston International School

During his visit, the Lord Provost said that “It is breathtaking to see what you have achieved here in Shenzhen in such a short time and fantastic to hear you are using Edinburgh manufacturers and suppliers for the authentic Scottish look and feel of the School. I bet the students can’t wait to come here to take advantage of exchange opportunities. It is fantastic for Edinburgh that you are the first school in Scotland to set up an overseas campus and I very much look forward to coming back to Shenzhen later this year to see the school running”.  

About MIS
MIS school campus
MIS school campus

Merchiston International School (MIS) is the first and only school in Shenzhen providing a British education and boarding system. Located in Longhua District in the north of Shenzhen city, MIS occupies a ground space of 20,000 square metres providing a building area of 50,000 square metres, which can accommodate 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school will open its doors to boys and girls aged 5-18 (Years 1 to 10 and 12) in August 2018. English is the primary language of instruction in MIS. Students from Years 1 to 9 study the English National Curriculum, with additional access to Mandarin (Putonghua) language learning as part of the core curriculum. Students from Years 10 to 13 study for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations and GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level examinations.

Adopting Merchiston Castle School’s ethos, MIS features a wide range of co-curricular activities, supported by state-of-the-art teaching and sports facilities. MIS also provides students with impressive facilities including on-campus libraries, multi-media classrooms, integrated science laboratories, a black box theatre, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness suite, and tastefully landscaped areas.

Inheriting Merchiston’s boarding house system, MIS provides a family-style boarding system with high-quality child protection, safeguarding policies and procedures. Additionally, the School dining hall provides healthy and balanced menus using organic ingredients where possible and implements the highest standards of food quality and safety, to ensure that students’ dining experience is not only delicious and palatable but safe and healthy. 

MIS will enroll its first students in August, 2018. MIS will open its door to students from all around the world and expand Merchiston’s fine traditions and high standards in China.  

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Chinese New Year Festivities at Green Oasis School

The New Year celebrations are always an exciting time at Green Oasis School but this year it was especially true after staff and students were treated to a Song and Dance extravaganza by staff and students.  Led by Ms Sophie(Music) and Ms. Helen (Dance) three months of practice culminated in a colourful display enjoyed by the whole school community.  It was an incredible day that amazed the huge numbers of parents and friends who had joined us for the day’s festivities.  

Beginning with the combined Primary and Secondary Guzheng players, a song form Year 1 and a solo from Ms Sophie, the music proved to be the warm-up as we moved into the Dance.  Dances from nine different regions were performed by Secondary and Primary Students.  The Dance section opened with performance form the Yi.  With swirling skirts and athletic moves, Year 8 students filled the stage with colour and drama. 

Boys who are normally seen on the football pitch or basketball court s used their athleticism to make huge leaps that drew gasps of amazement from the watching students. 

The Choa Xian dance was performed next by the Principal bringing a sense of calm after the frenetic activity of the Year 8 performers. Once we had gathered our breath, the students were back, this time with an Uyghur dance featuring a lot of dramatic arm gestures, creating great shape and adding meaning to the moves. The gracefulness of the Year 10 students added to the beauty of the performance.  

 

Year 7’s interpretive play from the Gaoshan told the story of a child leaving to go and live in the big city before returning to her hometown to discover that nothing is more important than family.  This struck a chord with many staff and parents as we were reminded of the meaning of the Spring Festival. 

The Li, Yao and Zhuang dances that followed brought energy back into the show after our moment of reflection.  The precision of the bamboo dances had many holding their breath watching to see if the student would avoid being hit by the poles.  All escaped injury but there was a lot of feverish counting to make sure.  Again, the athleticism of the students was on show as they leaped and stepped between the poles and turned cartwheels across the stage. 

Our youngest dancers then performed a hair swinging dance from the Wa.  This was dizzying at times as the students flung their hair up and down and round and round while adding graceful movements to move around the stage.  Special thanks go to the Secondary Chinese department for working with the Primary students to create a spectacular that caused many a head to ache simply watching the strength of the girls performing.  

The graceful Dai dance from our Year 7 students permitted another moment of reflection as the students moved around the stage with umbrellas.  Bright and colourful, it presaged the final dance of the show. 

The Zang dance “The pure Hada”  completed he performances with a twirling dance and athletic moves.  The girls’ took the stage first creating the mood of the dance with thoughtful expressions and moves that took them from the stage to the field.  The entrance of the boys with their powerful jumps and twirls added energy to the dance.  Once again our basketball-loving boys showed that power can also be graceful. 

The event ended with a display of Cheongsam and Qipao by the teachers who were greeted to much acclaim by their hardworking students. 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Green Oasis School – The Great Fire of Shenzhen

At Green Oasis, we have had a focus on fire safety this year.  Our Year 2 “Fire and Ice” topic gave us the opportunity to take this to the next level.  As a British curriculum school, one of the History units covered is the Great Fire of London. The children discover and discuss what living conditions were like at the time and then investigate how the fire spread.  As a practical experiment, they build houses in art and (safely) set fire to them to show how the fire happened.  This year, we had very special guests as the Tianmian Fire department came to not only give a fire safety talk but also to put out the fire.  

The houses students had created were the biggest ever built (by Year 2) 

So the firemen prepared the hose. 

Mr Li very bravely started the fire, though it seemed very reluctant to start – we are sure the Great Fire did not take this long to catch and spread.  Once the houses were firmly ablaze the firemen set to work.  

Something that the firemen very quickly proved is that it is very hard to put out a fire as it seemed to take quite a long time.

Once the fire was safely out – and the firemen kept checking to make sure – they gave a safety talk including a demonstration as to how to escape from a fire.  

Following the demonstration, the firemen bravely withstood the questioning from our intrepid Year 2 fire investigators before returning once more to keeping Tianmian safe.

Our thanks go to the Tianmian fire brigade for their help in keeping our village safe and for the excitement of their visit.  We look forward to their return next year when a new group of fire investigators study fire safety.  

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

ISNS Scholarships: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen campus
The International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen campus

The International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen, is an exceptional school. Established in 2002, ISNS has grown from only 118 students to over 800, all of whom graduate and get accepted into top universities around the world. The graduating class of 2018 includes students who have acquired scholarships at such institutes as the University of Ottowa, York University and Queen’s University in Canada, and School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Seton Hall University and the prominent institutions Stanford University, Northwestern University and University of California, Berkeley in the United States. Cumulatively, the ISNS class of 2018 has obtained over US$554,000 in scholarship offers up to April this year, which is testament to the outstanding academic achievements of the students.

In order to give back to the community which plays such an important role in the life of the school, ISNS has decided to continue their scholarship program for the upcoming academic year. There will be five scholarships available: four will be available to prospective IB Diploma Program (DP) students, and one will be available to a current student for the Diploma Program. Successful applicants will receive a full-ride and full-tuition scholarship at ISNS for the two years of the course, providing academic standards are maintained during the first year of study. This is a wonderful opportunity for both existing students and those considering a change of school for Grades 11 and 12, or for students new to Shenzhen.  

ISNS is renowned for being the first full continuum International Baccalaureate school in Shenzhen. Throughout Grades 1 to 5 (the Primary Years Program or PYP) and Grades 6 to 10 (the Middle Years Program or MYP),it provides a unique combination of the New Brunswick curriculum from Canada and the world-recognised IB framework. Students completing the Diploma Program also have the opportunity to complete a New Brunswick Diploma as part of their studies. The key difference between a regular IB school and ISNS is that New Brunswick curriculum topics are used as the focal point for the IB units of enquiry, thereby expanding the areas covered to include provision towards the NB diploma.

The scholarships and bursaries provided by ISNS this year have been increased to an incredible total of RMB3,000,000. The school fosters a culture of inclusivity and cultural diversity, and by providing this service they ensure that their program is available to as many students as possible.

One of the fantastic aspects of ISNS is that all educational visits outside of the school are included in the tuition fees – or, in this case, within the scholarship funding. Every year groups from Grade 6 to Grade 12 take part in Service as Action and CAS trips (MYP & DP) or Education Outside of the Classroom (PYP) residential trips outside of Shenzhen. Destinations include Foshan and Yunnan Province in China as well as places which are further afield, such as Indonesia and Japan. These trips give students the opportunity to learn outside the school environment and help them to become true world citizens.

The students also plan and carry out a project to help the local or wider community as part of the ‘Service’ aspect of the IB framework. In Shenzhen students have worked with Captivating International, a charity based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen who support poor families and girls in rural China, and the Sunshine Academy which cares for and educates abandoned Chinese children. One project by Grade 11 students involved the students visiting Cambodia and building a house to help deprived local families. Other projects have included helping farmers in rural areas of China and discovering the culture and communities in different regions of China and South-East Asia.

In addition to the excursions away from Shenzhen, students also have the opportunity to take part in activities both within and after school. An extensive Arts program includes more than 23 different arts activities such as choir, dance and visual performances; sports choices are just as wide ranging, with the school participating in various inter-school events organised by Shenzhen International Schools Athletic Conference (SISAC). These events and activities are complemented by the state-of-the-art facilities at the ISNS campus in Nanshan, including a 200-metre outdoor track, a fitness centre, a 300-seat auditorium, libraries, fully-equipped science laboratories, art and music centres, wireless connectivity in all classrooms and interactive learning resources.

This year the International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen, will celebrate the significant milestone of its 100th graduating student. ISNS wants to give back to the students and give parents and wider families the opportunity to become part of the school community. Scholarships for academics, athletics, most-improved, all-rounder, and demonstration of the IB learner profile provide the perfect chance to join ISNS and grow to be one of their successful alumni.

For more information about the scholarships visit the scholarship and bursary section of the ISNS website or call the Admissions office. Alternatively, email the ISNS Admissions team at admissions@isnsz.com.

Applications close on 31st May 2018, so get your applications in quickly for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Chinese Name: 深圳南山国际学校
Place Address: International School of Nanshan Shenzhen -11 Longyuan Road, Taoyuan Sub-District, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518055
深圳市南山区桃源街道龙苑路11号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 26661000

Shen Wai International School Hosts IB Regional Workshop

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop was held in Shen Wai International School (SWIS) from the 20th to the 22nd of April. This is the first time the IB chose Shenzhen as a host city.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education from Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP). The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. The IB offers an education for students from the ages of 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes. There are around 5,000 schools in over 150 countries around the world that implement the IB programme(s). The IB DP is widely recognized by most universities around the world.

These 3-day interactive workshops include Introduction to the IB Programme Standards, PYP and MYP Curriculum Model, the role of the coordinator and librarian, concept-based Learning; living and learning globally, and investigating inquiry. IB teachers from Asia Pacific regions including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the workshops with great enthusiasm. They live and breathe the IB’s philosophy of being lifelong learners.

As a host school, SWIS treated such an event with great priority. More than one month prior to the event, a committee which included School Director, Ally Wu and Deputy School Director, Mingshan Li, formed to prepare for the event. They looked into the venues for the workshops, equipment required, lunch and snack menus, which included special dietary requests for some of the attendees, bus pickups and drop-offs, and on spot troubleshooting.  From the IB organization meetings to the end of the workshop, all the committee members had been on standby and responded promptly to all requests. Their work was highly commended by the IB officials.

The fact that the IB chose Shenzhen, as a host city, is evidence of the high standards upheld in International education here in Shenzhen. Moving forward, SWIS would like to see more and more international education conferences, forums and workshops taking place in Shenzhen, so the world can know more about Shenzhen as a reputable city in regards to education and continue its journey towards the international arena.

Chinese Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963