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

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

Full Scholarship Available at Merchiston International School, Shenzhen

Merchiston International School (MIS) Shenzhen is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School (MCS), a top-ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, which boasts a rich history of over 185 years. 

Merchiston International School provides deserving students with the opportunity to experience the best of British international education in a culturally diverse environment.

MIS is now accepting scholarship applications for full A Level (tuition and boarding, up to a value of RMB315,500 per year) and partial IGCSE scholarships for August 2018. 

Don’t delay, as all completed applications must be submitted by Friday, April 27, 2018

Selection Process

MIS is looking for academically strong students who are well-rounded and who will contribute positively to the school community. Candidates are evaluated based on their past academic performance, awards received, participation in extracurricular activities and their personal statement. Final scholarship award decisions will also take into consideration the results of the candidate’s assessments and applicant and family interviews.

Scholarship awards are intended for the duration of a student’s Year 10 to Year 13 school attendance at MIS. Students must maintain a high academic standing, also consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and maximum effort in their learning.  

British Education with a Global Outlook 

As the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, Merchiston International School (MIS) in Shenzhen will provide an authentic British education as well as boarding school system.

MIS Headmaster Chris Lynn will lead the outstanding teaching and management team to create a first-class, British international boarding school in Shenzhen. MIS teacher recruitment is conducted globally through our British team. Among the currently confirmed teaching team, over 80 percent are from the UK.

All our teachers are highly qualified with degrees, teaching qualifications and many years of teaching experience both in the UK and international schools. Futhermore, current MCS Headmaster Mr. Andrew Hunter will join MIS in August as Educational Consultant in order to assure the quality of both teaching and learning. 

Merchiston International School is a boarding school that accepts students ages 5-18, with boarding from Year 3 onwards. Primary students (Years 3-6) may choose to attend the day school only, supported by our school buses. 

Secondary students (Years 7-13) are assigned houses within our boarding system. There are three uniquely designed, modern boarding facilities in MIS, with resident staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing personalised, focused care and supervision.

Boarding develops a cohesive blend of school learning with extra time available for enrichment activities, a full program is developed for students to ensure their time is productive and enjoyable. A close and caring community is at the core of the boarding experience, where students and staff work together to develop independence and resilience in MIS learners.

MIS provides British National Curriculum with additional access to Mandarin language as part of the core learning. In MIS, Chinese culture will be taught through the Art, Music and Performing Arts programme, IGCSEs and A Levels. The curriculum in MIS has also been modified to reflect our Chinese setting and international outlook. Students are provided with the opportunity to go traveling in China and abroad, which will help broaden their horizons even further.

With this unique combination of learning experiences, MIS pupils will acquire determination, passion, life skills and the right qualifications to contribute to the amazing growth of the city of Shenzhen and beyond.

For further queries about application and scholarship programmes, etc., please contact admissions@merchiston.cn or call 400 867 0177.  

Merchiston International School (MIS) offers the best of British curriculum. Students Years 1-9 study the English National Curriculum, while students Years 10-13 study for IGCSE and GCE A Level examinations. 

Located in Longhua District, Shenzhen, MIS occupies grounds of 20,000 square meters with combined 50,000 square meters of building space, accomodating 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school will open its doors to boys and girls ages 5-18 in August 2018.  

How to apply

Step 1 – Gather the necessary documentation. The application form is online. Before you begin to complete the application, make sure to prepare the following documents which you will submit in the first section of the application form. 您带好需要的文件。申请表格可在线下载,在您填表之前,请准备好表格中第一栏所提及的文件(如下)。

Required Documents 需要的文件:

Step 2 – Write your personal statement, a 300-word essay. The Merchiston motto is “Ready Ay Ready”. What does this mean to you? 请撰写一篇个人陈述信,一个 300 字的小论文。 题目—深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校的校训是“为未来而来”,你对这个校 训是如何理解的呢?

Step 3 – Complete the application form and attach your personal statement as a PDF file. 请完成申请表格,同时附上 PDF 格式的个人陈述信。

Step 4 – FOR SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS ONLY – Shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit MIS to sit the scholarship assessment and attend an individual and family interview. (仅限奖学金候选人)深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校会邀请候选 人来校完成奖学金评估,同时参加学校对学生个人和家人的面试。

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Chinese Name:

深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校 

Place Address:

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)
Place Phone:

+86 400 867 0177

Shekou International School – A Community of High Quality Learning

Shekou International School is one of the most well-known international schools in Shenzhen. It is a not-for-profit private school which funnels all proceeds back into the school, which is clearly seen in the state-of-the-art facilities which are renovated every year. Established in 1988, SIS has a reputation for high quality education for expatriate children from around the world, and it prides itself on its Secondary Program and exceptional level of university acceptances.

If you ask the students what they like about SIS, they’ll tell you it’s the small, caring learning community where teachers and students form relationships and share a love of knowledge. They’ll also tell you that at SIS students have an opportunity to take on projects, service learning and challenges that they might not be able to tackle in a larger school.

Staff will tell you that SIS is a unique community because of the exceptional students, and the fact that their colleagues are passionate educators is a given. 75% of the faculty have a master’s degree or higher and it is not uncommon to see SIS staff presenting at leadership conferences throughout Asia.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is studied at both ends of the school – the Primary Years Program (PYP) is taught from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5; the Diploma Program (DP) is taught in Grades 10 and 11. The curriculum in Grades 6 to 9 is based on the US Core Education Standards, and adapted to extend children’s learning from the Primary Years Program to the Diploma Program. Focused around enquiry-based learning, the IB program gives students a firm foundation in the PYP, during which they learn how to ask the right questions, how to find answers, how to collect, collate, organise and analyse data, make interpretations and conclusions and then evaluate their findings. Students become eager, autonomous learners by Grade 5, which stands them in excellent stead for their progress onto the DP course.

The aim of the Diploma Program is essentially to prepare students for university. It is an exam-based program which matches university expectations from around the world, and is linked directly to the enquiry-based learning students have done in previous years. Alongside six subject areas – Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts – within which students can choose one or two courses, there are also three core areas of study which every student has to complete. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is possibly the most important aspect of the DP core skills students learn at SIS. This course teaches students about the philosophy of knowledge and education, it explains how different people learn and produce new knowledge, and how that knowledge is used and communicated. The Theory of Knowledge links to all curriculum areas studied, as well as any future studies the students may complete. It is often a favourite subject of the students as it gives them an opportunity to critically examine different topics, have discussions with their peers and teachers and talk about their own opinions on a range of matters.

The second core area is Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). This can be conducted as three separate projects or combined into one which includes all the elements. The aim is for the students to become involved in the local community in an innovative and productive way, by using their imagination and creativity to design and carry out a project over 100 hours supported, of course, by the staff at SIS. Robert Stearns, the Head of School, has a great deal of experience in this area, and has guided students in projects such as arranging for refugees in Hong Kong to learn how to kayak.

The final core area in the IB Diploma Program is the extended essay. This enables students to demonstrate and put into practice many of the skills they have learnt at SIS by allowing them to choose their own research question, plan their line of enquiry, carry out their research and present their conclusions. The extended essay is also an impressive piece of writing that can be used to aid university applications.

In addition to the study programs throughout the school, SIS also runs a ‘Week Without Walls’ program of their own design. During this, students from Grade 4 to Grade 12 spend a week at another location either in Hong Kong, mainland China or Malaysia. This enables the students to put into practice their skills as global citizens, as well as giving them invaluable cultural and adventure experiences.

A strong advisory program throughout the school ensures that all students’ needs are provided for, whether academic, social or emotional. Paula Brunning is the High School Counsellor at SIS and part of her purview is to help the students find the best university match – not just within the country they want to live or the subjects they want to study, but also which university would suit their personality and character the most. The acceptance rate is extraordinary. One hundred percent of students from SIS are accepted into university and most of them get into their first choice of university, whether they apply to the USA, the UK, Canada, other European universities, Korea, Australia or Hong Kong.

The students themselves believe that SIS is a great school with a rewarding study program. One student explained that the IB Program exposes you to different subjects, is challenging and rigorous, and it makes you a better critical thinker. Other students share similar positive opinions: The teachers are all caring and professional and have a good relationship with the students; SIS has a comfortable environment and is student driven; it has small classes where everyone is friends and it feels more like a family; it’s easier to find your own voice at SIS than in a bigger school; the environment pushes you to be a better student.

In a rapidly growing city where the choices for our children’s education are ever-widening, SIS provides an established and reliable study program which ensures students have the best possible opportunities in the future.

Chinese Name: 蛇口国际学校
Place Address: Jing Shan Villas, Nan Hai Road, Shekou, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区蛇口南海大道鲸山别墅
Place Phone: +86 755-26693669