Campus Diary

CIS is not just a school my kids attend to develop skills for a challenging world - but a community that I fully entrust with their education and wellbeing.

── Jean DeSombre, President, CISPTA

Distinctly CIS

Dragon Boat
Dragon Boat

What's the hardest seat in the house to secure? It could be a spot on the CIS Dragon Boat "A" team. Since 2006, our Alumni-Staff paddlers have become a force to reckon with, and there's stiff competition just getting a seat in the boat. Training's already well underway, so be sure to look out for us at this year's Stanley races as we strive to recapture our Mixed Gold Cup Championship title!

XiaoHua
XiaoHua

Well-read, thoughtful, nice-looking and bilingual...Let us introduce you to XiaoHua, our twice-yearly student magazine that has won kudos from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. XiaoHua grew out of a Year 11 Personal Project and offers a lively window on campus life and student concerns. View it online or Contact Us for a hard copy.

CEP
CEP

Every May, the China Experience Programme lets students in Years 7, 8 and 9 spend two weeks discovering new parts of China: Y7s go to Xian, Y8s to Kunming and Y9s to Yangshuo. They spend half the day in class at a local partner school, and also have chances to visit local sights and try their hand at outdoor adventure and community service. By the time they go to Hangzhou in Year 10, they're ready for a year-long experience!

Moongate
Moongate

The Moongate is our heart and home. It's the main entrance to the school. It's where daily soccer matches run wild. It's where we celebrate Chinese New Year and where families take photos on Graduation day. When the school intranet - our home online - needed a name, you can guess what we chose to call it. (Login into Moongate if you're a current student, parent or staff member.)

Founders
Founders

You'll want to remember these three women. They're CIS's co-founders: Joyce Tai, Nelly Fung and Kin-yue Fu. We thank them for what they started, and we thank them for the example they set - because anyone who knows schools knows it takes smarts, determination and principles to bring such a vision to fruition.

School Song
School Song

"We come from the East, we come from the West...互相學習,相得益彰". On Monday mornings you'll hear the strains of the school song, written by CIS's first headmaster and first music teacher. While just a modest ditty, it's had staying power, reminding us of our origins and the simple idea that "we learn from each other, and that way is best".