School News: Bells Ring in the Start of Another Academic Year


by SHFamily | Wed, October 11, 2017

School is back in session, and there have certainly been some exciting happenings in schools throughout Shanghai for all those heading back to class. Find out what schools, students and families were up to in September!

Hats Off

hats off with brittanica

Britannica International School, Shanghai, was filled with decorations and excitement for House Crazy Hair and Hat Day. Teachers and students dressed in their house colors, make-up and strange up-dos to celebrate individuality, uniqueness and diversity. Parents and family members joined for refreshments, and were delighted to watch a crazy hair parade by Britannica’s House Charities. The school-wide event took place at their Gubei campus, an amazing sight to see. The house mascots certainly kept the energy levels up!

Top Marks

top marks

Following a set of excellent IB results, the publication of this year’s (I)GCSE results provided cause for celebration at Dulwich College Shanghai. (I)GCSE results continue to be outstanding with the percentage of A*/A grades at 74%. Of all 73 candidates, 70% recorded an average grade greater than an A in all subjects. 50 of the 73 students were awarded with eight or more A/A* on their subject entries. Well done students!

Going for Gold! 

going for gold

At the start of the new school year, the British International School Shanghai, Puxi, was glowing with pride as they welcomed their new Elite Athlete and High Performance Coach, Olympic Champion Marlon Devonish. Marlon visited their secondary sports day, meeting students and starting races, before speaking to their primary students about his Olympic Gold performance in the 2004 Athens Games.

Worshop 'til Ya Drop

workshop till you drop

Montessori School of Shanghai is excited for a fun year full of lots of learning and excitement. To start the term off right, they'll be offering an extensive series of Parent Education workshops, so that they can continue to learn more about their child's learning environment. The school encourages all to participate, as together they can continue to foster an environment of support, respect and trust for young learners.

Shark Attack

middle school shark camp

During the first school week, Shanghai SMIC Private School launched Shark Camp, a new program for middle school students. The teachers designed a week of activities to help students adjust to the expectations of middle school and build strong bonds of positive community. Students learned ways to organize their work, effectively manage their behavior, and handle conflicts with others.

Rock (climb) On!

rock climb on with vanke

DTD opened the doors to their newest additions in September; Vanke School, Pudong; Vanke Kindergarten, Minhang; and Vanke Kindergarten, Pudong. The Vanke Bilingual School in Minhang also celebrated being the first in Shanghai to obtain the title of “National Rock-climbing Specialist School” (issued by the Chinese Mountaineering Association) by literally climbing the walls!

Party People

art exhibition

Shanghai American School (SAS) celebrated their 105 years of education with a cocktail reception and exhibition cataloging their extensive history at the Duolun Museum. The event was one of many for their Founders' Week, where parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered to apreciate all that their community has to offer and how far the school has come. Congratulations SAS!

Paddle On

paddle boat

During a four-day excursion to Dianshan Lake, Wellington pupils experienced a wide range of activities and leadership building tasks, including raft building, obstacle courses and kayaking. They were designed to challenge students to come up with solutions as a team, demonstrating to them the importance of perseverance and effective communication. The year 8 annual expedition offers pupils new learning experiences, helping them strengthen positive personality traits.

Fresh Faces

NYU Shanghai

This year, NYU Shanghai welcomed 345 new students hailing from 47 different countries. The Class of 2021 has started their exciting journey in Shanghai in what promises to be a multicultural educational experience. The theme of this year’s Orientation Week was "chess"  or , and the second form of the Four Arts, or qín qí shū huà. In Chinese traditions, these are considered the true characteristics of a Chinese scholar.

One Sharp Shop

one sharp shop

After a yearlong celebration of their 20th anniversary, a brand new Sabres Shop opened at Shanghai Singapore International School’s Minhang campus. The shop is selling SSIS school uniforms for all grade levels, as well as Sabres’ souvenirs and sports kits. Designed by SSIS students, the tiger has been their mascot since 2012, working to promote the sports culture of the school and strengthen its community. Once a Sabre, always a Sabre!

Let's Get Extreme!

child reading

In the first weeks of term at Harrow, the pupils were asked to show their love of reading by sending in pictures of themselves reading in extreme circumstances. The students certainly did not disappoint in their efforts! Their enthusiasm for all things literary and for the event was felt throughout the school as the students set a fine example as to how much fun reading can be.

Movin' On Up

woman smiling

Tiny Tots International Pre-School and Kindergarten is very happy to announce Bekki Champken as the new Principal at its Fuxing campus. Her fourth year working at Tiny Tots, Bekki spent her first two as a teacher and her third as Head Teacher. She is excited to work with the teachers to create a space where children feel encouraged, appreciated and successful. Congrats Bekki!

Science Skills

science skills

Concordia recently partnered with Stanford University to host an information session on the university’s Cardiothoracic Surgical Skill Summer Internship. The program, designed for students interested in pursuing medicine and science in the United States, provides exposure to basic and advanced cardiothoracic surgical skills through interactive, hands-on learning.

What's coming up in October?



In October, the High School Music Department at Concordia International School Shanghai performs their annual Autumn Collage Concert. This unique event has the audience moving freely throughout the school where they’ll experience musical performances of varying styles. With free entrance, it is open to the public from 7pm.



Shanghai American School, Puxi, will be hosting their Annual International Fair on October 14th, and you're all invited! Head over to Minhang from 11am to 4pm for games and lots of vendors at this outdoor market. For more information, visit



The National High School Debate League of China (NHSDLC) and the Association for Global Debate (AGD) invite participants to the Fall 2017 Shanghai Regional Debate Tournament, hosted at Harrow International School Shanghai from 21st to 22nd October. For further information, email:

The two-day Wellington College Festival of Education will be filled with presentations and workshop sessions, its four themed strands focusing on Early Years, Wellbeing, "Developing romance between Chinese and British education, and Exploring Education." The presentations will be delivered by more than 30 international education experts. Come and join other festival-goers, get involved with workshops and activities, and connect with other educationalists, teachers, pupils and parents. Tickets range from ¥100-¥150, which you can book by visiting: