Senior School News

T3W4 – 14 April 2023

Dear Senior School parents,

I do hope you and your family are well rested after the short Qingming holiday. It has been an exciting time in the Senior School, with many events and activities taking place in the past few weeks. It is with great pride that I share with you the many accomplishments of our students and staff.

Our end of term 2 assembly celebrated the acts of good character and leadership SSIS students exhibit daily. At the heart of good character is a set of core values that guide our actions and decision-making. These values include

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Strength of Character and
  • A love of Humanity.

They are the building blocks of good character and are essential for effective leadership. Developing good character takes time and effort. It requires a commitment to self-improvement, self-reflection and a willingness to learn from our mistakes. At SSIS, we develop good character by modeling, teaching and recognising

  • daily acts of kindness that often can go unnoticed
  • making the right but more difficult decision and
  • putting in the extra effort when no one is watching.

While it is not always easy, these daily behaviours are essential for nurturing the SSIS graduates and future leaders our world needs. This is why the Future Global Leader awards are so important. The Future Global Leader certificates recognize not only the knowledge and skills necessary for effective leadership, but also the daily acts which build character and values.


Our grade 8 students had a fantastic enrichment experience by planning, implementing, evaluating and then presenting their findings of a Science Investigation of their choice. They showcased their investigations at the grade 8 Science Fair. The fair was a great success, with many impressive investigations on display. I am proud of our students’ curiousity and application of the scientific method. 


Our school celebrated Chinese Culture Week with various activities, including cultural presentations, Chinese food, a famous Chinese writer visit and success in a Chinese writing competition. Our students’ Chinese writing skills are impressive, and we congratulate the winners for their achievements.


Our annual Sports Day event took place on Wednesday 29th March with students participating in a range of sports and activities. It was a great day filled with healthy RAPS House Competition and camaraderie, I thank all the students and staff who made it a success, especially the Senior School Physical Education Head of Department, Mr. Craig Bell.


On the weekend of 8th and 9th April 26 SSIS Senior School students participated in the World Scholar’s Cup Shanghai regional round. On the theme of “Reconstructing the past”, our students showcased their knowledge and skills in various subject areas. Our students won many individual and team awards as they excelled and represented SSIS with pride. Congratulations to all our students or their fantastic performance. Please share your thanks with Mr Havener for mentoring our students and Mr Antonio & Mr Eubin for their guidance.



Today, we celebrated International Friendship Day (IFD). It was heart-warming to have this event return to on campus, in-person community event.  This year’s theme of “Friends across cultures” with students engaging in activities and discussions focused on friendship and diversity made for a wonderful day filled with meaningful conversations and connections.


I would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity for our senior parents to visit the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus. The visit will provide an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn more about university options and enrichment opportunities.

“The G10 students are on the verge of their IGCSE finals. This is the culmination of two years of hard work and we are sure the students will do the best they can. We would like to take the opportunity to wish them the best of luck, and remind them that no what, we are proud of them and all they have achieved.”

Some guidance for parents on how you can help your children revise at this very important time in their educational journey at SSIS


Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to updating you on more exciting news and events in the future.

With gratitude

Mr Steven Gaynor, Senior School Principal

Dates for your Diary

  • Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd April: ACAMIS Soccer in Suzhou
  • Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd April: SSL Championships
  • Monday 24th April: Study leave for IGCSE and IBDP students
  • Wednesday 26th April: IGCSE Examinations begin
  • Monday 1st May: IBDP Examinations begin
  • Saturday 6th May: RSS LCM   
  • Tuesday 9th May: Senior School Musical: Matilda (Evening showing in the PAC)
  • Saturday 13th May: CISSA Track & Field

Student Wellbeing

Dear parents,

What an exciting few weeks! From our largest ever swim meet to the fun-packed excursions to the G8 Science Fair followed by the G11 Group 4 Project. And it didn’t end there – A fabulous Sports Day, remarkable wins at World Scholar’s Cup and now an unforgettable International Friendship Day Celebration. Our students have excelled in so many aspects of school life.

In Well-Being lessons, we have covered topics like inclusion, diversity & friendships and our students have been privileged to learn about others with differing needs. Friday we were proud to invite students from the Special Education School to partake in our festivities and form new relationships as we grow into a stronger community. It is with great pride that I say the name SSIS!

Ms Shireen Naidoo, Senior School Assistant Principal


If your child is absent, please email your child’s form teacher as soon as possible with a reason. A reminder that students should arrive at school wearing full school uniform, including smart black shoes, dark socks and ties.

As the weather warms, students should no longer be wearing outer jackets and instead wear their school blazer as the first outer layer of clothing.

Please email me with any questions you may have, and we can arrange a follow-up phone call or meeting through my PA, Katharine Chen.    

Contact Information

Mr Steven GaynorSenior School
Ms Katharine ChenPA to Senior School
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