School News: Shanghai Schools Seeing out 2017 in Style

Hello, 2018!

by SHFamily | Thu, January 04, 2018

With the start of a new year, we take a look at how Shanghai schools around the city waved goodbye to 2017.

Giving gala

SMIC School

SMIC School's 14th annual event, The Art Charity Program (ACP), reached its culmination with a gala show at Shanghai Children's Art Theater on December 2nd, to help teach children the best and most open ways to share their love. This year, they raised ¥512,000, a 28 percent increase from last year's revenue – all of which will go to helping underprivaleged children afford food, clothing, and education.


Shanghai American School

Shanghai American School (SAS) Pudong's Elementary School held its own temporary zoo project last month. In scientific fashion, students learned about, and took care of, a host of animals, studying their habitats, their food habits, and the behavior of fish, bearded dragons, and even more. It was clear these cold-blooded creatures warmed the hearts and sparked the minds of the students!

Full hearts

Bright Star Academy

Bright Star Academy recently held a charity art sale as a special event to celebrate Thanksgiving, and all the kids enjoyed participating in it. They used leaves to decorate pictures, and expressed their little love through the themes of Christmas, friends, and families. All the income will be donated to Heart to Heart, an organization helping kids who suffer from congenital heart defects, by paying for and subsidizing surgery costs.

Counseling care


Davy Guo, counseling psychologist at ELG, and Blair Tang, special education professional and behavior specialist, hosted an informative seminar for teachers on December 7th, focusing on effective communication with parents. Guo explored how to address student issues with empathy, kindness, and clarity, to work towards the best outcomes for children and their families, fulfilling ELG's mission of care.

Choir of angels


Congratulations to Britannica Voices, Britannica International School, Shanghai’s school choir, who gave a wonderful performance at the Christmas tree lighting at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on The Bund. Students were very excited to perform and were delighted as they entered the extravagant lobby, finding a 10-foot tall Christmas tree and a stage surrounded by guests.

Take the stage

NAIS Pudong

On December 6th, NAIS Pudong Early Years children performed their festive play Santa’s Hat to an audience of friends and family. As part of the plot, the students had to work together to find Santa’s hat on ChristmasEve in time for him to set off on his journey around the world delivering presents. Their little ones acted and sung beautifully throughout the play with smiles on their faces!

Peasant paintings


This month, renowned Chinese painter Lu Yong Zhong was Concordia's artist in residence, sharing the history of Jinshan peasant paintings and demonstrating techniques used to create the Chinese folk art. During Lu’s time at the school, a number of his original artworks were on display throughout the campus. He also held an interactive community art event, where participants were created their own paintings.



The Year 3 students at BISS Puxi explored the Natural History Museum to learn about the golden age of dinosaurs with eyes wide open. The children were in awe of the huge Argentiniosaurus and shuddered at the sight of the carnivorous Spinosaurus with its gigantic knife-like teeth. As the students walked, they studied fossils and observed the animated Tyrannosaurus-Rex, gaining a greater understanding of the ginormous giants that once roamed the earth.

Giving back

As a one of their New Year’s events, on the 16th Magnolia Kindergarten worked with the NGO We-Readers to organize a day of giving back at Garden Square in Jing'an. Families came together to bid on artwork and spend time together in high spirits. Workshops for kids, cozy reading corners, an environmentally friendly secondhand market, and a painting exhibition entertained all in a charitable celebration worthy of the season.

Lights and Sounds


On December 1st, the Prep School Choir at Harrow International School Shanghai kicked off the holiday countdown in style by turning on the Christmas lights at the Sheraton Hotel in Waigaoqiao. The pupils sang a selection of songs, including Winter Wonderland and White Christmas to a large and very appreciative audience. Airlie Mason was chosen as the representative to turn on the Christmas lights with members of the hotel management.


TED Talk

Jessica Lee, a year 13 IB pupil at Wellington College International Shanghai, organized and hosted a TED x Youth Talk around the theme "Mind, Body, Image." Taking advantage of this opportunity, Jessica worked to bring inspirational speakers from across the Wellington community together to share their ideas in an appropriate forum, learning from, and listening to, each other.

Christmas cheer

Meeting Santa

On Friday December 8th, NAIS Pudong hosted their first German Christmas Market. It was an evening filled with fun, food, games, crafts, and carols. They even had a special visit from Santa, who helped light their tree and stayed on to take pictures with all the boys and girls. NAIS Pudong wishes to thank all who attended, issuing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Neon news

Neon Art Competition

252 Shanghai Singapore International School students participated in the Lumieres Art Competition organized by City Weekend and Parents&Kids. Around 120 masterpieces were selected and exhibited in the Neon Zoo, and on November 28th, nine SSIS students won the awards for 1st and 2nd runner up! Awarded the Best Group overall, SSIS students were well represented.

What's coming up in January?

ELG is hosting a recruitment open day for those looking to work in therapy, special needs education, and administration. Learn more, take a tour, and find out how you can join their ever-expanding team as an employee, intern, or volunteer. For more information, email:

Britannica International School Shanghai will be hosting a number of open days, with their Early Years Foundation Stage on the 16th. To attend a one-hour classroom demo, presentations, and a guided tour for children between the ages of two and five, email admissions@britannicashang-, or call 021 6402 7889.

Harrow International School Shanghai invites you to a magical adventure from January 17th to 19th, their production of Aladdin, a British pantomime performed by the Senior School pupils. Tickets must be reserved in advance, with two 5pm shows, and one matinee performance. To do so, please contact:

Concordia invites you to join Ishmael Beah as he reads from A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solider and shares his experiences as a child solider in Sierra Leone, at 7pm in Concordia’s Phoenix Center. Free and open to the public, for information contact: concierge@concor-

SSIS will hold their G6 to G7 Parent Transition Meetings at their Minhang campus. At these info tours, parents can learn more about what their child will be experiencing during these shifts in their education, the programs they'lll take, and what parents can do to support their children. They will also hold sessions for students going from K2 to G1 on separate dates. For more information, contact: