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Saying Goodbye and the Spirit of WISS: A Reflection

By Dr. Thomas Smith, B.Bus. EMBA, D.Phil, Friend of WISS     Tom Smith has been a longstanding friend and partner of the WISS community.   Tom has been associated with the school since the first day as WISS was built right next to his home.   While never a...

WISS in the Community

  Cuts for Cancer Periwinkle members Oceania Chee and Sammy Chan cut their hair to donate to wigs4kids (www.wigs4kids.org) , an organization in the United States which makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, Periwinkle collected close to...

Beyond the Diploma: Unwrapping Achievement at WISS

  It is graduation time and a time to celebrate achievement. We often associate achievement in a very literal sense-- as a certificate, a diploma, something we can write onto our Curriculum Vitae.  Those perfectly crafted words printed on glossy cardstock are...

Growing a Caring Community: Why WISS is special

By Tom Kline, WISS Former Director     I fell in love with education by mistake. I was teaching while I was deciding what my life's work was going to be. I was young and silly and selfish, but helping people learn made me feel great and that feeling was...

Getting to know Heidi Du

Heidi Du has been faithfully supporting and teaching the children of Early Years for the last 10 years.  The Early Years building is full of Heidi’s special, creative care. Fiona Morris, Early Years Principal says, “Ms Heidi is the inspiration behind many of the...

A Defining Educational Experience

Founding Director Alfonso Orsini says, “WISS will likely prove to be the defining experience of my educational life.”   The vision set forth from WISS 10 years ago is to be a world-class institution with community as the foundation—a place “where children feel safe...

Commitment and Confidence – how WISS has shaped me

By Reina Fukushima, WISS class of 2012     Reina Fukushima is the pioneering WISS graduate of 2012.   She is currently working as a financial consultant based in Tokyo, Japan.   Her journey, during and after her time at WISS is marked with achievement and...

Learning through Community

By Keiko Ishii, Japanese Teacher   The Japanese community has started “Japanese Community Learning Support Activity” as a Community Service and CAS (for DP Students) starting last December.  The project is supported by Ms. Keiko Ishii, Japanese teacher, Japanese...

Think for yourself! PYP Exhibition

A reflection by Haeysha Aravind, Grade 5           “Students are taught to think for themselves and to drive the learning process” (www.ibo.org). This is central focus of an IB education and is exemplified at WISS during Exhibition for the...

Having Fun and Staying Safe in the Summer

By Roshiley Tilistyak, Nursing Coordinator     As we all go on to different destination for the summer holiday and enjoy the long vacation at home or visiting other places, we would like to be as healthy as possible and avoid injury or getting sick. Please...

A Trip to the Zoo!

By Meghan DyFoon   A Trip to the Zoo: Pre-Nursery’s Inquiries into Animal Characteristics and Their Living Environments.       Student A: Look Ms. Meghan! A flamingo. Teacher: It looks a lot like a flamingo doesn’t it? This bird is actually an...

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