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Welcome back everyone!

GREETINGS to our Shanghai friends, family and neighbors. Concordia begins the 2011-2012 school year with yet another record enrollment with more than 1,200 students. We appreciate that so many expatriate families entrust their students to our care by making Concordia their school of choice.

Transform is our Concordia theme for 2011-2012 and it could not be more appropriate as we complete the installation of outdoor learning spaces across our campus in Jinqiao. Keeping in step with our mission of holistic education and focus on environmentally intelligent buildings and eco-friendly landscaping, child-development appropriate playground equipment has been installed.

I'm pleased to share our continued student successes. Concordia's High School Class of 2011 earned a median score of 2012 on the SAT, while our AP scores continue to stand out with 94 percent achieving a passing score. Congratulations students on a job well done.

Although I will be retiring at the end of this year, my wife Joanie and I are happy to be back with the Concordia community. I'm looking forward to another amazing year.

Dr Jim Koerschen, head of Concordia International School Shanghai

With the world experiencing stressful economic times, it is good to come to Shanghai where life is dynamic, forward moving, exciting, safe, stable and optimistic. We welcome newcomers and hope you can adjust quickly to your new environment.

There are presently 20 Schools for Children of Foreign Personnel in Shanghai that are officially registered with the Ministry of Education. These schools were established to serve the needs of the international community. Yew Chung International School of Shanghai has students from over 50 nationalities. We are committed to global education by providing a bilingual and multicultural environment.

Once again we welcome you to Shanghai, and look forward to meeting your educational needs.

Tom Ulmet, superintendent of Yew Chung International School in Chinese mainland

All change at Shanghai Rego International School.

As the new principal, I arrived in Shanghai last term, after two, highly successful years managing our sister school in Tianjin; I would like to welcome all new students to Rego Shanghai. Our school has undergone a massive building and refurbishment program. In addition to our existing sports hall and superb indoor pool with electronic timing facility, plus training pool with "swim Islands" from Australia, an aid to teaching the youngest of children to swim. We now have an additional brand-new sports hall with all facilities including a climbing wall, electronic scoring systems and a separate fencing arena. We are very proud of our new fully equipped 750-seat theater/auditorium, described recently by an accreditation inspector as "The best I have ever seen, in any school."

It is not just superb buildings and facilities however, which make for a great school. I am, together with the existing teaching and administrative staff, absolutely determined to bring excellence to SRIS.

Vanessa Bingham, principal of Shanghai Rego International School

Shanghai Community International School welcomes back more than 2,400 students this celebratory 15th year in our history. We are proud of our commitment to excellence and growth over the years, but our greatest accomplishment has been our commitment to a nurturing and caring environment, and individualized attention to our students and parents. Simply put, we care. We love the kids that walk into our classrooms. Over the summer, SCIS received news of outstanding AP and IB results, with averages well above those of US independent schools. The summer break also allowed for the progress or completion of new facilities such as our Kindergarten-Grade 1 building extension, swimming pool expansion and 650-seat theater.

Jeff Stubbs, superintendent of Shanghai Community International School

The British International School, Shanghai, is the largest British school in the city with over 2,000 pupils on its two campuses. Catering for families on both sides of the city, the school boasts excellent facilities for learning, catering for children aged 18 months to 18 years.

The English National Curriculum leads up to the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program, the respected entry qualification for students entering top universities in America, UK, mainland Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Terry Creissen OBE, executive principal ofThe British International School, Shanghai

As the 2011-2012 academic year begins, I am delighted to be able to take this opportunity to wish all Dulwich College Shanghai students the very best of luck for a successful year ahead.

I would encourage all of you to take advantage of our dedicated and experienced staff that guide you through your educational journey at DCS so that you may achieve academic success, but also so that you may develop as a person; equipped with the skills necessary for future success and armed with the principles and compassion needed by our global society.

Paul Friend, headmaster of Dulwich College Shanghai

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. You will have all traveled to many distant parts of our world over the summer vacation and have now brought back a range of wonderful experiences which we know you would like to share with your friends.

During the summer we have built a new outdoor gymnasium, a second science laboratory, new art, music, dance and ICT studios as well as a student center and more accommodation so that students living further a field can be part of our campus.

This year is a new start for all.

Welcome back.

Dr Roger W R Morgan and Maxine Lu, co-principals of Shanghai United International School's Pudong campus

It seems every new school year brings excitement and development at the Western International School of Shanghai. As we continue to grow and add new features to our campus, we further expand the horizons of our young people and the possibilities that unfold as they progress along our IB continuum. Despite opening with a 30 percent growth in our student population, we still enjoy an unequaled 1:6 teacher-student ratio across the school. To cater for many more children, we are opening new English and music facilities, complemented by additional infrastructure projects across our spacious campus. Our new running track and floodlit playing field will soon be ready as additional support to our larger sports and activity programs. As part of our expansion, we welcome a new member to the WISS leadership team. Fiona Morris is our new Early Years Principal, joining us after an extensive career in education in Europe and Asia. WISS is stronger than ever and it is my pleasure to welcome you all to what will be another year of caring, first class education.

Tom Kline, principal of Western International School of Shanghai

Beginning a new academic year may re-kindle a new hope in our students to scale greater heights. Therefore it is timely to ask this question, "Why are we not achieving what we want to achieve?" The reasons for not achieving what we want to achieve are many. For example, we are not being realistic in setting our goal, to strike our first million by the age of 18.

There is a simple approach for us to achieve our goals and to advise our students on how to reach theirs. The approach is found in three key words: Clarity, Choice and Commitment. I wish you all every success in your new academic year.

Low Eng Kee, headmaster of Shanghai Singapore International School


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