Principals’ Post #30

SCIS Families,

This week has been dominated by the excitement surrounding our visiting author Andy Craven-Griffiths. We are extremely grateful to PAFA for making our visiting artist series possible. Please read on below to learn more about how Andy spent his time on campus with our students. This week also brought our final ACAMIS tournament of the year. Players and coaches headed up to Beijing on Wednesday for the three-day event. Early results were very positive with the boys and the girls both winning their early games. Unfortunately there is no livestream transmission or realtime website updates so we are relying on WeChat updates from the coaches and players to follow the action. As of this posting, the girls were preparing for the semi-finals and the boys for the quarter-finals.

This week we have also seen a number of students returning to campus to visit old friends and teachers. Many students who have moved to new countries and schools used their Spring Break as an opportunity to reconnect with life at SCIS. Maintaining these connections is an important way of nurturing a long term health community. Visiting students are allowed to shadow former classmates for up to one full day with prior permission. The hosting student completes a simple form collecting all of the teachers’ signatures approving the visit, allowing the teachers to plan for the additional student in class for that day. If you know of families that will be visiting Shanghai and they would like students to visit SCIS as a guest, please encourage them to contact the administration. We love to catch up with students and hear about where the latest chapter in their journeys has taken them. As the saying goes, Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon!

Poetry Workshops this Week

Andy Craven-Griffiths led poetry workshops across all grade levels while on campus this week. Andy brings a unique blend of experience as an educator and a professional artist. Andy’s experience as a published poet, playwright, and musician helps to give him credibility with the students while his experience running workshops for thousands of students makes him highly effective in helping students develop their own writing process. Workshops this week were held during grade level Language and Literature classes. This allowed teachers to learn from Andy’s approach as well as participate in the workshops themselves. Teachers worked alongside Andy encouraging students, helping them to develop their ideas. Teachers will continue to follow-up on the work with students and extend their learning even after Andy leaves.

Andy used a variety of icebreakers, brainstorming strategies and writing prompts to help students activate their inner poets. Students had the opportunity to experiment with poetry as well as develop their own poems through the drafting and feedback process. Inspired students volunteered to share their poetry at the culminating assembly on Friday when Andy emceed a poetry concert. We were very proud of the students who took the risk to put themselves out there in front of the whole Upper School and share their innovative, original, and frequently moving poetry. Our Dragons’ poetic talent was on full display.

We would like to recognize the role of our librarian, Ms. Emily Williams in bringing Andy Craven-Griffiths to SCIS. Ms. Williams worked with Andy on everything from his flight arrangements and visa to the detailed Upper and Lower School schedules he followed while on campus. These workshops would not have been possible without her many hours of work. Thank you, Ms. Williams!

We would also again like to thank PAFA for their generous support for our visiting poet. Without the support of PAFA we would not have been able to bring Andy all the way from the UK to spend this week with our students. This type of support truly enriches the programs we are able to offer at SCIS and helps students form lasting memories. THANK YOU PAFA!

Good Luck this Weekend at ACAMIS Soccer in Beijing. Go Dragons!

2019 Girls Varsity Soccer Team
2019 Boys Varsity Soccer


Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

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