Friday at MIS finished with a bang as parents were invited to watch our first informal music performance. It was a joy to watch these extremely talented young learners perform with confidence and grace and we look forward to many more.
MIS is a community where we enjoy seeing parents in school as offen as possible.
Chinese Curriculum Presentation
Being a British International School doesn't mean we don't take Chinese seriously! Many parents joined our first Juniors Chinese Curriculum Presentation to hear why Chinese at MIS is so important.
English Curriculum Presentation
The Seniors English & EAL Presentation brought in a crowd. Ms Chan, our Head of Department introduced our materials, curriculum courses and how parents can help support their child to become better English learners.
On Friday 4 September MISPA (Merchiston International School Parents Association) held their first meeting of the academic year, whilst enjoying a lovely Afternoon Tea. With the new members elected we are proud to announce the Executive Committee for the 2020/21 academic year:
One month into the academic year and we are delighted our new MIS community members are both happy and settled at school.
I would like to first of all give thanks for the intimate education, the care about the growth of our children by the teachers and express highest respect and heartfelt thanks!
Now it's been a month since my two children transferred to MIS. As a new parent, at first I was a little uneasy, especially as my son is in Year 8 and is required to live in school. Having no experience of long term boarding, in the young rebellious period he was not willing to live in school at first, his self-discipline is not very good and he has skin allergies and so on ... In short, as parents we natually were anxious.
After the first week in school he called me once, simply to talk about the school's learning situation, about his classmates and roommates. My daughter comes home from school every day and we talk about what activities she does at school everyday of the week, what the teacher and students do each day? It's best to have a relationship with children so at school they are interested and happy. During the weekends when the family get together and cherish the time together, they make me feel that whilst in MIS the class life, learning is happy, my son likes his teachers and classmates, they are full of pride in this class. This makes me grateful and feel assured that, as a parent, I understand the work of supporting teachers, but also work with teachers to educate children together.
Mother of Cindy Year 2 and Jason Year 8
My two children are very happy with MIS. We very appreciate what the school does to help. Thanks a lot.
Dad of Samson Y3 & Sophia Y6
We are new members of the MIS family this year. At the beginning of the school, there of course may be some worries. I do not know whether the child can integrate into the new study life as soon as possible, but soon these worries were eliminated, with the help and encouragement of the teachers, the children quickly adapted to the life of MIS and kept up with the progress of study, and actively participated in campus activities, all of which strengthened his confidence and made him more clear about the goal of his efforts. Living in school has improved his self-reliance and social skills. I can feel the novelty and happiness of collective life when I listen to him on the way home from school on a Friday about what happened at school during the week.
Thank you, teachers! May MIS continue to be the best!
Mother of Y10 Andy
Time flies and in a blink of an eye, the children have been at MIS for more than a month.
During this time, I feel our children from living habits to learning habits, they are changing and improving every day. In daily life, they have gradually become organised in terms of self-time arrangement, article preparation, and post-processing. In my view I can see they are also active from completing homework to reading books for 20 minutes a day. The English learning has also made significant progress.
The achievements of these changes are inseparable from the hard work of the leaders and teachers of MIS. I look forward to seeing MIS grow even stronger!
Dad of James Y4 & Peter Y6
Just two weeks before we arrived at MIS, we and our children were a little perturbed, worried that the academic rhythm could not keep up with the domestic children, boarding life might not be suitable and so on. But every time the child comes back each weekend, there is a change, the natural smile on her face, actively communicating with us about study and life, like CCA courses, the food is very good. and what friends have been made, cooperative theme activities and so on. We are relieved to witness the growth of our children with MIS.
Father of Stella Y6 (boarder)
My son Jack entered MIS in May this year. Because he needed to be quarantined for 14 days, the school has given a lot of meticulous care before the school officially started, allowing Jack to spend time of his quarantine happily and safely. After the quarantine, he entered school to study and soon made new friends. The management of the school is very strict, in line with my expectations as a father. Jack quickly adapted to the new environment and is more and more confident.
Father of Jack Y9
My daughter has studied at an IB / Canadian curriculum international school in Shenzhen for 9 years. I'm not very familiar with the education in Scotland but as I am a big fan of UK boarding schools, I took a chance to move her to MIS this year and I'm so glad that I have made this right decision for my daughter.
My daughter enjoys her school life in MIS very much. She realises that the teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful. She does her homework with her classmates everyday and they help each other out when they come across any difficulties and queries. Teachers are also available to help which is more effective than doing her homework at home on her own. After finishing her homework, she plays soccer and badminton with her classmate which is much better than spending time on mobile games and social media. In addition, the quality of food is much better. She is more disciplined in her daily routines. It is too early to comment whether IB or A Level suits her better but I'm so glad to see her positive changes in many aspects in such a short period of time.
On the other hand, it is also my great honour to be the Class Rep of Y10A this year. I'm impressed and excited to see the effective interactions between the parents and MIS. For instance, we parents will have friendly basketball matches with the teachers and the students in the coming October which will help enhancing our relationships indeed. I very much forward to more exciting events happening at Merchiston Day.
Again, I'm so glad to see my daughter's development in MIS so far and I'm sure that MIS will be even more successful in the future under the professional leaderships of the Executive Leadership Team, Academic Leadership Team, teachers and staff.
Father of Sydney Year 10
My son Jon was previously studing in Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. Due to the pandemic, we decided to transfer him to MIS. We feel that that we made the correct choice. Whenever the child calls me, he tells me that he is very happy which makes me also very happy.
Mother of Jon Year 11
A thank you letter from a parent from Hong Kong – First day at MIS Experience
To Mr Lyu and MIS family members
I admire your courage and enthusiasm for education!
Mr Lyu, you have a perfect vision, a firm belief and a high standard of international education. The team you lead is undoubtedly excellent!
When Juniors stood up in order and sang Ready Ay Ready, when Deputy Head of Juniors (Academic) - Sabrina, the Head of Boarding & Pastoral Care - Simon Smith, the Head of Seniors - Daniel received their Certificate from you, I felt the love and warmth of the big family of MIS, and felt that MIS teachers and employees are trustworthy. I feel assured that our children will stay with the MIS family.
I am particularly grateful to Anna, Li Zhitian, who made great contributions for arranging our children enroll in MIS! She had been in constant contact with me and my husband for nine months to help us and other families to solve various difficulties. On the first day, her efforts made the outcome that our children finally came to MIS on the opening day. Ms Anna made an interesting, warm and intimate arrangement with houseparents for our children on the first day, which made me and other mothers cry!
Andrew, Jo and Rachel arranged for our children's brother and sister to get together to watch a movie, and they arranged for them to spend the weekend together with other children from Hong Kong and stay in the same place by gender and take care of each other. This kind of arrangement gave the parents, who work in Hong Kong and cannot come to Shenzhen because of the epidemic, an infinite comfort. Seeing that they are being looked after by houseparents, parents can finally rest assured! These arrangements happen weekly. It's really great! Thank you so much!
In addition, I also found that the beautiful and attentive Ms Laura has been busy helping to photograph children’s activities and upload the pictures to us, so that the parents can see the children live in the happy and relaxed atmosphere of MIS.
The gentle lady Ms Wendy also paid special attention to the children's first day's boarding arrangement. She helped parents and children solve their problems. I’m sorry she had to work very late the first night whilst helping us!
Two young nurses were waiting to meet with us all afternoon on the first day to learn about the children's medical records and medicine requirements. During the meeting, they carefully inquired about the children's conditions and were really professional.
Aimme in the school uniform shop has a high emotional intelligence quotient. Although she was surrounded by parents and students, she was still very polite and offered help to the parents and students. Other staff also came to help to solve the needs of parents. I can see that all staff members were patient and courteous to all the parents to help them complete their orders.
The breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dinning hall are high standard and neat. My children like the food very much.
On using the bathrooms, I was impressed that they were very clean – top score for hygiene.
There were drivers and security guards outside the school who even whilst sweating in the heat, did their jobs very professionally and they are very polite to the parents and students. We also see that one teacher who was heavily pregnant guiding the students, even an injured teacher on crutches were helping students. These wonderful, conscientious and responsible teachers moved us deeply.
Jason Tang from the IT Department spent over a month before the school started helping us with IT requirements,. It was lovely to meet him on the first day where he helped us more with the APPs and School Pal accounts effectively and quickly.
Finally, of course, the “trump card”of MIS, Ms Sonia, she greeted everyone with her fluent PUTONGHUA. Ms Sonia knows every student and their parents. I believe that all the parents and students can feel her warmth!
All in all, I believe that under your leadership, MIS will surely become the first-class international British boarding school in the future.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr Lyu for helping the children from Hong Kong through these difficult times, you help us to get out of the haze and let the children return to normal, safe, harmonious environment to have their education, furthermore, the children can enroll in MIS, to have a high-quality study and life.