At NIS we understand that our long serving staff form the backbone of our school. We celebrate the longevity and dedication of our staff members, with a reminder that it takes a lot more than teachers to run a successful school on such an expansive campus. A special focus this year goes to Mr Weiyi Cheng who received a 20 Year Service Award and gold pin from NIS. He retires from NIS knowing that for most of our school’s history he was contributing to the maintaining our campus for the safety of our students.
Usually the focus is on our Chinese support and operations staff. This year I would also like to highlight the 10 years of service to NIS given by Mr and Mrs Clarke. Ruth Clarke is our Head of Middle School and Child Protection Officer. Mrs Clarke’s expertise with the IB Middle Years Programme has led the further development of teaching and learning in Grades 6-9. She is also the first Child Protection Officer at NIS which involved a great deal of training. From next year Mrs Clarke will take on the new role as Head of Secondary 6-12. Danny Clarke is our Activities Director. His leadership has seen our activities programme grow and flourish. His two particular areas of focus on arrival in 2010 were opportunities for students in Grades 4-9 and higher levels of participation for boys and girls. He has achieved both. Their three children studied at NIS, Joshua Clarke, Class of 2013 (working in England); Kirsty Clarke, Class of 2016 (studying at Royal Veterinary College, London) and Eva Clarke who is in 12th Grade at NIS. The Clarkes are an authentic NIS family. We hope they stay for many years more. A huge thank you from NIS.
We also presented 10 Year Service Awards to Annie Wang, Dora Li, Elaine Liu, Kelly Shi, Tina Lai, Zoe Tang and Tony Qin. These are an exceptional group of staff who help make NIS an inclusive learning community.