Our Mission

At ZIS we strive to develop dynamic and principled global citizens who have the skills and attitudes to enable them to become compassionate life-long learners who will contribute positively to the future of our world.

Our Philosophy

Zhuhai International School (ZIS) has been educating young people from across the globe in a caring and inspirational environment since 2007. Working with students from the age of 3 to 18, we have around 30 different nationalities exploring challenging aspects of the world around us and experiencing the joys and rewards of inquiry-based concept learning.

As an IB World School, ZIS is uniquely placed to promote new perspectives and broaden the minds of the children in our care,and deepen their sense of understanding and wonder. ZIS prizes communication, holistic learning and intercultural awareness and is the perfect place for truly international families who are bringing up their children to be global citizens. ZIS students are a unique blend of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities, all eager to contribute actively and compassionately to the life of our school and the wider community around us.

ZIS students strive to do the right thing, even when they may be the only ones who will notice. Whether our students are with us for a year or two, or stay through to graduation and move on to the university of their dreams, we want our young people to look back on ZIS as a time when their desire to learn was awakened and they began to realize they have the power to change the lives of others and make a difference in our world.

At ZIS we encourage our students to become:

  • Inquirers – their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning
  • Thinkers – they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems
  • Communicators – they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language
  • Risk-takers – they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas
  • Knowledgeable – they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge
  • Principled – they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice
  • Caring – they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others
  • Open-minded – they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view
  • Well-balanced – they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being
  • Reflective – they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses.

At ZIS, a “global?citizen” is someone who…

  • seeks an understanding of the wider world
  • develops an identity that involves the capacity and responsibility to make positive change in their world
  • collaborates with others to pursue equity and sustainability
  • takes action to advance peace in the world
  • practices service learning in their?global?engagement
  • applies creative and critical thinking to world issues
  • leads through empathy, values diversity, and respects otherness
Our commitment to teaching?global?citizenship?involves:
  • intentionally planning for curricular and co-curricular learning that is embedded in all programmes
  • delivering age-appropriate?global?citizenship?learning in relation to the 7 outcomes
  • maximizing the school’s cultural context to inform local and?global?citizenship
  • seeking ways to measure, assess, and further develop student’s development of?global?citizenship?and intercultural learning
  • providing a culturally sensitive learning environment, employing culturally responsive pedagogy
  • involving all stakeholders in adopting, supporting, and furthering our school mission to develop?global?citizens

Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Zhuhai International School:

  • Promotes education through the interplay between inquiry, action, and reflection
  • Builds a community of learners equipped to engage with complex challenges
  • Explores aspects of culture in respectful and responsive ways
  • Develops through engaging student voice, choice and agency
  • Empowers learners for global engagement and to take principled action
  • Activates creative and critical thinking
  • Inspires and equips students for lifelong learning
  • Encompasses a breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge and understanding
  • Expands on conceptual understandings allowing for integration and transfer of learning
  • Pursues connections across ideas, disciplines, people, and perspectives
  • Relates assessment, student development, and personalized learning
  • Models open-mindedness and intellectual risk taking


In pursuit of this excellence, members of ZIS:

  • hold and develop extensive professional knowledge
  • implement a variety of teaching strategies to the unique needs of their students
  • employ assessment as a learning tool
  • model international mindedness and intercultural competency
  • invest in building safe, respectful, and engaging learning environments
  • collaborate with colleagues to advance programming
  • partner with parents and promote community involvement
  • exemplify professional standards of teaching and models the attributes of the learner profile
  • approach teaching as lifelong learners