As 2019 draws to a close, BASIS International Schools is celebrating not only the accomplishments and achievements of this year, but also the new beginnings and success to come in 2020.
2019 was a busy year for us. We opened two new schools, celebrated our first full graduating class of seniors, and our students earned many academic and athletic awards.
There are many exciting moments to choose from this year. Read on for just a few of the highlights!
BASIS International School Nanjing Opens in Nanjing, China
BASIS International School Nanjing opened in September 2019 with grades Pre-Kindergarten – 9. The school will grow each year until courses are offered from Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade. The architecture of the school is the first to incorporate aspects of local history, such as the city wall, into the classrooms.
BASIS International School Bangkok Becomes the First BASIS International School Outside of China
August 19, 2019 began a new chapter for BASIS International Schools, with our new campus in Bangkok, Thailand welcoming its first students. This beautiful facility is the most state-of-the-art in the BASIS International Schools network. Our commitment to being locally rooted and globally connected is exemplified in the presence of the custom designed, and traditionally built, Thai House where students will take classes in Thai language and culture in an environment specifically designed to enhance the learning experience.
BASIS International School Shenzhen Celebrates its First Full Graduating Senior Class
The first full graduating senior class at BASIS International School Shenzhen graduated in June 2019. Students were accepted to a wide variety of prestigious universities around the world, including Duke University, Rice University, University of Hong Kong, and Parsons The New School. Our seniors also presented deeply researched, thoughtful, and innovative senior projects under the guidance of teacher advisers.
BASIS International Schools Park Lane Harbour and Hangzhou Complete their First School Year
The two newest BASIS International Schools, Park Lane Harbour and Hangzhou, completed their first school year with great success. In a short time, both schools have developed a vibrant and unique school environment focused on academics and community. Students learned about the rich diversity of other cultures and countries through the BASIS International School Hangzhou World Fair, as teachers from around the world shared the music, food, and arts of their home countries. BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour, as the first full boarding school in our network, embraced the House system to foster community between students and teachers.
Academic Awards Abound
2019 was a year of continued academic successes at all BASIS International Schools. The Economics team from BASIS International School Guangzhou won the international round of the National Economics Challenge (NEC). Six Shenzhen students traveled to Sydney, Australia in August to compete in the Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup–winning the Collaborative Writing competition and qualifying for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. Students from BASIS International School Hangzhou also participated in the World Scholar’s Cup Ningbo Round and brought home 180 medals. The BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour Model United Nations Club attended the first Shen Wai International School Model UN conference, where students showed great skills in diplomacy and debate against 120 other students from 10 schools across China.
Every campus experienced athletic successes this year. The Boys and Girls Volleyball teams from BASIS International School Shenzhen finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the ISL Cup Final in October, and their U11 soccer team was the 2019 SISAC Champion. The newly formed varsity swim teams at BASIS International School Hangzhou competed in their first competition in November and won their division at the Hangzhou International Schools Athletics Conference Swimming Gala!
As part of our goal of creating well-rounded lifelong learners, every BASIS International Schools campus celebrates the arts. BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour hosted their 1st Annual Arts Extravaganza and showcased their talents not only in visual arts, but also in musical, drama, and dance performances. Upper school Drama students at BASIS International School Hangzhou presented a unique spring performance–The 39 Steps, A Live Radio Play. BASIS International School Shenzhen brought their artistic talents to the community through the inaugural Arts Festival at the Shekou Sea World Culture and Arts Center, as well as charity choral performances. Students from every grade at BASIS International School Nanjing performed fun Christmas themed plays at the end of the fall semester.
A Look Ahead…
First BASIS Bilingual School Opening in Shenzhen-Futian District in August 2020
BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen is our first bilingual school in China. It will open in September 2020 in Shenzhen’s Futian District for Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students. When the campus is completed in 2021, it will add middle-school grades and eventually offer courses through 12th-grade.
Initially opening with state-of-the-art classrooms, multi-activity space and office facilities; in 2021, the campus will add a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, 200-meter track and soccer field, Apple computer lab, theater and additional classrooms.
BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen will combine the core of the BASIS Schools Curriculum with much of the language, history, culture, and values of the traditional Chinese curriculum. Our multi-national team of teachers will work alongside each other to build an environment where students and faculty thrive.
We are proud of the successes we have seen in 2019 and look forward to the continued growth of our network of schools and academic progress of our students through the amazing work of our teachers.
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