Month: October 2016



The First Board Meeting of XIS SY2016-2017 was called to order at 9:00 a.m. on Sept 6, 2016. At the meeting, the Board Minutes of May 2016 was approved. Mr. Peter Burnside, the SS Principal debriefed the Board on the major education/academic goals of SY 2016-2017. The Board also reviewed the ES Principal’s report on the major education/academic goals of SY 2016-2017. The Board commended on the two Principals’ working attitude. They were pleased to learn that the test result data was used in SS to guide the teaching. Also commended were the regular meetings held to connect IB philosophies to set up a conjunct programs, the continually improved IT programs, and the focus on school parents’ communication. Under the leadership of the Headmaster, the SS Principal, and the co-operation of all SS teachers, the DP pass rate of 2016 were 100%. The Board also commended on the ES Principal’s effort to continue to focus on the PD for teachers, as well as for parents so that parents work more closely with the school to help students achieve higher success in learning. Her strategies to improve students’ reading mastery were also recognized by the Board. David Brooker, the SS Curriculum Coordinator debriefed the Board on the MAP test result of 2015. He used various graphs and data to present the students’ learning progress in Math, Reading and Writing upon each time period. The report showed that the English mastery of our students was in a continued growth and this has shown again that the Board’s perseverance to support ELL program was a right decision.


The Headmaster debriefed the Board on the school opening status and enrollment projections. According to the Headmaster’s report, our school opening was smooth with a positive enrollment trend. The Headmaster also analyzed the students’ resources status along with challenges we will face in regard to the classroom space and limited teaching resources, as well as the admission issue. He stated that the school would ultimate what the school has to create a strategic plan in this regard. The report was accepted by the Board. The Directors of the Board would like the Headmaster to work with the two Principals to create long-term admission standards and regulations for all grade levels based on XIS’ realities of needs in teaching and the feasibility development. The Board stated that XIS has been an educational program for expatriates in Xiamen city, it should undertake the sacred social and educational responsibilities. It has been an aim for XIS to try its best to meet the education needs with adequate teaching resource and personnel for children who are from families that have either the investment or professional career here in Xiamen. Finally, the Headmaster reported to the Board on his major working goals for this school year: to continue to modify and adjust the XIS curriculum and IB framework based upon our assessments of strengths and weaknesses at each grade level at XIS; Work with the administration and faculty to utilize assessments at the appropriate levels to meet the needs of our diverse population; Initiate the planning for our Twentieth Anniversary celebrations in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Hu, Mr. John Godwin the Headmaster, David Wei and a CPC committee; Work with the faculty to set up new goals/action-plan based upon the results of our Self-Study; Continue our work with the government to develop and expand our facilities; Review our technology needs for further improvement of IT instruction and utilization at XIS; Continue in our on-going efforts to improve Quality of Life for our XIS school community. The Headmaster’s goals for the new school year were approved by the Board.


Mr. Zeng Junwei, the XIS Finance Controller, debriefed the Board on the Annual Finance report of SY 2015-2016. The report has shown that XIS was in a healthy financial conduct of SY 2015-2016. The Directors of the Board stated that it is the effort under the supervision of the Board and the Headmaster to work out a reasonable budget plan, as well as under the cooperation of all school communities to utilize the budget well so as to assure a healthy operation of the budget.


The next Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The tentative agenda items are as follows:

  1. Minutes approval for previous Board meeting
  2. Head’s Report

1) Personnel projections for SY 2017-2018

2) Tuition/fees proposals (i.e., same or different)

3) Draft School Calendar SY2017-2018


At 11:20am, Dr. Hu announced that the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Office of Board of Directors of XIS


EARCOS Collaboration Workshop at XIS

EARCOS Weekend

Workshop: Collaboration Skills

With Margaret MacLean

The weekend of September 24 and 25 (2016) saw participants gather at Xiamen International School (Xiamen, PRC) for a workshop on Collaboration Skills and Practices led by Margaret MacLean.

Over the two days, participants worked on the fundamentals of collaborative group skills.  Through a self-analysis of personal preferences, participants grouped themselves as to how they approach collaboration and group conversations.  Through these activities, they were able to appreciate the different approaches to group work that can be seen in even a small group setting.

There was also much focus on the use of conversation scaffolding protocols.  By using real situations and student work brought by participants, everyone was able to work through a variety of conversation protocols that highlighted the importance of scaffolding professional, collegial, and time-sensitive conversations.

In the responses to a post-workshop survey, it is clear that everyone found a lot of value in this workshop and that there are many plans to expand and implement what was learned during these two days of sessions.