XLIS has implemented its “Head of School responsibility system,” which is under the direct guidance of Xi’an Hi-tech Education Bureau，Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone. The government provides direction and strategy, with expertise and rich experience in international education, the business community, finance, facilities and risk management, human resources and legal areas. This works towards the sustained development of the school.
Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone is one of the first national Hi-tech zones approved by the State Council. Over the past 26 years, key economic indicators of Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone have been growing rapidly, and the overall indicators of the zone ranks among the top of the 56 national Hi-tech zones in China. Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone has its own strength and characteristics in terms of promoting technological innovation and developing Hi-tech industries with our own national independent intellectual property rights. Today, Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone has become one of the areas with the most promising investment results, most dynamic market, and most developed economy. It is a window of strong economic growth and opening-up showcase, and it is an important base for China to develop Hi-tech industries.
Xi’an International Community is in the extended area south of the Hi-tech Zone. It is planned to be set on the main axis of Greater Xi’an. As an important carrier of high-end innovation factors and resources, Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone is to build a national independent innovation demonstration zone, and the core area of the national free trade zone. Xi’an International Community is responsible for creating an international ecosystem and cultural services in the world-class science. The technology park will be used to optimize the area’s ecology and living environment with international standards, promote multiculturalism, science, technological innovation and high-end business exchange.
Xi’an International Community encourages the concept of international education. With Xi’an Liang Jiatan International School, Xi’an will have an educational institution ranging from kindergarten to high school. The community is committed to cultivating a global vision and inclusive of international citizens and creating an international education platform.
The XLIS Parent Teacher Association has had many opportunities to serve the school community in a variety of ways over the past few years. Since the heartbeat of the PTA is to make a positive impact on the school, school staff members often present newly emerging ideas to the PTA in order to receive thoughtful feedback that helps shape policies and proposals. And, because we represent many different nationalities, we offer a multi-cultural sounding board for the parents and students.
We have been able to organize numerous bake sales in order to raise funds that directly benefit students. Parents have also generously donated personal time and delicious snacks in order to make these sales successful. Everyone looks forward to the tasty barbeques we host at both the Sports Day and the Spring Fair. These have certainly become a tradition that everyone looks forward to, helping to build school spirit and identity. In the past, we have used these funds to purchase new library books and lower the cost of the school’s yearbook.
Not all of our involvement at school revolves around fundraising. We have also assisted the library by inventorying newly purchased books. At other times we have been asked to assist the children by helping apply makeup before their major performances. For this year’s annual Christmas Concert, the PTA arranged donations of snacks for our reception table. We are responsible for organizing and decorating the school for various holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas, and Chinese New Year. During the school’s 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration, we organized a free paper-cutting booth and distributed free paper-cuts of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. This year’s International Day was a huge success due to the coordinated efforts of the PTA in organizing a wide variety of international breakfast treats and activities. We hope that this year will present itself as another opportunity for new parents to join and contribute to our XLIS’ extended community.
XLIS is Xi’an’s only state-owned, not-for-profit international school, which means all revenue goes towards making the school even better. To support the growth and development of each student, and to reinforce our commitment to the partnership between XLIS and global context, the school utilizes several platforms for the communication of student learning and student information. XLIS has developed educational cooperation and an exchange relationship with the establishment of sister schools.
The West Schools, Vancouver, Canada
Po Leung Kuk Lam Man Chan English Primary School, Hong Kong
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Texas, America