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Lower School children, in a line, playing the violin
We encourage students to try new things, so that they can discover who they really want to be

Every student explores a wide range of co-curricular activities, from arts to sports, from STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to Model United Nations. Because exploring is a vital part of growing. We encourage students to try new things, so that they can discover who they really want to be.

After School Activities

The Lower School co-curricular program is offered to all students in the Bilingual and International Pathways from the end of Kindergarten 1 to Grade 5 and activities are included in the tuition fees. 

Activities are offered by different grade levels and students in both programs participate in the same activities.

The program offers activities, athletics (competitive and non-competitive), and leadership opportunities and is run over three seasons - Fall (August to November), Winter (November to March) and Spring (March to June). In addition, there are privately-run activities on campus, such as private mother tongue language clubs.

To allow for a greater focus on age/developmentally-appropriate activities:

  • Kindergarten students can choose Kindergarten Lions Club up to two times per week.  This is available for Kindergarten 2 students in the Winter season (November to March) and Spring season (March to June) and Kindergarten 1 students in the Spring season (March to June) only.
  • Grade 1 to Grade 3 can choose two activities each season.
  • Grade 4 can choose two activities each season
  • Grade 5 can choose up to three activities each season, the third one being an all year-long "leadership opportunity" activity
  • Private mother tongue language clubs are counted as an additional activity. There may be a fee for these sessions.
ZIS Lower School students in their PE Kit playing rounders on the all weather sports field

Example activities for all Lower School children


  • Imagination quest
  • Maths fun and games
  • Robotics, drones and programming
  • Science club
  • STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths)
  • First Lego League Jr.
  • Programming
  • Story workshop
  • Art makers and shakers
  • Cooking
  • Chess club
  • Jewelry club
  • Lego creation
  • Origami
  • Sewing
  • Into the woods

... and more

Athletics (non-competitive)

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • ZIS Dance troupe
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Unihockey

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a competitive athletics program at the Lower School for older students in:

  • Girls & Boys Soccer
    Boys & Girls Basketball
    Cross Country Running
    Track & Field

Leadership Opportunities

There are challenging leadership opportunities, and opportunities to represent the school, through:

  • Student Council
  • Mathquest
  • Model United Nations
  • National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)
  • Eco-schools 

    and the ZIS Sports Leaders program "Pride of Lions".