Parent Experience

The ZIS experience is not just for our students. There are also many ways for parents to get involved with school life. Especially for new families, this can be a great way to get to know other ZIS community members, and to settle into life here.

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    Community Events

    The school and the Parents' Association organize a wide range of community events and initiatives each year. Below is a selection of annual highlights.

    August
    • New family orientation
    • Community BBQ
    • Parents' Association Welcome Coffee
    • Meet the Director breakfasts
    September
    • Nationality and Area welcome coffees
    October
    • Worldfest international festival

    December
    • Grade 10 Career Forum
    • Singing Christmas Tree
    January
    • Biannual Charity Gala

    February
    • Book and Bake Sales
    April
    • Parents' Association Volunteer Thank You and Spring Luncheon

    May
    • Ghana Cup football tournament
    • Annual General Assembly Meeting

    Area and Nationality Groups

    The Parents' Association has a network of respresentatives within the parent body for different residential areas of Zurich as well as respresentatives for different nationalities.

    Area and Nationality representatives offer new families a warm welcome to ZIS and host a minimum of two social engagements per school year for their respective group as well as participating in WorldFest (which is an annual celebration of international culture).

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    Volunteering

    We are always seeking enthusiastic parents who can help with classroom activities; help in the libraries; take part in social events, fundraisers, support sports teams; or coordinate after-school clubs. The PA also seeks volunteers to welcome new ZIS families through its Welcome Volunteers, and social, cultural and academic events for families and adults within the school.

    Here are some examples on how you can get involved:

    Be a Room Parent or Grade Level Representative
    Room Parents and Grade Level Reps offer key community and coordination support to families in their child's class/grade level. They also play an important role in welcoming new families into the community.

    Fulfill a position on the Parents' Association Executive Committee
    Being a member of the Parents' Association Executive Committee requires a significant commitment of time and energy. At the same time, it offers an opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the ZIS community.

    Work with the Community Relations team
    Support ZIS behind the scenes by working with school advancement projects such as marketing, promotions and alumni relations, including volunteering with the Annual Fund Committee.

    Support the ZIS Library teams
    The ZIS libraries are very well stocked. This means our librarians are always in need of volunteers to support circulation services.

    Offer classroom support - Mentoring Program
    In the Early Childhood Center and Lower School Campus, there are many opportunities for parents to volunteer with small groups of students, for example in reading time.

    Support the Athletic & After School Activities
    Assist with school athletic tournaments including housing visiting athletes and supporting game and tournament organization; help coaches and teachers with after school activities as needed.

    Accompany field trips
    ZIS students get to experience many field trips. This often means additional accompanying adults are required, particularly in the Early Childhood Center and Lower School Campus.

    Share your expertise
    Do you have experience working in an unusual field? There may be ways for you to share your skills with our students! Please email ecom@zis.ch if you are interested in an opportunity.

    If you are interested in volunteering please complete this online form.