Clubs and Activities

Lower School Clubs & Activities

As we continue to refine the Lower School Athletics and Activities program (ATAC) there will be a number of changes and additions for the 2019/20 school year.

The Lower School ATAC program will move from four terms to three seasons - fall, winter and spring. This will bring alignment with the Middle and Upper School, will result in an extended focus on each activity, and will reduce the number of registration periods.

The Lower School ATAC program is open to students in Grades 1-5 (included in tuition) with After School Care available for all students in Early ZIS to Grade 5 (for a fee). The program offers activities, athletics (competitive and non-competitive), leadership opportunities and private mother tongue language clubs (please see tab below "Lower School activities").

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

  • Grade 1-3 will be able to choose up to two activities each season
  • Grade 4-5 will be able to choose up to three activities each season
  • Grade 3-5 can choose Choir as an additional activity
  • mother tongue language clubs are counted as an additional activity.

There are opportunities for parents to view activities on offer and register their children online via PowerSchool prior to each season. Dates to register will be communicated through My ZIS Weekly News in the Community portal.

Lower School Fencing

Lower School Activities

Activities

Imagination quest
Maths fun and games
Robotics, drones and programming
Science club
Shutterbugs photography
STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts & Maths)
Story workshop
Art makers and shakers
Mathematics quest competition
Model United Nations
Choir
Cooking
Jewelry club
Lego creation
Open drama
Origami
Sewing
Into the woods
... and more

Lower School activities

Leadership opportunities

Additionally, there are challenging leadership opportunities, and opportunities to represent the school, through Student Council, Mathquest, Model United Nations, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), and, new this year, Eco-schools, and the ZIS Sports Leaders program.

Athletics (non-competitive)

Basketball
Cross Country
Dance
Fencing
Gymnastics
​​​​​​​North American Sports
Rock Climbing
Soccer
Swimming
Table Tennis
Track & Field
Unihockey
Yoga

Competitive Athletics

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

  • basketball
  • cross-country running
  • downhill ski racing
  • gymnastics 
  • soccer 
  • swimming
  • track and field

Selection is an integral part of competitive sport. Please read the selection philosophy for competitive sports.

Visit our competitive athletics program.

Lower School Track
Lower School ATAC season dates for 2019/20
  • Fall season (10 weeks): Monday, September 2 to Friday, November 15  
    (Middle and Upper School fall season dates are August 19 to November 8)

  • Winter season (12 weeks): November 18 to March 6
    (Middle and Upper School winter season dates are November 18 to March 13)
     
  • Spring season (10 weeks): Monday, March 9 to Friday, May 29
    (Middle and Upper School spring season dates are March 23 to May 29)

The Lower School season dates vary slightly due to a different registration process at the Middle and Upper School, where students register themselves.

Registration information will be published in August.

Here is the tentative fall season athletics/competitive sport and leadership schedule. The activities schedule will be published in August.

Registration Dates:

Dates will be published early August.

Middle School Clubs & Activities

The Middle School has an extensive extracurricular program, based around student clubs, recreational and competitive athletics, and the performing arts. Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities including rugby, swimming, soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at the Athletics and Activities (ATAC) sign up market which is held for each season.
Middle School Students Climbing

Middle School Activities

Activities

Art Club
Classroom Catch-up
Creative Engineering
F1 in Schools
Geocaching Club
Graphic Design Green Lions
History Bee
Intermediate Guitar Club
Jazz Band
Lion's Roar Student Newspaper
Middle School Musical
Model United Nations
Mother Tongue French
Musical Theatre Club
Quiet Study
The Green Project

Recreational Athletics

Badminton Club
Boys Recreational Basketball
Climbing
Recreational Soccer
Fitness Swimming
Girls Recreational Basketball
Girls Recreational Volleyball
Girls Self Defence
Gymnastics
Kayaking Level 1
Kayaking Level 2
Kayaking Level 2-3
Recreational Swimming
Rugby
Strength and Conditioning
Taekwon-Do
Yoga
Zumba

 

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Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.

Visit our competitive athletics program.


Upper School Clubs & Activities

The Upper School has an extensive extracurricular program based around student clubs, service learning, academics, athletics, and the performing arts. Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities includng soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at the Athletics and Activities (ATAC) sign up market which is held for each season.
Upper School Musical

Upper School Activities

Academics

Animal Awareness (WWF)
Amnesty International
Barefoot Foundation
Critical Thinking Club
Debate Club
Habitat for Humanity
History Club
Just One Africa
Math Club
Model United Nations - The Hague
Model United Nations - Paris / Basel
Nepal Service Club
Operation Smile
Project Green
SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Awareness)
Science Club
SYPT (Swiss Young Physicist Tournament) Club
Team Ghana

 

Kayaking

Activities

Art Club
Climbing Club
Cooking Club
Design Club
Honor Music Groups
Investment Club
Kayak Club
Lion's Jazz Band
Live Sports Streaming
Makerspace Club
Music Academy
Musical Pit Orchestra
National Honor Society
Student Council
Student Technical Support Club
Student Newspaper (The Lion's Journal)
The Den Cafe Club
Theatre Tech Club
Upper School Musical
Girls Recreational Rugby Sevens
Yearbook
ZIS Cares

 

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.

Visit our competitive athletics program.

Drama