Annual Fund Annual Report 2016/17

Annual Fund 2016/17 Overview

Despite a late start, the Annual Fund had a successful year, with over CHF 172,000 raised and hundreds of parents, faculty and staff, and ZIS community members contributing. The theme this year was "Arts and Creativity," and all projects were funded.

We are grateful to all of our generous donors. View the list of 2016/17 donors.

Many thanks to our 2016/17 volunteers:

  • Annual Fund Committee parent representatives: Sasha Antos, Fulya Arman, Yvette Bannon, Andrea Demey, Ludovica Dubini di Stasi, Tessa Mangold, Lily Quinn, Alexandra Utterman
  • Faculty and Staff Parent representatives: Shea Allen, Andrea Demey, Alison Henry, Kimara Meier, Brook Mullens, Carole Reymond
  • Alumni representative: Tom Krebs AISZ '78
  • Zurich International School Foundation board members: Martin Hoekstra, Jeff Paulson, Phil Ryan, Jennifer Saxe

Early Childhood Center Projects

Gambian drum workshop for Kindergarten to explore rhythm and movement.

Additional outdoor musical instruments for creative play in the garden.

In addition, funds were raised for a mud kitchen, which will be installed in late fall 2017.

Lower School Projects

Makerspace workshop equipment, supplies and furniture for student curricular projects like wood construction, electrical / video / sound projects, knitting, legos, felting, etc.

Guest speaker presentations: Grade 1 puppet workshop.

Guest speaker presentations: Gambian drumming (Grade 5).

Additional projects included: Guest speaker and Writer's Workshop expert Christy Curran; and art room furniture for flexible seating and storage.

Middle School Projects

Guest speaker visits, like this one from Rapid Assembly improvisational theater, which led to student performances for parents.

Sound production equipment for musicals and theater performances, including microphones, battery systems, wireless receivers and transmitters, and an audio mixer.

Guest speakers taught students to perform with masks.


Upper School Projects

A newly-established Makerspace for curricular offerings, including workbenches, power tools, and electronic devices, such as a laser cutter and 3D printers.

Guest speakers, such as Music Education expert Michael Griffin (above) and improvisational drama / storytelling professional Kristen Vermilyea.

Drama performance resources, including a rear projection screen, drama performance boxes and an enhanced backstage communication kit.

Additional projects included: "culinary arts" life skills cooking course for Grade 12 students, and visual arts exhibition boards and lighting for student art displays.

All School and Special Projects

Road traffic and bike safety education for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students.

Funding for the ZIS Cares Central Bank for student service learning education and service group activities, like the Nepal Club.

Support for alumni networking around the world, including events and learning opportunities.

Additional projects included: guest science speaker Emily Grossman, a gymnastics springboard for after-school activities and new kayaks for the kayaking program.

2016/17 Annual Fund Donors

Zurich International School greatly appreciates the many donors who generously contributed to the Annual Fund. 


First page of the PDF file: Annual_Fund_Donor_List_final_2016-17