Annual Fund Annual Report 2017/18

Annual Fund 2017/18 Overview

Full STEAM Ahead! The Annual Fund had one of the most successful years to date, with nearly CHF 203,000 raised to benefit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects across the school. Hundreds of parents, faculty and staff and ZIS community members contributed and all Annual Fund projects were funded.

Some of the Annual Fund 2017/18 accomplishments:

  • 20 different projects made possible on all 4 campuses and throughout the ZIS community (see below)
  • 1,425 students impacted
  • 6 alumni networking events supported, with total attendance of 305
  • Donors from 43 different nationalities participated
  • Average donation was CHF 591

We are grateful to all of our generous donors. View the list of 2017/18 donors.

Many thanks to our 2017/18 volunteers:

  • Annual Fund Committee parent representatives: Sasha Antos (LS), Yvette Bannon (PA), Andrea Demey (LS), Tomas Molvidson (MS), Suzanne Obenshain (New parents), Lily Quinn (US), Michela Ratti (ECC)
  • 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 Project

An ECC Makerspace allows students to explore materials, discover simple computer coding and create their own craft projects.


… I'm not paying into a fund but supporting a community that I love.


Current faculty


Lower School Projects

The Tinker Lab was further developed with supplies, equipment and storage to enable more students to participate in creative science and art projects.

Renowned educational consultant and guest speaker Kath Murdoch worked with teachers on developing best pedagogical practice for the new science inquiry approaches.

Science kits and books supporting the new science units helped enhance the connection between Science, Engineering, Technology, Art and Math for students.

Additional projects included: guest speaker and mathematics consultant David Lyttle, and the Creation Myth puppet workshop visit for Grade 1.


This is a wonderful school. I can't believe how happy my boys are. ...every day they come home with 'stars in their eyes' because something great has happened.


Lower School parent


Middle School Projects

Guest speaker Frantic Assembly theater company coached a group of students creating and producing an original performance piece, using the “devising” method of physical theater.

Equipment for science electives, including a 3D printer, router parts and a programmable robot helped students doing 3D design work and production.

Resources for the F1 in Schools club allowed students to design and produce aerodynamic miniature Formula One cars, and participate in the Southwest Germany competition in spring 2018.

Additional projects included: Drama resources - LED lighting and black boxes.


What do I love about my ZIS experience? The education - the people - the teachers - the surroundings - everything. The experience has stayed with me all of my life.





We are extremely pleased by the competitive, demanding, ... caring, respectful and diverse atmosphere at ZIS. Our family is very happy to be part of ZIS and to support!


Upper School parent


Upper School Projects

Among other Makerspace resources and equipment, a new weather monitoring station allowed students to directly observe meteorological measuring and system design.

The "Cooking Science" life skills course taught all Grade 12 students some basic cooking skills and recipes they can use in their post-graduate pursuits.

Funding for the robotics and science club provided resources to explore coding, robotics and similar topics.

Additional projects included: Makerspace sewing machines, 3D printers, metalworking foundry and supply store field trips; and recording studio equipment and software.

All School and Special Projects

Up to 10% of Annual Fund totals go to the ZISCares Central Bank to support grants for student service learning education and activities, like this service group trip to the NAG school in Nepal.

ZISMeets alumni international networking events, like this spring’s ZISMeets NYC with BlackRock VP and ZIS alumni parent Philipp Hildebrand, help former students and parents build personal and professional networks worldwide.

ZIS staff received “Maker” professional development to allow them to support STEAM approaches in the classroom and with their colleagues.

Additional project included: Guest speaker Gerry Wheeler who worked on all campuses to enhance the application of science instruction.


I believe that giving back to the community is the most important action one can do, as part of the great family of ZIS.


Upper School student


2017/18 Annual Fund Donors

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

First page of the PDF file: AnnualFundDonorList2017-18v2

Watch the Annual Fund 2017/18 thank you video (click on the "play" arrow above).

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