Annual Fund Annual Report 2018/19

Annual Fund 2018/19 Overview

The Annual Fund had its most successful year ever, with over CHF 228,000 raised to benefit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational projects across the school. Thanks to the successful participation challenge, we also had one of the highest participation rates to date (32.5%) with hundreds of parents, faculty and staff and ZIS community members contributing!

Some of the Annual Fund 2018/19 accomplishments:

  • All Annual Fund planned projects were funded23 different projects on all 4 campuses and throughout the ZIS community (see following), with additional funds available to support STEAM offerings in 2019/20.
  • 1,360 students impacted
  • alumni networking events supported, with total attendance of 178
  • Average donation was CHF 673

We are grateful to all of our generous donors. View the list of 2018/19 donors.


The school and the Annual Fund offer fantastic programs that enrich our children's education.


Current parent



I believe strongly in the programs the Annual Fund supports.


Current Faculty


Completed Projects

Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood Center Project

Additional equipment and tools, including coding and robotics equipment, meant that more children could participate in the activities in the Mini Maker Space. ECC Makerspace resources will move to the Lower School in fall 2019.

Lower School

Lower School Projects

STEAM Saturday workshops helped students ​gain technical ​knowledge ​and ​skills, ​while ​also ​developing ​a ​sense ​of community. Students worked collaboratively, sometimes with their parents, to ​solve ​complex ​technology-based ​problems.

First Lego League (FLL) Jr. is a program challenging students to think like scientists and engineers. The Lower School team of Grade 4 and 5 students competed to solve a mission involving building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot.

40 Lower School girls participated in an all-day workshop with the STEMettes, an award-winning social enterprise working to inspire and support young women into STEM careers. They coded and built mobile apps and showcased their work afterwards.

Additional projects included: Makerspace and Tinker Lab supplies, support for a Grade 3 trip to Google, a mobile app development workshop, and a Grade 1 trip to the Bern Kunsthaus to conclude a unit on shapes and structures.

Middle School

Middle School Projects

The First Lego League team met regularly after school to work through Lego robot challenges oriented around space travel. They learned to build and code their creations to traverse the course and accomplish their mission.

STEAM Saturday workshops just for Middle School students included "Stardust Powered Robotics and Coding" led by a ZIS parent and focused on STEAM skills for girls.

For the 2nd year, a ZIS Team competed in the F1 in Schools competition, presenting their design to the judges and racing their car - which received the fastest car award!

Additional project included: tools and equipment for a Middle School Makerspace (still seeking a permanent space on the Middle School campus).

Upper School

Upper School Projects

New Makerspace resources focused on equipment and tools for woodworking, but also included two stoves for cooking instruction and a laser cutter for a variety of projects.

The recording studio received new mixing and editing equipment and music students were trained to use it in a special workshop "STEAM Beats and Samples."

Equipment was purchased for a new robotics and coding club to be launched next school year. Designed to promote creativity, problem-solving and teamwork, students will practice completing robotics challenges and eventually will compete in a worldwide competition.

Additional projects included: STEAM Saturday classes for Upper School students in cybersecurity and coding, a black and white photo laboratory for analog photography students, and a science curricular consultant, Chris Charnitski, who trained teachers in the Next Generation Science Standards.

All School and Special Projects

All School and Special Projects

During Parent Maker Coffee Mornings, a ZIS faculty member active in Maker approaches led parents through activities designed to foster creative thinking using materials and tools.

Guest speaker Kari Lawler, 15-year-old guest lecturer in artificial intelligence (AI) at Birmingham City University and founder of her own AI company, worked with students on all campuses and addressed parents regarding her STEAM journey.

Professional development for teachers - like Harvard Graduate School's "Making and Thinking in the Maker Centered Classroom," Maker Educator certification, and the Zurich "Museum of Digital Art" course - helped prepare faculty for their work with students inside the classroom and after school.

Additional projects included: ZIS Cares funds for student service learning (10% of total project funds raised), and support for alumni networking (events and outreach).


These programs make me proud
to be a ZIS alumna...I’m happy
to play a small part.





If you are a member of the community, contributing what you can really counts to feel part of the mission of the school.


Current Parent



We appreciate how the school is continuously trying to get better.


Current Parent



I give to contribute to the amazing and dynamic educational opportunity ZIS affords to its students.




Thank You Video 2018/19

Many thanks to our 2018/19 volunteers:

  • Annual Fund Committee parent representatives: Andrea Demey (LS), Suzanne Long (ECC), Tomas Molvidson (MS), Suzanne Obenshain (new parents), Lily Quinn (US), Michela Ratti (at large), Lory Spier (LS)
  • Alumni representative: Tom Krebs AISZ '78
  • Zurich International School Foundation board members: Martin Hoekstra, Jeff Paulson, Phil Ryan, Jennifer Saxe


I've seen the incredible impact that the Annual Fund has ... and know that it is the children who ultimately benefit. 


Alumni Staff



Giving a tiny bit back. This school gave me so much!




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