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Rachel Ditchfield

Students in Grades 3, 5, 7 and 10 achieved impressive results in the International Schools' Assessment, performing above world averages in all categories.

Each year at ZIS all students in Grades 3, 5, 7 and 10 take the International Schools' Assessment (ISA) program to measure their ability in math literacy, reading, narrative writing, and expository writing. 

The program, designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3 to 10, is based on the internationally-endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and literacy frameworks of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The test compares their achievement with that of students in over 400 schools, including schools with a similar ratio of students from English and non-English speaking backgrounds. The results help us to better support individual student learning needs, examine the relative performance of a grade level compared with other students from around the world, and to measure the effectiveness of our curriculum and instruction.  You will find a short summary of the ISA programme here.  

We are pleased to report that our ZIS results again this year are exceptional. Like last year, in every category assessed, ZIS students performed above or at the world average as compared with other international schools. Please see the presentation for an overview of the results prepared by Ji Han, Director of Curriculum and Learning. 

Individual results will be mailed to parents and students this week. Parents will receive a summary of your child’s results for each of the test areas in the mail. Please contact your child’s teacher for further clarification or questions.

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Rachel Ditchfield

The yearbook has arrived - and a few additional copies are for sale at while stocks last.

The yearbook has arrived! This year's vibrant cover opens up to pages filled with special memories of students from all three campuses.

Those who forgot to order can still purchase while stocks last, using the online yearbook order form. The form will close once sold out.

Distribution: Yearbooks will be distributed to students as they return their laptop or iPad to school. Grade 12 students and parents should wait to hear an update form the Upper School regarding end-of-year events and yearbook distribution.

Please do not come to campus just to collect your yearbook.

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Rachel Ditchfield

Pre-registration for ZIS bus services in 2020/21, to help plan routes and shuttle bus capacity, will take place between May 18 and 29.


To register your child for the ZIS bus service, please go to which includes a step-by-step video guide on how to register linked there.

Lower School

  • Pre-register your child(ren) between May 18 and May 29 so routes and capacities can be planned for the new school year.
  • You can still register after May 29, but we cannot guarantee a bus collection point less than 500m from your home address.
  • Collection points and the timetable will be communicated to families before the start of the summer break.

Middle and Upper School shuttles

  • Pre-registration for the Middle and Upper School shuttle is between May 18 and May 29 so that the capacities can be planned for the new school year.
  • You can continue to register after May 29.
  • Families will receive a booking confirmation before the start of the summer break 

Questions: Contact Bus Coordinator Roland Gähwiler at or 058 750 25 61.

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Rachel Ditchfield

Information from caterer Passion Food for parents who had pre-paid for the hot lunch service.


Passion Food sent an email on May 13 to parents who had subscribed to the hot lunch service regarding the refund for the missed lunches. If you pre-paid for your child’s lunches and have not received an email, please check your spam folder or contact Passion Food GmbH directly at or on 041 755 38 15.

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Rachel Ditchfield

Students are seeking part-time work this summer through the ZIS Job Center.


As things are going so far, there will be a lot more students around this summer. So if you have any part-time work, either at your house or your office, that you would like to get a student to help you with, please contact Liz Kalmin at

It could be anything from babysitting, moving house, assembling furniture, helping in the garden, helping at parties, tutoring, admin or IT work at your office or more.  


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