Athletics & Activities


"It is great to be a Gecko! Our Athletics & Activities program values the importance of community and safety over everything else. SIS provides exciting and unique experiences through athletics and activities to inspire students to push their boundaries and realize their full potential."
Thomas Mathews,  Director of Athletics & Activities

The aim of the SIS Athletics and Activities Program is to engage students in opportunities to develop both physical and social skills, experience success, and extend themselves in areas outside of the classroom. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of school sporting events, after school activities and co-curriculars offered at SIS. These activities play an important role in the holistic growth during these important formative school years.

SIS is proud to be a member of The Association of China and Mongolia International School (ACAMIS), Pearl River Conference (PRC), Southern Delta Region Conference (SDRC) and Shenzhen International Schools Athletic Conference (SISAC).  Being a member in these organizations allows our students the opportunity to participate in various sports exchanges, from Grade 4 to Grade 12, throughout the school year. Examples of some of our sport tournaments include volleyball, basketball, soccer, touch rugby, badminton, swimming, track and field and golf.

The SIS After-School Activities & Athletics Program provides a wide range of activities students can participate in. The program is structured so that generally, most athletic activities are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and non-athletic activities are offered on Mondays and Fridays, with some exceptions.

Most of the after-school activities offered run for an hour after school. Transportation for all regular SIS bus riders is provided. There are usually no additional fees for after school activities unless specified or to provide an external instructor. Registration is a one-time process that occurs at the beginning of each season.

Classroom without Walls

Class excursions are an integral part of SIS educational programs. Students from Grade 4 travel within China for an afternoon or even a week (depending on the grade) to places such as Shenzhen's Water Purification Center, the Flower Market, Cultural Village, Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Macau, Yangshuo, Foshan, Lamma, and the foothills of the Himalayas. The objectives of such excursions are to experience hands-on extensions of classroom research and activities, provide students with experiences with the host culture and natural environment and develop friendships and cooperative relationships among students and between students and teachers.

Primary After-School Activities (ASAs)

The overall aim of the primary After-School Activities Program at SIS is to provide new educational opportunities for students. Based on student learning, the wide range of activities from which students can select may be creative, scholastic or athletic in nature. The activities are intended to foster children’s self-esteem, independence and development through a wide range of experiences.

The majority of activities are run by faculty on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. However, members from the outside community offer additional activities as well. Activities offered are meant to be enjoyable, challenging as well as interesting to students. The After-School Activities Program is designed to allow students to have time to play while exploring new challenges. Students will often develop an ongoing appreciation of a particular subject matter that remains a life-long interest and source of enjoyment.

Some examples of primary ASAs include pottery, card games, homework club, math club, digital photography, football, choir, martial arts, chess club, primary school student council, basketball, drama club, swimming (summer only) and Chinese culture club. Transportation home after activities for all regular SIS bus riders will be provided. There are no fees for most of these activities unless specified.

Secondary After-School Activities (ASAs)

Secondary students are offered ASAs during the course of the school year. For each of the three sessions, students sign up for activities that interest them in one of the following four areas:

  • Service & Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Recreational Sports & Activities
  • Academics

Activities include swimming, soccer, drama, arts and crafts, tae-kwan-do, Model United Nations (MUN). Teachers, students, parents and community members provide these activities for students at a nominal fee. Students use that time to make new friends, learn a new sport, improve their skills, or just have fun! For students who are second language learners, these activities provide them with opportunities to improve their language skills and to learn more about their school culture.

The SIS interscholastic activities provide opportunities for students to participate in fine arts, cultural and academic events, and competitions. Students will have the opportunity to participate and compete with other students from within China and, in some cases, the Asia region. These activities currently include, but are not limited to, AMIS music festivals, Middle School and High School Model United Nations (MUN) conferences, Global Issues Network (GIN) conferences, Knowledge Bowl and Math Olympic competitions.