Shekou International School has a long tradition of having competitive sports teams. As a founding member of ACAMIS (the largest international schools sports association in China founded in 2000), SDRC (the premier middle school sports league for international schools in Guangdong), and PRC (middle and high school sports league including a variety of international schools in Guangdong), Shekou International School has been a leader in international schools sports competition for almost 20 years. This year our middle and high school teams have won many league championships - we'll feature this list in a future Weekly when the MS basketball season is complete.
The success of our teams can be attributed to our strong PE program (ES, MS and HS), the quality of our ASAs, our fantastic students, our supportive parents, and the knowledge and enthusiasm of our coaches. As you can see, it takes a team to build strong teams!
The missing piece for many years has been a world-class facility to house our teams. That will change in August when we move into our new home gymnasium! SIS has negotiated long-term, exclusive access to 2 full-sized gyms in a beautiful new sports facility in Chiwan (a 12-minute drive from Bayside). This new facility has 3 full-sized basketball and volleyball gyms, 28 badminton courts, an equestrian arena, and other exciting additions opening in the near future. Our MS and HS PE classes will use these gyms for their indoor classes during the school day and we will have enough room for all of our MS and HS team practices. Additionally, we will finally be able to host home games and tournaments where our students and parents can come to cheer on our Geckos. The main gym has a seating capacity of up to 1000 seats - enough for our entire school! Although the gyms will be mainly for Secondary PE and sports, there will be times when we also hold events for Primary students.
Our MS basketball teams and PE classes have already been over to try out the new facility and they are loving it! Over our summer holiday the gyms will be finished off with SIS banners and paint to make the facility look and feel like our home gym. We will officially move in at the start the new school year in August and look forward to having some community events in the gyms to show off our new 'Home of the Geckos'!