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What's been happening at CIS...

Grad Bake sale!

There will be a giant food sale on Tuesday to raise money for the 2017 graduation.  Please come down to the 1st floor at lunch to buy some delicious treats.  We’ve got many great options for lunch, dessert and drinks.  Buy your lunch with us and support the Grads of 2017.  See you there!

Go Cougars!

Congratulations to both the boys and girls soccer teams who did well at their tournament over the weekend. The boys placed first, and the girls received third place AND the sportsmanship award.  Way to represent!!

CCMUN 2017

CCMUN 2017 which was co-hosted by both CIS and HBIC was a huge success over the weekend! Clifford had 34 students representing various countries from around the world. Many of our students won awards for 'Outstanding Delegate', 'Best Delegate', 'Honorable Mention'!  Congratulations to all those who won awards, and everyone who attended! Stay tuned for all the upcoming events for MUN next year!


Sing Up

The Elementary Choir will be participating in our.annual Sing Up on May 9th and 10th. Sing Up is a choir festival featuring the school choirs from Clifford, AISG, Utahloy and BSG. The concert will be at 6:00pm, Wednesday, May 10 at "The Fountains" 广州市白云区均禾街平沙村丽城路小康街3-5号

Secondary Science Fair!

Clifford International School is having their 1st annual Science Fair for secondary students on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  Parents and family are encouraged to attend and show their support of this event.  Parents are invited to view our student projects on Friday, April 21st between 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Please come and show your support.

Waterloo Math Competition

The results from the March 1 math competition are in!  Students participated in 3 different age groups of the contest; the Pascal, Cayley, and Fermat.  


Some highlights from the contest are: 


Team Scores: (Top 3 eligible students)         Rank among schools outside of Canada
Pascal team score: 344                                                 118 (out of 224)
Cayley team score: 326                                                 99 (out of 230)
Fermat team score: 327                                                 90 (out of 227)
Top three students in each group:
Pascal: Christina Jung, Brian Chu, Doris Zhan
Cayley: Soyeon Park, Chanel Chin, Chunyu Huang

 Fermat: David Li, Victoria Zhang, Jessica Liu


Congratulations to all those who participated!
Good luck to all students who are participating in the math contest on April 13!  Stay tuned for those results!

Harvard Model United Nations Conference- Beijing, China

30 students and 3 teachers went to Beijing at the end of March to take place in a MUN conference put on by Harvard University.  Schools and students from all around the world attended, and it was an incredible opportunity for our school to partake in.  Student attended meetings for 4 days, passing motions, participating in un-moderated caucus, and taking on real world problems and creating real possible solutions.  All Clifford students did an amazing job, and made our school proud.  Next weekend, CIS partners up with another Guangzhou school to host its own MUN conference.  We can't wait!

Secondary Talent Show! 

Wow, do Clifford students have an abundance of creativity and ability!  Middle School and High School students got their chance to strut their stuff and compete for a grand prize.  Students sang, acted, made the audience die with laughter, and played multiple instruments at one time!  Great job everyone!


10 amazing, world-changing Clifford International School students traveled to Arusha, Tanzania from March 30th to April 8th to volunteer with the program Me to We. We all had a fantastic time and learned a lot about ourselves and important global issues such as water scarcity, gender roles, access to education and poverty. We also learned some Swahili, how to be a Masai warrior, and enjoyed an amazing safari where we spotted lions, elephants, impalas, giraffes and more. While in our host village, we worked on a much needed new school room by finishing the outer walls and painting. The parents, teachers and students of the village school welcomed us with gratitude and joy and we all had a lot of fun playing with the children each day. We also assisted two local ‘Mommas’ by carrying their daily supply of water – a trek of about 2 kms -  and completed the ‘smearing’ of one of their homes – a task that must be done every three months to maintain protection from the weather. The students worked hard and had a lot of fun. It was a truly amazing experience. Stay tuned for announcements about next year’s travel/volunteer opportunity!


This year’s participants:

Grade 12: Sebastian Garzon, David Su, Lancelot Lu, Leo Lu, Lucas Chen

Grade 11: Tiffany Shih

Grade 10: Sean Gu, Angel Li, Xavier Ma and Fazina

Teachers: Mr. Adam Hildebrandt and Ms. Christy Willett

Special thanks to Ms. Donna Adu for her assistance and to Dr. Zhang and principal Ray Schneider for their support!

Spirit Week!

Secondary students, Spirit Week is coming up soon from April 24-28!  

The theme days are as follows:

  • Monday- Crazy Hair and Brand Names
  • Tuesday- Food Day
  • Wednesday- Music Style
  • Thursday- Class Color
  • Friday- your homeroom class picked theme!

Any special activities will begin at 11:30am, except Friday which is at 1:35 pm.  

Can't wait to unleash all the school spirit that Clifford students have to offer!  Go Clifford!

Come out and see what wonderful and talented student artists we have at our school.  Friday April 28th (2:00-4:00pm for students and teachers, or 6:00-8:30pm for friends and family!)


Look at awesome art, play some fun art games, or purchase snacks and drinks!  


Students of CIS:  Show your best art and you could win: the Best Artwork in your Grade Award, the Most Interesting Artwork in your Grade Award, or the Most Artistic Progress in your Grade Award.

Elementary Sports Day

Coming up Friday, April 7th is the Elementary Sports Day!  Taking place from 1:00-4:10, students will be participating in various events that they have been practicing in class. Parents are welcome to come cheer on and support their children.  Please meet us out on the field at 1:00.  Even if parents are around, students need to stay with their class, and make sure they are participating in all events.  Please be aware that there is no seating available at events, and to be prepared for sun, or bugs!  Students are encouraged to bring sports shoes, hats, sunscreen, bugspray and water bottles with them for the afternoon.  See you there!


Congratulations to the Grade 12's who spoiled us this week with their amazing rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet!  It was enjoyed by all who attended!

March into Reading!

It's that time of year again, March into Reading(March 27-31)!  The elementary program has a lot of exciting things happening next week!  Here's what is going on: 

  • Starting this weekend(March 26!), students need to read in English at home.  Parents will sign a reading log for students indicating how long the student read each day.  At the end of the week, the class with the most minutes will have a special surprise!
  • Guest readers will be invited into our classrooms to read each day.  If you would like to come read to your child's class, make sure you let the teacher know, and they will help you arrange a day and time to come by.  
  • Grades 3-5 will be taking turns throughout the week walking to the international kindergarten to meet up with a little buddy and practice reading!
  • Some fun lunch-time activities will be available for students to join in ONE super special literacy based game!  This year, we've got awesome activities like Book Bingo, a Book Scavenger Hunt, and Book Jeopardy!  It's going to be AWESOME!
  • On March 31, it is Book Character Day.  Students are encouraged to dress up like one of their favorite characters from a book!  We have had some extremely creative costumes in the past! Can't wait to see what's up for this year!
  • And last but not least... everyone's favorite, The Book Fair!!  Friday, March 31st students will have a chance to buy books that they can bring home.  If you would like your child to purchase anything, please send them with money on FRIDAY ONLY.  

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams who did an amazing job last week in their competition! CIS placed 3rd with our Middle School team, and both 2nd and 3rd with our high school teams!  

March 3rd was the Elementary School's annual Science Fair!  Students and parents had a blast going around to all the Gr 1-5 classrooms checking out experiments and demonstrations that students had been learning about while studying the Design Process and the Scientific Inquiry Process!  The Secondary program has their first Science Fair coming up on April 21st!  See you there!

Students from Grades 10-12 are departing early Thursday morning to head to Beijing for the Harvard Model UN conference.  Good luck to everyone going! 

Coming up on March 25th are our second round of Parent Teacher Conferences.  If your child's teacher wishes to see you, the school will be contacting you this week.  If you are unable to make it on the 25th, please arrange another time directly with the teacher when it is convenient to come in.  Conferences are from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please make sure to arrive a bit early as we have a tight schedule! Translators both in Chinese and Korean are available.  See you then!

10 students in Secondary along with Ms. Willett and Mr. Hildebrandt are leaving on March 29th to go to Arusha, Tanzania for 10 days.  They will be visiting a village to learn about their culture and day to day lives. Students will learn about local crafts with members of the community and learning to hunt with traditional Masaai warriors!  They will also be assisting in the development of a new school, as well as partaking in some fun activities such going on a safari!





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