Field Trips & Co-Curricular Activities

At IST we believe in the total development of each and every one of our students and in order to complement our academic program and further achieve this goal we offer a wide variety of experiences and activities intended to meet the differing interests and developmental levels of our student body.


IST’s school philosophy explicitly identifies the need for us all to look beyond our immediate needs so as to safeguard our common future. For this reason our students engage in learning experiences aimed at helping them understand that they have a duty to the wider community. One such experience is active participation of students in government.

IST students are therefore participate in, and are represented by, the Elementary and Secondary School Student Councils. The main purpose of these councils is outlined in their respective constitutions; however, common to both is the desire

  • to promote the good of all members of the school community
  • to provide students with a voice and a means to carry out the overall objectives of the student body
  • to improve the school atmosphere
  • to prepare students for global responsibilities
  • to represent the Student Body to the administration, faculty and IST community
  • to foster pride and positive spirit
  • to raise funds for the good of the student body, the IST community or those causes chosen that are supported by Student Council.

The program of extra-curricular activities includes a balance of sporting, social, cultural, service and arts activities. These activities vary from year to year, however offerings will generally include:

  • Sports (ACAMIS, ISAC): Coordinated by the Athletics Director, IST has a strong sports program which includes our membership of ACAMIS (Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools) and ISAC (International Schools Athletics Conference- Beijing & Tianjin). Students are encouraged to try out for school teams including girls’ and boys’ basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field. Teams represent the school in seasonal inter-school matches and tournaments, both locally and nation-wide.
  • Drama (school productions and clubs including The King and I, Once Upon a Mattress, Anything Goes and Zombie Prom); ACAMIS Cultural Convention; Valentine’s Show, assemblies etc.)
  • Music and Vocal (school productions, ACAMIS Cultural Convention, Valentine’s Show, assemblies)
  • Model United Nations (MUN) (public speaking)
  • Outdoor expeditions (International Award scheme)
  • Assorted clubs and activities
  • Sessions run from 3:25 until 4:25pm. Secondary sports sessions run from 3:25 until 5:00pm. There are generally no activities on Wednesdays, on which day teachers are involved in after-school meetings.

As a part of the total learning experience, all classes will participate in a variety fieldtrips during the course of the school year. As students become older the length and challenges associated with these excursions increases until such time that our senior students are expected to become actively involved in the planning and leading of outings for younger students, with teacher support of course.

When your child is first admitted to our school, you will sign a parental agreement granting permission for your child to participate in all fieldtrips that take place within Tianjin during the school day. For out of town and/or overnight field trips, you will be asked to sign additional permission slips.


Elementary students participate in regular fieldtrips throughout the course of each school year. The majority of these excursions will be day outings in the Tianjin area associated with ‘Units of Inquiry’; however, as students become older they will venture further away from Tianjin until eventually they participate in a mini ‘Week Without Walls’ preparation trip which will involve them spending several nights away from their homes with their classmates and teachers.


The Secondary school operates a ‘Week Without Walls’ outdoor education program each year. The focus of the trips is for students to explore connections between their learning and the world around them. Each grade level has its own destination and a program designed to maximize the experience for the students. These trips take place during the first quarter of the school year. ‘Week Without Walls’ also provides opportunities for the classes to grow as a group and to develop bonds that will last throughout the year.