Principal's Welcome

We welcome your involvement, suggestions and reflections in our Elementary School!

Dear Parents, Students and Members of the IST Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the IST Elementary School – a friendly school where the needs of our students come first. We welcome students and their families from around the world to join our connected learning community. We are confident that your child and family will experience a sense of belonging and build strong friendships here at IST. Our students learn and play together, guided by an experienced, well qualified faculty, who appreciate that individual students learn differently.

The school provides a strong academic program, based upon the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP). The aim of the IB PYP is to develop internationally minded citizens whose understanding, knowledge, skills, and attitude, make them adaptable and successful in a variety of situations. We value and build strong connections with our host country China. The school has been successfully delivering the IB PYP since August 2003 and is a fully authorized PYP school.

The Elementary School at IST aims to create well rounded and balanced students. To support this goal, students learn English, mathematics, science and social studies with their homeroom teacher, whilst taking other subjects including Chinese, art, music and physical education with specialist teachers. Specialist facilities such as a large gymnasium, playing fields, library, theatre, I.T. lab, science lab / learning kitchen, music suite and art rooms enhance the quality of the instruction on offer. Students have access to technology (iPads, MacBooks and iMacs) when teachers feel it best supports learning. Students may also choose to be involved in Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) to further develop their interests and skills. Examples include our elementary choir, soccer, badminton, art club, library club, chess, cooking, cooperative games and a school musical. Many of our students are also involved in interschool sports tournaments which are exciting opportunities to play with students from other schools in the Tianjin or Beijing area. IST Elementary School students are constantly being challenged and develop the confidence that comes with success.

I am sure that this year will provide many new and exciting learning opportunities and as the Elementary School Principal I am looking forward to supporting parents and teachers in making sure that each student reaches his or her full potential. I hope that you will become a part of our community too, whether as a volunteer in school, as a guest speaker, as a member of our Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) or by staying informed as a visitor to our blogs and website. We work in partnership with parents and welcome your involvement, suggestions and reflections on our Elementary School.

With Kind Regards,

Mark Stride

Elementary Principal


Justin Lobsey

Elementary Principal