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Happy veg delivered to school every Wednesday by Mr Gu

Mr Gu comes into school every Wednesday with his delicious veg. He also sells great honey from western China – not cheap but very tasty.

Do go along and talk to him about his project in the south of Nanjing. He is a very interesting man and maybe your students may be interested too in finding out more about his farming methods.

If you cannot get to see him on Wednesdays between 2.30 and 3.30pm I am sure you can make some other arrangements.

“Time Farm is a permaculture organic farm. Until 2017 we have been practising permaculture for 5 years. Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of nature ecosystems. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. The philosophy behind permaculture is working with, rather than against , nature. There is NO chemical fertilizer, GMO, pesticide, or herbicide used inside the farm. We collect rain water for irrigation. Water from nearby pond is purified by a constructed wetland before watering plants. More detail can be found at our website

We will bring some fresh vegetables(potato, carrot, green bean, green lettuce and bokchoy,etc,.) for onsite sale at NIS in the afternoon of next Wednesday, Nov 15 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Welcome to join us.

You can also order through wechat. Our wechat ID is Timefarm. Every Wednesday afternoon on school days we will delivery your orders to NIS for your pickup”


NIC Christmas Benefit Concert, Sat 18th Nov, 6-8.15pm in the PAC

The tickets for this event will be available via WeChat or in the Centre Foyer throughout the coming week. (See details on the Wechat option from Amy Childers soon)

NIC members get a free ticket.

For others it is RMB 100 for adults and RMB50 for students

We expect at full house and tickets will not be available on the night.

See Sue in Admissions for more information

NIS Korean students art show in Cafe 6-10th November

Some of our Korean students are having an exhibition of their art work in the Cafe in the Centre from Monday 6th- Friday 1oth November.

They are studying outside school with the local Popcorn Art School.

Do go along and support them – everyone is invited on Monday evening from 6-7pm for the Opening Ceremony.

MELBOURNE CUP 2017 : have a flutter on a nag!

It is that time of year again when the Ladies will be putting on their hats and getting together to raise money for the Amy Yang Fund at their annual Melbourne Cup event

We will all have the chance to back a horse and you can place your bets after Staff Briefing on Monday morning. Lucy and Isobel will be waiting outside the Staff Room to take your money. Please bring some cash along with you on Monday morning.

It is RMB 100 per horse – cash preferred but Wechat payment can also be accepted.

For more info see poster in this week’s bulletin



Direct flights to Helsinki from Nanjing from May 2018


This is quite exciting – see below for contact info !

Not until May next year – Nanjing is really on the map now – we just need London and Milan ….

Dear Sue,
Thank you for contacting Finnair.

Nanjing to Helsinki line will be open from 19 May18, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Nanjing-Helsinki 1050 1525

Should you have any enquire, please feel free to contact us.

Have a nice day!

Best regards,

Customer Service Agent

Sugar Sun

Contact information
Finnair Customer Care
Tel. 400 600 2926
30714624(Hong Kong)
+86 411 398 26301(outside of China)
+852 30714624(outside of Hong Kong)


Intel on Leaving Families?

Dear All,

It is that time of the school year when some of our families are finding out if they will be staying in Nanjing or moving on.

This is particularly true of our Korean and Antipodean friends.

If you hear any hints or rumours from your students – we would be very grateful if you could let any of us know here in Admissions. We have a Waiting Pool for places in some grades and we can follow up diplomatically with parents.

The main thing is to encourage parents to send a short email to admissions informing us of their plans together with their expected leaving date. This can be a little confusing as many families will leave on 15th December before the winter break, but the actual date of  S2 is 18th January and school fees are paid up until that date. S1 school reports are not available until 16th January.

The Parent Leaving Notice is in the Weekly Bulletin ( see below ) and the transfer information fact sheet and  Clearance Forms are downloadable off the website. Attached is the link of where this can be found on the Parent Portal:

Parent_Leaving_Notice October17-1cphy3f

Thanks for your support, and if you have any questions let us know?

Sue, Monica, Grace and Jane

Airport Hotel – Pullman – special offer for NIC Members

The Pullman Hotel, Lukou which is two minutes from the terminal is offering NIC Members a room rate of RMB 650 + one breakfast .

Offer valid until the end of the calendar year.

You must show your NIC Membership card on arrival

Contact Joanna Zhou  157 5176 8977

Or email at

Very convenient if you have an early flight out of Nanjing. Rooms are good and beds comfy.


M.A.W Steven Hair Salon – 40 vouchers – first come first served

Steven who was at the NIC BBQ on Saturday has given 40 vouchers worth RMB 150 each for his Expat Hair Salon in Xinjiekou – Metro exit 22.

24 hours notice needed and vouchers must be used before the end of this year.

First come first served.

See Sue in Admissions or send me a message and I will put one in your pigeon hole.

NIC Goodie bags and membership cards are in your pigeon holes

Dear Overseas Staff,

Your Nanjing International Club purple goodie bags are in your pigeon holes.

If your membership cards are not in there too – they will be by the end of Friday.

Please sign your cards and bring them with you for the Membership BBQ on Saturday 9th September here in school from 12-4pm.

Everyone is welcome. If they are NIC Members or join on the day the BBQ is free.

(Visitors will pay RMB 250 or 150 for children under 12 on the day)

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with  NIC please see me in Admissions.


Sue N



Weekly Bulletin Submissions

Dear All,


Information for new staff and reminder for others.

All material for our Weekly Bulletin is now submitted via the Daily Bulletin using the box in the top right hand corner called : Weekly Bulletin

The bulletin is published around lunch time on Fridays on the website and via Veracross.

The deadline for submission is 12 noon on Wednesday. If you have a problem with this please let Sue know as soon as possible. Important information is translated into Korean and Chinese. If you are not sure if this applies to your article ask Sue or Arden.

There are two options : Weekly Bulletin and Banner/Poster. Instructions on each are contained in the drop down box.
The poster part relates to the long rectangular items that  are loaded on the hi-tec screen in the Centre Foyer near the Reception Counter. All other items are displayed on the screen next to the PTA Shop.

In order for us to edit or update please submit your entries in Word.

If you have any problems submitting files, address any technical issues to :

Thanks for your support
Sue N

Admissions Office in Centre near the PTA Room

Clearance Forms and leaving procedures – info from Admissions

Dear All,

As we enter the home straight here are a couple of reminders about the Clearance Forms and Leaving Procedures for our departing students in case you are asked questions or are new to the process.

· Each leaving student in every grade must complete a Clearance Form. The parent needs to complete the whole form for PYP, and for MYP/DP the front page is for parents and the other two sheets for the students to complete. (Non native speaking parents may need some assistance In PYP)
· Forms can be obtained either from Main Reception, Admissions or downloaded off the website.
· Leaving staff children must also complete Clearance Forms and follow the same procedures.
· On the student’s last day – in exchange for their completed form we will hand over the studentship letter in PYP and transcripts in MYP/DP. This is done by the Ladies on Main Reception with support from Admissions.
· Julia Zhang, Financial Controller on the 2nd floor of the Centre opposite the lift is always the last person to sign off on the form. She checks that there is no money owing to school by the student and the family.
· It is important that all MacBooks are handed into IT for them to clear off all school settings and software. Before this is done EVERYTHING must be backed up as it will be wiped clean and they will not be able to retrieve anything. I would encourage all leaving students in Grade 5 and MYP to go and ask IT if they have any questions about this – especially in terms of the best time to get this done.
· The S2 reports will be out on Thursday 15th and not before.
· All leaving families must download and print them off, as once they have left NIS they will no longer have access to Veracross.
· Year Books will be handed out on the last day to all students. If you have missing students or others who have left early please arrange for them to be signed by their classmates as this is much appreciated. Over the holidays we will arrange for them to be forwarded to the address on the Clearance Form. Kindly take them to Samantha or Admissions Office with their name and grade on the outside, as they can get mislaid over the summer break.
· If any student has a special request or needs help, send them either to Admissions or to see Samantha Zhou who will arrange an appointment with Ruth.
· Our Korean leavers often have complicated procedures for the papers needed for their return home. If they need help – please pass them onto Samantha and Ruth.
· The Admissions Office remains open throughout the summer.
· To avoid problems, please remind any students/parents that if they are leaving and want a full refund of the re-enrolment fees they must let us know in Admissions or Finance before Friday 9th June.
· Please continue to pass on any intel about leaving students. This is a very unsettling time for some families who still do not know their future plans.

NB Last Weekly Bulletin will be on Friday 9th so get your entries in by Wednesday 7th June at noon. There is no bulletin on last Friday

Any questions please come and see us in Admissions Office, call Sue on 13809022693 or email us at

Thanks for your help and cooperation – it has been appreciated throughout the year.

Grace, Jane, Monica and Sue
The A Team

Fabulous classical concert in Poly Theatre – still few tickets

Tuesday May 30th at 7.30pm

Amy Childers still has a few tickets for this fabulous concert at the remarkable architect designed Poly Theatre

Even if you are not a classical music enthusiast -it is worth going just to experience being insider this remarkable Zaha Hadid building.

We are fortunate, following the untimely death of this world renowned architect to have one of her frontier busting buildings here in our city.

See Amy for details – do not miss this chance for some serious “KULTUR” and some stunning music by the renowned Radio France, Philarmonia Orchestra.


Reducing rubbish – easy new idea from Admissions

Now that we have all reduced the number of rubbish bins and plastic bags in our classes and offices, what do you now do with those small bits and pieces like tissues, orange peel or pencil shavings that accumulate throughout the day?

Grace Kim has made some small paper boxes using recycled paper. If you would like a template or to bring a couple of your students over  to our offices to see how easy they are to make – you are welcome to drop by.

Let’s all play our part in improving sustainability in our school and saving our beautiful planet.

(More importantly we need to reduce the amount of rubbish we make – so we do not need bins of any shape or size….)

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