BELLINIS IS REOPENING and as ALBERTO & MIRA are taking back again their original business, they are delighted to invite all teachers to their party at Bellinis Restaurant in Xianlin on Thursday January the 19th.

On this occasion they will serve all night long free food for all guests (see below pics).

(Precise starting time to be confirmed early next week)

Wines and Draught Beers only 35 RMB all night too!

At the same time Bellini Restaurants (both locations) would like to inform all N.I.S. teachers that by showing your NIS ID to their cashier before paying you will enjoy :

50% discount on pizza at lunch time from MONDAY to FRIDAY (no delivery)
20% discount evening time for all food from MONDAY to THURSDAY (no delivery)
PAY 1 GET 2 drink on Friday night (no delivery)

This promotion will be valid only for N.I.S. teachers and cannot be used for other people eating together, also cannot be used together with other promotions.

Promotion will be valid from January 12th till June 30th 2017 .

Please pass this around all the teachers, and Alberto and Mira will wait for you on Thursday next week for the party of the New Year !



Helpers wanted

Helpers wanted to assist at the scoretables of the ACAMIS Basketball tournament. No experience needed.

Thursday 19th Jan: 2.30pm – 7.30pm

Friday 20th Jan: 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday 21st Jan: 9am – 6pm

Any help welcome – please contact Danny Clarke –


Help needed at ACAMIS Basketball 19 – 21 January

We are hosting ACAMIS Basketball on Thu 19 – Sat 21 January. We are looking for volunteers (adults and Gr8+ students) to help with the scoretables. If you are able to help on any of the days for an hour or more, please let me know and we will schedule you in.

The times are:

Thursday 2pm – 7pm

Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 6pm

thanks for your support

BBC Podcast worth listening to…

Owen Suskind was a chatty toddler when at 3 he developed regressive autism.
I heard this story told by his Dad and Owen on the BBC yesterday and was so moved by it.
Please listen and reflect…we are so fortunate to be part of an inclusive, caring, learning community.
It is an amazing story. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
Sue Northcott

Global Doctor, Xianlin closed for renovation 11th Dec- 11th Feb 2017




Dear All,


Thank you for trusting us with your health for all the time.


In order to provide a better consultation environment, Global Doctor Xianlin Clinic is going to expand and redecorate from 11th Dec to 11th Feb.

During this period if you have any medical needs, please make appointment with our main clinic with the information as following:

24 Hour phone number: 025-86519991

Clinic address: 1-1 Zuolinfengdu Garden, No.6 Mochouhu East Rd, Jianye District, Nanjing


环球医生莫愁湖诊所:南京市建邺区莫愁湖东路6号 左邻风度花园1-1

24小时电话: 025-86519991

We are sorry for any inconvenience it may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Best regards,

Global Doctor Xianlin Clinic


December 2016


Double Happiness Family Bike Ride

Please Join Us for another Double Happiness Family Bike Ride on Sunday, Dec. 11

Double happiness ride

Come along and take advantage of the unseasonably warm, sunny weather this Sunday for another Double Happiness family bike ride. These rides are always a lovely way to be with our kids and our community,

This week we’ll head east from NIS along the Metro bicycle paths and ride out to a lovely park by Houshe (behind the Wanda Mall currently being constructed) where we can enjoy a picnic snack before we return to NIS. This is also a rubbish-free ride so please pack all food and water in reusable, non-disposable containers.

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 11. As always this will be a casual, slow ride on safe bike paths suitable for the whole family. Unless it’s raining, we will meet in the NIS parking lot at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am departure. We will return to NIS around 12:00 pm.

This is a family ride so all children must be accompanied by parents, but not all parents have to be accompanied by a child. And even if you’re not a parent, come along!

Email or for further info.

Bad News Band


BAD NEWS BAND is playing Downtown Nanjing at Psycho Cats Paradise this Friday, Dec. 9, at 9:30!

Be There or Don’t be There, Shanghai Lu and Guangzhou Lu, at the Wutaishan Stadium.

Special Guests and possible MC’s, come see a really large band try and fit on a tiny stage! playing all the classics, most of which you know and some that you don’t, but should!

BNB, formerly known as NIS Teacher Band/Block 6/Hot Corona,

Come have some rockin’ good fun with Us’s!

Children wanted for photo shoot

This is from Shanshan – but she could not access People to People …


I have a friend who is a photographer who is looking for children to model for a commercial clothes catalogue.

They want children around 105-130 cms in height for Barbie, Bob Builder and Peppa Pig brands.

If you are interested please come by and see me as soon as possible for more information.



Asuncion Play – change of venue and revised dates – please check

This play will now be at the Tingoo Theatre near Confuscius Temple downtown on December 3/7 & 8th at 8pm and on  9th at 9PM.

The venue is quite small so Jennifer urges anyone who wants to go to buy tickets through the Wechat code below or contact her directly JenBlairBianco on her WeChat ID.

The show lasts about 1.5 hours

Do go along and support this event- it promises to be excellent, high quality entertainment – live theatre in Nanjing.  What’s not to like !!



Staffroom fridge

Dear all,

The fridge, with the note on, will be used this weekend for the Basketball tournament.  Please remove all items by 3pm on Friday 25th November.

Also if you have an hour free on Saturday between 8:30am and 1:20pm I would appreciate help with the Ray of Light Cambodia food stall.  We will be selling food to the basketball players to raise money for the orphanage in Phnom Penh.



Good theatre comes to Nanjing ! “Asuncion” by Jesse Eisenberg: Nov 30th, Dec 6,7 & 8th

No one should ever complain that we never get good drama in Nanjing ! David and Jennifer Bianco who may be known to many of you are putting on this entertaining new comedy for 4 nights.

It is suitable for MYP students.

The theatre is on Purple Mountain at the Nanjing TPM Theatre at No 80 Tiejiang Ying T80 Technology and Culture International Community 5th Floor.

Do go along – it promises to be excellent !



Element Fresh – special deal for all NIS Community Members

Element Fresh downtown is offering all NIS Community Members a special deal

Buy any 2 brunch sets and you will get one FREE kids meal – if you are dining with your children

Order 4 dinner main courses and you get one FREE

Happy Hour is from 4 ’till closing every day and as usual the deal is on beer/cocktail/ house wine – BOGOF

…buy one get one free

You must show your NIS ID – take a photo and show them – that is ok.

This offer is open to teachers, students, parents – as long as you have your NIS ID- so spread the word.

When you are there if you join their WeChat app you will get bonus points and other goodies.

Sally is the Manager ; she is very friendly and will welcome you !

For more details or copies of their latest winter menu drop by the Admissions Office or see Sue

RFG Christmas Market

Well the weather outside is not all that frightful at the moment, but Wednesday is looking like it is bringing the ideal mulled wine drinking temperatures.  So luckily you can find copious quantities of soul warming food and beverages, gifts and decorations all in the spirit of Christmas.  See attached poster for details.


NIC Winter Ball – more info about Shangri-La overnight stay and timings

Dear NIC Members,

The excitement is mounting and we don’t want you to miss out! The NIC Winter Ball is
Saturday, December 3rd at the Shangri-La Hotel. It will be a Night of Dreaming and Glitz as
we Dance the night away with in “A Mid-Winter Dream”.

5:30pm Shangri-La Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Hotel Lobby
6:00pm NIC Winter Ball Reception – Ball Room Lobby
7:00pm Dinner and Dancing – Ball Room
After Party in the Shangri-La, Jin Bar – 5th Floor

To Reserve your Tickets:

Shangri-La Over Night Stay
Make it an even more memorable night by reserving your overnight stay at the Shangri-La.
NIC room rate 800RMB (including breakfast)
Contact the Shangri-La to reserve room identifying you are a NIC member – Reservations # -86258630888

See Sue N for more details and tickets



NIC Winter Ball – 3rd December at the Shangri La


The Ball will be at the Shangri La again . The theme is “A Mid Winter Dream” and it kicks off at 6.30.

There is a tree lighting ceremony in the foyer of the hotel from 5.30

Tickets only RMB400 for members and RMB800 for non members.

The hotel is offering a special overnight rate including breakfast of RMB800. More details to follow.

Put together a table, or if you are in a small group we can slot you in somewhere. It promises to be a magical evening  getting in the mood for the festive season with delicious food, beer and wine all night and of course lots of dancing !

See Sue N for more info


There is a word in the English language for everything…. this is a cracker !


(kak-i-STOK-ruh-see, kah-ki-)

noun: Government by the least qualified or worst persons.

From Greek kakistos (worst), superlative of kakos (bad) + -cracy (rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate), which also gave us poppycock, cacophony, cacology, and cacography. Earliest documented use: 1829.

Toddler Car Seat Needed

Hi Everyone-

The visiting author, Rachel Bright is bringing along her 2 year-old daughter River during the time she is in Nanjing.

Does anyone have a toddler car seat that she might be able to borrow for the week? It would be needed from Friday November 11 through Saturday November 19.

Thanks for letting me know if you have one we could borrow-


Bad News Band


Bad News Band 

formally Hot Corona, Block 6, and The Teacher Band

playing Friday Nov. 4, 2016 at Psycho Cats Paradise near Wutaishan Stadium on the corner of Shanghai Lu and Guangzhou Lu, 10:00PM  Be there! Contact Rick with any questions 150-6222-5927

Patio Furniture

From B&Q. 2 years old, lightly used, and fully functional. No room for this set in our new place.

650 RMB, 600 RMB if picked up from RFG before Friday 5pm… See Kasson or Olivia if interested!


Shopping for Debbie

If anyone happens to be going to IKEA in the near future, would you do me a favour and pick up two rolls of Christmas gift wrap for Debbie in Tanzania? If you are at Decathlon, some black trainer (invisible) socks size 41. THANK YOU!

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