Mrs. Fiona Collins
Mrs. Collins is the esteemed Scottish head librarian at WISS who takes her role of exposing students to the world of possibilities seriously. As Mrs. Collins rightly explains, “WISS offers real opportunities to mix with students from different backgrounds”. This provides students with life changing experiences such as working on an independently chosen project for an entire year (the personal project undertaken in grade ten) or taking field trips around China. Through these experiences, students partake in the journey of finding their niche and discovering what the world is waiting for from them.
Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Walker, both from the UK, have left the world of sports science and coaching to teach physical education at WISS. These two world-class athletes have taken sports and transformed it into a pursuit of learning lifelong skills. Coach Shepherd explains that after-school sports are designed to help students learn “how to be part of a team” or how to react to winning and losing. These skills are not only for athletes, but vital for anyone who is up to the challenge and risk of changing the world. These two are not only working on long term goals with the students, but also on making an immediate home for new students. As is the culture of international schools, students move to Shanghai every week of the year. The physical education department harnesses the universal nature of sports to integrate students into WISS and provide a different kind of interaction among the students.
Mrs. Li has been at WISS since the beginning, and as the head of the Chinese department she is a cornerstone of the school. In her interview, Mrs. Li recounts the first sight she had of WISS: an open field. The school has grown out of this field and out of the visions of teachers over the years. As a school that has grown with the mission of teaching students to be global thinkers, it is uniquely suited to speak on the question “What is the World Waiting for?”