SIS News Archive
Dear SIS Community,
I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Smith has accepted the position as the next SIS Head of School as of August 1, 2018.
Greg has dedicated his life to educating young people. After teaching roles in his native Australia across all of the primary and secondary school grade levels, he moved into school administration as a principal, school advisor and superintendent. Over the past ten years, he assumed leadership roles in Beijing, where he was an Elementary Principal and K-12 Curriculum Director, and then in Laos, where he was the Director of the Vientiane International School.
Embracing technology as a great accelerator of learning and productivity, Greg has spent the past two years building a school services company harnessing the power of on-line teacher support and recruitment for international schools. Greg views SIS as a great match for his own passion for innovation in education because of the school's commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.
Greg's wife, Morven will join him here in Shekou, while their adult children, having graduated from international schools themselves, are making their own ways in the adult world as great ambassadors for the values of international school education.
Greg and I have had opportunity to work together in the past and we have already begun working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for 2018-19. He is very familiar with our school having worked closely with both ISS and SIS leadership teams in the past. He visited our campus last year and we look forward to his visits again this year. We will keep our SIS community informed of Greg's visit dates so that you will have opportunity to meet him as well.
In the meantime, Greg would like to share the following thoughts with the community:
"Both my wife, Morven, and I are really looking forward to returning to SIS. During our previous visit, we both felt very warmly welcomed by the community, inspired by the students and excited by the school's programs. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead a school that is growing in renown around the world for its innovation, commitment to quality, and student focus. Professionally speaking, I am honored to follow Dale and Bob and can't wait to be working alongside the great people I met in all sections of the school. I wish everyone in the school community the very best for a wonderful and successful 2017-18 school year and look forward to being on the ground in the not too distant future to be a part of the SIS journey."
With Greg's appointment, I am confident that the community will find that the foundational work of Dale Cox in growing, developing and improving SIS over these past 5 years will continue to be built upon, this year by me, and over the years subsequent, by Greg. Together we are ensuring that our students are provided a rigorous education within a caring school community and that they are inspired to become principled and innovative contributors in their own right as they grow up and take their place in a transforming world.
Head of School 2017-2018