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Melody Hu, a determined and accomplished teacher at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), has embarked on a multifaceted journey through the realms of academia, business, and teaching. With dedication and a thirst for knowledge, Melody has navigated a path filled with unexpected twists and profound realizations that have shaped her into the inspiring figure she is today.  Having earned a master's degree in finance and management from the University of Glasgow five years ago, Melody set out to carve her place in the world. Working as a business development manager in a Manchester-based medical supply company, she soon yearned for the intellectual stimulation and fulfillment that only the academic environment could provide. This longing led her to pursue a research scholarship in London, where she immersed herself in the world of academia while embracing opportunities to teach and lecture, igniting a newfound passion for directly influencing students' lives.

Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.


Sarah’s childhood was steeped in intellectual curiosity. Growing up in a household where education was highly valued, she had the privilege of being exposed to a rich tapestry of languages, cultures, and art forms. Her father, a respected doctor, and her mother, a history teacher and historian, instilled in her a love for learning. These formative experiences shaped Sarah into a passionate and creative individual, setting the stage for her future in education.

Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.

Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.


Sarah’s childhood was steeped in intellectual curiosity. Growing up in a household where education was highly valued, she had the privilege of being exposed to a rich tapestry of languages, cultures, and art forms. Her father, a respected doctor, and her mother, a history teacher and historian, instilled in her a love for learning. These formative experiences shaped Sarah into a passionate and creative individual, setting the stage for her future in education.

As the academic year comes to a close, it is with great pride that we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the graduating class of 2024 at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). This year, our students have excelled academically and have received offers for admission to prestigious universities around the world, a testament to their hard work, dedication, and the support of the WISS community. The Class of 2024 at WISS has received an impressive array of university offers from institutions across the globe. These offers reflect our students' diverse talents and interests and underscore the quality of education they have received at WISS.

As the academic year comes to a close, it is with great pride that we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the graduating class of 2024 at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). This year, our students have excelled academically and have received offers for admission to prestigious universities around the world, a testament to their hard work, dedication, and the support of the WISS community.


The Class of 2024 at WISS has received an impressive array of university offers from institutions across the globe. These offers reflect our students' diverse talents and interests and underscore the quality of education they have received at WISS.

In our ongoing series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we are excited to spotlight the remarkable journey of Udo Roos, a dedicated student at Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) who embodies the true spirit of determination and resilience.  Hailing from South Africa, Udo Roos has been an integral part of the WISS community for over a decade, starting his educational voyage from kindergarten all the way to grade 9. Inspired by his elder brothers, who have successfully graduated from WISS, Udo aspires to follow in their footsteps and carve his own path toward excellence.

In our ongoing series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we are excited to spotlight the remarkable journey of Udo Roos, a dedicated student at Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) who embodies the true spirit of determination and resilience.


Hailing from South Africa, Udo Roos has been an integral part of the WISS community for over a decade, starting his educational voyage from kindergarten all the way to grade 9. Inspired by his elder brothers, who have successfully graduated from WISS, Udo aspires to follow in their footsteps and carve his own path toward excellence.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) was buzzing with anticipation as we hosted the 2024 Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX). This annual event marks a significant milestone for our Grade 5 students — a culmination of months of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity. Let’s delve into what makes this year’s PYPX special and how our students are showcasing their growth and understanding. The PYPX, or Primary Years Programme Exhibition, is a pinnacle moment for our young learners. It’s their chance to demonstrate their understanding of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and showcase their learning journey. Through in-depth research, critical thinking, and collaborative projects, students explore real-world issues and present their findings to the school community.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) was buzzing with anticipation as we hosted the 2024 Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX). This annual event marks a significant milestone for our Grade 5 students — a culmination of months of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity. Let’s delve into what makes this year’s PYPX special and how our students are showcasing their growth and understanding.


The PYPX, or Primary Years Programme Exhibition, is a pinnacle moment for our young learners. It’s their chance to demonstrate their understanding of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and showcase their learning journey. Through in-depth research, critical thinking, and collaborative projects, students explore real-world issues and present their findings to the school community.

Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Timo Pyeon, Director of Academics in Innovation at WISS, as he shares his reflections on the transformative power of attitude and resilience in achieving greatness.

Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Timo Pyeon, Director of Academics in Innovation at WISS, as he shares his reflections on the transformative power of attitude and resilience in achieving greatness.


Timo Pyeon’s background is a rich tapestry woven from diverse cultural threads. Originally from the UK with Canadian roots, Timo’s global teaching odyssey has led him through educational landscapes in Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, and now, China. However, the indelible influence of his grandfather—a teacher who instilled the value of uplifting others—ignited Timo’s passion for education and set him on the path to becoming an educator himself.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) has a rich history of actively serving its community through a variety of impactful initiatives. One standout effort is the recent WISS Community Service Fair, which exemplifies the school's unwavering dedication to community engagement and social responsibility.   Community service at WISS transcends mere volunteerism; it is deeply ingrained in the school's academic curriculum. Students leverage their acquired knowledge and skills from academic courses to tackle real-world challenges, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. This hands-on educational approach equips students with the tools to address intricate societal issues and become proactive change-makers.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) has a rich history of actively serving its community through a variety of impactful initiatives. One standout effort is the recent WISS Community Service Fair, which exemplifies the school's unwavering dedication to community engagement and social responsibility. 


Community service at WISS transcends mere volunteerism; it is deeply ingrained in the school's academic curriculum. Students leverage their acquired knowledge and skills from academic courses to tackle real-world challenges, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. This hands-on educational approach equips students with the tools to address intricate societal issues and become proactive change-makers.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) has a rich history of actively serving its community through a variety of impactful initiatives. One standout effort is the recent WISS Community Service Fair, which exemplifies the school's unwavering dedication to community engagement and social responsibility.   Community service at WISS transcends mere volunteerism; it is deeply ingrained in the school's academic curriculum. Students leverage their acquired knowledge and skills from academic courses to tackle real-world challenges, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. This hands-on educational approach equips students with the tools to address intricate societal issues and become proactive change-makers.

In a charming display of creativity and talent, the Grade 1, 2, and 3 students at the Western International School of Shanghai recently stole the spotlight with their musical extravaganza titled "Seasons." This enchanting performance swept the audience away on a mesmerizing voyage through an entire year, showcasing the allure and magic of each passing season.


The conception of the musical masterpiece, "Seasons," was a collaborative endeavor sparked by the imaginative minds of the music teachers, PYP coordinator Ms. Hu, and Primary principal Ms. Ellery. United by a vision to captivate, inspire, and showcase the burgeoning talents of the young students, this project assembled a devoted team of individuals who labored diligently to breathe life into this fantastical creation.

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