Canadian International School Groundbreaking Heralds Great Things to Come

On Oct.18, 2013, Mr. John Jung, the Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Technology Triangle in Waterloo Region, in Ontario, Canada, represented the Mayor of Waterloo to participate in the 2013 Kunshan Autumn Investment Promotion Fair as well as the Canadian International School Kunshan (CISK) Ground-breaking Ceremony.  Norman Southward, Head of School, St. John’s-Kilmarnock IB World School in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada was also in attendance.

During the Ground-breaking Ceremony, Mr. John Jung expressed his congratulations on behalf of Ms. Brenda Halloran, mayor of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He hopes that as an affiliated school of SJK, CISK should take this advantage to promote all-round exchanges and cooperation between China and Canada. “I would like to congratulate the groundbreaking of the first Ontario Curriculum School in this area. The importance of CISK’s affiliation to St. John’s-Kilmarnock School will benefit both Kunshan and Waterloo in terms of its educational exchange and cooperation as well as other potential spinoffs for the two regions. Kunshan is an excellent technology sector and there appears to be great symmetry between what is happening here in this great city and what is happening in the Waterloo Region – advanced manufacturing, education and financial but both best known for their massive growth in the tech sector. Congratulations once again to CISK and the community of Kunshan today.”
Mr. Southward said that he was delighted to be in Kunshan City for the ground-breaking of the future campus of CISK. As Head of School of St. John’s-Kilmarnock School, he is proud to be affiliated with CISK and looks forward to developing ongoing exchanges between the two schools. “The same opportunities for partnerships with universities, business, research and innovation exist here for CISK in Kunshan as SJK – with post-secondary institutions such as Duke University’s China Campus next door, there is an atmosphere of growth and innovation in the business climate here.”
Other distinguished guests included Mr. Huang Jian, Standing Committee of the CPC Kunshan Municipal Committee, Party Secretary of Party Working Committee of KSND, Ms. Jing Ming, Vice Mayor of Kunshan.  Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Philip Wong, consul of the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai.  Local governmental officials, representatives of Royal Thai Consulate General in Shanghai, as well as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the British Chamber of Commerce were there to express their congratulations.  CISK Director Norman Damaren acted as the Master of Ceremonies.
Ms. Jin Ming congratulated CISK on its groundbreaking and pointed out that the CISK project was one of the major infrastructure projects in Kunshan city, and that the event today would lay a solid foundation for CISK’s further development. She hoped that the school’s advantages and characteristics could help turn it into one of the top international schools, thus greatly contributing to Kunshan’s economic reform and development.
Ms. Theodozia Daisy Fedyna, the Principal of CISK, spoke on behalf of the CISK school community. She brought a representation of students that greeted guests in Korean, Spanish, French, English and Russian. Fedyna emphasized that CISK would be devoted to serving top quality education for students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
With a Pre School Division, Primary and Junior High Division, a Senior High Division and an International Exchange Center on site, the new campus of CISK on Gui Hua Er Road beside Duke University will cover an area of 193 mu (about 31 acres).  Construction of phase one will begin in October 2013 and end in June 2015 with a total investment of over RMB 600 million Yuan.
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