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Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony

Friday May 31, was a monumental day in the lives of our Grade 12 students, and indeed in the story of NACIS.


Our younger students headed home from another busy week of learning, and the halls quietened from the day's activity. Then, the school became filled with music, laughter, tears, and beautiful words from the heart as our senior students, their families and teachers, and the school's leaders gathered in the NACIS Theatre to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of Grade 12 students.


As our first graduates, these students and their families will forever hold a special place in our minds and hearts. We remember fondly meeting them for the first time in September 2016, when the doors to NACIS first opened. Our first Grade 10 students, our first House leaders, our first Pre-IB students, our first IBDP students. Upon their graduation, we celebrate another first.


Each graduate was accompanied into the theatre by a younger NACIS student from Grade 1 and 2. This was an adorable sight but also a poignant reminder of the amazing growth and development our students go on during their time at school.

Grade 12 students

In their opening speeches, Sharon West of Nord Anglia Education team congratulated the graduates and told them they would never be forgotten by Nord Anglia because of their special part in the story of NACIS and Nord Anglia in China. They are our first ever graduates to cultivate their Chinese identity and experience the Nord Anglia experience.


International Principal Nick West took special care to applaud groups of people. Firstly, the parents. Their wisdom, care, and kind hearts are the most important factor in the cultivation of the student’s characteristics. The teachers for their genuine care and efforts in guiding the students. Rebecca and Lucy for their work in developing the school's IB programme. And of course, the students, for their commitment, persistence and resilience during this important step of their learning journey.

  • Sharon West
  • Nick West

Rebecca Guo then opened the performances with a stunning rendition of Que Sera Sera, by Doris Day. The words of this song 'whatever will be, will be' beautifully demonstrate the maturity, courage and resilience of our Grade 12 students.


Head of Secondary Jenny Yan shared words from the heart. She said the school was proud of the graduates. They have matured to have their own ideas, the ability to self-manage, and to act as a role model for other students. The students can take away the spirit of NACIS, the core idea of the IB curriculum, and the blessings of the teachers. She hoped that the students will always maintain the spirit of Be Ambitious to face the future. 

  • Rebecca Guo
  • Rebecca Guo
  • Jenny Yan

Evian Zhu took to the stage with powerful and moving performance of 'Wishing you were somehow here again' from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Her emotions brought many of us to tears and is testament to the impact of a NACIS on the lives of the students, parents and teachers.


Head of IB Rebecca Curtin followed with a speech in which she recognised how the students have truly become the very qualities that the IB philisophy and mission aspires to - caring, knowledgeable inquirers, who respect others and want to make the world a better place. The students have developed into responsible, informed and articulate global citizens. They have embraced challenge and change, and they have respected and celebrated diversity. They are fulfilling your potential as independent, lifelong learners. They have maintained a positive frame of mind and you have championed a growth mindset to continually develop your skills. They have experienced a unique transition from Secondary school pupils into young adults, ready and able to use your unique talents to fulfil a positive role in society. Each student has cultivated their own unique true identity, and pursued their personal goals.

  • Evian Zhu
  • Rebecca Curtin

Rebecca Guo got everyone up on their feet and dancing in the theatre with an uplifting performance of pop song 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish. Watching Grade 11 and 12 students join her to dance on stage was a heart-warming moment with many smiles and laughter.


Grade 12 Form tutor Lucy Chen gave a moving speech. She recalled the good times spent with the students in NACIS over three years: laughter, tears, excitement, and unforgettable memories. She observed how over three years. Grade 12 students have changed from savvy to mature, from simple to wise, from anxious to critical thinkers. These are the changes that NACIS and IB have brought to them. Lucy also shared best wishes and expectations. She hoped that the students will continue to improve their safety awareness, maintain the concept of lifelong learning, and be gratefulffor their opportunities during college study abroad.


It was clear that deep, meaningful relationships have been created among our teachers and students. This is a proud achievement for our community.

  • Rebecca Guo
  • Audience
  • Lucy Chen
  • Lucy Chen

Phoebe Huang from Pre-IB Grade 10 represented her class and gave the Grade 12 students a beautiful gift with her performance of the song, Rónghuā. With beautiful melodies and graduation lyrics - "There is a beautiful flower in the world, that is the youthful spirit" - the moments that everyone has shared together in the past three years will always unite us.

Phoebe Huang

Grade 12 parents also took the stage to give speeches, expressing the excitement and ardent expectations of their children's graduation. Rebecca Guo's father thanked the school and the IB program for the changes brought to his daughter, and hoped that she would study hard at university in the future. Ashley Yang’s father gave a speech on “knowing self”. As a parent, he should fully understand his children and give full support and attention to her study and life. Frank Wei's father said over three years his son changed from worried and anxious to full of confidence now. He expressed to everyone that NACIS is now fully capable of educating Chinese students so that they can confidently stand on the international stage. Evian Zhu’s mother expressed deeply that the children at NACIS are like the warmth of a big family, and the school has cultivated children's empathy and interpersonal skills.


Finally, Evian Zhu's mother, on behalf of all the parents of Grade 12, gave the school a precious and meaningful gift - a Eucalyptus, which has the special meaning of "ten years of trees, a hundred years of tree people". We will plant this tree in the school garden and hope that more students from NACIS will thrive like this tree and blossom!

  • Frank
  • Evian
  • All teaching staff

Our talented Grade 12 students have always shared their true and unique personalities with us. They continued this for one last time, by sharing their musical gifts in a small choir performance. This was followed by a group performance by Grade 12 and 11 students who have been like family to each other. The loving relationships between the students, expressed wih smile and laughter but also farewell tears. This was a moving conclusion before the students came to the stage to receive their graduation certificates and gifts from Nick West, Jenny Yan, Rebecca Curtin and Lucy Chen.

  • G11&12
  • Ashley Yang
  • Evian
  • Rebecca
  • Frank

These students have been part of the NACIS family and story from the very first day. They will forever remain an important part of the NACIS story.


We are grateful for being part of their journey and appreciate the opportunity to meet them, get to know them and to help them on their way.