SHAPE International School – Canadian Section – School History
The SHAPE International School (SIS) was founded in 1967 and provides education for approximately 2600 children of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers (SHAPE) and other NATO personnel serving in adjacent areas.
The founding nations of SHAPE International School (SIS) were: Canada, the United Kingdom, USA and Germany. SIS is built on a mosaic model where each national section has its own Principal, Prefect or Head Teacher responsible for his/her section with respect to administration, curriculum and discipline.
SIS has a General Director and a Deputy-Director who coordinate the administration, maintenance and budget of the school-area campus in collaboration with the various national representatives. Principals meet on a monthly basis with SIS Administrators to collaborate on common issues and events for all sections.
SIS is comprised of 11 sections: 1 kindergarten section (Belgian), 7 elementary sections (American, Belgian, Canadian, German, Italian, Norwegian and U.K. ), and 3 secondary sections (American, Belgian, and German). There are 3 additional sections which offer partial courses of study for their students during or after school hours: Greek, Polish and Turkish.
SIS Canadian Section boasts a bilingual learning environment with French and English language instruction beginning in grade 1. In 1967, the Canadian Section consisted of a primary school grades 1-6 and secondary school grades 7-10 with a student population of 138. Today, our school offers instruction from grade 1-8: our staff includes 7 teachers and 1 principal, along with an office administrator, a librarian, and a technology assistant. A child must be 6 years old prior to December 31 in order to enter grade 1.
The Canadian Section follows the Ontario curriculum (www.edu.gov.on.ca) with a student population of 50 – 60 students. Students are placed in English (anglophone) or French (francophone) language groups; they receive language instruction in the first-language for 100 minutes daily. Each group also receives second-language instruction in the opposite language daily. Subjects such as Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science are taught using bilingual lessons. This is a unique learning environment for students.
The spirit of internationalism and cooperation amongst NATO partners is well represented in each SIS Section where NATO children study and learn together. SIS also fosters this same spirit with personnel of all sections; SIS-sponsored professional activity days encourage teachers to collaborate integrated activities or field trips for students.
Our school operates from 08:25 – 15:30 and the office is open from 08:00 – 16:00 daily. On Fridays, our school operates from 08:25 – 15:05. Our daily schedules are found below:
|Monday – Thursday schedule||Friday schedule|
|08:25 – 08:40||Yard supervision||08:25 – 08:40||Yard supervision|
|08:40 – 08:45||Morning announcements||08:40 – 08:45||Morning announcements|
|08:45 – 11:25||Learning time||08:45 – 11:25||Learning time|
|11:25 – 12:25||Lunch (cafeteria) and recess||11:25 – 12:10||Lunch (no cafeteria) and recess|
|12:25 – 13:45||Learning time||12:10 – 13:30||Learning time|
|13:45 – 14:10||Recess||13:30 – 13:45||Recess|
|14:10 – 15:30||Learning time||13:45 – 15:05||Learning time|
As part of our physical education program, students take swimming and yoga lessons weekly. These lessons are held on Mondays on rotating 6-week blocks. Health lessons are also held during this block of time. Click here to see our Swim Yoga Rotation 17-18.