7.0 Facilities

7.01 Libraries and Library Circulation Policies

SSIS has two libraries, one for the Elementary School and one for the Secondary School. Students of all ages are encouraged to make use of the library as a centre for learning as well as a source of reading for pleasure.

The library collections are predominantly in English, but there is a significant collection of Chinese fiction and non-fiction books as well as some books in other languages to support mother tongue language development. Numerous periodicals and several electronic research databases are also available.

The materials in both the primary and secondary libraries at SSIS are used primarily to support the curriculum taught in classrooms. Books and magazines are chosen to support student research and to encourage a love of literature.

Library Policies

All library users (students and parents) must pay a library deposit fee in order to receive a library card that will enable the person to borrow materials from the libraries. Library cards cannot be shared amongst family members. It is the responsibility of all users to ensure that the materials borrowed are returned in good condition.

Elementary School Library

The Elementary School library is open from 8:15am–3:45pm, Mondays to Fridays. Children in Nursery may borrow one book for one week. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students may choose two books (one English, one choice) for one week at a time. Students from Grades 1-5 may choose four books (two English, two choice) for two weeks.

In order to protect the library books, all students are required to use a waterproof bag. If a library book is late, no new books will be loaned until the overdue book has been returned. If a library book has been lost or damaged, a replacement fee must be paid before borrowing can resume.

Secondary School Library

The Secondary School library is open from 8:15am–4:30pm. The library is also open over the lunch hour so that students can conduct research or complete homework. The library collection includes AV material, a number of educational databases, books, both fiction and non-fiction and a wide selection of periodicals.

This deposit is refundable when students leave the school as long as all items are returned in good condition. In Secondary School the students are allowed to borrow items as follows:

  • Students in Grades 6 to 8 may borrow three items for two weeks.
  • Students in Grades 9 to 12 are allowed to borrow up to five items for four weeks.

7.02 Sports Facilities

Sports facilities at SSIS include the following: two large fully equipped gymnasiums, two FIFA certified soccer pitchs, a 400 metre athletics track, outdoor basketball and tennis courts and a large heated, 6 lane, 25 metre pool that includes change rooms and a training pool.

7.03 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

SSIS maintains a firm commitment to ensuring that our students have access to the latest in technology. The school is fully networked with computers in every classroom and provides wireless access throughout the campus. All students in Grades 5-12 are part of the 1-to-1 Apple Program and are required to have their own Apple laptop. In addition to this we have four computer laboratories in the Elementary School as well as computerized libraries that are used for research purposes.

Students are provided with lots of opportunities to use ICT in their learning. All classes from Early Years through to Grade 12 have access to these facilities.

Students are expected to show maturity and good sense in the use of the ICT facilities. All students from Grade 4 and above are also required to sign an “ICT Users Code of Conduct” and follow the points set down in this document.

7.04 Theatre

We are very proud of our 600-seat auditorium and are pleased to see it used on a regular basis. Besides being the obvious venue for drama productions, teachers from all divisions sign up to hold classes in the theatre during the instructional day. Weekly assemblies, assorted parent/staff meetings and significant school events also occur in the theatre.