ISF bridges self and international celebrations

ISF bridges self and international celebrations

Aspiring to excellence in inclusion and diversity at the International School of Florence.

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Fri 23 Feb 2024 4:48 PM

Amazing things are happening at The International School of Florence and the school year is rich with celebrations that attest to this. An important and uplifting occasion highlighting our international community came on Chinese New Year, when the teachers, staff and students were adorned in red and gold to join in the festivities. At the Junior School, the much-anticipated dancing dragons awed and inspired, while parents from our Chinese community offered delicious traditional dishes to students and staff across both campuses.

As an international school, we aspire to excellence in inclusion and diversity, and take enormous pride in recognizing what each individual brings to enrich our school community. Accompanying this are qualified teaching teams who understand the challenges of a multilingual environment and provide consistent and mindful EAL (English as a Second Language) support. A part of the school’s mission is to “promote and honor home language learning in recognition of our unique identities”, and the Chinese New Year celebrations are a wonderful example of this.

Sharyn Baddeley, Head of School, Paolo from Grade 12 and his mother, Elena. Paolo and Elena kindly coordinated the much-appreciated Chinese lunch at the Upper School

As the Lunar New Year commenced on February 10, 2024, ISF welcomed the prophecy of the Chinese tradition of astrology in the Wood Dragon. This powerful combination of the vitality and spirit of the dragon with the nurturing element of wood promises a year of personal growth, curiosity and the blossoming of wisdom. The festivities at the Junior School, organized with the generous and committed Chinese community, culminated in the dance of the dragon. This visually striking and rich tradition promises good luck and acts as a call to courage and intellectual development in the next 12 months.


ISF is proud to announce an exhibition by 10 dedicated student artists who have worked hard to put this show together. The exhibition themes are diverse, ranging from the surreal aspects of dreams to the experience of growing out of adolescence, to the identity of self. Come and appreciate all the hard work dedicated to their artistic practice over the last 28 months.

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