2017 Parent Organization Mixer

2017 Parent Organization Mixer for International Schools Pudong and Puxi

Last Tuesday, Community Center Shanghai (CCS) organized a Parent Organization Mixer in Puxi, Minhang. This event is held twice a year with the purpose of bringing together parent leaders (presidents and leaders of PTA, PTSO, PAFA etc.) of international schools to discuss topics that concern the community. CCS values the efforts parent leaders dedicate to the development of their schools, and understand the time commitment of these roles. Through the Parent Organization Mixers, Community Center Shanghai offers attendees valuable insights brought by our certified counselors and other professionals that can further develop the mixer attendee’s roles in their school community.


Last week’s topic of discussion was of the Chinese non-expatriate parent population in an international school environment. CCS and schools have noticed an increase in local Chinese parents sending their children to international schools. This has impacted communication, social circles, expectations, and education within many schools’ communities. Expatriates can play an influential role in bringing these communities closer together. In the event’s workshop, we examined differences, needs, and tools for change with insights from CCS counselor Elisabetta Maglio. During the mixer, attendees discussed their experiences and how the changing demographics impacted and affected and impacted their own schools.


Representatives from SSIS, SAS, WISS, YCIS, SLAS, and Dulwich schools attended this event.


Thank you to Epermarket, which provided snacks and refreshments, and Truck Stop Grill for sponsoring lunch.


On May 22, 2017, Community Center Shanghai will talk host this same mixer with Pudong international schools parent leaders. If you would like to participate, please see below.


Pudong Parent Organization Mixer

Date: Monday, May 22

Time: 9 - 11 am

           Welcome at 8:30 am

Location: Pudong Center


By invitation only

Please email Tanja Smits at communityrelations@communitycenter.cn for more information.



Review: 2016 Parent Organization Mixer for International Schools Pudong

Shanghai, Pudong, November 11, 2016
On November 11, 2016, a dozen leaders from Pudong international school parent organizations met for a Parent Organization Mixer organized by Community Center Shanghai. The networking event's goal was to identify common challenges, share best practices, and learn from each other through its theme, Communicate Effectively with a Diverse Community.
Tanja Smits, Community Relations at Community Center Shanghai, opened the morning with introductions. Natalie Lleras, counselor at Community Center Shanghai, then led a round table discussion and shared new insights based on recent research about Third Culture Kids. Participants broke into smaller brainstorming groups for discussion and to come up with ideas and best practices to implement. Key take-away ideas were then shared with all mixer attendees. The morning event concluded with lunch for further time to network.
Community Center Shanghai thanks its guests for attending and also thanks Green & Safe for generously sponsoring the delicious and healthy lunch.
For more information about Parent Organization Mixer events, please contact Tanja Smits at communityrelations@communitycenter.cn