About AIS

About us

About US

AIS is a very flexible school and provides students with unique learning pathways. Some of these pathways include:
  • Undertaking an ‘English for Academic Purposes’ course at either Primary or Secondary school level before moving to your choice of many established non-government schools in Adelaide.
  • Studying a ‘Preparation for SACE’ course after completing Year 9 or Year 10 in your home country, before commencing study of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) at AIS or your choice of other highly regarded non-government schools in Adelaide.
  • Studying a carefully designed Senior School SACE course at AIS that provides an excellent grounding in Business Innovation and Enterprise. This can lead to a Business Degree course at our partner institution, Adelaide Institute of Higher Education, or at other tertiary institutions.
  • Participating in a Study Tour to Adelaide to provide overseas students with an opportunity to learn more about the education system in South Australia – and then perhaps to return to study in Adelaide.


To be an international school of excellence, renowned for providing a first-class Australian education to its students.
We deliver world standard programs that emphasise ethical behaviour, global citizenship, respect for different cultures and life-long learning.


Peter Daw
PrincipalPeter Daw
Peter began his teaching career as a Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry teacher and went on to become Principal of three Catholic Co-educational Schools in South Australia. He has been a Principal for over 30 years and has seen much change in education. He has been an active member of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and the Council of International Schools Organisation. He enjoys working with young people and their parents and has always aimed to provide students with the best learning opportunities possible.
Zara Philips
SACE CoordinatorZara Philips
SACE CoordinatorZara’s teaching experience spans over 13 years in both middle and senior school (IBMYP and SACE Courses). Zara has taught specialised subjects including English (IB MYP) and Humanities (IB MYP), Geography, Science, Legal Studies and Research Project. Zara has worked on projects focusing on improving and delivering curriculum content and assessment with NAPLAN, Australian Government Quality Teacher Program and International Baccalaureate.


Susanne Wills
English & Secondary TeacherSusanne Wills
Susanne’s teaching experience spans over 15 years, including in Middle and Primary Schools, as well as Adult Education. She has worked in the American Middle and Primary Schools (Beijing), developing English Language Curriculum, Drama and Staff Liaison. She has taught Specialised and Vocational English to Engineers and Hospitality Students, as well as IELTS Preparation (Adelaide). She has worked in Literacy programs for marginalised and at risk teenagers (TAFE, Sydney).
Maliza Huang
English & SACE TeacherMaliza Huang
Maliza holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Arts from The University of Adelaide. Maliza has been employed at Adelaide International School for the past 3 years’ providing English for Academic Purpose to secondary school students preparing to enter mainstream education.
Emma Morrow
English & Primary School TeacherEmma Morrow
Emma is an educator whose experience includes the teaching of Mathematics from Reception to Year 12. She has a Bachelors degree in Primary Education, a Masters degree specialising in Secondary Mathematics and has undertaken further postgraduate study in the teaching of Mathematically vulnerable students. Emma has experience in both the International Baccalaureate and Australian Curriculum.
Ian Thompson
Maths TeacherIan Thompson
Mathematics Teacher: Highly experienced in secondary school mathematics. He has held leadership roles in mathematics departments and developed mathematics courses for middle and senior school. Ian has expertise in the use of technology in mathematics education. He has worked on several projects to deliver mathematics courses online.
 Jing Liu
Maths & Chinese Teacher Jing Liu
Ms Jing Liu has taught specialised subjects of Chinese (both background level and continuous level) and Maths. She has over 17 years of teaching experience in both Middle and Senior School (IBMYP and SACE Courses).  Jing has worked on delivering curriculum content and building up students’ competence in critical thinking and in- dependent learning.
 Irish Lique
English & Primary School Teacher Irish Lique
Irish is a locally and overseas qualified teacher with over seven years teaching experience from Reception to Lower Secondary. She has specialised in teaching primary-aged children on the subjects Humanities and Social Sciences, Reading and Writing Literacy, Mathematics, Digital Literacy with focus on Coding for Kids, and English as a Second Language.