Monday Memory: Mr. Kumi’s first volleyball team

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations

When Ron Wu, Class of ’97, was asked to reflect on his time at the International School of Beijing (ISB), he said without skipping a beat that his fondest memories were from Varsity volleyball. “To this day, I am still amazed at the opportunity we had to travel to other countries to play in tournaments,” Ron said. 

Our student athletes today share the same great opportunity of traveling throughout the region to compete in Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) tournaments, meets, and invitationals. ISB was one of the founding members of APAC in 1995 and volleyball was one of the first APAC sports students were invited to participate in.  

Ron recalls that his first year making the Varsity volleyball team was also Mr. Bujar Kumi’s first year of coaching. He was thrilled to see that Mr. Kumi (far left in the photo), one of ISB’s most loved and long-standing teachers, is still at ISB coaching the latest generation of student athletes. Ron added how impressed he was to see Mr. Kumi has not aged a day since 1996! 

ISB is proud to be celebrating four decades of commitment to education services dedicated to Beijing’s inspiring international community. This year, everyone is invited to join in celebrating the 40th anniversary through a range of events. Check out the Celebrating 40 web page for more details.

Past and present students, parents, and staff – please send your photos and memories of ISB to for your chance to be featured here and in the Celebrating 40 Exhibition.


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