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BIS is committed to developing hearts as well as minds …

A leading education author, Professor LEJF MOOS said:
“schools should be communities that can accommodate a pluralistic and wide range of different cultures and people. It is in the meeting, the discussions, the dialogues and the sharing that they learn and are educated.”

Internationalism is a state of mind, an orientation, attitude or philosophy which values the moral development of the individual and recognises the importance of service to the world community and the development of a sense of responsible citizenship. Our task is to present this orientation and nurture it as part of our consciousness of the importance of emotional intelligence

The school promotes a concern for world affairs and community service and develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We promote tolerance of most things but not of intolerance. Internationalism permeates every subject and underpins all discussion, action and views, it celebrates cultural diversity and promotes international understanding and co-operation.

Our primary concern is to develop responsible citizens of the world by providing them with a high-quality education which promotes their cultural and language development and teaches them to respect our shared humanity, our planet and our environment by being active citizens in their own country but also by supporting their fellow citizens around the world.  Our curriculum provides an international context with the emphasis on the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed by young people to participate in an increasingly global society and to develop international-mindedness.

 

The IBO Learner Profile adequately describes the desired outcome from a BIS Education …

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. 

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

 

 

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.