Key areas of focus

at NBHIS

Academic:

NBHIS is an IB World School, offering three IB Programme in Grades K1 – 12. Our academic curriculum is shaped by our mission and guided by the IB learner profile (active link). Our learning goals in languages, mathematics, sciences, the Arts, humanities, technology and physical education build logically through each grade, preparing students for the next year’s academic challenge. Each grade level is informed by the IB learning goals and the Australian National Curriculum standards.

CCAs

CCAs are a vital part of student life and learning at NBHIS. CCAs bring students together for creative, athletic, leadership and numerous other endeavours.  In CCAs, students have the chance to explore their talents, develop new skills and to be successful beyond the classroom. By trying out new things, they discover what they are good at, and are motivated to succeed.

NBHIS has CCAs in both English and Chinese. Ranging from traditional cultural experiences, to global pastimes. CCAs are largely paid activities offered by outside professionals and by our teachers with training and experience in various pursuits.

Service

Service programmes empower students to become aware, able and active contributors to the community, whether on campus, locally in Ningbo or internationally with a project in a developing country. Service is at the heart of the IB mission, and service activities are becoming a vital part of the learning programme.

The IB at its core believes in the transformative nature of the experience of serving others and in the responsibility we have to one another and the planet. All teachers, in all classes must include global examples beside local knowledge to help teach students that we are truly connected to others and to our planet and responsible for how it is treated.

Within NBHIS, students can offer a service to other members of the school community.  In local Ningbo service, they connect with members of our immediate community; and in global service, small projects focus on working to support causes and communities through direct links with partner organisations outside China.

The value of the Service programme to the organisations and people our students interact with is clear from their reactions and the pleasure they derive from our interactions. But the greatest impact is on our students, as they put their ideals and values into action and grow as compassionate people and active agents of change in line with the IB mission statement ideals.

Camps and Outdoor Education

NBHIS learning extends beyond the classroom as students take on experiential challenges that build resilience, collaboration and leadership. Our planned Outdoor Education programme will offer an incremental progression of age-appropriate experiences to students across the 3 –11 curricula. In a carefully graded series of experiences, students will develop confidence in their physical abilities and emotional resilience to withstand challenging situations.

At present, NBHIS students travel all over China in various camps to experience cultural, physical and service experiences. The sharing, camaraderie and time to be alone and independent is crucial to our students developing self-responsibility.