Student Life

KISC has a sports area that includes a hired futsol court, a hall and an enclosed roof area. Most of the Physical Education lessons and sporting electives are taught in these areas, including soccer, basketball, badminton, hockey and fitness training. Our table tennis tables allow staff and students to regularly practice their “ping - pong” skills.

A local swimming pool provides swimming lessons for the students and for swim team practice.  

KISC is a regular participant in inter-school competition that includes swimming, basketball and football for both girls and boys.

 

Houses

Students are divided into three house groups for sport and music events. The houses include Dhaulagiri House (Charcoal), Makalu House (Purple) and Annapurna House (Teal Green). Students are encouraged to wear clothes in their house colours for these events and cheer for their house. The winning house at the end of the event will be awarded a trophy. Students are informed of which house they have been placed in soon after they start at KISC. When students move from Year 6 (Primary) into Year 7 (Secondary), they may be placed in different houses.

The sports and music events include: 

  • Zuala Cup (basketball)
  • Swimming Gala
  • Football Tournament
  • Music Festival
  • Science Fair 
  • Athletics
  • Carnival

Electives

The KISC Elective program runs throughout the year on Friday afternoons for Years 7-13. Students choose one elective each term. The purpose of this programme is to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to pursue and enjoy various activities that will develop their God given talents, gifts and skills
  • Develop relationships between students of all years and foster a sense of community
  • Provide an opportunity for teachers to build relationships with students in a more informal context than is normally possible. 

Students enjoy the many and varied activities that have included: paper-craft, swimming, football, table-tennis, pottery, self-defense, cookery, rugby, swing dance, photography, volleyball, tennis, community service, board games, singing or guitar lessons, woodwork classes to name a few.  The choice of electives depends entirely on the willingness and ability of staff and parents to run the different activities each term.

 

Activity Week

An important feature of learning at KISC is the recognition that learning is not restricted to the physical classroom alone, but significant learning takes place in the outdoors. Activity week not only reminds us of this but encourages the development of skills and the confidence to deal with the unknown. It also provides the opportunity to reflect and understand the significance of solitude whilst living in community. It encourages developing a deeper knowledge and level of understanding of one’s self and others, and to grow one’s leadership potential.  

During activity week students participate in:

  • Trekking 
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Community Service
  • Last Resort (adventure park)
  • Work experience 
  • Leadership training

Educational philosophy

KISC, as a culturally diverse primary and secondary international school, aims to provide a challenging yet supportive learning environment in which an excellent holistic education is encouraged. We aim to do this by operating according to our Christian values and appreciating that each student is an individual made in the image of God.

We are aware of, and respond to, our families by offering courses and activities which address as many of their needs as possible and which complement our essentially British-style curriculum, including an Academic English Enhancement (AEE) programme.

We believe that the process of learning is as important as actual achievement. We aim to create a learning environment in which each student feels valued and where there is freedom to express ideas and opinions, which may be examined openly and objectively. We encourage independence as well as interdependence. Our learning process focuses not only on gaining knowledge but also on the development of critical thinking, creativity and acquisition of skills for life. As a result KISC students will become independent lifelong learners. We strive to provide students with opportunities to develop their gifts and talents through as many aspects of KISC life as possible: academically, socially, through sports and creative arts.

We believe that for students to feel fulfilled and achieve their potential, they must experience love, care and respect for themselves and others. In addition, they must also assume responsibility for their decisions and actions. KISC aims to foster genuine relationship both with God and others, enabling students to be understanding, compassionate and proactive global citizens.

We recognize that education is an active partnership between parents, teaching staff, and students. Through our mutual efforts, we want our students to develop the skills, attitudes and spirituality they need to successfully meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. 


SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUm

Years 7-9

In Years 7-9, students are grouped into three age level classes and study a range of subjects covering a common curriculum. The curriculum is mostly British, however text materials from the USA, Canada, Australia and other English speaking countries make it as international in content as possible. All courses stress the basic subject skills required in most countries.  The core subjects taught are English, Mathematics and Science. All students also study Art, Geography, History, Information & Communication Technology, Music, Personal Social & Health Education, Physical Education and Religious Education.

Most students study a foreign language from a choice of French or Spanish. We also offer the opportunity for Nepali Language and Culture study. For non-first language English students, we provide the chance to study their own First Language if teachers are available. 

Specific work on many of the home countries from which our students come is covered in Personal, Social and Health Education, as is keeping abreast of what is going on in the world around them. Sports and other Elective courses are also offered with the selection varying from term to term. The medium of instruction at KISC is English. Students whose English is particularly weak may be given individual or small-group ESL lessons to help them develop their English skills as quickly as possible. Students who need additional support due to other learning needs will have individual study support lessons where possible.

In line with our philosophy, it is expected that students will participate in all areas of the curriculum offered at KISC. Attendance for all courses is expected to be a minimum of 90%. If it falls below this figure, significant work will be missed from a course. KISC expects parents to ensure their child attends all possible classes and completes all assessment tasks to maximize their learning opportunities and therefore their exam results. An absence due to genuine illness is of course understood. Travel plans during school days need to be minimized as far as possible. School holidays are the appropriate time to do this to cause minimal disruption to students’ educational progress.
 

Years 10-11

In Years 10 and 11, students work towards International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications in up to eight subjects. Four or five are compulsory and up to three are chosen by the student. All of these gain credits towards the American High School Diploma. The two year IGCSE courses culminate in externally assessed assessment by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. 

Depending on the range of subjects chosen, students may also be entered for an International Certificate in Education (ICE). This is a Diploma awarded to those students who achieve satisfactory grades in at least seven IGCSEs, which must include at least two subjects from Group 1 and at least one subject from the other 4 groups of subjects (see table below). The ICE Diploma requires no additional study or qualifications beyond the IGCSE subjects. 

Students can receive grades from A*- G for IGCSE subjects and can receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction for the ICE depending on the grades achieved for the individual subjects.

igcse Subjects available

GROUP 1

  • First Language English / English as a Second Language (compulsory) 
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Nepali (is O-level, but does count towards the ICE)

GROUP 2

  • English Literature (If students study First Language English they will also study English Literature)
  • Geography
  • History

GROUP 3

  • Coordinated Science (Compulsory. Covers Physics, Biology and Chemistry and results in two IGCSEs)

gROUP 4

  • Mathematics (Compulsory)

GROUP 5

  • Business Studies
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Religious Education / Biblical Studies (is O-level, but does count towards the ICE)


YEARs 12-13

In Years 12-13, students work towards Advanced (A) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level qualifications. These are pre-university courses which progress from IGCSE and contribute credits towards the American High School Diploma. Some subjects are studied over one year and some over two years but all AS & A level courses culminate in external assessment by the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

As AS level qualification makes up the first half of an A level qualification. For most students in most subjects at KISC an AS level goes to a satisfactory depth. However, depending on staffing and student numbers KISC does offer some A level qualifications in some subjects. Students wishing to do an A level will complete the AS level qualification in Year 12 and, assuming the achieve a satisfactory grade at AS level, will move on to study the second half of the A level in Year 13. 

The choice of whether to study a course at A-level depends on intended destinations post-graduation and the requirements of the universities the student hopes to attend and courses they hope to study. Therefore research into this is essential for all parents at this stage. 

Depending on the range of subjects chosen, students can also be entered for an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). This is a Diploma awarded to those students who achieve satisfactory Years in at least six AS subjects or 3 A level subjects which must include at least one subject from each of the 3 groups of subjects (see table below). The AICE Diploma requires no additional study or qualifications beyond the AS and A level subjects. 

AS / A level SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

GROUP A

  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Physics 1
  • Psychology 2

GROUP b

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Foreign Language French 1
  • Foreign Language Spanish 1

GROUP c

  • Art & Design 1
  • Business Studies 1
  • Geography 1
  • History
  • Computing 1
  • Psychology 2

1. In recognition that some Universities and Colleges require AS and A levels, KISC can offer these subjects at A level. This is dependent on student numbers and staffing. 

2. Psychology can be counted in either group A or C
 

NB. Students will study 4 AS levels in Year 12. In Year 13 they will then either study 3-4 of these at A-level or study a different set of 3-4 AS levels, or a mixture of the two, 

All subject choices are dependent on staffing and student numbers. Students and parents will be informed if the student's choices are viable by the early May for the following Academic Year.  


University preparation

KISC provides career counseling to aid students in finding the best match for their future studies, as well as advising students regarding applications to university and other organisations. Universities look for students who will contribute to their community, both inside and outside of the classroom. The student profile sought by universities are persons who are willing to serve humanity, have good academic ability, and practice different skills.