Secondary student life
KISC has a sports area that includes a futsal court, basketball court and a large hall. Most of the Physical Education lessons and sporting electives are taught in these areas. This includes soccer, basketball, badminton, hockey and fitness training. Our table-tennis tables allow staff and students to regularly practise their ‘ping-pong’ skills. A local swimming pool provides swimming lessons for swim team practice. KISC is a regular participant in inter-school competitions that include swimming, basketball and football for both girls and boys.
Students are divided into three house groups for sports 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.
Sports and music events include:
Zuala Cup (basketball)
The KISC elective programme runs throughout the year on Friday afternoons for Grades 6 to 12. 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 such as: paper-craft, swimming, football, table-tennis, pottery, self-defense, cookery, rugby, swing dance, photography, volleyball, tennis, community service, board games, singing or guitar lessons and 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.
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 can grow one’s leadership potential.
In Grades 6-10, students complete a compulsory general education. In Grades 11 and 12, students are able to specialise in their studies.
The medium of instruction at KISC is English.
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 or children attend all possible classes and complete all assessment tasks to maximise their learning opportunities and therefore their exam results. An absence due to genuine illness is, of course, understood.
Holidays and travel during the school terms should be minimised as much as possible. School holidays are the appropriate time to travel in order to minimise disruption to our students’ educational progress.
In Grades 6 to 8, students study the Cambridge Checkpoint Curriculum in Mathematics, English, Science and ICT. All students study Art, Geography, History, Music, Personal Social & Health Education, Physical Education and Religious Education.
For English Language Learners, we offer the opportunity for them to continue studying their native language. We offer classes taught by our KISC teachers in Nepali and Korean. For those students from other language backgrounds, we support those parents or other organisations to teach their own children in their first language.
We also provide Academic English support for English Language Learners where it is required.
Those students whose first language is English must study a second language. They can choose between Chinese, Spanish and Nepali.
Students who need additional support due to learning needs will have individual study support lessons where possible.
KISC provides a general education for all students in Grades 9 and 10. Students work towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Students must study a minimum of seven IGCSE subjects to meet our general education requirements. The two-year IGCSE courses culminate in externally assessed assessment by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CAIE).
Additionally, all students study Physical Education, Religious Education plus Personal, Social, Health and Economics.
Students work towards Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (AL) CAIE qualifications. Some subjects are studied over one year and some over two years, but all AS subjects are studied over one year and AL courses over two years. The AS course makes up the first half of an AL qualification. All courses culminate in external assessment by the University of Cambridge Assessment International Examinations.
KISC provides career counselling to aid students in finding the best university or college for their future studies. We also support students as they apply to universities and other organisations for both admission and scholarships.
KISC, as a culturally diverse K-12 international school, aims to provide a challenging yet supportive learning environment for an excellent holistic education.
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 and 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 relationships both with God and others, enabling students to be understanding, compassionate and proactive global citizens.
We recognise 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.