The Board of Governors of Norwich International School
In August 2015 we formed our first formal Board of Governors, the Board consists of representatives of all the stakeholders in our school and its function is to lead the school forward it an open and fair fashion wherein all the views of these stakeholders can be aired and considered. The Board is our big picture leadership team, all issues central to the development of Norwich are discussed here. New members of our community are always welcome to contact us if they feel they have something to offer the Board in terms of experience in education or other fields.
“NORWICH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IS A PROGRESSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT CHALLENGES YOUNG MINDS TO ACHIEVE BOTH ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND PERSONAL HAPPINESS.”
“WHILST FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE OF FACILITIES, OUR GOAL WILL ALWAYS BE TO FOSTER, IN OUR STUDENTS, THE WISH TO BE TOLERANT, CONTENT AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.”
Mandarin: the language of the future
At Norwich we believe that the rapidly growing influence of China in our region should not be underestimated and that for the majority of young people interaction with China through business, their professions, travel, media or other cultural exchanges will form a significant part of their adult lives.
For this reason, we have made Mandarin a compulsory foreign language to be studied from Nursery right through to IGCSE. By doing so we believe we will be giving our students a distinct career advantage within the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
Mandarin studies begin in Nursery (2-year olds) with one period per week and the time allocation increases to 2 periods per week for Kindergarten (3-year olds) to Year 2, then increases again to 3 periods per week for Year 3 and 4, For Year 5 and above the students have 4 period per week, be dedicating this time to Mandarin, we can ensure that a full and comprehensive language programme can be delivered.
All our fully qualified Mandarin teachers are recruited from China and possess the necessary English communication skills to integrate with our international community at the school.
ASAs : AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
These are additional activities that take place outside of the mainstream curriculum of the school. They usually include activities such as extra sports, art or language classes and can be as diverse as Yoga to Pottery class. The purpose of ASAs are to allow children to utilise the facilities of the school to maximum effect and to experience classes that are not normally included in the normal school day. ASAs take place from 3.10-3.50 pm Monday to Thursday.
At Norwich we have specialised provision for both English Language Support (ELS) and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Full details are available upon enquiry or can be found in the Guidebook for Admission.
Norwich International School opened in August 2014 and is well underway with the process of obtaining membership and gaining subsequent accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is a lengthy, complex and thorough process and we anticipate that full accreditation will be achieved before August 2020.
Authorisation is also underway with Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) to enable us to offer the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations for our Year 9 students in June 2020. Following this will be the offering of the International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications as these students enter the 2-year courses in Year 10.
Meditation and mindfulness are key parts of the Norwich experience. We make time for both during the school day and Mindfulness is included in the curriculum as a dedicated lesson each week.
Research has shown that everyone can benefit from the mental and physical effects of meditation and mindfulness. As you become more in tune with the present you will experience an ability to have better concentration and a general feeling of contentment. These things can improve academic performance, create better sleep patterns and foster better social relationships at school.
Education Outside the Classroom
All students have the opportunity to go on trips related to their curriculum studies during the year. There are usually around 3 trips each year for the students, where the actual frequency, timing and type of trip will be dependent upon the age of the children.
All students from Year 3 and above are expected to take part in a residential camp of some kind. At Norwich the experience for the students, in terms of challenge, duration and expectation, gradually increases as they get older. Common destinations for residential camps are National Parks such as Khao Yai or Kraeng Krachan or places of Historical Interest such as Chiang Mai.