- Attitudes and values which respect human dignity, transcending race, class religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity and political stance
- An awareness of humanitarian and environmental issues with a viable, informed ethical position considering local, national and international circumstances
- Self-confidence and modesty
- A willingness to interact meaningfully with others
- A sense of responsibility towards all members of the local, national and international communities and a commitment to contribute valuable to these communities
- A recognition and respect for the human rights of all persons in our global community
- Personal qualities of curiosity, honesty and self-criticism
- An ability to deliberate, reflect upon and learn from experiences
- A spirit of discovery, commitment, initiative, determination and perseverance
- The ability to meet challenges and an awareness of personal limitations
- Practical skills which can be used in the service of others and in a future career
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program is part of University of Cambridge International Examinations and is taken in 60 subjects in over 124 countries worldwide. it is an internationally recognized qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.
The IGCSE provides a wide curriculum specifically catering to the needs of an international community with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities.
It is a two year program leading to a certificate, which is internationally recognized. in order for students to be awarded the IGCSE Certificate, students must take the final examinations that are externally set and graded. The IGCSE is an excellent preparatory course for the rigors of senior school.
Students start the program in Year 9 and take the examinations in either the June session (International Mathematics and Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese) or the November session (English Language, English Literature, Global Perspectives, Information Communication Technology, Accounting, Business, History, Foreign Language French, Coordinated Science, Physical Education, Mathematics, International Mathematics, Music, Art and Design). Students can also take Drama in Year 9 and 10 however it is not usually taken as an examination subject.
The IGCSE is a good preparation for the courses in Year 11 and 12, whether those taken for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2016, two new subjects are being offered at ISS, Environmental Management which is a good precursor subject for Environmental Systems and Societies in Years 11 and 12, and Travel and Tourism. The introduction of these subjects is a direct response to student needs and interests.
Students completing the IGCSE at ISS are also expected to complete the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Bronze Award.
The Australian Capital Territory Curriculum
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) program is a two year course for students in Year 11 and Year 12. The program is administered by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) based in Canberra, Australia. Students at International School Suva (ISS) who undertake the ACT program chose to study a tertiary package, which makes them eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is used by universities throughout Australia for entry selection and it may also be used for entrance to universities throughout the world. From this year onwards five learning areas will be common to all states under thea Australian Curriculum banner, namely; English, Mathematics, Sciences, History and Geography. More at: http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/curriculum/australian_curriculum.
Courses and Assessments
The ACT curriculum provides a range of excellent courses in a wide range of subjects and since there is no prescribed combination of subjects; students are able to choose courses that play to their strengths. All subject courses delivered at ISS are approved and accredited by the BSSS in Canberra. Subjects are taught as units per semester, enabling students to either complete a major consisting of 3.5 or 4 units or a minor made up of 2 units. Students must complete either 4 majors and 1 minor or 3 majors and 3 minors to finish the program accumulating a minimum of 20 units, 18 of which must be tertiary units. . All assessments are school based, that is, they are internally designed by teachers in line with the framework set by the BSSS.
At the end of each semester, teachers from ISS present portfolios of students’ work at Moderation Meetings in Canberra. This moderation ensures grades and assessments are consistent across subjects and schools in the system. Whilst there are no external subject-specific examinations, students studying the tertiary package will sit the ACT Scaling Test (AST) in September of Year 12. This is a higher order thinking examination, used to compare tertiary scores within a school and across schools for calculating of the ATAR.
At ISS students typically study five to six subjects with a compulsory course in English and Mathematics for at least the first year. All academic courses at ISS are tertiary (T) courses. A T course is one that has been deemed suitable by the BSSS to prepare students for tertiary studies. Apart from T courses we offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) and the Creativity, Arts and Service (CAS) programs classified as R courses. An R course is one which provides outside learning situations that are appropriate for students in Year 11 and Year 12. They give recognition for activities which lead to personal development, recreational or community service activities.
Warning: If students do not complete more than 70% of their tasks per unit OR are absent from class at least 10% of the timetabled classes per semester OR both, they risk being voided from those units.
Upon successful completion of their studies students obtain the following certificates which can be useful for tertiary applications.
1. The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Record of Achievement – this reports the years of attendance together with the units and grades undertaken at the graduating college.
2. The Tertiary Entrance Statement – this reports the information used to calculate the student’s ATAR. This will report the top three majors and the fourth best major or minor.
For further information on the ACT Senior Secondary System visit the BSSS website – http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/information_for_students.