The foreign languages offered at ISS are French and Chinese. The four primary language skills are assessed in class: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the language courses students are encouraged to develop creative thought and expression, aesthetic awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of languages. At ISS, the development of language skills and Inter-cultural language learning opportunities help our students to know and understand the world around them and to understand commonality and differences, thus educating them to be good global citizens.
Years 9 - 10
The two year program offered at 9-10 expands student understanding of language learned in the Middle School program. Skills are further developed, leading up to the final IGCSE examination in year 10. Grammar rules are extended with students being introduced to the imperfect tense, the conditional tense and the future tense. This introduces students to formal writing. The textbooks used are Equipe 3, Equipe 4, Ni Hao 3, GCSE Chinese.
Students are expected to sit the IGCSE Second Language Mandarin Chinese examinations in May of Year 10 and the IGCSE Second Language French examinations in October/November.
Year 9 students studying French are eligible to sit the DELF A1 certificate corresponding to level 1of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Year 10 students studying French are eligible to sit the DELF A2 certificate. These examinations are sat at ISS but offered by the Alliance Française de Suva.
Year 9 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the ACER Certificate 2 in Chinese (Mandarin). ACER (Assessment of Language Competence Certificates) provides certificates for second language learners in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Year 10 Students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the HSK 2 Certificate, which is offered at The Confucius Institute at USP.
Years 11 - 12
French and Chinese are offered as part of the IB Diploma program and the ACT Year 12 Certificate program. ACT Continuing French (or IB Diploma French B) and ACT Continuing Chinese (or IB Diploma Chinese B) are offered to students who have had 4-5 years of experience in learning these languages. ACT Beginning French (or IB Diploma French Ab Initio) is offered to students learning French for the first time in Year 11.
At the end of Year 12, French students are eligible to sit the DELF B1 or B2 certificates corresponding to levels 3 & 4 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. French Ab Initio students are eligible to sit level A2 or B1 midway through year 12. These examinations are offered by the Alliance Française de Suva.
Year 11 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the HSK 3 Certificate. Year 12 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit HSK4 certificate. These examinations are offered at The Confucius Institute at USP. Students obtaining either of the certificates will be eligible to apply for a one-year full scholarship in a university in China to study language and culture study.
The Humanities Department offers the following subjects: Accounting, Business Studies and History are offered in Years 9 and 10 according to the IGCSE curriculum, Business Management, Economics and History are offered as ACT subjects or can contribute to an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for Years 11 and 12. Classes incorporate inquiry based learning and students are provided a range of opportunities to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
- IGCSE Accounting, Business Studies and History
- ACT / IB Business Management, Economics, History
- Information and Communication Technology
IGCSE Accounting, Business Studies and History
Accounting develops skills in recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting financial information which form an solid foundation for students wishing pursue this discipline in their senior years.
The content includes: The Purpose of Accounting, Sources and recording of data, Verification of Accounting records, Accounting procedures, Principles of financial statements, Preparation of financial statements, Analysis and interpretation, and Accounting principles and policies.
The Business Studies content includes business and its environment, private and public businesses, changing business environment, external economic environment, business structure organization and control, financing business activity, operations management, financial information and decision making, and reasons for regulations.
Students of History learn international relations since 1919 which covers peace treaties of 1919 – 23, League of Nations, causes of World War II, Cold War and events of the Cold War such as the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, as well as USSR control over Eastern Europe 1949 – 1989, and the Gulf Crisis up to 2000. In addition, students learn a depth study: Russia 1905 – 1941. Learning experiences include debates, oral presentations, use of ICT and research assignments. Students’ assessments are marked against IGCSE assessment objectives.
Humanities - Year 11 and 12
Students choose to study either one or two of these subjects according to the ACT Year 12 Certificate or the IB Diploma curriculum. Learning strategies develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills through oral presentations and seminars, fieldwork, simulations, debates, research projects and excursions, as well as develop a greater awareness of global systems.
ACT / IB Business Management, Economics, History
The course offers students a greater understanding of the business environment by learning the six main concepts of Change, Culture, Ethics, Globalization, Innovation and Strategy that are taught in conjunction with the main topics – Business organization and environment, Human Resource Management, Finance and Accounts, Marketing and Operations Management.
Economics students are introduced to the fundamentals of economics along with microeconomics in the first semester of Year 11. The main concepts studied here include Competitive markets: demand and supply, Elasticity, Government intervention, and market failure. HL students only learn the Theory of the firm and market structures. Students also learn about macroeconomics including the topics of the level of overall economic activity, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, macroeconomic objectives, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and Supply-side policies. In year 12, the first semester focuses on international economics that covers international trade, exchange rates, the balance of payments, and economic integration. HL students only also learn the topic of Terms of trade. The final semester focus is on Development economics. This topic looks at economic development, measuring development, the role of domestic factors, the role of international trade, the role of foreign direct investment, the roles of foreign aid and multilateral development assistance, the role of international debt, and the balance between markets and intervention, market failures, externalities and policies to reduce negative externalities.
History students learn about causes, practices of wars. Specific wars include World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War and the Chinese Civil War. They also study the rise and rule of authoritarian states by examining the conditions that gave rise to totalitarian governments, ideologies, and its appeal. Students also learn about the political, economic, social and cultural impacts as well as the legacies of these totalitarian regimes. Case studies include Germany 1923 – ’45 and Cuba 1959 – ’76. Year 12 students undertake a study of modern China from the Manchu dynasty to Mao Zedong’s rule, looking at western intrusion, communist victory in 1949, and Mao’s rule and his successors up to 1990. Mao’s rule is an additional authoritarian state for IB Diploma students. The final unit continues with the IB Asia and Oceania regional option by examining the collapse of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate and the transition to the modern era, the establishment of a modern government, its imperial conquests and militarism, its role in international affairs and post-World War II reconstruction.
The Model UN
The Humanities and Technology Department organizes the annual ISS Model UN where students in Years 9 – 12 and from other neighboring schools debate global issues in 5 committees – General Assembly, ECOSOC and Security Council. Click here for more information.
Travel and Tourism IGCSE
Travel and tourism is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of students through an exploration of this diverse and multifaceted industry.
Students gain an overview of the industry and learn about popular destinations, customer care, marketing, travel and tourism products and services, and working procedures. Students will gain an insight into the wide ranging impacts of this industry and develop both local and global mindsets.
Tourism and Event Management
The tourism and event management industries contribute significantly to the Fijian and South Pacific economies, not to mention their impact in other countries. Students undertaking Tourism and Event management will develop an appreciation of the industries and their importance on a local and a global level. Students explore topics such as travel planning, popular destinations, customer care, marketing, products and services, event management, planning, budgeting, current issues of concern and the greater impact worldwide of these industries. Along with these concepts students will develop skills in the areas of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, time management, evaluation and application of knowledge, not to mention the development of a global mindset. The course supports the development of these skills for the now, and beyond into life after school.
Information and Communication Technology
ICT is concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data. Importantly, it also looks at the way these different uses can work with each other, as an example, personal computers, internet and email, mobile phones and so on.
Information and Communication Technology equips students with practical skills and applications that are utilized in all other subject areas. It draws on the school’s current facilities and resources, computers and computer applications. The teaching learning model used in the most of classes is ‘Blended Learning’. This refers to learning models that combine traditional classroom practice with e-learning solutions.
Students are assessed based on their knowledge and understanding, their problem-solving skills, their practical skills and their ability to research and communicate ideas.
Years 9 - 10 ICT
Information Technology is an IGCSE course and students may choose to sit the IGCSE Information Technology Examinations in Year 10. Information Technology is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of computer concepts and practical skills, and enables them to evaluate and use information technology. Through practical experience students develop confidence in dealing with existing and emerging information technologies and understand their application and implication to work, leisure and communication. Students are encouraged to develop time management and planning skills.
The main focus of this course is to provide a balanced approach to learning about information technology. It is a practical course, and therefore has a strong emphasis on acquiring skills in a range of Office computer applications with strong emphasis in Word, Excel, Access and web designing. There is also be some study on the impact of information technology in society.
Information Technology is not offered in Years 11 and 12.