International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate programmes aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Students are responsible for their choices and actions and are expected to conduct themselves ethically, responsibly, and with compassion. Students are expected to act in a manner that reflects positively on Northbridge International School Cambodia while at school, school events, school trips or in the greater community.
“To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (International Baccalaureate Organisation)”
The Learner Profile
The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st Century. The learner profile provides a long- term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose. The attributes and descriptors of the learner profile define the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programmes. The International Baccalaureate has incorporated the learner profile into all three programmes so that it is the common ground on which all IB World Schools stand, and contains the essence of what they, and the three programmes, are about.
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Grade Level divisions and Academic Programmes
Secondary School is proud to offer the following International Baccalaureate programmes;
- Middle Years Programme (G6-10)
- Diploma Programme (G11 & 12)
The Middle Years Programme:
Grades 6 - 10
Northbridge International School Cambodia is an authorised IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) school, providing a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 12 to 16. Students are required to study eight subjects and complete the personal project in Grade 10. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for the Diploma Programme, further education and their chosen profession, as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life.
The Diploma Programme:
Grades 11 & 12
Northbridge International School Cambodia is an authorised IB Diploma school providing a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 16 to 18. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession, as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. The driving force behind both the MYP & DP is a philosophy about the nature of education, which is expressed in the IB’s mission statement, in the IB learner profile and in the fundamental principles on which the curriculum is based and which continue to inspire its development.
The school year at Northbridge International School Cambodia runs for approximately ten (10) months with 180 student learning days. The year is divided into two semesters (with two quarters each) for grading and for fees payment purposes and generally runs from early-August to early-June.
The regular school week runs from Monday through Friday. The length of the school day runs from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Students are supervised from 7:30am when Secondary School gate opens. There is an After School Activities programme from 3:30 to 5:00pm.
Please note that every Monday the school has a delayed start to provide professional and curriculum development time for Northbridge International School Cambodia faculty. School starts at 10:00am and students may report at 9:30am.
Block Schedule and Lesson Timings
The teaching block schedule runs on a five-day schedule (Monday to Friday). See the opposite page for a sample timetable.
Northbridge is proud of its commitment to digital communication and communicates through blogs, email, social networks and the school website. We have a commitment to protecting the environment and avoid sending paper communication home. It is vital that we have your up-to-date email account in order to communicate with you regularly.
The Northbridge International School Cambodia Facebook page provides informal updates, photographs and videos of school life. There is an annual Yearbook, which is provided to all students every year in June.
Other means of communication include email, telephone calls, student reports and scheduled conferences.
Parents are able to view their child’s performance through Managebac and are also encouraged to have direct communication with their teachers. Appointments can be scheduled through the Secondary Office.
For emergency situations that arise without warning, these are communicated to parents via email and telephone. Please make sure the school has your up to date mobile phone number.
Meet your Teachers
Within the first few weeks of the school term, we will invite parents to meet teachers. This is held during the early part of the school year to enable parents to meet teachers, administrators, and staff.
During the course of the interaction, teachers are provided with the opportunity to explain their course programmes, materials, schedule, and classroom expectations for the school year.
We will also share emails and make sure parents have access to Managebac and blogs.
The School Store supplies the various notebooks students will require for their lessons. Students will receive a ‘Back to School’ supply pack at the beginning of the school year.
Classroom teachers issue all books and various instructional materials (most of which are shipped from abroad) directly to the students. There is no charge for these materials as long as the items are returned in good order after use. However, in the case of loss or damage of a textbook, library book or workbook, the student must pay a replacement fee. Students will be issued replacements after fees are paid. Fees are levied at the current cost of the lost or damaged book plus 50% for shipping and handling.
PE Uniform and Swimming Attire Expectations
All students in from Grade 6 – Grade 10 are given two sets of clothes for physical education from the Northbridge International School Cambodia School Store each school year. All students should wear proper, supportive athletic shoes for PE.
Swimming is taught as a component of the Physical Education program. Students are expected to follow their assigned schedules and come appropriately prepared – with swimsuit and towel – on the designated days to be in the pool.
The Northbridge International School Cambodia Library is located on the ground and first floor makerspace of the Hub building. It is open during the following times:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
The library provides 24/7 access to subscription databases, resource lists, pathfinders, and online learning opportunities. The library supports the MYP Approaches to Learning and DP Extended Essay through the instruction of 21st century information literacy skills.
The librarian works in collaboration with teachers to promote lifelong learning and a love of literacy. The librarian also manages the collection and sets program and collection goals. As a community library, we serve students, teachers and parents. If you have any resources you would like the library to acquire, please communicate your recommendations to the library staff.
The makerspace is a creative environment which, in partnership with MIT, explores all things STEAM.
BYOD. Bring Your Own Device
Northbridge International School Cambodia believes that ICT plays an essential role in empowering learners to become knowledgeable and active global citizens and inspiring them to be ethical, respectful and compassionate global leaders. ICT supports students engage in a balanced program which offers opportunities for social, physical, emotional, artistic, and intellectual development. In order to meet these goal, students need to understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Northbridge International School Cambodia Secondary School students are expected to:
Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
• At school we use technology that supports our learning.
• We keep in mind the amount of time we spend using screens and balance F2F with online interactions.
• We ensure that the information, images and materials we post online will not put us at risk.
• We are careful not to publish personal details, contact details or a schedule of activities.
• We are proactive in protecting passwords, accounts and resources.
Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
• We show respect to others.
• We don’t abuse our rights of access and don’t enter other people’s private spaces or areas.
• We don’t use electronic mediums to flame, bully, harass or stalk other people.
• We show respect for other people in the choice of websites we visit.
Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
• Before we post anything we always consider how sharing information about our life, experiences, experimentation or relationships might impact our future.
• We suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media etc.
• We acknowledge all primary and secondary sources.
• We use free and open source or purchase, license and register all software.
• We purchase music and media, and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses.
Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
We report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed to ourselves or others and we seek support from our parents, teachers, counselors, and appropriate organizations and authorities.
We protect others by reporting abuse, not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications and not visiting sites that are degrading or inappropriate.
We report conversations that are inappropriate or unacceptable.
Assessment Grading and Reporting to Parents
Northbridge International School Cambodia believes in using a balanced system of assessment tools and strategies to know and understand our students as learners, including both formative and summative assessments. We believe that assessment is integral to student learning and is vital in supporting the NISC vision and mission.
Grading and Reporting
Students in the MYP and DP are graded using the IB grade descriptors. Full academic reports go home to parents at the end of each semester and mid-semester reports focusing on Approaches to Learning (Study Skills)
Opportunities to review learning
Northbridge International School Cambodia Secondary School schedules two formal opportunities for parents to find out more about their child’s progress.
• Three-way conference (TWC) – Teacher, Student and Parent conference.
Parents are encouraged to ask the student questions about what they are learning, their work habits, their strengths, and the goals they have set for improvement on an ongoing basis.