At The British International School Abu Dhabi, we value all aspects of learning and personal development, to help our students achieve success in today’s competitive, international world. Students are encouraged to achieve their best in academic, sport and creative fields, whilst at the same time developing their social skills; respect, kindness, honesty and a willingness to serve others.
Being actively involved and engaged in a wide range of activities enables students to enhance their learning beyond the curriculum, and ensures a holistic learning experience.
As part of the Diploma, students are expected to record their achievements in each of the 9 Categories in a Diploma Portfolio. This is a way of documenting while also working towards this prestigious award:
- Environmental Awareness
Personal characteristics are also being developed, and students record their application of these too.
For Secondary students, the characteristics mirror the IB Learning Profile: Thinker, Risk-taker, Reflective, Principled, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, Inquirer Communicator, Caring, Balanced.
For younger students, the following set of characteristics are used: Thoughtful, Risk-taker, Reflective, Resilient, Knowledgeable, Curious, Respectful, Resourceful, Communicator, Empathetic.
During the year, students will be aiming to complete their BISAD Diploma. There are three tiers available:
- Bronze level: This is the basic level of the Diploma, awarded if students record one thing in each category and characteristic
- Silver Level: This is the next level of achievement. To achieve this, they must record two examples in a category and a characteristic.
- Gold Level: This is the exceptional level. Reserved for our truly ambitious students who go above and beyond and recording three examples in each category and characteristic
To bring the Diploma to life, we have provided some activity suggestions for each category:
- Service: Helping a younger child with homework, helping around the home to do a job that isn’t theirs, donating something to or fundraising for a person in need, or coming up with a charity initiative.
- Leadership: Captaining a sports team, leading a new project or idea, or teaching someone how to do something.
- House: Taking part in House day or BIS Got Talent show, earning the most house points of the month, or volunteer for as a House Captain.
- CCAs: Attending a CCA, using a CCA to improve a skill, or applying something learnt in CCAs.
- Academics: Taking part in an out-of-school academic activity, challenging themselves in an activity they find hard, making progress in a subject or exceptional homework.
- Cultural: Visiting a famous UAE Landmark, completing own research about the UAE, or travelling and trying local traditions such as food and dance.
- Sport: Playing in a team or competition, getting a certificate in a sports area or trying a new sport.
- Arts: Taking part in a show, playing an instrument, or performing a poem to the class, watching a film and writing a review or even visiting The Louvre.
- Environmental Awareness: Recycling, using reusable products or making people aware of environmental issues.
How can parents help?
Parents can support their child to succeed in this initiative in the following ways:
- Email or send in photographs of your child
- Send in any trophies, certificates, medals that your child may achieve
- Encourage your children to sign up for CCAs, sports clubs, theatre productions etc.
- Take videos of your child doing something and send it to their teacher or form tutor
- Talk to your child about the Diploma, show them the examples and plan as to how they could achieve Bronze in all categories
- Create opportunities for children to achieve Bronze such as doing something cultural as a weekend activity
Encourage them to aim for Gold!