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NACIS Graduate’s Reflection: IBDP Makes Me Become a Lifelong Learner (1)

In July, NACIS welcomed the first graduates from Grade 12. After taking IBDP examination, they are delighted to enjoy the summer vacationand accept offers from their ideal university.


One of them, Evian received an early decision offer from George Washington University. Evian was one of the first students to join NACIS when NACIS was founded. Meanwhile, she was a student who was keen on participating in art and public welfare activities. At school, she used to lead her House to participate in the summer showcase and won the first prize. She also went to the Nord Anglia Tanzania base to build classrooms for local children. She said, ‘It has been three years since I first stepped into the campus in September 2016. For me, it is not only a high-school learning experience, but also a process for me to become better self.”



Read her story...


'The Personalized Teaching Enabled Me to Find My Direction'


The teaching at NACIS is completely different from that of national schools. What impressed me most is the personalized teaching. 


From course selection to form distribution, from one-to-one parent meeting to ‘personalized’exercises before exams, I deeply felt that my teachers, classmates and parentswere all around me, encouraging me and working together with me during my learning. I can still remember that two months before the IBDP examination, when everyone was working hard to get prepared, our English teacher, who paid close attention to the English proficiency of each student and knew about our strengths and weaknesses, gave an envelope to each student. Inside the envelope, there was a personalized test paper for us, focusing on our weakness. I was afraid of writing, but my English teacher eliminated my worries. She talked with me on my essays and corrected them carefully. She gave recognition to what I did well and let me know my shortcomings. In addition to comforting me, she made future study plans with me to improve, which made me know about what I should do in the future, so that I could do better next time. 


In fact, I not only gained a good study method, but also learned a positive way to deal with difficulties - take it easy, face the problems and solve them one by one.


MIT program

'Teachers’ encouragement Gave Me Confidence to Stand on Stages'


Our teachers were really concerned about us. They discovered our strengths and hobbies through observation and conversation, which was important.

I have always been a drama lover since childhood. I have been learning folk dance since grade one, and I practiced musical drama from grade 3 to grade 6. Since grade 7, I have been learning bel canto. So when I joined NACIS, I yearned for stage performance. However, my introverted personality always made me stand still. I had no bravery to perform on stage.


At the beginning of Grade 11, the school drama ECA was recruiting actors and actresses and auditions would be arranged. I was hesitant. I wanted to participate in it, but I was afraid that I might perform poorly. Ms. Rebecca always remembered my hobby. One day, when I stopped at the poster again, she stopped and asked me, ‘You love drama, don’t you? Just have a try!’ 


Her encouragement helped me to make up my mind. I passed the audition andmet many younger students who loved drama. Without Ms. Rebecca’s words, I would have missed the audition which meant a lot to me. From then on, I rehearsed every Wednesday till 5 p.m. With other students of drama ECA and went to other Nord Anglia schools to perform. We also took part in NACIS’s first summer showcase. Our teacher gave us trust and space to show ourselves. Each house had 15 minutes to perform its own program. As a student of the highest grade, I led fellow students to design programs and compose dances and the drama. With my stage and performance experience, I linked all programs into a complete performance, and we finally won the first prize.

singing on stage

I would also like to share my experience in NACIS TALK, in which I was asked to share a topic on the stage. It was quite like TEDTALKS. At that time, I was preparing for my last TOEFL test, and could not think of a topic that might arouse others’ interest. So, I thought of giving up. My maths teacher, who was also my form tutor, encouraged me not to give up. He encouraged me to start from something I like, so I thought of art. I have been an art fanatic since I was a child. 


In fact, many children's initial dreamswere to become dancers or musicians. However, art education has always been marginalized. Many students only focus on their main subjects while neglecting the cultivation in art as they grow up. Why on earth can't we be artists? I shared my thoughts at NACIS TALK.


Besides, NACIS also gave me many other chances such as the preparation and direction of the new year performance. These experiences helped me to become more confident. I learned that I should fight for what I love rather than being timid.

With the confidence, Evian is marching forward on her way. We are looking forward to seeingher share more wonderful stories next week.