BISAD Diploma

I am very excited to announce the introduction of a new initiative within BIS Abu Dhabi to support the education of our students – the BISAD Diploma.

At our school we value all aspects of learning and personal development. We all want students to grow up with excellent academic results and also highly developed personal skills to help achieve success in today’s competitive, international world. When students are aiming for places on IB or at University we want them to succeed in all aspects and gain the best advantages they possibly can.

The BISAD Diploma is an award which all students will work towards in each year group from Year 1 to Year 11. As part of the Diploma, all students will be expected to record their achievements in each of 9 Categories:

Service 		Leadership 			House
CCAs			Academics			Cultural
Sport 			Arts				Environmental Awareness

The personal Characteristics that help students achieve their goals are also very important and we ask students to record their application of these too.

For Secondary students the Characteristics constitute the IB Learning Profile: Thinker, Risk-taker, Reflective, Principled, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, Inquirer Communicator, Caring, Balanced.

For younger students we use a slightly different set of Characteristics: Thoughtful, Risk-taker, Reflective, Resilient, Knowledgeable, Curious, Respectful, Resourceful, Communicator, Empathetic.

During the year, the students will be aiming to complete their BISAD Diploma. If they can achieve all categories once they receive the Bronze Award. If they can achieve them twice or even three times this could lead to Silver or possibly even Gold.

Parents will be kept updated with their children’s progress on the BISAD Diploma. Furthermore, we will also be sending home a Non-Academic Report next term so parents can have a full record of their child’s broader achievements in addition to the regular academic reports.

My thanks in advance to all parents for their support with these initiatives. By setting students goals and by helping them contribute and succeed in all areas, we are confident this will have a wonderful impact in helping each student’s individual development. Achieving success and celebrating success leads to further success, and everything we can do to help children develop whilst in school can lead to even greater success in the future.

Patrick Horne