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Senior School AS/A Level Programme 2017 - 2019


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I NTRODUCTI ON

I am very proud of Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) as it is a very successful international community school with high academic standards, excellent pastoral support and an outstanding range of extra-curricular activities. Since its establishment in 1984 the young people, staff and parents of DBIS have achieved many great things together and as a result, have ensured that the school has continued to grow in tandem with the community it serves while developing an excellent reputation locally and internationally. During this time the school?s academic results have gone from strength to strength, our inclusive provision has broadened, the creative arts have flourished, student participation in sports has reached record levels, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning have become a strong feature of our teachers?practice. I am delighted therefore that from August 2017 we will be able to build on the school?s strong foundations with the establishment of our eagerly awaited Senior School for Year 12 and 13 students. I am confident that the Senior School will be a stimulating and supportive environment for students to spend the final years at school and to prepare for life beyond. Our aim is to maximize the chances of all students to progress to their chosen higher education destination or preferred career paths through a rigorous AS/ A Level programme underpinned by a comprehensive academic support framework. Equally, a core curriculum, which will include physical education and sport, learning for life and an extended project, will provide Year 12 and Year 13 with a balanced and well-rounded educational experience. Year 12 and Year 13 will experience learning across two well-resourced campuses and will be supported by a team of specialist teachers. Small class sizes will ensure that every student is known and valued while the school?s close partnership with parents will be maintained to ensure that we respond to the evolving academic needs and personal development of every student. As illustrated by our school?s aims and mission, we are incredibly ambitious for our students in every phase of the school. We believe that our Senior School will provide a rigorous, holistic and highly individualised educational programme. I hope that this prospectus gives you a true flavour of what we do, and how we do it.

Paul Tough Head of School

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CORE VALUES

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DISCOVERY BAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OUR CORE VALUES We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community. We show care, kindness and compassion to others. We are supportive of each other. We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality. We are responsible and honest in our actions. We value personal identity and a global mindset. OUR MISSION We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world. OUR AIMS To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community. To encourage internationalism and develop intercultural understanding, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly inter-connected world. To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning. To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally. To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual. To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning. To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school. To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning. The DBIS Communit y

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L EARNI NG AT DBI S

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Discovery Bay International School is a community that encourages all of its students to recognise and achieve their potential. Our learning philosophy recognises students as individuals who are supported in their holistic development. Our shared values underpin all that we do and are referenced throughout our teaching and co-curricular programmes. Our learners are encouraged to pursue their passion and challenge themselves when faced with difficulties. DBIS benefits from a strong sense of community between students, staff and families. This is supported by small class sizes, where strong relationships are formed and there is a genuine sense that we are all working together towards the same outcomes. Positive relationships are recognised as a leading factor in student learning and something that is a feature of our school. The background of our faculty ensure that students are delivered subject content from experienced professionals. Our staff recruitment process is a global one, leading to exciting and innovative ideas in the classroom. Our students can expect a true international education. Preparing our students for success in school and life beyond our campus is evident in the approach taken to teaching and learning. Students exploring ideas and developing their own creative solutions to problems is emphasised and staff are always ready to provide support in these endeavours. Beyond academics, all students are encouraged to be involved in the school co-curricular programme. The number of activities available is significant and students can engage in activities in Sport, Community Service and Creative Arts. When students depart Discovery Bay International School, they leave a very special environment that has prepared them for their place in the global community.

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CONTENTS

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Introduction

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Core Values

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Learning at DBIS

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Senior School Academic Programme

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Choosing Subjects

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Student Support

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Subject Outlines

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Core Subjects

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Contact Details

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SENI OR SCHOOL SENI OR SCHOOL ACADEM I C PROGRAM M E Students attending Year 12 and 13 at Discovery Bay International School will be following an A Level course of study. Most students will study four subjects in Year 12, leading to AS qualifications, and three subjects (dropping one from Year 12) in Year 13 leading to A Level qualifications. Some students may opt to continue four subjects in Year 13 but this is typically not needed for university entrance. Should students choose to only study three subjects in Year 12, they will also be expected to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which carries the equivalent of one AS grade. Students taking four subjects may opt to complete the EPQ. The subjects available to students are: Art and Design Biology Business Chemistry Drama and Theatre English Literature Extended Project French Geography History Mandarin Mathematics - Mechanical Mathematics - Statistics Media Studies Music Physical Education Physics Travel and Tourism Pl ease not e: while we make every attempt to offer each of the subjects identified, in circumstances where this may not be possible, staff will contact students and parents to discuss available alternatives. Alongside the optional subjects, all students will take part in Physical Education (non-examined) and Learning for Life (personal development). Students will also have a number of supervised study sessions each cycle where they will be expected to independently prepare for their lessons.

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CHOOSI NG SUBJECTS

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The selection of subjects for study in Year 12 and 13 is an important time in any student?s academic journey. Selections at this stage will impact choices that are available for study at higher education and as a result a great deal of care must be taken in deciding what subjects to study. The task may seem daunting in the first instance but with careful planning and support from the school, students will begin Year 12 with confidence in their decisions. The key areas that should be considered when making subject choices are:

Passion f or t he subject Students should always consider subject areas where they have a genuine passion for study. During the two year course, there will be times where content and time management becomes more challenging and these are much easier to overcome when there is a passion for the subject.

Personal St rengt hs An important part of learning is to reflect on areas of personal strength and development. These should be considered when making choices for an A Level course of study. Recognition of the way you learn may provide insight into subjects where success can be achieved.

Higher Educat ion and Career Goal s Consideration of study beyond school is critical in the option selection process. Some university courses have pre-requisite study requirements at school and it is important that potential future options are kept open.

Further information about higher education can be found by visiting the following websites: United Kingdom https:/ / www.ucas.com/ http:/ / russellgroup.ac.uk/ media/ 5457/ informed-choices-2016.pdf United States of America https:/ / www.usa.gov/ higher-education If you need further advice, please contact Mr Mike Waller, Head of Secondary, mwaller@dbis.edu.hk. 6


STUDENT SUPPORT

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Universit y Guidance and Pat hways During Year 12, students will be offered a great deal of advice in anticipation of applying to higher education institutions in Year 13. All students will receive individual support in making sure their applications are completed to a standard that reflects them as learners and are submitted at the appropriate time. Where necessary the school will directly contact individual universities to clarify entry requirements. Students will also have the chance to participate in a number of university fairs that are held throughout Hong Kong. This will give students a chance to meet with representatives face to face to discuss their personal application. Learning Support All learners have natural strengths and areas for development. The Learning Support faculty help to put in place structures that will aid learning in the classroom for students that have identified learning needs. At times this support may be offering strategies to teachers or providing additional staff in the classroom. It is recognised that all learners are different and Learning Support ensures that individual pathways are established. Past oral Support Pastoral care at Discovery Bay International School has been developed to ensure that all students are supported, as individuals, to achieve their potential across all aspects of school life. The DBIS values, mission and aims underpin the pastoral care provision and provide a framework for the way we support the young people in our care. The form tutor plays a fundamental role in guiding individuals within their tutor group. The tutor is the first point of contact for teachers, students and parents. Through individual contact during registration time and one to one tutoring, form tutors make a significant contribution to the student?s social and academic development. Further support is available through the Year Group Leader and Head of Secondary, where necessary counselling services are available for students in need of emotional and mental health support.

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SUBJECT OUTL I NES

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Art and Design Art will allow students to express their creativity through a range of mediums. They will learn to critique their own work and make observations on the work of others?. Creatively solving design problems is also a key element of the course. Biol ogy Biology allows students to understand the makeup of life. They will gain knowledge in areas such as DNA, organisms and biochemical processes. Biology is an important subject for students wishing to study in a range of areas, including Medicine, Physiotherapy and Psychology. Business Through Business, students will learn about interactions within the market place and strategic planning for organisations. They will develop practical skills associated with day-to-day operations, including accounting and human resource management. Chemist ry Chemistry students will gain the ability to gather evidence through experiments and observations in order to build models and theories. They will learn about the structure of atoms and bonds that underpin our understanding of matter. The study of Chemistry is a pre-requisite for courses in Medicine at university. Drama and Theat re Drama will allow students to express themselves creatively through a focus on practical work that reflects modern theatre. Students who succeed in this subject will be well prepared for further study of Drama in Higher Education. Engl ish Lit erat ure Students who choose to study English Literature will develop the ability to understand and enjoy a range of texts. They will be able to express their ideas with creativity and learn key research and analysis skills. There will be a variety of texts studied, including; novels, plays and poems. Ext ended Project The Extended Project gives students a chance to expand their learning in a topic of their own choice. Students will carry out an in-depth piece of work that will result in one of four outcomes; a dissertation, an investigation, a performance or the production of an artifact. The extended project is designed to prepare learners for the demands of higher education assessment.

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SUBJECT OUTL I NES

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French Students studying French will gain the ability to communicate ideas with confidence and clarity, they will also gain an insight into culture and custom which will serve them well during social interactions. As French is one of the world's most widely spoken languages, it will prepare students for their lives in an international environment. Geography An understanding of physical and human geography underpins the course and students will gain a greater understanding of the impact of people on the environment. They will be able to use a range of source material to draw conclusions about events that have occurred and make predictions for future changes. Hist ory Students will learn to critically assess interpretations of an argument and express their own opinions with clarity. They will understand the notions of cause and effect and how identification of similarities and differences will help in making predictions for future events. Mandarin Through the study of Mandarin, students will be able to communicate ideas with confidence and clarity, they will also gain an insight into culture and custom which will serve them well during social interactions. Mandarin will prove to be beneficial to students, as they are able to engage effectively in one of the world?s key languages. Mat hemat ics ? St at ist ics or Mechanical Mathematics ? Statistics or Mechanical Students will gain a range of mathematical skills and be able to apply them to many everyday situations. They will learn to solve problems in a logical manner and express their solutions mathematically. Mathematics is important for higher education in the areas of Science, Medicine, Engineering, Business, Computing and many Humanities. Media St udies Practical media skills will be developed as students create their own projects based on case study briefs. They will learn project management, research skills and how to critically evaluate their own production. The development of ICT skills will be a core part of the course.

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SUBJECT OUTL I NES

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Music Students will develop an appreciation of music and be able to critically respond to a range of performance pieces. Students will need to be able to perform as part of a solo or ensemble and compose their own music. Physical Educat ion Students will learn to apply to anatomical and physiological theory to practice through their own physical performance. Students studying this course will be well placed for pursuing careers in sport and exercise. Physics In Physics, students will learn how to develop models of systems and test their predictions against physical evidence. They will also learn to use Mathematics as a way to express key principles. Many engineering courses require students to have studied Physics. Travel and Tourism Learners will gain an understanding of the scale of the travel and tourism industry and how it has changed in response to consumer needs. They will appreciate the need for sustainable tourism and how government policy can impact on travellers and the hospitality businesses.

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CORE SUBJECTS

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Core Physical Educat ion During Core PE lessons, students will be engaging in activities that support a healthy lifestyle. The selected games will have a focus participation for all and can be enjoyed both in school and with friends away from school. There will also be personal fitness goals for students to achieve. Learning f or Lif e This course is designed to support students in their personal development. The elements of the course are varied and can respond to situations that may arise in the community. Students will also receive guidance for positive decision making in relation to their personal lives. At appropriate times student will also receive support for university applications and the preparation of personal statements. Sel f St udy During these lessons, students are expected to work independently on tasks for their chosen subjects. This may include homework, coursework and preparation for future lessons. Students who have group tasks may also use this time to meet to discuss their project. Self study lessons will be supervised by a member of staff.

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CONTACT D ETAI L S

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Head of School - Mr Paul Tough

ptough@dbis.edu.hk

Head of Secondary School - Mr Mike Waller Admissions - Mrs Alison Wyatt

mwaller@dbis.edu.hk awyatt@dbis.edu.hk

Discovery Bay International School Discovery Bay Lantau Island Hong Kong Secondary: (852) 2987 7331 Email: dbis@dbis.edu.hk Website: www.dbis.edu.hk

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