Each year, US students and teachers are involved in experiential learning programmes, travelling within the region and abroad. These programmes form a fundamental part of the learning experience at CDNIS and all students are required to participate unless there are extenuating circumstances.
In the 2014-15 academic year, the Grades 7 and 8 programmes will run in the spring; the destinations and dates will be confirmed in the fall. Last year, Grade 7 students visited Taiwan, Thailand or Inner Mongolia while the Grade 8 students visited Yunnan or Yangshuo, China or Malaysia. The cost of these trips is not included in the regular tuition.
Each November students in Grades 9-12 participate in “CAS Week”, which introduces and engages them in a variety of tasks and challenges such as physical challenges, service work, or creative endeavours. Small groups of mixed-grade level students are involved in a wide variety of programmes running from 5 to 9 days in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong. Programme outlines are presented to students at the end of the previous school year. Students submit their application in September, listing three programmes in which they wish to participate. New students to CDNIS in Grades 9-12 are presented with the information upon enrolment. Space in each programme is limited, but every effort is made to ensure that students are placed in one of their three choices. The cost of these CAS Week trips is not included in the regular tuition.
Since CDNIS introduced the full IB programme in the 2008-09 academic year, the travel itineraries offered during CAS Week have become more closely aligned with the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) component of the IB DP. CAS Week normally takes place in mid- November. Additional details can be found on the Upper School website
At all grade levels, day trips from the school require parental permission. Forms are sent out in advance. Accurate and complete forms are imperative to ensure participation.
LS students participate in a wide variety of out-of-class learning experiences, which complement the classroom programme at CDNIS. The school views these as essential parts of the teaching and learning programme. They include field trips, sports days, camps, and cultural/language trips. The cost i.e. admission fee and transport of some field trips is included in the regular tuition fees. Others are partially or fully funded by parents.
Day trips off the school grounds require parental permission. Forms are sent out in advance and students who do not return signed consent forms are strictly not allowed to attend.
Classroom teachers will advise parents about field trips scheduled for their class. Parent participation in field trips is often encouraged. Please inform your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to volunteer as a chaperone. Furthermore, parents are encouraged to talk to the classroom teacher if they are aware of potential activities that might enhance the instructional programme.
Overnight camps begin in Grade 3 and run through Grade 6. Destinations are confirmed in the fall.