As part of our school philosophy, at BCIS we learn through 'exploration of the world', 'service to local and global communities', 'awareness and understanding of global issues' , 'knowledge developed from world perspectives', and 'commitment to environmental sustainability'. These five strands form the basis of our commitment to developing students who can become world citizens who are tolerant of differences, understand diverse perspectives, and can collaborate in addressing global problems.
Global citizenship is addressed in various ways, both in and outside the classroom. Curriculum content is carefully mapped to ensure that students are developing empathy, are aware of social justice and inequity, and understand the concept of sustainable development. They will also develop the skills which will enable them to challenge injustice, resolve arguments peacefully and think critically and creatively about world issues. Outside the classroom, students are engaged in a range of activities, including the Global Issues Group (GIG) and the Model United Nations (MUN). Student Council members are responsible for addressing issues of sustainability in the school. Throughout the school, students are engaged in a range of community service activities, including working for Habitat for Humanity and developing relationships with local orphanages.
In addition, BCIS is committed to fostering an understanding of its host culture, China. All students learn Chinese, and Chinese culture is embedded in the curriculum through curriculum content, selection of texts (for example, the World Literature component of the IB Diploma English A1 course), and learning about annual events and celebrations, such as the Chinese Spring Festival. BCIS is also committed to reaching out to Chinese schools in the local community.