Creative ability is something which all children have. Children’s development in art comes both from inside themselves and from the world outside. Art allows them to express their own thoughts, ideas and experiences. To enable this learning process, children need to be exposed to a wide variety of materials and expressive activities.Enthusiasm is also very important: the feeling that art is an enjoyable, valuable activity and that success is in everybody’s reach.
High School Art
The development of skills or techniques in art is important, but these are best learned as students struggle to express their own ideas, thoughts and experiences. Students at any stage in art class have the ability to produce something that for them is new or unique when compared with previous efforts.
The program provides opportunities for advanced art students to develop strong portfolios that may be used for college entry, and encourage students who are hesitant about art to try their best and be patient while their skills develop. Overall, the high school art program is a chance for students to discover more about themselves and the world around them.
Especially in these grades I would like to develop their basic skills:
Drawing techniques and processes: observational drawing (figure, portrait, still-life, landscape, perspective, etc.) Painting techniques and processes: watercolor, acrylic, pastel, etc. Techniques and processes used in sculpture: clay, papier-mâché, college, fibres, found objects etc. Elements and principles of art: color, shape/form, line, texture, etc. Art history: Egyptian, Greek, and Roman periods.
Integrate art techniques and processes in specific themes or styles into artwork. Examine, analyze, criticize and compare works of art. Create art projects ranging from realistic to abstract. Use symbols, symbolism, mood and stylization art history projects.
The development of skills or techniques through experimentation to express their own ideas in artwork. Realistic/abstract. Examination, analysis, criticism of and comparison with works of art from famous artists.[tab:Music Program]
Our Elementary Music classes are twice a week and cover all the strands in the Massachusetts curriculum, including singing, composition, reading and notation and critical response. These are covered in a number of different and exciting themes throughout the year.
Pupils are given the opportunity to learn keyboard in grades one and two, recorder in grades three and four and violin in grades five and six. They have progress charts in the classroom to keep them focused and on track for their practice. We run a Glee club after-school and a Gleem (Glee mini) club at Friday lunchtimes.
Each year the elementary puts on a show in December, which in the past as been a ‘Musical Holiday Show’, ‘It’s a Musical World’ and this year is ‘Rock n Roll Forever’.
“Music has a tremendous value as an academic discipline. It contributes to the understanding of other subjects. In school there is a tremendous difference between learning and doing. With music, you do both.”
Joan Schmidt, Board Member, National School Boards Association
Instrumental Music is offered to all high school students. Students learn to play wind, percussion or string instruments, read music and participate in a performance ensemble.
Currently, there are three performance ensembles – the Junior, Middle and Senior Concert Ensembles – that promote an educational environment that fosters musical excellence and student growth.
The music program helps students develop a wide range of musical and professional skills. Students will:
The Chinese course is divided into 4 levels. Placement is based on past course work and current knowledge. The focus of the Chinese course is to build an understanding of complicated words, phrases, sentences, songs, stories, dialogues in context, as well as an appreciation of the differences between Chinese and English.
Students also learn to translate language and content ideas from other subjects into Chinese. The course encompasses all key language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an overall emphasis on the use of Chinese for pragmatic communication.
Furthermore, to learn Chinese profoundly, it is not only the study of how to read and write Chinese, but students are also encouraged to understand Chinese culture, traditions, and festivals. This course provides the opportunity to learn Chinese culture, traditions, and festivals by participating in various field trips, Chinese chess, and Chinese New Year celebrations. Grade is dependent on supporting documentation, quizzes, and class participation.
The Japanese language program focuses on helping students to build up their proficiency and confidence in the language. There are 4 levels of language study for students from Grade 9 to Grade 12, and placement is based on past course work and current knowledge.
Students learn the fundamentals of Japanese, including grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and listening. Students also learn how to write the two Japanese scripts (Hiragana and Katakana). Advanced students learn Kanji (Chinese script), as it is part of Japanese writing. Students are encouraged to practice and learn Japanese through a variety of different projects and experiences.
To increase student knowledge of Japanese society and culture, students are introduced to traditional customs (e.g. calligraphy and designing New Year’s cards in Kanji). In addition, modern aspects of the country such as fashion and Japanese Manga are studied.
Four levels of French are offered. Placement into a level is based on previous French courses taken and/or ability level as assessed by the teacher.
French 1 offers a basic understanding of French language and culture. Vocabulary is introduced along with correct pronunciation and spelling which relates to communication within the family, school, school work, and travel. Along with this, students will be given a basic understanding of French culture including social protocols, life style, foods, and an introduction to the country’s major cities.
French 2 focuses more on sharpening the ability to communicate with attention being given to correcting difficulties in grammar and pronunciation. The field of communication is also widened to include topics that are not only self related.
French 3 aims at giving the students the skill to express more personal matters. Students will do more personal research, and relate it to personal experience. Topic based activities which allow discussions around themes the students have learned in other classes will be increased. At this point, English will be allowed in class only on a very limited basis.
French 4 will give students a solid knowledge of French society and culture. Skills allowing students to communicate only in French will be strengthened. Use of English will not be allowed in class at this level.
All four levels of French use the BBC French Experiences program. This is supplemented with day to day materials such as magazine articles, songs, movies/documentaries, maps tickets, cards, etc.
The Thai Language and Culture Program at NIS divided into two sections, Thai as a Foreign Languge, and Acamic Thai for Thai Nationals. Non-Thai students have the option of joining the Academic Thai Program with the permission of the teacher. The following is a brief summary of the two programs. A separate Thai Language and Culture Curriculum is available for those wishing more in-depth information.
Thai as a Foreign Language
This track covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the use of language for practical communication. In addition, the track involves the Thai Studies component which includes Thai customs and culture, history, geography, and folklore.
This track is designed to meet the Thai Ministry of Education’s requirements for Thai Nationals. The program involves the study of integrated skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The program also includes literature and Thai culture education following the guidelines set forth by the Thai Ministry of Education curriculum.
At NIS, we offer a variety of different and diverse programs, including Dance. The NIS Dance Program promotes a positive environment where students explore their individual creativity through movement. In addition to learning skills and techniques, every lesson develops the students’ confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, and the ability to individually take on challenges to achieve their goals.
The Dance Program is open to students in grades 8-12 at three levels: Beginner and Intermediate 1 & 2.
At the Beginner level, the students focus on learning rhythm and movement skills, developing physical and emotional strength, and exploring different facets of street dance. At the end of each semester, the students learn specific choreographed routines to perform at the NIS Winter and Spring Concerts.
At the Intermediate 1 level, students learn more difficult routines and gain leadership skills by leading the warm ups and exploring the role that dance plays in developing their multiple intelligences. In the second semester, students learn choreography skills, choreograph and teach their own routine to the class. These choreography projects are performed at local dance festivals and the NIS Spring Concert.
In the Intermediate 2 level class, the students challenge their kinesthetic and emotional intelligence even further by taking on difficult and fast-paced choreography. The Intermediate 2 students shape their own learning experience. They choose the style and choreography that they want to learn – no matter how difficult the routine – the students push themselves to master the self selected choreography. At the end of the year, the students choreograph and direct their own music video.
Team work, discipline, self-esteem and confidence are the foundations for the NIS Dance Program. With these skills, the NIS students can be empowered to succeed in building their own foundations for the future.
The NIS P.E. Department
At NIS we offer a full Physical Education (P.E) program within the classroom environment and also as part of our after-school program. Each class is taught as mixed ability groups and P.E is an integral part of our school. At NIS we believe that each child is entitled to full access to participate in P.E regardless of aptitude or ability. It is our intention to develop the whole child – mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We are aware that all children require a program of P.E to fulfill their developmental needs. The courses are therefore directed towards each child’s needs in a positive learning environment, which promotes enjoyment, and appreciation of the subject area.
The Early Childhood Centre (ECC) children receive both swimming lessons and ‘Music and Movement’ classes. Both these classes focus on learning through fun and play to foster both the child’s confidence and movement skills within the swimming pool and gym environments. Our swimming program is based on the Canadian Red Cross ‘Learn to Swim’ program, which has programs tailored especially for 3-6 year olds.
As we move into the Elementary school we offer a graduated swim program that is based around the safety skills and techniques taught in the ‘Learn to Swim’ program and also encompasses the skills the students will need when preparing for our twice annual swim meets. The Elementary students also have a full P.E. program that teaches a wide range of movement, and game-play skills, along with specific preparation for the various sports on offer at NIS throughout the year including track and field and badminton. We also are keenly aware of how important it is to keep up the students’ fitness lessons and include fun fitness lessons for all. We also test each child from grade 3-6 using the ‘Fitnessgram Test’ three times per year, which allows parents to see their child’s fitness levels and development throughout the year.
From grade 7-9 P.E. is compulsory and we carry on developing the students, helping to motivate each child to retain a lifelong interest in all aspects of P.E. and recognise the importance of living and maintaining a healthy life. We aim to develop a range of physical skills, stamina and strength and an appreciation of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship. As well as the general P.E. program we offer three ‘Dance’ classes a ‘Sports Leadership Class’ and an ‘Advanced P.E. class.’ The dance classes are available to all high school students and are set up so there are different classes available for both the beginners all the way through to the more experienced dancers. Within the Dance classes the students will learn techniques, develop strength and put together routines which aim towards putting on dance shows both within the school and at competitions throughout Thailand.
The sports leadership class is available to students from grade 10-12 and is a course that will help develop the students as young sports leaders who will be able to coach/teach/mentor the younger athletes at school as well as being able to referee and organize the various sports events we have throughout the year.
Lastly the advanced P.E. class is available for grade 10-12 students and is a class that focuses on more advanced skills and has a particular emphasis is fitness and exercise techniques.
NIS is part of the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) and as such is involved in many games, tournaments and competitions throughout the year. We participate in different individual and team sports and use our after school program to help these teams or individuals train for the games and competitions. All our teams are open to all students and we aim to make them enjoyable as well as a great learning and team-building experience for any student taking part.