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NIS Nanjing International School 30th Anniversary Logo
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Our Story is More than Numbers: G9 Global Citizen Diploma Launch

It’s a big year for Global Citizen Diploma (GCD) at NIS. GCD is the bespoke, holistic programme that runs parallel with our International Baccalaureate curriculum in Secondary School – it encourages and inspires students to have experiences outside the classroom and reflect on their learning. NIS is one of a small, collaborative group of 8 like-minded international schools around the world that offer the GCD.

November marks the exciting annual launch of the GCD to our Grade 9 students. This will be the fourth year NIS has offered the programme and will see our first graduating GCD class. Like previous years, Grades 10-12 will present their GCD experiences to Grade 9 freshmen in a pecha kucha storytelling format.

“The GCD is a way of revealing how activities and experiences that we have in life can shape us as a global citizen,” explains Ms. Ruth Clarke, NIS Secondary Principal. “Students are such rounded individuals that it's not just about the grades that they achieve or the IB Diploma scores that they get, but that they are incredible, complex, phenomenal people that can do such a multitude of different things. We want to encourage more of them to take on and develop different skills.”

As an IB World School, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) has been a part of our curriculum for many years. Like the GCD, it requires students to engage in action and service-oriented activities beyond the classroom.   

“The GCD does all of that, and more,” said Ms. Clarke. “It fulfills the same functions as CAS and the IB requirements. We believe it’s a much richer programme that has a lot more benefits to our students. It's shown them that when they step outside of their comfort zone or do something new, they really grow. And they're able to tell that story and share that share it with the world.”