MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cambridge Secondary 1

GDGWS follows the Secondary 1 curriculum from the Cambridge International Examinations(CIE) in the middle school for grades 6 to 8. It provides a natural progression from Primary and prepares them to move into the IGCSE programme seamlessly. The curriculum is progressive and flexible and helps the students to become independent learners. It encourages initiative and helps students build character, confidence and cross-cultural sensitivity. To balance the core curriculum and reinforce skills, middle school students take a range of student enrichment activities which includes arts, music, dance, web designing etc.

English, Math and Science are offered as per the curriculum framework given by the CIE. Humanities, Arts and Languages are integrated into the programme to make is a well-balanced curriculum for students. Cambridge Checkpoint exam is taken at the end of Grade 8

THE HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL (Cambridge Secondary 1)

Provides thought leadership and promotes creativity and innovative thinking among faculty committed to the CS1 curriculum. The Head of Middle School is a member of the pedagogical leadership team. She is involved in the development process to build capacity for curriculum review and change beyond the confines of the Programme, reaching out to the school as a whole. This is particularly important in transitioning our middle school to the IGCSE and our IGCSE students to the IB Diploma Programme.

Leading the implementation of pedagogical strategies that are compatible with the principles and practices of the GDGWS and CS1, the key feature of the Office of the CS1 head is to continuously interact and communicate with the teaching staff in relation to curriculum content, documentation, assessment, reporting and teaching methodologies.

The CS1 head works closely with other Programme heads and Chair of Departments to ensure that excellent teaching and learning occurs in the classroom. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the school’s Middle Years Programme (based on Cambridge Secondary 1-Pre IGCSE), ensuring all programming requirements are met in accordance with published timelines.

ACADEMIC

AFFILIATIONS:

GDGWS is authorized to offer the following programmes

  • The IB Diploma Programme under the International Baccalaureate Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, for Grades 11 and 12.
  • The Cambridge Secondary 1 for Grades 6 to 8 and the IGCSE Curriculum for grades 9 and10 under the Cambridge International Examinations.
  • The School is authorized to teach (PYP) under the International Baccalaureate Organization.

INSPIRING ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT:

We offer young and aspiring students’ academic engagement with international standards. The enriching IB and Cambridge curricula stimulate academic freedom and practical study. Thoughtfully scheduled classes and close mentorship by the faculty nurtures an academically vibrant community at GDGWS.

GDGWS strives to promote value-based growth by offering a diverse and multi-cultural learning platform that stimulates open-minded thinking and boosts mutual understanding amongst its multi-lingual student body.

The well-qualified faculty at GDGWS come with extensive experience in their respective fields. They mentor students, encouraging them to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners. Studying techniques, unique to an international curriculum, ensure students engage with the faculty and their peers while sharing their opinions in classroom discussions.

The IB and Cambridge curricula, offering courses in all streams (arts, science and commerce), allow student migration to schools situated in another countries. They entitle students to gain admission to graduate courses in the world’s most prestigious colleges and other institutions of higher learning.

ACADEMIC YEAR:

Each academic year is divided into two semesters as follows:

  • Nursery to Grade 10: April to October; November to March.
  • Grades 10-12: August to December; January to May.

CURRICULUM:

The GDGWS curriculum encourages students to become confident and independent thinkers who can apply their knowledge and skills to the rapidly-changing scenario in the 21st Century. In addition to more traditional aspects, teaching at all levels includes cross-curricular links, project work, group work, presentations and discussions.

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