I have been CIS’ Head since 2006, and during this time I have had the absolute pleasure of working with an amazing community of students, faculty, staff and parents. We are incredibly fortunate at CIS to enjoy a remarkably rich and diverse community. With students from over 70 nations, and no one dominant nationality, our community reflects the cultural mosaic of Canada today.
People often ask me what it is the essence of a CIS education. What makes us unique? I believe it starts with our commitment in valuing each and every student as an individual. We want to ensure that each child reaches their personal potential, whether it is intellectual, sporting, entrepreneurial, creative or service related.
You’ll hear as you talk to people, about our warm and welcoming spirit. In fact, our Secondary students refer to us as one big CIS family. This warmth doesn’t happen by accident. It is an attitude that is cultivated and embraced by everyone who works here, from our principals to our security guards, from our teachers to our CEO.
Our job really is to ensure that we prepare students for their next steps, whether it is university or repatriating to school back home. To best do this, we deliver an authentic international education. Our curriculum is not exclusively Canadian - it draws from the best curricula globally, and is delivered within an International Baccalaureate framework. Our academically rigorous programme is complemented by a range of language, arts, sporting and service opportunities, providing each student with a holistic and enriching educational experience.
Perhaps more important though, is our focus on developing in students the knowledge, and the suite of skills that they will need in order to navigate the world as it changes. This happens across all levels of the school - from Nursery all the way through to Grade 12. If you walk into any classroom at CIS, you will see students who are excited to be learning. They will be asking questions, collaborating in small groups, or engaged in vigorous discussion.
This excitement is not confined to the school day. It continues outside school hours as students engage in extracurricular activities, sports, clubs, service initiatives or in their trips and excursions. To me, these activities link the excitement of learning, and connect school with what goes on beyond the classroom, or in the outside world.
As educators, we take every opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise with the greater educational community. We also look outside our school to learn about the latest in best practice, new ideas and different ways of learning in order to benefit our students.
I encourage you to come and visit us, so that you can experience for yourself the vibrancy of life at CIS. I look forward to meeting you.
Dr Glenn Odland
Head of School