Upper School Student Life

There is an active and extensive extra-curricular programme of more than 70 activities to meet the various needs and interests of our Upper School students. This dynamic programme includes a comprehensive inter-school sports programme, a rich array of performing arts opportunities, school clubs including Habitat for Humanity and Model United Nations and a full complement of intramural and recreational activities, which encourage our students to engage both locally and internationally. Further, as a means of building teamwork and school spirit, each student is assigned to one of four intramural houses, which engage in spirit events.

CDNIS strives to promote in its community an active exploration of creativity, healthy living, leadership development and service to others. CDNIS students leave the school as confident and concerned citizens and agents of change.

Community Service and Outreach
Upper School students have the opportunity to effect social change through active citizenship, volunteerism, and community collaboration. Community service is a Grades 9-12 requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP). Upper School students must complete 40 hours of community service by the end of their last year of high school. Volunteerism, teamwork, and philanthropy are core features of vibrant, healthy communities.

In addition to participating in the annual Terry Fox Run, Hong Kong and Canadian Veteran’s Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal, and Home of Love Christmas Food and Clothing Drive, the Upper School rallies the CDNIS community to support and engage with other charitable organizations of local and international influence. The CDNIS community is always quick to respond to urgent emergency relief needs that may arise in a given year.

Experience Week: Creativity, Activity, Service
Experience Week is an off-site programme during which Grade 9-12 students gain valuable insight and rewarding hands-on experience in a variety of settings. Experience Week has run with tremendous success since 2000 and forms an integral part of our Upper School programme (MYP, IBDP, and OSSD) and curriculum. Teachers involved in organizing Experience Week plan their activities and destinations with the three CAS components in mind: Creativity, Action, and Service.

Activities include those that are service and experience based, and those that promote innovation, creativity, and healthy living. CAS involves proposing, acting, and reflecting on community involvement and activities. Activities will vary each term based on faculty and student interest and expertise.

To learn more about Experience Week and the exciting countries and programmes on offer, please visit the Upper School website.