Welcome from Head of School
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both….
Life is a myriad of options and choices; and nowadays, education takes so many different shapes and forms, both nationally and internationally. Choosing Kongsberg International School is a conscious choice for most of you. Some of you come from abroad, brought by expat families. Some of you are local and some come slightly further afield within Norway. KIS does not seek to compete with the Norwegian state schools, but we are a solid alternative for those who want to choose differently.
At KIS we are committed to developing intuitive, ingenious and divergent thinkers in the service of a global society. We strive for excellence in a stimulating and collaborative environment that places the students at the heart of our learning environment. And we allow students to be our partners in planning, implementing and assessing our curriculum. KIS is holistic at its core, proud to advocate the recognition of diversity and celebrating the strengths of an inclusive environment.
At its best, teaching allows young people to see the path from their own interests to a future they envision, with competencies that give them access to a dynamic and practical reality. We believe we can create such teaching at KIS! The academic year of 2018-2019 was a milestone to us, and the celebration of our 15th anniversary allowed us to reconnect with many of our alumni. We now know that they have managed to maintian, pursue and further develop their interests, skills and talents to thrive successfully all over the world.
What are the three main keys to success for KIS so far? First of all, our amazing student body, which is best described as dedicated, caring, risk-taking, creative and knowledgeable. Secondly, our experienced staff, whose dedication matches the students, whose talents are many and diverse, and also, who put “lifelong learning” into practice on a daily basis. Finally, our success has its roots in collaboration among all stakeholders: students, parents, staff, the governing body, the local community and the global community. Through collaboration we grow a wider perspective, learn how to communicate effectively, and not least, learn how to tolerate and celebrate each other, despite our differences.
Does it sounds tempting to be part of this learning environment? If so, welcome to KIS. You have just made one of the most important choices at this stage of your life!
…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Head of School