Beijing provides cultural richness for international school

Updated: Dec 9, 2022 Print
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Beijing, the Chinese capital with a long history, offers a culturally diversified environment to students attending the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB), which has pupils from more than 55 countries.

The front door of the Canadian International School of Beijing [Photo provided to]

"There are cultural things, such as dance, story-telling and Peking Opera, anything you can think of. History comes to life in Beijing," said Douglas K. Prescott, the Head of School/AKD Academic Superintendent of CISB, who has been working and living in Beijing for 11 years.

Likening the school to a mini-United Nations, Prescott said that the school has tried to bridge the cultural divide between different countries and cultivate a positive and caring attitude among students. Students from different cultural backgrounds embracing and high fiving each other when they meet have become a typical tradition of the school.

Douglas K. Prescott (left), the Head of School/AKD Academic Superintendent of CISB, welcomes the arrival of students. [Photo provided to]

"We can have differences of opinion and still be right," said Prescott, who upholds the same philosophy of Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor known for his efforts to save the lives of Chinese soldiers during World War II, which is to be kind, caring and always ready to help others.

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