Project Based Learning
Projects are carefully planned by teachers and students, taking into consideration a model that begins with the end in mind, creating a driving question, planning, mapping and reflecting upon the experience.
English as an Additional Language
EAL support is offered based upon the Cambridge ESOL curriculum. For those students with further requirements, SIS may also provide an intensive development programme via the dedicated EAL unit based at the school, which can add up to an extra six hours per week of English instruction.
Technology – Enabled Education and Development
The use of ICT makes teaching and learning processes easier, fun and creative. At the same time, it creates efficiency in every aspect of school administration.
Teaching and Learning
Learning is student oriented, based around lesson plans that concentrate upon the discovery, application and discussion of knowledge. Learning also focuses upon the development of skills as much as the knowledge of content.Assessment for learning is a core component of our teaching approach and the teaching faculty undergoes regular professional development in order to improve practice and stay in touch with new initiatives.
School Facilities and Services
The school is very secure. We employ 24 hour independent security contractors to man the main entranceway into the school and all entry points into the school can only be accessed with a security card carried by teachers and staff members that opens the doors via electronic scanners.
No children are allowed to go home on their own and all are passed over to parents by their class tutor at the end of the school day.
The Staff Body
The International Baccalaureate Programme is offered through the PYP, MYP and DP which are the Primary, Middle and Diploma programmes. SIS currently offers a combination of the British curricula and the Cambridge curriculum that moves from Primary Checkpoint to Secondary Checkpoint, onto IGCSE and eventually, our intention, the A Level.
At a good school, it is our experience that there is little difference in the qualities of the programmes. Both have their strengths and whilst many observers will state that the IB is more about a philosophy of learning whilst a British Cambridge Curriculum is more about academic rigour, this is too simplistic. Both afford opportunities for breadth of study and critical thinking, and good schools will find a way of supplementing learning in order to enable students to grow in many ways.
As a relatively new school, this is where SIS holds an advantage and we can build a programme that takes the best of both worlds.
Our Cambridge and British curriculum means that the A Levels are the culmination of a tried, trusted and very structured system that delivers students to world renowned qualifications in the IGCSE and A Level. At our school, we also offer alternatives to the IB CAS programme (Creativity, Action, Service) through our weekly activity portfolio and annual Challenge Week. Project Based Learning also offers an alternative to the IB extended essay, and it is our intention for students to study the Cambridge Critical Thinking course as an alternative to Theory of Knowledge, at the A Level stage.
The school is very strong in ESL and EAL, with four dedicated teachers helping students whose English requires improvement. We have a four tier system at SIS, from first language to ESL, then on to EAL (1) and EAL (2). This results in a possibility to offer those children who need it, a total of up to 11 hours of English per week in very small groups.
The school does not currently run a separate learning support department for special educational needs, but does have many staff experienced in the area, and shall take applications on a case by case basis.
We currently offer academic challenge and support programmes through our co-curricular programme and are establishing a 1:1 music programme.
Each child has not one, but TWO form tutors in the Secondary school, one local and one overseas. This is done in order to give our students a greater opportunity to receive guidance and support, as well as someone who they feel comfortable to talk to. Children in the Primary school are taught primarily by their form tutor, creating a strong bond between themselves and their teacher.
We have leaders in the school who are very experienced in social and emotional development and we have a very clear sense of expectations at the school, which includes positive discipline and support.
The House system is strong, and there is a constant drive at the school to produce a community that cares for each other and listens to each other. This is a key part of the school.
The school runs an annual Challenge Week which is compulsory for all students. This is a week off timetable for all and includes challenges that develop the IDEALS of International Mindedness, Democratic Action, Environmental Awareness, Leadership and Service. In 2015, students took part in the following activities;
Early Years and Years 1-2 – a series of Penang based day trips.
Years 3-4 – a three day trip to Pangkor Island.
Years 5-6 – a five day trip to Gopeng.
Years 7-10 – a five day trip to Selangor.
All trips were run by Nomad Adventure as our Challenge Week partners last year.
Challenge Week 2016 will be a special week including Sports Day, International Day and Production, Prizegiving & Graduation Day.