When the next school year begins in August of this year, students at the Centrium campus of Invictus school will be changing to the Cambridge International curriculum.
It will be implemented at the Centrium campus on Serangoon Road; the campus houses a bilingual primary school (Year 1 to Year 6 – ages five to 11 years) and a secondary school (Year 7 to Year 13 – ages 12 to 18 years). Head of School and Principal, Centrium Campus DR NICHOLAS DUGGAN tells us more about the change.
Why did Invictus International School decide to switch curricula?
A curriculum needs to recognise both the developments in education and the changing world our students find themselves in. Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) recognises this and has designed curriculums to be current, relevant and holistic while providing skills for the future.
The Cambridge International curriculum is backed by the latest research into teaching and learning. It supports the role of a teacher as a facilitator rather than an instructor and provides a very established and comprehensive School Teacher Support Hub with resources for sharing and training for teachers.
As Invictus school grew, we knew that we would offer Cambridge IGCSE and A level courses, which are through-curriculum pathways to university entrance.
Will changing to the Cambridge International curriculum affect the education?
The educational journey of children at the school won’t be impacted as the skills they’re learning remain the same. The school values the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) approach of embedding a theme or a topic, like Food Around the World, for example. These are transferable for CAIE delivery, and we intend to map our curricula to include this concept approach to learning.
An exciting collaboration with MIT
Another new development at Invictus school is the introduction of the Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) to students in Year 12 and 13, with plans to include Year 7 to 11 students over time.
FabLab links into subject areas dependent on the ideas and projects that students wish to work on. It prepares them for career aspirations such as engineering, robotics and the creative industries. Through open-source software and programmes, they’ll have access to off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools – think laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers, circuit makers and more – so they can conceptualise, design, develop, fabricate and test almost anything.
Aside from being able to share information with other FabLab locations globally via a live feed, students will have opportunities to collaborate on projects with an international network of professional engineers, entrepreneurs, educators and students.
Students will be guided by the teaching staff of Invictus school, who will be supported by specialists who trained in the FabLab at MIT in the US.
Applications are now open for the August 2022 intake at Invictus International School. Parents can apply via invictus.edu.sg.
Dempsey Campus: 73 Loewen Road, #01-21
Centrium Campus: 320 Serangoon Road, #06-01
This article first appeared in the May 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!