It’s not often that a higher education provider opens a new international school in Singapore, especially one with a focus on STEM learning, so don’t mind us if we’re more than a little intrigued. Where’s the campus? What’s the curriculum? Who are the teachers? We’re here to put you out of your suspense.
You may have heard of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) before – they’re a leading provider of higher education and professional training in Singapore. One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that you’ll be hearing way more about them in the coming months as they prepare to open SIM International Academy in September 2017! We find out what students can expect.
1. STEM learning all the way
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – this interdisciplinary and applied approach is at the heart of the curriculum. Inquiry and discovery are central, with students encouraged to solve real-world problems using STEM concepts – anything from proposing the length of a ramp in a funfair ride to designing prototypes as part of the Engineering Design Process.
Beyond Singapore, teachers will collaborate with partner schools in Australia and America to develop STEM resources and lessons while students will collaborate with their peers to share ideas and present findings. Think a global education, folks!
2. A focus on Language, Humanities and Leadership
Students will hone their language skills through debates, speeches, presentations, drama performances and poetry recitals, alongside conducting fieldwork on urbanisation projects and cultural studies. Add to this partnerships with NGOs and local social enterprises on community outreach efforts, as well as service-learning projects in environmental conservation and education, and you can see how student development and leadership skills are fostered at SIM International Academy.
3. Become a boarder
Academic and language support, social and emotional support, enrichment activities and life skills (not to mention all those late-night chats with roommates!) – there are plenty of reasons why SIM International Academy’s Boarding Programme may make sense for your child.
Says Wang Li-Sa, Assistant Principal (Student Development): “I believe in the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. SIM International Academy’s boarding school is that ‘village’ community that will raise young students to become our future leaders, providing close mentorship and fellowship in a unique environment that we can call family.”
4. Earn a Cambridge IGCSE Certificate
SIM International Academy offers the Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) for Years 7 – 10 (students aged 12 to 16). Plans for Years 11 and 12 are also in the works, with the school looking at offering the Cambridge International A Levels. Watch this space!
5. Let’s hear it from the teachers
The school has assembled a stellar team of teachers with an average of 15 years of experience in Singapore and Asia teaching both local and international curricula, including the Cambridge IGCSE, GCE A Level and IB Diploma Programme.
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