Moving to Singapore with kids and looking for a school that’ll keep their bodies just as active as their minds? If your children love getting stuck into sports, Stamford American International School’s state-of-the-art campus has virtually everything they need to succeed. Rock climbing wall? Tick. Golf Academy with Swing Analysis Center? Tick. Sports field, dance studios, tennis courts, indoor sports arenas and swimming pools? Tick, tick, tick, tick and tick. Physical Education is at the heart of Stamford’s engaging programme, and with good reason.
Studies have shown that a phys’ ed’ fix isn’t only good for psychomotor development – it also has huge academic, social and emotional benefits, helping improve concentration, memory and classroom behaviour. Developed from two frameworks, SHAPE American National Standards and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for Physical Education, Stamford has tapped into solid research to create a unique and integrated PE curriculum that’s shaking up traditional education models.
And we’re not just talking about star jumps or soccer here. From a Global Mentor Program that has Stamford students hopping into the pool and training with the likes of American Olympic Medalists Jessica Hardy, David Plummer and Nathan Adrian, and later kicking a footie with champs from The Real Madrid Foundation, to promoting the importance of nutrition and traits like teamwork, problem-solving skills and sportsmanship (that’ll make Mum and Dad proud), Head of PE Mark Williams and his team of specialist teachers and coaches are all about the development of the whole student.
The Physical Education program starts in Early Years, with 2- to 5-year-olds following the SMART Steps and Perceptual Motor Program models to assess and develop each little learner’s fine and gross motor skills. Super fun, certainly, and super beneficial when it comes to classroom activities, too!
Once in Elementary School, the program gets more tactical as students learn the skills inherent in a variety of different games, sports and activities as part of the Teaching Games for Understanding model, before going out there and putting them into practice on the sports field or arena. Smart thinking!
Moving into the classroom, the academic curriculum is equally impressive and offers Mandarin or Spanish classes, the full International Baccalaureate integrated with American standards of education, and a slick technology program that’ll challenge even the coolest of cats.
Want to know more about Stamford? Register for their family open day on 24 April 2015 and snoop at the facilities for yourself – plus there’ll be the opportunity to fire questions at the heads of Early Years, Elementary and Secondary School. RSVP now!
Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane, 357684; sais.edu.sg; tel: +65 6602 7247