The cut-off date is a little flexible: Either 31 August or 31 December. This allows parents to defer a younger child, if desired. However, this flexibility does not generally extend to advancing a child up a grade level.
The first-round admission interviews for Early Years and Grade 1 will focus on readiness for school; toilet trained, unassisted walking, listening to and following directions, social interaction, fine and gross motor development, oral English fluency and numerical sense. Admission interviews for Grades 2 to 5 will include academic assessments of both literacy and numeracy.
Parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire during their child’s admission interview. Individual parent interviews will be arranged in some cases, depending on the result of the admission interview process.
The maximum number of students per class will be 24. In the Early Years, we will have one morning class and one afternoon class for each Grade level. In the Primary section we will have up to 4 classes at each grade level.
We would like to, but this will depend on whether or not we can secure an appropriate site and secure the necessary license. Until this happens, we will establish relationships with suitable international secondary schools in the area to facilitate the transfer of our graduates.
We are recruiting teachers locally as well as internationally, looking for experienced PYP practitioners. We will employ teachers from a range of countries to ensure a balanced, yet diverse school community.
English is the language of instruction in all classes, apart from a daily Mandarin (Putonghua) class. As stated in our Mission, we value and respect all mother-tongue languages. However, we will remind students that language should not be used to exclude others.
We offer a range of art, craft, language, music, science, sport and technology activities to better nurture individual interests, strengths and abilities. Activities offered are guided by student ‘voice’.
During the formative years, we will not play any competitive sports. The focus for lower Primary children is on the development of basic gross motor skills. As students progress through the school, we may consider establishing competitive sports teams.