In a rapidly changing world, international schools in Singapore need to find new ways in which to prepare students to be adaptable and passionate about learning – not least with the help of their top-tier teachers.
Which is why GEMS World Academy (Singapore) invests heavily in their teachers.
Richard Henry, Head of School at GWA Singapore, explains how and why GWA Singapore adopts this approach to teaching and learning.
Exposure to different cultures and languages is an important part of the GEMS Singapore education philosophy.
The school has an international environment with more than 70 countries represented among the students and teachers. Whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the canteen, the diversity of the student population creates a learning space filled with curiosity about each other’s cultures, and backgrounds.
“This helps build educational opportunities through an environment of mutual respect and international mindedness,” says Richard.
The school focuses on helping students develop independent learning skills by encouraging each student to take responsibility for their learning.
This is through an emphasis on conceptbased learning where children’s knowledge and understanding is transferable to real world experiences.
“Student learning is best achieved when it is grounded in international perspectives, is inquiry-based and relevant to the real world,” says Richard.
Founded by teachers almost 60 years ago, GEMS Education puts the teacher at the heart of each school, and this is no different at GWA Singapore.
“We believe the best teachers make the biggest difference,” says Richard. “So, when hiring, we look for teachers with a passion for education and focus on students’ wellbeing. By first focusing on teachers and supporting their lifelong learning, they can pass on the same values to the school’s students.”
One way in which GEMS Education champions teachers is through the Global Teacher Prize, a US$1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) is a world-class international school offering outstanding learning opportunities for global students.
From The Finder Kids (Volume 19), June 2017
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