In a world that’s seeing an increase in AI and machine learning, it is uniquely human skills that prepare our charges for success in an unknown future.
Schools are about learning. But, at the Australian International School (AIS), we believe that educational institutions should never be just about academic pursuits, as academic excellence is just one facet of a child’s education. Instead, we strive to provide students with dispositions that will allow them to be successful in their lives.
For example, our Positive Education combines traditional education with lessons on character, resiliency and happiness. Introduced at AIS five years ago, it includes all aspects of a student’s life – academic, physical, creative, altruistic and relational – which are imperative in nurturing a well-rounded student.
Australian International School also provides its staff with the skills to achieve these goals through training and support. Using psychologist Martin Seligman’s six classes of virtues – Knowledge and Wisdom, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance and Transcendence – as well as the VIA (Values In Action) Character Strengths Survey, students and staff are able to identify each student’s areas of strength, helping them to achieve their aims.
As part of Australian International School’s Year 6 Goal Setting Programme, students undertake the survey and work alongside their class teacher to determine how they can use their strengths to their benefit and attain their goals. A student with curiosity as her strength, for instance, may set a goal for the year to use “curiosity to explore learning in Science more deeply”. In this way, Positive Education provides students in Australian International School an effective framework and opportunity for them to have an all-round education and be the best version of themselves.
The only international school in Singapore for students aged 2 months to 18 years that operates on a Southern hemisphere school year, Australian International School (AIS) offers a combination of robust Australian and international curriculum pathways to ensure that students reach their full potential.
From The Finder (Issue 300), September 2019
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