Yes! Your child will flourish by being stretched and challenged by different ways of thinking, living and doing.
Transitioning to a new school and country is an exciting adventure. It will give him or her an incredible opportunity to view the world through different lenses, appreciate diverse cultures and develop respect and appreciation for all types of people.
Gather as much information as possible about schooling options – and include your child in this fact-finding mission. Reading books, watching documentaries and discovering about the schools’ beliefs and cultures can help to prevent culture shock.
At the Australian International School, the moment a new student arrives, our Parents Association (AISPA) as well as a Parent Country Ambassador volunteer from each home country are available to assist in making a smooth transition. AIS also has a red-ribbon and buddy system implemented across the school that acts as the support network for the new child. Plus, school counsellors check-in with new students within their first few weeks.
Overcoming Language Barriers
We believe that students whose first language is not English are an asset at AIS, as they bring unique gifts, skills and culture. As language learners in the early years, we help students of all nationalities develop their skills through play and social engagement.
For toddlers, our Early Years programme (from 18 months to 4 years) is fully conducted in the English language. In addition, all students in the programme are encompassed in a language-rich environment, and have access to single subjects where the English language is not the focus of the curriculum.
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.
Head of Inclusion
From The Finder (Issue 299), June 2019
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