SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

STEVEN TEE YONG KOH

Welcome to Anglo Singapore International School! Our mission is to inspire and nurture a diverse learning community – something we call “uniquely Anglo”. We aim to both live and teach our core values to our students every day: to instil a sense of Diligence, teach Respect, accept Responsibility, and make Progress towards becoming critical and creative thinkers and successful language learners. Our students also set high expectations for themselves and their individual academic achievement. They learn that they can excel academically and really enjoy school at the same time.

Dear Parents, Pupils and Families of Anglo,

This is my first year as the Principal for Kindergarten and Primary Division at Anglo Campus 31.

Academic Year 2018-2019 will be a very eventful one. At this point, I would like to share a summary of a few important milestones we have achieved in the last academic year, that we are truly excited looking forward working together with you, in striving for greater heights in the coming years.

Kindergarten

Effective Academic Year 2018-2019, the school would be putting in place more activity-based lessons, where students are provided with more hands-on experiences to better internalize their learning processes. This includes the enhanced implementation of thematic teaching pedagogies, to allow students more opportunities for collaborative learning, as they would develop relevant soft skills over time, in terms of self-directed learning and creative thinking beyond textbooks.

The school truly appreciates the continual invaluable feedback from parents in the course of this academic year as we have completed our next phase of curriculum review for improvement; to stay relevant in alignment to the expected learning outcomes of the 21st century skills as early as Kindergarten education.

One of the proposed key changes which we have prototyped this academic year is to fine tune the learning process on homework assignment; where we would continue to emphasize less on the conventional “paper and pen” approach progressively, that is to be effectively replaced with more “See-Think-Wonder” experiences where students are better encouraged to explore beyond the classroom contexts.

The school has also planned in the pipeline, to provide more “playtime” for our “youngest learners” in terms of experiential learning. That is to say, from the thematic learning environment that is here to stay in the classrooms; students would now be given more opportunities to develop good routines in their daily learning, to inculcate relevant social and emotional skills which include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision making competencies.

We would make concerted effort to promote more Active Learning like learning through play, technology-based learning, activity-based learning, group work, project method. Active Learning is learner-centred, not teacher-centred that requires more than just listening; the active participation of each and every student is a necessary aspect in Active Learning. Students must be doing things and simultaneously thinking about the work done and the purpose behind it so that they could enhance their higher order thinking capabilities.

Primary

In a nutshell, last Academic Year has been a very fruitful one for Primary Division. In terms of curriculum innovation and improvement, the school has completed a full review for our core subjects English, Math and Science. It has been the school aim to seek for closer alignment to Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Checkpoint and IGCSE Assessment Standards. In this way, it allows teachers to effectively monitor every student’s learning progress in focus; where they could be better assessed in terms of developing their global outlook and equipping them for success in preparation for the 21st century.

Having the end in mind, Anglo constantly strives to prepare our students for the ‘real world’ that exists around them so that they could meaningfully lead productive and successful lives once they leave us and enter into the realm of adulthood. This is particularly important, as Anglo has always positioned as a “Through-Train School” of 15 years of complete education.

Anglo has the advantage of knowing what relevant skills our students would need to attain, along with how they may be purposefully applied in the classroom progressively from Kindergarten to High School education. We teach them how to read, write, and calculate. Then, of course, there are the less tangible skills we teach; such as how to work in a team, think critically, and be curious about the things they encounter each day. We would actively focus on related skills that they would all need in order to “stay well prepared; in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, effective oral and written communication, initiative and entrepreneurship, accessing and analyzing information and curiosity and imagination.

Similarly, at Primary level, the school constantly seek parents’ and students’ feedback to enhance quality school experiences over time. One major change would be the format of assessment for English, Math and Science, which include homework, coursework and formal assessment that are now revised so much so that as early as Primary One, we would seek for more meaningful learning outcomes, apart from the traditional “drill and practice” of “paper and pen”.

We seek to “re-create” a more conducive learning environment to promote research based learning through investigation that contains authentic scholarly content. As we aim to create atmosphere suitable for collaborative learning for building knowledgeable learning communities, it is also our hope to cultivate a dynamic environment through interdisciplinary learning, generating high-profile activities for better learning experiences. In this way, we are able to integrate prior with new knowledge to incur a rich structure of knowledge among the students, where more task-based performance enhancement could be given to students to experience a realistic practical sense of the subject matter learned in the classroom.

Consequently, we are able to better strategically promote achievement levels in terms of more in-depth content mastery. Active learning should transform students from passive listeners to active participants and helps students understand the subject through inquiry, gathering and analyzing data to solving higher order cognitive problems.

There would also be more intensive use of scientific and quantitative literacy across the curriculum where the principles of active learning could be applied effectively as follows:

  • Purposive: the relevance of the task to the students’ concerns.
  • Reflective: students’ reflection on the meaning of what is learned.
  • Negotiated: negotiation of goals and methods of learning between students and teachers.
  • Critical: students appreciate different ways and means of learning the content.
  • Complex: students compare learning tasks with complexities existing in real life and making reflective analysis.
  • Situation-driven: the need of the situation is considered in order to establish learning tasks.
  • Engaged: real life tasks are reflected in the activities conducted for learning.

Moving forward, as the school continues to effectively review and enhance on our systemic approach towards teaching and learning, we are grateful and feel blessed to have gained more understanding from parents of our school’s philosophy in education over time; as we establish more effective communication channels focusing on the good intents and relevant needs to be considered among all stakeholders.

We look forward to working with you for another fruitful year ahead.

 

Sincerely,

Steven Koh
Principal
Anglo Singapore International School
Sukhumvit 31