SEKO­LAH PERKUMPULAN MANDIRI de­vel­ops lead­er­ship through life­long learn­ing

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Education -

As the end of an­other school year draws near, many par­ents are pre­par­ing their chil­dren for the long break be­fore re­turn­ing to a new class. For other chil­dren, it means a giant step to a new mile­stone called school.

Hold­ing on to its val­ues, which in­clude in­tegrity, re­spect for self, oth­ers and the en­vi­ron­ment, and life­long learn­ing, Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri puts for­ward aca­demic ex­cel­lence in an en­gaged com­mu­nity.

To es­tab­lish this, the prin­ci­ple-cen­tered school has em­braced the “Leader In Me” pro­gram, which high­lights the fol­low­ing seven char­ac­ter traits:

1) Be Proac­tive and re­spon­si­ble while tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to do the right thing;

2) Be­gin with the End In Mind to plan ahead and set goals, be­cause the right choices can lead to suc­cess;

3) Put First Things First, creat­ing pri­or­i­ties and stick­ing with a sched­ule;

4) Think Win-Win, bal­anc­ing ev­ery­one’s needs in a con­flict while main­tain­ing in­di­vid­ual in­de­pen­dence;

5) Seek First to Un­der­stand, Then to Be Un­der­stood, which sim­ply trans­lates into a will­ing­ness to lis­ten and be re­spect­ful to­ward oth­ers;

6) Syn­er­gize through team-build­ing, unit­ing ev­ery­one’s strengths and re­al­iz­ing that to­gether is much bet­ter than alone;

7) Sharpen The Saw, mean­ing to take care of one’s body, mind, heart and soul through friend­ships and in­ter­ac­tions.

By ap­ply­ing the 7 habits, stu­dents are en­gaged to de­velop as suc­cess­ful in­di­vid­u­als with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

De­mand for ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly ed­u­ca­tion based on in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and cur­ric­ula, is in­creas­ing year by year, es­pe­cially in cities as di­verse as Jakarta. To meet that de­mand, Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion at ev­ery level, from kinder­garten to high school.

The school has home­room teach­ers, with co-home­room teach­ers for its el­e­men­tary class­rooms, as well as spe­cial­ized sub­ject and ex­pa­tri­ate teach­ers.

Us­ing the Cam­bridge Cur­ricu­lum, Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri also fa­cil­i­tates stu­dents who choose to pur­sue the na­tional ex­am­i­na­tion.

Safety is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue when it comes to schools. At its cam­puses in Men­teng, Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri pro­vides a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents to un­leash their po­ten­tial. Al­low­ing you the par­ent to have peace of mind that your child is pro­tected and sup­ported through­out their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney.

Aca­demic suc­cess is among the top goals for par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers. There­fore, at Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri, stu­dents are en­cour­aged to con­duct bal­anced out-of-class­room ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing field trips, stu­dent-led con­fer­ences and di­verse ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and join clubs to help them gain the skills they need to ac­tu­al­ize their po­ten­tial.

Af­ter all, we be­lieve that there is no limit to learn­ing and that the process con­tin­ues through adult­hood.

Photos courtesy of Seko­lah Perkumpulan Mandiri

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