Pro­duc­ing ex­cep­tional global ci­ti­zens

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AN in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides stu­dents with di­ver­sity. Stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence di­ver­sity through a mul­ti­tude of as­pects, namely in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment, so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences, emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ences and cul­tural di­ver­sity.

By ex­pe­ri­enc­ing di­ver­sity in all of th­ese ar­eas and be­ing im­mersed in a di­verse set­ting, stu­dents tend to find the ini­tia­tive to start de­vel­op­ing them­selves and be a part of their own global net­work.

The vi­sion of Ex­cel­sior In­ter­na­tional School (EIS) is to be the premier provider of high­qual­ity care and ed­u­ca­tion to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, which means be­ing the school of choice for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a holis­tic and bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion that would po­si­tion them well to meet the chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tury.

“We aim to stim­u­late a pas­sion for life­long learn­ing, in­de­pen­dent and higher-level think­ing and re­spon­si­ble global cit­i­zen­ship.

“We also aim to in­cul­cate sound uni­ver­sal moral values, ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cul­tural di­ver­sity, and an ac­tive con­cern for the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment,” says Ben Marsh, prin­ci­pal of EIS.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the school plans to achieve this by pro­vid­ing a holis­tic, chal­leng­ing and sup­port­ive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, giv­ing each stu­dent op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­tin­u­ally de­velop as life­long learn­ers, and pre­par­ing them to play an ac­tive and re­spon­si­ble role as global ci­ti­zens in a mul­ti­cul­tural world.

Th­ese values are im­por­tant to the school be­cause it wants to play its part in cre­at­ing a bet­ter, sus­tain­able and peace­ful world not only for the stu­dents but for all liv­ing be­ings.

EIS con­sid­ers suc­ceed­ing in en­cour­ag­ing its stu­dents to con­trib­ute to a mul­ti­cul­tural world a sound achieve­ment.

Its stu­dents set them­selves apart by tak­ing ac­tion and show­ing com­pas­sion for the world through their ser­vice learn­ing projects, which are aimed at help­ing those less for­tu­nate in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well as those around the world.

The school recog­nises that the world needs com­pas­sion­ate global ci­ti­zens who are will­ing to work to­wards mak­ing the world a bet­ter place.

In ad­di­tion, EIS wants stu­dents to be mo­ti­vated and pas­sion­ate about im­prov­ing them­selves. To do this, EIS equips them with ways and means to be life­long learn­ers.

With myr­iad ad­vances in the world of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy, EIS con­sid­ers ev­ery op­tion it may adopt in ed­u­cat­ing its stu­dents.

Marsh ex­plains that EIS recog­nises the need for stu­dents to be in­formed and aware about as­pects of tech­nol­ogy that we may not give a sec­ond thought to, such as eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions.

“Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is an iden­ti­fied 21st cen­tury skill and all stu­dents need guid­ance and prac­tice in the use of tech­nol­ogy to be able to com­mu­ni­cate their learn­ing both ap­pro­pri­ately and ac­cu­rately,” ex­plains Marsh.

“When in­tro­duc­ing new tech­nol­ogy, we ask our­selves the ques­tion of how can this im­prove our stu­dents’ learn­ing and how will this tech­nol­ogy sup­port our learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in pre­par­ing stu­dents to be ac­tive and re­spon­si­ble global ci­ti­zens.

“By us­ing this fil­ter for tech­nol­ogy and all our ed­u­ca­tional tools, we en­sure that the re­sources we utilise sup­port our stu­dents.”

In line with its phi­los­o­phy in con­tribut­ing to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment, the EIS cam­pus is de­signed to max­imise nat­u­ral light and air cir­cu­la­tion while min­imis­ing en­ergy use.

It also fea­tures im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties to en­cour­age and cul­ti­vate stu­dents’ tal­ents in its ar­eas of fo­cus.

Marsh adds, “As one of the key pil­lars of ex­cel­lence, the au­di­to­rium pro­vides an ex­cel­lent venue to show­case our stu­dents’ var­i­ous per­form­ing and vis­ual arts projects.

“Equipped with the lat­est au­dio and light­ing sys­tems, the au­di­to­rium has a ca­pac­ity of 527 seats and is also used for school events, per­for­mances and cer­e­monies.

“Sim­i­larly, all class­rooms are equipped with com­put­ers, pro­jec­tors, speak­ers and vi­su­alis­ers for more ef­fec­tive teach­ing and learn­ing, as well as sci­ence and com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries. The school is fully Wi-Fi en­abled and is con­nected to the In­ter­net via high-speed broad­band fi­bre op­tics.”

EIS strives to cre­ate a har­mo­nious ex­tended com­mu­nity that in­cludes stu­dents’ par­ents and guardians as well as a wide ar­ray of sport­ing and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties within its com­pound. The fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in­clude:

Olympic-sized (50m) swim­ming pool

25m swim­ming pool Ten­nis courts

400m run­ning track In­door sports hall Full-sized ar­ti­fi­cial turf soc­cer field

EIS of­fers a va­ri­ety of unique fea­tures that sets it apart from other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the world as well as serves to add value to stu­dents’ holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion process.

Th­ese fea­tures in­volve all as­pects of a stu­dent’s learn­ing needs in the cru­cial for­ma­tive years. The fol­low­ing are some unique fea­tures that EIS of­fers:

A broad and bal­anced range of knowl­edge do­mains in­clud­ing lan­guages, hu­man­i­ties, sci­ences and tech­nol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics and the arts

Strong em­pha­sis on lan­guage ac­qui­si­tion and de­vel­op­ment

An en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages and de­vel­ops phys­i­cal ro­bust­ness, en­hances cre­ative and ex­pres­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties as well as shapes stu­dents’ per­sonal, cul­tural and so­cial iden­tity

Les­sons that in­volve stu­dents’ en­gage­ment in com­mu­nity ser­vices where they can de­velop a strong sense of civic re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­se­quently play an ac­tive role in bet­ter­ing the lives of them

En­cour­ageme col­lab­o­ra­tive lear to in­di­vid­ual learn

Con­tex­tu­al­isa and ped­a­gog­i­cal cater for lo­cal an ed­u­ca­tional fra in­ter­ests

H ex­peri con­tin ca­pabi pro­fes pro­fess op­por­tu­ni­ties

In­te­gra­tion and com­mu­ni­cati within the cur­ric learnin and equi t t in ad­diti

i ro ter or tu the crit­i­cal com­pe­ten­cies to suc­ceed in a knowl­edge econ­omy Em­pha­sis on ch act r n a en­sure stu­dents exit its doors with a wealth of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and

owledge that may as­sist them in

Ex­cel­sior In­ter­na­tional School equips stu­dents with ways and means to be life­long learn­ers.

Ex­cel­sior In­ter­na­tional School of­fers a wide ar­ray of fa­cil­i­ties for an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to learn­ing.

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