In Australian classrooms, the interactive approach to teaching encourages student participation in learning, facilitating early development of confidence and effective communications skills. These skills are highly valued; as they develop the ability to think creatively and independently, read widely and critically, participate in debate and function in teams. Ultimately building the confidence to take leadership roles.
Our curriculum has been refined over 15 years of practical observation and research to provide educational opportunities that enable every student to reach his or her potential.
Inquiry based learning draws on the principles of Teaching for Understanding developed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and on inquiry based learning concepts that are very similar to those used in the International Baccalaureate.
From Early Years all Humanities and Social Science lessons and Science lessons have been planned using an Inquiry pedagogy. The approach, where appropriate is used across other Key Learning areas as well.
The curriculum has a strong academic focused around literacy, numeracy, the creative and performing arts of music, visual art and drama critical and collaborative thinking through inquiry and physical development. Student progress is systematically assessed on a regular basis. In years 3, and 5 and 7, all students participate in the Australian National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy [NAPLAN]. Over a number of years students at AISB have performed very well in relation to their Australian peers.
A strong emphasis is placed on the physical and social development of the children. It is embedded in the curriculum through the daily physical education program (DPED) soccer and the swimming programs. Swimming classes are led by fully qualified English-speaking swim coaches and qualified assistants. Both campuses have dedicated, covered and age-appropriate swimming pools. The covered soccer field is available to all ages.
Social development is delivered through our Social and Personal Development themes in the pastoral care program, school assemblies and events. This program helps students develop leadership, perseverance, resilience and other qualities. We have a strong emphasis throughout the year on stage performances, where all children are encouraged to participate not just the best singers or dancers in the class. Some real hidden talents have been uncovered on every occasion!
The ultimate measure of success is the quality of the teacher, their ability to deliver our structured curriculum and communicate effectively with students and parents. This can only be achieved with fully qualified native-English speaking teachers. The school executives and Principal only hire teachers who love to teach and nurture each student’s special talents. They must be proficient in both directed teaching and inquiry-based learning and bring a personal expertise to the teaching staff that can be shared amongst the community.