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Early Years and Primary
Welcome to SWIS,
It is an honor, as Early Years and Primary Principal, to welcome you to Shen Wai International School! I am glad that you are taking the time to learn more about our community by visiting our website.
SWIS is an inspirational learning community for students, staff, and parents. We believe that everything we do has a purpose, and prepares our students for what the future may hold. To this end, SWIS engages all students in learning that is relevant to the 'real world' within a curriculum that is structured to be rigorous, stimulating and challenging.
At its core is the commitment to a transdisciplinary model, which is globally significant, where learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them.
All students are encouraged to be curious about what they are learning, and differentiation allows students to demonstrate what they have learned using a variety of mediums or tools, at different levels, appropriate to individual needs.
At SWIS, we believe that education is much more than just academics and provide a rich combination of the arts, sports, opportunities for student action, and activities that challenge our students to grow and develop into balanced, internationally minded, global citizens.
Parents are integral partners in the education of their children, and as a relatively new school, SWIS commits to building a school community with a strong sense of belonging, and a family-like atmosphere.
We hope our website conveys the world-class education and caring, student-centered environment that we at SWIS are proud to offer.
Early Years and Primary Principal
SWIS offers a challenging and engaging inquiry based program with an expectation of excellence. We encourage our students to become active participants in their own learning and we ask parents to also share in the life of the school. We work together each day to ensure that the children in our care are happy, confident, curious, motivated, and enthusiastic about learning. In a safe and secure atmosphere, our students explore, question, research, reflect and make sense of their world as they become confident and independent learners.
The language of instruction at SWIS is English and the focus of language learning is on its application across the subject areas, through the Units of Inquiry and in the wider context of the playground and community. Language plays a major role at SWIS where, as an international school, the language of instruction may not be the students' first language. We strive to develop a caring language community and all classrooms at SWIS promote a love of Literacy by providing language rich environments.
A strong phonics program lays firm foundations for daily reading and writing practice, especially with our youngest students. Teachers at SWIS cater to the differing language needs of their students through differentiation so that all children have the opportunity to experience success. A dedicated EAL department also supports the students' language learning. The Language curriculum at SWIS is organized into the following areas:
Oral Language- listening and speaking
Visual Language- viewing and presenting
Written Language- reading
Written Language- writing
Chinese LanguageIn addition, all students at SWIS have one Chinese Language lesson each day. At SWIS, the Chinese program strives to unite the best elements of Eastern and Western traditions and practices. Students learn to read, write and speak fluently in Chinese through curricula tailored for both native and non-native speakers and is supported by a strong connection to our host country. In addition to training students in basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, the Chinese program also grooms students to have awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.
Chinese Language Support is given to students according to their Chinese language proficiency and not only stimulates students' interest in learning Chinese, but also allows them to be exposed to and understand Chinese traditional and modern cultures. The units of learning in Chinese are theme oriented, integrating as much as possible with the Units of Inquiry in the classrooms, and teaching materials are carefully selected according to the students' current understanding, ability and experience.
Units Of Inquiry
- Enable students to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;
- Help them to develop the skills of an independent learner;
- Promote a partnership between home and school in supporting each child's learning;
- Consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school
- Allow students to practice skills taught
- Develop good work habits and organizational skills for the future