Learning at SWIS > Secondary (MYP)
Good Afternoon Parents,
It is an honor to join the Shen Wai International School team as the Secondary School Principal. I am excited to be part of your well-established community and look forward to working in a creative environment that promotes a positive and rigorous learning experience for all.
Education has been my passion for the past 17 years and I have had the pleasure to serve communities in a variety of roles. I started my career as a science educator at a large inner-city school faced with many challenges and moved into the role of Department Head. Since then I have served as a Curriculum Coordinator, Student Development Coordinator, IB Diploma Coordinator and Career-related Programme Coordinator as well as Principal of Secondary School. While my journey has led me into administrative roles it is working directly with students and teachers that drives my passion for education.
It has always been my philosophy that students learn best when they are encouraged to be curious and challenge themselves with the guidance of highly qualified subject specialists. In order to successfully do this, student-teacher relationships must be strong with all parties continuously asking, ‘what is in the best interest of the student’s’. A parallel learning journey between the teacher and student takes courage, reflection, empathy and collaboration. I look forward to taking this journey with you as we build upon Shen Wai’s current accomplishments.
My door is always open, and I encourage you to stop by and share your ideas.
Secondary School Principal
Shen Wai International School
At SWIS the Middle Years Program highlights intellectual challenge and we encourage our students, grade 6 to 10, to make connections between what they learn and the world they live in, preparing them for success in the future. Our program enables students to question into a wide range of topics and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The students take a broad range of subjects across eight subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design. These eight subject groups are integrated through concepts, approaches to leaning and global contexts.
SWIS subject teachers work collaboratively to plan the curriculum both vertically and horizontally from grades 6 to 10. The content and skills for each subject have been carefully selected to ensure that they are relevant and challenging and that there is continuity and progression of learning. Each subject organizes its course into units of work. For each unit teachers identify key and related concepts, global contexts and subject group objectives. Teachers also identify the specific Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile that will be developed through each unit of work. The curriculum also offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning when two or more subjects work together on a common concept and skills within a global context. As reflection plays an important role in students' learning, the students will be asked at key points in the year to reflect on the learning process and their own performance in the different subjects