In August 2017, the Singapore government awarded One World International School ("OWIS") a tender to convert an existing 3.2-hectare school premise at 21 Jurong West into a new, moderate-fee international school.
Creating a high-performing school is a goal that exercises educators in every generation.
In 2007, a McKinsey Report tackled this question: How did the world's best performing school systems come out on top?
This is a great question to wrestle with when you are trying to design the structure for a new school; and it's a question I have been studying for almost 40 years.
In order to answer this question for myself, I have taken three different journeys around the world to analyse school systems and see what is working, and why. Here's what I have found.
In my educational career of 40 years, I have held teaching, advisory and superintendent roles in schools. I have headed global educational companies as well as major government agencies. I have served as the most senior government official in my home country and led the whole school system.
And, all the time, I have kept up a lively debate with business and government leaders, as well as educators, about where learning is heading and how it impacts our world today.
In my career, I have seen three waves of change sweep round the world’s schools. The first wave showed us how much variability there was in individual school performance and that recognition led reformers to bring in modern management techniques that tried to assure everyone of better quality.
There’s little doubt that state-of-the-art technology, when used in a learning environment, offers students an educational edge over basic online tools. At the OWIS Nanyang Campus, we recognize this need and offer only the very best in resources that give our students the finest education and an edge over the rest.
Our approach in delivering quality and modernity spans far beyond the basics. The technology provided at our Nanyang Campus consists of devices designed to help your child navigate and learn. Our combined infrastructure supports optimal learning with no impediments.
Excellence in education doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a well-thought out and comprehensive plan to meet the needs of all students in a holistic manner. To that end, the right learning environment is crucial. Children must be encouraged and nurtured in order to feel confident in their creativity and ability to learn.
OWIS Nanyang Campus is a source of pride for all of us. We realize much thought is necessary when designing an environment that promotes learning on every level and in a comfortable and secure manner. With that in mind, our campus is designed to future-proof your child’s education by enticing him or her to continue learning both in and out of the classroom.
As I look back over my years of experience in education and my tours around the world, looking at the best of the best, two questions stay at the forefront of my mind:
How can we reproduce the quality that exists in the finest schools, while offering a thoughtfully-priced education for students and their families?
Times are changing. You may, however, be unsure how to respond to these changing times in the way that best respects your child’s needs and sets them up for future success.
Here at One World International School, we pride ourselves on being diverse, and embracing all aspects of teaching and learning. Often this means respecting different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds or languages, but it also means respecting the importance of different subjects.
Before you decide on the place your child or children will be spending much of their time – as well as the place from which much of their exposure and opportunity will come – you want to be sure you’ve made the best choice. We understand. Many of us have children of our own, and we know what it means to get the best education for them. If you’re still on the fence about where to send your child, it is necessary to learn more about your options, one of which is One World International School.